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 the Suzuki teacher training programmes as part of the European Suzuki Association (ESA) system.

The DSI teacher training courses follow the guidelines set by the European Suzuki Association and offer internationally recognised training courses for Suzuki teachers in Germany. In order to take the examinations and gain accreditation as a Suzuki teacher, 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 European Suzuki Association.


Yoko Hoshino (Berlin) and Isabel Morey Suau (Kiel) are demonstrating
basic posture exercises for young beginner.


ESA Guidelines for content of teacher training courses

Excerpt from ESA Teacher Training and Examination Manual

1. Intensive study of Suzuki’s principles of education.
2. Individual study of the instrument, focusing on the technique, tone production and quality of sound needed to teach young children.
3. Step by step mastery of teaching points in the repertoire.
4. Structure of individual and group lessons.
5. Observation of group and individual lessons given by recognised Suzuki teachers.
6. Supervised teaching of children.
7. Lectures and discussions on child development, with particular regard to the parent/child relationship.
8. Solo performances.

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.

Who is eligible to train as a Suzuki teacher?

The training is available to musicians who wish to develop their teaching skills and undertake the rewarding career of teaching music to young children adopting the principles of music education and approach of Dr. Suzuki. As a specialist Suzuki teacher you will have the opportunity to enrich the lives of hundreds of children and their parents through the Mother Tongue approach to music education.

What will I learn on the course?

Trainees learn how to implement the Suzuki approach to music education while developing numerous aspects of their own playing and teaching.
Suzuki 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 the Suzuki style, 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.

Prospectus DSI Teacher Training

Course Topics

Areas covered on training courses include:
• Suzuki philosophy
• Mother Tongue methodology
• Observation of lessons
• Instrumental study
• Technique
• Tone production
• Musical memory
• Aural perception
• Developing childrens listening skills
• Posture and use of the body
• Child development
• Group teaching
• Repertoire classes
• Approaches to teaching music reading
• Dealing with learning difficulties
• Parent education
• Teaching pre-school age children
• Establishing a Suzuki teaching practice
• Ensemble

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 of the Suzuki repertoire.
• Study all necessary books, music and recordings as advised by the teacher trainer.


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

phone: +49 – (0)2241-20 31 15 or

by e-mail:

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