Violin and Cello Teacher Training

The German Suzuki Institute (DSI = Deutsches Suzuki Institut) is a subdivision of the German Suzuki Association and could be called as well Teacher Training Department of the German Suzuki Association.

DSI was founded in 1983 and is responsible for conducting teacher training programmes. The training will incorporate the approaches of Shinichi Suzuki, Paul Rolland, Simon Fischer, and Kerstin Wartberg.

The DSI teacher training courses follow the guidelines set by the German Suzuki Association and offer recognised training courses for string teachers in Germany. In order to take the examinations, all teacher trainees must complete the DSI training syllabus and pass the examination at each level. Each level examination passed will be registered by the German Suzuki Institute and the International Music Teachers Exchange.

Isabel Morey Suau (Kiel) is demonstrating
basic posture exercises for young beginner.

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Excerpt from the Teacher Training and Examination Manual

1. Individual study of the instrument, focusing on the technique, tone production and quality of sound needed to teach young children.
2. Step by step mastery of teaching points in the repertoire.
3. Structure of individual and group lessons.
4. Observation of group and individual lessons.
5. Supervised teaching of children.
6. Lectures and discussions on child development, with particular regard to the parent/child relationship.

How are courses taught?

The DSI teacher training course is a part-time, long-term course held throughout each year in various places of Germany.

The training is available to musicians who wish to develop their teaching skills and undertake the rewarding career of teaching music to young children.
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What will I learn on the course?

Trainees learn how to implement this special approach to music education while developing numerous aspects of their own playing and teaching.
The teachers are specially trained to work with children starting from the age of three or four, and learn how to foster all aspects of a childs musical growth with a positive and supportive approach and a greater understanding of the need for music in the child’s life.
Trainees develop their own performance ability in musical memory, tone production, technique and musicianship, and gain the confidence to instil these skills in all their students. With great emphasis placed on observation of other teachers and practice teaching at every level, trainees have the invaluable opportunity to learn from those who have had many years of experience and can therefore provide constructive feedback on each trainees‘ teaching skills.

Violin Course preparation

The course director will advise candidates what they should prepare for their first course.
Before the initial course, trainees should:

• Familiarise themselves with the first books/CDs of the Suzuki Violin School.
• Read and ponder the implications of Suzukis book Nurtured by Love.

• Familiarise themselves with the first Step-by-Step-books and CDs (Author: Kerstin Wartberg, published by Alfred).
• Study all necessary books, music and recordings as advised by the teacher trainer.


Information

For a prospectus and further information please contact the German Suzuki Office by

phone: +49 – (0)2241-28946 or

by e-mail: info@germansuzuki.com

Information about the cello teacher training course: info@germansuzuki.com