If you are a skilled professional musician that has an interest in helping children develop through the study of music. You may be interested in the learning more about the Suzuki approach to music education. The Suzuki Method provides a unique approach for musicians to help children and families. It also provides many opportunities for musicians to promote their own growth as musicians, teachers, and human beings.
The Suzuki is one of the main teaching methods used in music education in North America. The Suzuki Method has been successfully used in many diverse situations and is widely recognized by many national music organizations. As more teachers, students, and parents have experienced the results of the method, interest in it has increased. This has resulted in a rising need for certified Suzuki teachers here in the States and all over the world.
How to become a Certified Suzuki Teacher?
There are several steps that one must take in the process of becoming a certified Suzuki teacher. The first step is to take ECC or and Every Child Can course. This course is an introduction to the Suzuki philosophy and Method. This course not only benefits potential music teachers but also parents, non music teachers, and anyone else who is planning on working with children.
The next step is to join the Suzuki Association of Americas as an active teacher member which requires paying yearly dues for your active membership and creating a profile on the SAA website. Once you complete this you will need to submit a teacher training video audition to be accepted for basic, intermediate, or comprehensive training. Each one has different requirements that can be found on the SAA website.
If you are accepted into one of these programs then you are now eligible to take the Unit training courses. Units 1,2, and 3 must be taken in order and can be found at the institutes and workshops that take place during the summer. Once you finish and pass your Unit course it will be officially registered with the SAA by the Institute or trainer teaching your course. It will also show up on your online profile as certified in this unit.