The German Suzuki Association / Deutsche Suzuki Gesellschaft (DSG)

was founded in 1983 of the initiative of Shinichi Suzuki.

At present it is the only institution world-wide concerned, in addition to Suzuki Teacher Training, with the development of new teaching materials.


The German Suzuki Association is an association of instrumental and general education teachers, educators, parents and other persons working for the targeted support of children, adolescents and adults in the fields of art, especially in the field of music according to the method of Professor Dr. h.c. Shinichi Suzuki.

The DSG operates and promotes the Suzuki music schools and the German Suzuki Institute  (Deutsches Suzuki Institut = DSI).

Founded in 1983, the German Suzuki Institute (DSI) was renamed in 1988 as a registered association under the name of the German Suzuki Association (DSG). The DSG is recognized as a charitable organization by the fiscal authorities of Sankt Augustin. The name of the German Suzuki Institute remained as a component of the German Suzuki Association.


The tasks of the DSG are among others to:

• promote the Suzuki pedagogy in Germany
• support the club members
• publish information materials such as teacher lists, event schedules, etc.
• organize the Suzuki Teacher Training Courses
• carry out and promote the DSI under independent artistic and educational direction

The tasks of the DSI among others are:

• content planning and implementation of teacher training in the Suzuki method
• research work in the field of music education
• development of new teaching materials
• to foster international exchange of experience between teachers
• to ensure quality standards and promotion of the German Suzuki Association’s purpose


Our Chairperson Dr. Ingrid Schlenk
Pianist and Pediatrician

Our Deputy Chairperson Kerstin Wartberg,
Director of the German Suzuki Teacher Training Institute

Note regarding the Suzuki trademark

The Federal Patent Court has decided on July 2, 2013, (reference number 24 W (pat) 520/11) that the term “SUZUKI” is a descriptive indication of musical educational activities, and therefore cannot be protected by trademark in Germany. 
This means that the name “SUZUKI” may be used freely by anyone
in connection with music pedagogy and training.

Moreover, the European Office for Harmonization has decided on November 12, 2014, (reference number 000007149C) to delete the ISA “SUZUKI” trademark for musical education because the ISA had not used the trademark “SUZUKI” for these activities. On request, copies of both decisions can be made available by us.

In plain language, this means that neither the ESA nor the ISA have the right to prohibit  free usage of the term “SUZUKI” in connection with musical educational services
in Germany and throughout Europe.

Further information about the revocation is available