The AFPS offers professional training based on the principles of the Suzuki pedagogy, for Flute, Violin, Viola, Violoncello and Piano. Teacher training for other instruments is not yet available in France; see the site of the European Suzuki Association – ESA – for information about other instruments.
The information on this page is common to all of the instruments. There is important specific information for each instrument; see the pages for Flute - Violin and Viola – Violoncello – Piano – Conversion from Violin to Viola.
Registrants will receive training with one or more of our Teacher Trainers, who are certified by the ESA (European Suzuki Association)
The Suzuki pedagogy is attracting progressively more interest in France and world-wide, partly because it allows to begin learning an instrument as young as 3 years. Teacher training is an essential element of this pedagogy.
It attracts musicians of all ages, from young instrumentalists to teachers with many years of experience, who wish to become involved in teaching very young children. In order for the children to flourish, a solid and thorough teacher training programme is indispensible.
- Knowledge of the repertoire which the children will learn: the Suzuki music books
- Technical progression throughout the repertoire
- The quest for a beautiful sound from the very beginning of study
- Understanding the teaching points of the repertoire, which is learned by successive steps
- Developing a positive teaching style
Knowledge concerning children
- Lectures and discussions on child development, with particular attention to the parent-child relationship.
- Psychomotor development
- How memory functions
- Study of the psychology of teaching
Study of the Suzuki concepts and philosophy
- Theories of learning for very young children
- Similarities between learning the mother tongue and music
- The role of listening
- The parent-child-teacher relationship
- Analysis of technical and musical abilities
- Individual lessons for each candidate, designed to improve technique, tone production, and quality of sound, and the relationship between the instrument and the body.
- Supervised teaching of children in individual and group lessons
- Solo performance
- Observation of individual and group lessons, taught by teachers certified in the Suzuki pedagogy (20 hours)
Cost of teacher training :
Registration and examinations fee : €230
Payment by bank transfer
Membership in the AFPS :
- For French participants : 22 € for the non-graduates (in preparation Level 1) – 42 € for the superior levels.
- Participants from other countries must belong to their national association. Please include a copy of your current membership card along with your registration.
- Registration, examination, and AFPS membership fees must be paid before October 14, 2018
Tuition fee : €1200
Tuition fees are to be paid directly to the trainers at the first training session. These fees should be paid by 3 cheques, in the amounts of €400, for deposit on the last day of October, January, and March.
Travel costs and accommodation are not included in the fees, and are the responsibility of the registrant.
For the national workshop, on-site accommodation in the workshop location is obligatory.
Terms and conditions
Participation in this teacher training implies payment in full of all tuition fees as well as all corresponding registration, examination, and membership fees.
Registration and examination fees will only be reimbursed if the course is cancelled by the AFPS.
Teacher training dates indicated may be changed in exception circumstances, such as non-availability of the training locale or of the trainer.
In registering for training, participants should undertake not to claim that they are trained in the Suzuki method until they have successfully passed the Level 1 examination, and to maintain contact with the teacher training team until they have completed level 5.
Teachers wishing to register for this training should first contact the teacher-trainer and send him/her a detailed CV. Registration in the course is dependent on acceptance by the teacher trainer.
Minimum level on instrument : Graduation diploma from a regional conservatory or equivalent.
Prior to registration, candidates must submit an audition on CD or DVD of a specified programme.
Suzuki teacher training consists of 5 levels and takes place over a number of years.
The participants’ work is evaluated during the year’s training, and is validated during the examinations which are recognized by the AFPS, the ESA (European Suzuki Association), and by the ISA (International Suzuki Association).
A diploma is awarded on the successful completion of the examination for each level. This diploma is officially recognized by all of the Suzuki associations in Europe.
- French Diploma, levels 1 and 2 : the teacher has the right to open their own class in France
- European Diploma, levels 3 and 4 : the teacher has the right to work in Europe
- International Diploma, level 5 : the teacher has the right to work anywhere in the world