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

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 dott@suzuki.org.nz   Introductory Teacher Training for Teenagers(pdf)

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
Trudi Miles
92 Burbush Road
RD8
Hamilton 3288

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 2017 - January 2018

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. 

Schedule of NZSI Teacher Training Courses being offered  from April 2017 to January 2018

National Teacher Training Workshop Auckland (17-20 April 2017)
Introduction to Suzuki Philosophy - Completed

Cello Unit 3 For more information contact real-entertainment@xtra.co.nz
Flute Unit 1A - Completed
Guitar Unit 1B - Completed

Piano Unit 1A - Completed
Piano Unit 1B - Completed

Violin Unit 1A - Completed
Violin Unit  2 - Completed
Violin Unit 3 - Completed
Violin Unit 5 (cancelled - minimum required enrolments not met)

Hawkes Bay Branch Autumn Workshop, Napier (26 - 29 April 2017)
Piano Unit 3 Completed

South Island Branch Winter Workshop, Christchurch (9 - 12 July 2017)
Violin Unit 1B Completed

Wellington Branch Spring Workshop (1 - 4 October 2017)
Cello Unit 5 For more information contact real-entertainment@xtra.co.nz
Piano Unit 6 For more information contact dott@suzuki.org.nz

Violin Unit 6 Click here to download enrolment form
Possible Level One and Level Two Assessments (TBC)

Auckland Branch Spring Workshop (October 2017 Dates TBC)
Cello Unit 7 For more information contact real-entertainment@xtra.co.nz
Flute Unit 1B Click here to download enrolment form
Flute Unit 6 Rescheduled to 2018
Guitar Unit 7 Click here to download enrolment form
Piano Unit 2 Click here to download enrolment form
Violin Unit 2 Rescheduled to 2018
Violin Unit 7 Click here to download enrolment form
Possible Level One and Level Two Assessments (TBC)

January 2018 Camps (Possible Training Units - to be confirmed)
Hamilton Branch – Matamata Camp (11-14 January 2018)
South Island Branch – Timaru Camp (16 – 21 January 2018
Wellington Branch – Masterton Camp (17 – 22 January 2018)

The cost for a unit of training, consisting of a uaminimum 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 dott@suzuki.org.nz

Introductory Suzuki Teacher Training Course for Teenagers

Currently no courses are scheduled.

Assessments

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.

Cllck here to download the Assessment Application Form

Click here to download Level One Assessment Information and Assessment Schedule

Click here to download Level Two Assessment Information and Assessment Schedule

Click here to download Level Three Assessment Information and Assessment Schedule

Click here to download Level Four Assessment Information and Assessment Schedule

NZSI Policy for Teachers Returning to Teaching:

Click here to download the policy and form

NZSI Policy for accrediting teacher training courses taken overseas:

Click here to download the policy / form (pdf)