Teacher Training Opportunities
What is the NZSI teacher training programme?
The NZSI Teacher Training Programme is a comprehensive study of the Suzuki volumes of music for each instrument. Through this study a deep understanding of Suzuki's philosophy is developed including the application of the philosophy to the teaching of beginners through advanced students. In addition, many areas of practical information are explored e.g. working with parents, setting up a studio, teaching music reading, teaching supplementary literature and working in groups.
Who is the NZSI teacher training programme for?
Skilled, well-trained musicians who enjoy working with children and their parents and who have basic understanding of the philosophy and can empathize with the importance of:
- beginning early
- postponing music reading until readiness is established by teacher and parent
- listening to recordings
- following the Suzuki repertory sequence
- offering private lessons plus group classes
- training parents to be teachers at home
- depending on cooperation, not competition for motivation
Also, a level of commitment is required to see through the completion of the training programme.
Reasons (benefits) for becoming a Suzuki teacher
There is a high demand for Suzuki tuition and the Suzuki method offers a unique community in which to develop professionally and musically as a teacher. Levels of professional support and interchange are high, particularly for those teachers who involve themselves fully in branch and national activities such as group lessons, workshops and camps. Suzuki teachers have an open door policy and share ideas readily with one another. This makes for a powerful learning community.
NZSI Teacher Training Programme Introduction
The NZSI Teacher Training Programme is designed for practising teachers and advanced musicians 18 years and over interested in becoming Suzuki teachers. Currently, in New Zealand, Suzuki teacher training is available in cello, flute, guitar, piano and violin.
The training programme covers 4 Levels and each level consists of 3 Units of training. Most units correspond to the Suzuki repertoire book to which it refers. There is an Assessment at the end of each Level of training. Upon commencing training, teachers are eligible for inclusion on the NZSI Teacher Registry.
Each unit consists of a minimum of 16 hours of lectures, discussions, training and teaching practice plus 8 hours of observation of specified Suzuki teaching, which must be fully documented by the trainee. The importance and timing of the teaching of reading, plus other aspects of musicianship will also be an integral part of the training programme. Additional written work, reading and an increasing performance ability is required at each Level.
NZSI Teacher Trainers recommend:
1. All teachers attend the National Teachers Conferences.
2. Trainee teachers attend a minimum of one workshop or conference for each Level of training.
In some cases, NZSI Teacher Trainers will also recommend that a trainee teacher takes private lessons from a recognized teacher during the training period.
Entry level playing requirements as follows:
- Piano - Grade 8 + or alternatively the equivalent of Suzuki Piano Book Seven.
- Violin - Grade 8 + or alternatively the equivalent of Suzuki Violin Book Seven.
- Cello - Grade 8 + or alternatively the equivalent of Suzuki Cello Book Eight.
- Flute - Grade 8 + or alternatively the equivalent of Suzuki Flute Book Seven.
- Guitar - Grade 8 + or alternatively the equivalent of Suzuki Guitar Book Seven.
Click Here to Download the NZSI Teacher Training Programme Document - Cello
Click Here to Download the NZSI Teacher Training Programme Document - Flute
Click Here to Download the NZSI Teacher Training Programme Document - Guitar
Click Here to Download the NZSI Teacher Training Programme Document - Piano Level 1 & 2
Click Here to Download the NZSI Teacher Training Programme Document - Violin
NZSI Introductory Training Course for Teenagers
An Introductory Training Course for Teenagers with an associated mentor scheme is available for advanced Suzuki students in Year 11-13. Email NZSI Director of Teacher Training for information at firstname.lastname@example.org Introductory Teacher Training for Teenagers(pdf)
NZSI Teacher Training Course
Suzuki Early Childhood Baby and Toddler Music
How to Enroll in the NZSI Teacher Training Programme
1A. Complete the NZSI Teacher Training Enrollment Form (PDF) .
1B. Provide a short curriculum vitae detailing musical training and experience and other relevant educational or teaching experience and activities.
1C. Payment of a registration fee of $25.00 (non-refundable) is required. Your cheque should be made payable to NZSI OR Direct Deposit: NZSI 03 0259 0253 226 00 Reference 'Your surname' 'TT app fee'
Send ALL of the above to:
NZSI Director of Teacher Training
92 Burbush Road
2. Read Nurtured by Love by Shinichi Suzuki, Exposition Press.
3. Upon receipt of your curriculum vitae, application form and registration fee, you can expect to be interviewed by the NZSI Director of Teacher Training either by telephone or in person.
4. You will be required to provide a video audition tape of your most recent playing. Details of what will be required on the audition tape will be advised during the interview.
When you have completed the enrolment process including the audition, you will be notified of training opportunities as they arise. At the commencement of your training you will be required to become a Teacher Member of the NZSI.
The Plan for NZSI Teacher Training Courses being offered from April 2020 - January 2021
NZSI is committed to this plan and all courses will run subject to:
1. Branch confirmation of the location.
2. Teacher Trainer availability.
3. Minimum enrolment of three participants.
The following list of Training courses: Introduction to Suzuki Philosophy, cello, Flute, Guitar, Piano and Violin are listed chronologically by location. Information and enrolment forms will be added as soon as the details of the course have been determined.
Partial Schedule of NZSI Teacher Training Courses being offered from April 2021 to January 2022
NB: The training notice and application form for each unit will be emailed out to eligible NZSI registered teachers and links will be added below as they become available.
National Teacher Training Workshop Auckland (20 – 25 April 2021)
Introduction to Suzuki Philosophy
Please Note: To enrol in one of the following Unit 1A courses you must first complete the NZSI enrolment process successfully.
Violin Unit 1A/1B (Both Units taken consecutively)
Piano Unit 1A/1B (Both Units taken consecutively)
Violin Unit 1B
Level Assessments (TBC)
Bay of Plenty Branch Winter Workshop, Tauranga (2021 Dates and training to be confirmed)
South Island Winter Workshop, Christchurch (11- 14 July 2021)
Training to be confirmed
Wellington Branch Spring Workshop ()
Level Assessments (TBC)
Auckland Branch Spring Workshop (14 - 16 October 2021)
Piano Unit 2
Violin Unit 2
Violin Unit 4
Level Assessments (TBC)
For all cello teacher training course enquiries, contact Sally-Anne Brown:
The cost for a unit of training, consisting of a minimum of 16 hours course work and 8 hours observation varies with instrument and location but is usually between $400.00 to $450.00 (GST inclusive). In some circumstances one to one teacher training may be available on a set fee per hour basis. For more information email NZSI Director of Teacher Training, Email email@example.com
Introductory Suzuki Teacher Training Course for Teenagers
Currently no courses are scheduled.
Introductory Teacher Training for Teenagers(pdf)
There are four levels of assessments in the NZSI teacher training programme. Assessments at each level involve 3 parts: performance, teaching, discussion and written work.
NZSI Policy for Teachers Returning to Teaching:
NZSI Policy for accrediting teacher training courses taken overseas: