Are you a professional musician? Do you enjoy teaching your instrument?   Do you like children?
Are you interested in helping children to develop their human qualities through music?
Do you enjoy working as a team with children and their parents, and with your colleagues?
Do you want to extend your pedagogical skills to include teaching very young children – as early as 3 years of age?
If so, then teaching music through the Suzuki pedagogy may interest you.

A professional training is proposed to you according to Suzuki pedagogical principles, for the following instruments 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.  But there is important specific information for each instrument.

Registrants will receive training with one or more of the 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.


Technical knowledge

  • 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

Personal development

  • 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)

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.
  • AFPS membership fees must be paid at the beginning of the training

Terms and conditions

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