The German Suzuki Institute (DSI = Deutsches Suzuki Institut) was founded in 1983 and is responsible for conducting teacher training programmes.
The training incorporates the approaches of Shinichi Suzuki, Paul Rolland, Mimi Zweig, and Kerstin Wartberg.
The DSI is a subdivision of the German Suzuki Association and could be called as well Teacher Training Department of the German Suzuki Association.
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.1
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.