European Suzuki Association
Teacher Training & Examinations Manual
Revised April 2016
4. Course Assessment
Each year before the Examinations there will be a written progress report and a written
assessment on Performance and Teaching.
A minimal time span of 8 to 10 months between the first session of the Course
and the Examination is recommended
6. Viola Teacher Training Conversion Courses for Violin Teachers
Teachers who have passed Level 1 on the Violin may start the Viola course at Level 2.
An audition which includes playing the Book 1 Viola pieces is required and can be
done by video.
Teachers who have passed any of the levels from Level 2 - 5 on the Violin may follow
a shorter Viola Teacher Training Conversion Course - approximately one week. This
course covers Repertoire and Teaching Points for the appropriate levels, but does
not repeat those aspects of Teacher Training which have already been covered in the
Teachers are only eligible to take Viola Conversion Courses up to the Level which
they have already passed on Violin.
All candidates who wish to take the Conversion Course and the subsequent Viola
Examination must submit a video of their own performance. The performance
should consist of all Viola Repertoire played from memory, below and including the
level at which the candidate wishes to take the Conversion Course and Examination.
This video must be submitted prior to the Course.
Examinations for candidates who already have Violin qualifications will be conducted
in the same way as normal examinations. At Levels 3, 4 and 5 the examination
should, wherever possible, include the teaching of children at the appropriate levels.
7. Violin Teacher Training Conversion Courses for Viola Teachers
Any teacher who has trained and qualified on the Viola may attend a Conversion Course
for Violin as described above.
Continuous Professional Development Courses for all Teachers
See Appendix B4 Continuous Professional Development Course Registration Form
See Appendix C5 Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Certificates
The ESA believes in an ongoing and never ending learning process and offers
Continuous Professional Development Courses as a part of the ESA Teacher Training
system for all Suzuki teachers in order to -
maintain quality Suzuki teaching throughout Europe
develop good role models for students and parents of students
support lifelong training and research for effective everyday teaching methods
provide further training and professional development beyond Level 5
provide opportunities for Teacher Trainers to offer courses focused on particular topics
Examples of courses
The Importance of Teaching Tone
Development of the Bowing Technique Book 1-10
Teaching Suzuki students beyond book 10
Teaching Practicum for SAA trained teachers