How to get on the ‘list of Suzuki teachers.’


Rosemary Frey said: Mar 1, 2016
Bethlehem, PA
7 posts

Can someone please tell me how to get on the list of Suzuki teachers? I have been teaching it for years, had a graduate class in it . . but does that make me eligible to be on the list? There is a job opening in my town, and they told me that I am not on this list.

Wendy Caron Zohar said: Mar 1, 2016
Wendy Caron Zohar
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
100 posts

A university graduate course on the Suzuki method may have given you a door opener introduction to the method, the philosophy, even the history, of the Suzuki method as it is practiced around the world today. But if you live in North or South America, there are specific classes you need to take if you are to become registered with the SAA. This requisite Suzuki training by SAA qualified Suzuki teacher trainers gives you loads of observation time, watching master teachers working with children in individual and group classes, followed by discussion, demonstrations and clarifications between the new teachers and the teacher trainer. This specialized training is crucial, especially in starting them right, and in managing a studio. It is intended to keep all the teaching accurate, relevant, on track and consistent with Suzuki ideals, and it will reflect also the changes and adjustments in thinking that the SAA’s editorial board come up with from time to time, in the materials and how to teach them. It is both a consistent, and a growing and developing methodology.

If you are a registered Suzuki teacher, you will have taken and registered the ECC course, followed by foundational unit training, and even refresher and supplementary courses. Upper unit courses require auditioning and approval first. If you haven’t taken any SAA courses yet, I can guarantee you will enjoy and be enriched by them! You can find complete information on the SAA website as to how you can fulfill these qualifications. Once teachers have taken these courses and get registered with the SAA, and maintain their annual SAA membership, they can be listed on this website, as a Suzuki teacher in the area in which they live. Hope this helps! Good luck with your teaching, and your SAA teacher training!

Wendy Caron Zohar

If we work hard, music may save the world.—S. Suzuki

Libby Felts said: Mar 2, 2016
Libby FeltsSAA Staff
Forum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
37 posts

Hi Rosemary,

It depends on what exactly this employer is asking for.

Members of the SAA can be listed on the Teacher Location Service regardless of SAA-registered training:

What they might be looking for, however, is a transcript from the SAA of registered Suzuki training courses

Hope this helps!

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