Becoming a Teacher Trainer Guidelines

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Andrea French said: Mar 28, 2010
Andrea French
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
7 posts

Hello fellow teachers,

I have been searching and searching the SAA website for the requirements of becoming a registered teacher trainer. I am definitely not ready to become a teacher trainer yet, but I would like to know what is involved, so that I could think about working towards it. Could anyone point me in the right direction? Many Thanks!

Jennifer Visick said: Mar 28, 2010
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
998 posts

On this page:

https://suzukiassociation.org/teachers/trainers/

there is a small blurb in the lefthand side that says:

Interested?
Experienced, long time teacher members may contact the SAA office for more information on how to become a teacher trainer. mail to [javascript protected email address]

Andrea French said: Mar 30, 2010
Andrea French
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
7 posts

Thank you!
That’s interesting that there isn’t a page of information on the website about it.

Jeremy Chesman said: Jul 28, 2010
Jeremy Chesman
Suzuki Association Member
Organ, Recorder, Voice, Harp
Springfield, MO
24 posts

I think it’s strange that the information isn’t available on the website, as well.

From what I’ve heard from others, it’s a very long and difficult process. It involves first training through all the books that exist. Then, you must apply to become a candidate to become a teacher trainer. This involves sending in teaching examples on video of students at a variety of levels, writing an essay on Suzuki philosophy (I think), and getting a teacher trainer to agree to take you on as an apprentice. Then you begin attending courses offered by that teacher trainer and eventually doing some teaching at those courses. I think the time for assisting on courses is at least 2 years.

Delaine Fedson (harp teacher trainer) told me that the SAA Certificate of Achievement is really good preparation, because many of the items from that can be used again on your teacher trainer application. That might be a good place to start.

Andrea French said: Jul 29, 2010
Andrea French
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
7 posts

Thanks for all the great information. I am trained in all the books. I’ve heard good things about the certificate of achievement, and you’re right; that would probably be where to begin the process. The very long process. :D

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