Conference Venue: REMSCHEID ACADEMY, Germany

Kurt Sassmannshaus

Considered one of today’s preeminent violin pedagogues, violinist KURT SASSMANNSHAUS holds the distinguished Dorothy Richard Starling Chair for Classical Violin at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).  His students include prizewinners of major international competitions, prominent soloists and chamber musicians, and orchestra leaders around the world.  Many of them hold important faculty positions in European, Asian, and American Conservatories.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Cologne, where he studied with Igor Ozim, Kurt Sassmannshaus received a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School as a scholarship student of Dorothy DeLay.

In September 2004, Kurt Sassmannshaus premiered the not-for-profit web site, a groundbreaking internet site offering free video instruction on all aspects of violin playing.  With more than 20 million hits annually this web site made him the most widely effective and globally recognized violin teacher in the history of violin teaching.  According to London’s Strad Magazine, he is the “King of the online violin tutorials.” The latest offerings on this site are live online lessons by Sassmannshaus and many of his colleagues.  “Access to the best violin instruction has always been a matter of geography and financial ability. Now you can live in Kenya, Peru, Malaysia, or New York and get excellent instruction – this website makes geographical distance and cost of travel irrelevant.” (

In addition to teaching an international class of conservatory students, Sassmannshaus is renowned for his method of training extraordinary young talent.  In 1987, he founded the Starling Preparatory String Project as an integrated pre-collegiate program for talented young string players. This program has earned a worldwide reputation for its unsurpassed offering of performance opportunities for young soloists, especially in the Starling Chamber Orchestra, which Sassmannshaus conducts.  The orchestra has appeared throughout Europe, Korea, China, and at New York’s Lincoln Center and received rave reviews for its recordings and live performances.  The orchestra was featured on the syndicated Public Radio International show “From the Top” and has been the subject of feature articles in The New York Times and Washington Post.

MOTTO of the Conference: LET US WORK TOGETHER!

Suzuki and traditional violin & viola teachers from all over the world will gather together at the 

11th Annual International Music Teachers Exchange Conference

in Remscheid, Germany
to share their experience in an open, interactive, and inclusive learning environment

where all are welcome!

We encourage you to share your ideas with us
and prepare a short lecture.

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Course A
Start: Friday, 01 November 2019, 2:30 p.m.
End: Saturday, 02 November 2019, 12:00 p.m.

Intensive Course for Violin and Viola Teachers with Prof. Kurt Sassmannshaus

This comprehensive course will focus on basic technique and supplemental literature for students in Suzuki volumes 4 – 8.
The literature list you find HERE.


Course B
Start: Saturday, 02 November 2019, 2:30 p.m.
End: Sunday, 03 November 2019, 3:00 p.m.

11th Annual International Music Teachers Exchange Weekend

This course will present a mixed conference program featuring Prof. Kurt Sassmannshaus and numerous additional international speakers (instrumental teachers, musicologists, IT specialists, physicians, and educational consultants)


During Course A and Course B Prof. Kurt Sassmannshaus will present lectures and workshops for teachers. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in pedagogical discussions with our featured guest.
Detailed information will follow in September.


Course C
Start: Sunday, 03 November 2019, 4:00 p.m.
End: Monday, 04 November 2019, 1:30 p.m.

Intensive Course for Violin Teachers

How to Strengthen Children Mentally and Physically to Play Violin
One important aspect of Course C will be to apply input from sports science to violin pedagogy.
We will present a “Violin Fitness Program” for children, from Warm Up and Conditioning Exercises to “Marathon” Stamina Training


Kerstin Wartberg, Paula Bird, Charles Krigbaum and several other experienced Suzuki teachers from various European countries and the USA will share details about their strategies for establishing an excellent foundation for beginning students.

Conference Directors:
Kerstin Wartberg & Charles Krigbaum


Conference Venue:
Küppelstein 34
D-42857 Remscheid


Conference Languages:
English and German


Conference Office:
Stefan Kalkbrenner


It is easy to travel to Remscheid. Once you register, we will send you instructions for travel by car, train, or plane.
There are three airports near Remscheid (at a distance of 40-60 kilometers).
Many low-cost airlines fly to Düsseldorf, Cologne/Bonn, and Dortmund.

We hope to see you at the Teaching Conference.


Price List

Course registration

Course B = Main Conference (Sa/Su, 02/11 – 03/11/2019) = 150,00 €

Course Combinations (A / B / C)

Courses A & B: (Fr – Su, 01 – 03/11/2019) = 240,00 €
Courses B & C: (Sa – Mo, 02 – 04/11/2019) = 200,00 €
Courses A & B & C: (Fr – Mo, 01 – 04/11/2019) = 260,00 € 

Course Combinations (with an Introductory Course  in Suzuki Teaching)

Courses B & C (Sa – Mo, 02 – 04/11/2019) = 200,00 €
Courses A & B & C: (Fr – Mo, 01 – 04/11/2019) = 260,00 €

For Teacher Trainees of the German Suzuki Institute

Examination Fee for Teacher Trainees* = 120,00 €
Free participation for DSI Trainees* = 0,00 €

* DSI (German Suzuki Institute) teacher trainees and examination candidates are exempted from the fees for Courses A / B / C.

Room registration and Full Board

Fr – Su, 01/11 – 03/11/2019: 2 nights,
DOUBLE ROOM (per Person) and FULL BOARD:
130,00 €
Fr – Su, 01/11 – 03/11/2019: 2 nights,
150,00 €
Sa/Su, 02/11 – 03/11/2019: 1 night,
DOUBLE ROOM (per Person) and FULL BOARD:
65,00 €
Sa/Su, 02/11 – 03/11/2019: 1 night, SINGLE ROOM and FULL BOARD:
78,00 €
Fr – Mo, 01/11 – 04/11/2019: 3 nights,
DOUBLE ROOM (per Person) and FULL BOARD:
198,00 €
Fr – Mo, 01/11 – 04/11/2019: 3 nights,
215,00 €
Sa – Mo, 02/11 – 04/11/2019: 2 nights,
DOUBLE ROOM (per Person) and FULL BOARD:
130,00 €
Sa – Mo, 02/11 – 04/11/2019: 2 nights,
150,00 €

Meals for course participants NOT staying at the academy

Meals Fr-Su – Courses A + B: 45,00 €
Meals Sa-Su – Course B: 24,00 €
Meals Sa-Mo – Courses B + C: 45,00 €
Meals Fr-Mo – Courses A + B + C: 66,00 €



Cancellations must be in writing (letter or email):

Deutsches Suzuki Institut
Sekretariat Stefan Kalkbrenner
Postfach 1866, 24017 Kiel, GERMANY

Until 31 JULY 2019, the course fee and the cost for ACCOMODATION and FULL BOARD will be refunded.
From 1 – 31 AUGUST 2019, the cost for ACCOMODATION and FULL BOARD will be refunded, but not the course fee.
From 1 September 2019, we regret that we shall not be able to refund any money.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us
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The video is based on excerpts of the Teach Suzuki Podcast by Paula E. Bird, Texas State University.

Paula Bird speaks about her experiences at the 8th annual conference of the International Suzuki Teachers Exchange in Remscheid, Germany at the end of October 2016 and relates details of the events that she attended and the people that she met and learned from.
She discusses why attending such an important conference is valuable for Suzuki teachers and invites teachers to the next conference.

Mimi Zweig teaches

This video shows Mimi Zweig, teaching at the
9th International Music Teachers’ EXchange Conference in Germany

October 2017.
More information about Mimi Zweig:
More information about International Music Teachers’ EXchange