Background of Teacher Trainers

Connie Sunday said: May 4, 2006
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
650 posts

I’m curious, is it possible to make any general statements about the backgrounds of Teacher Trainers? Do most have the M.M. in performance, a long background in Suzuki, or a long history of teaching, or any other generalizations?

Also, a couple of times I’ve read that there’s a page on the SSA site that lists Teacher Training requirements, but I’ve never been able to locate it.

Thanks in advance!

Free Handouts for Music Teachers & Students: http://beststudentviolins.com/guide.html#handouts

said: May 4, 2006
 122 posts

No-I don’t think it’s possible to make generalizations about teacher trainers. Well, maybe except they are darn good at what they do.

*Some are best at teaching advanced students, some the early books.
*Some are ‘artist teachers’ who nail Paganini some were originally clarinetists who play can through Book 10 solidly.
*Some were certified through the International Suzuki Association by Dr Suzuki, some were certified through the SAA.
*All (I think) have been Suzuki teachers and SAA members for at least 10 years.
*They are required to have a full studio of kids from the early books to the late books in order to even apply.

Also, degrees and resume mean much less than having a studio of wonderful players whose parents embrace the philosophy.

Look through the teacher’s section-the requirements are there. Or, call the SAA and get the packet sent to you.

“When love is deep, much can be accomplished.”
-Shinichi Suzuki

Connie Sunday said: May 5, 2006
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
650 posts

>> Look through the teacher’s section-the requirements are there

URL? I looked, again, and I couldn’t find it.

Free Handouts for Music Teachers & Students: http://beststudentviolins.com/guide.html#handouts

Nobuaki said: May 5, 2006
Nobuaki TanakaViolin, Viola
Chicago, IL
115 posts

The best thing is contact SAA. They will send you a packet for free. You need to observe 70or 100hrs… (i don’t have a packet in my hand right now. so i can’t tell you exact hours, write a essay, submit a tape, need recommendations from three teacher trainers. etc. I am doing for a year and it will take a very long time to do all requirement.

The requirement is very high. So it is very difficult to finish everything in a year.

good luck

said: May 5, 2006
 89 posts

According to the SAA website,

Experienced, long time teacher members may contact the SAA office for more information on how to become a teacher trainer.

If you click on the link, the address comes up as [javascript protected email address]

Hope that helps!

Connie Sunday said: May 5, 2006
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
650 posts

Postscript:

I did write them (the SAA) and I requested that information. I really don’t believe it’s online anywhere (?).

Thanks!!

Free Handouts for Music Teachers & Students: http://beststudentviolins.com/guide.html#handouts

You must log in to post comments.

A note about the discussion forum: Public discussion forum posts are viewable by anyone. Anyone can read the forums, but you must create an account with your email address to post. Private forums are viewable by anyone that is a part of that private forum's group. Discussion forum posts are the opinion of the poster and do not constitute endorsement by or official position of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.