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Finding a Suzuki Teacher

It is very important to find the right teacher for your family and child since this relationship can be a long-lasting one with a great impact on your whole family’s musical experience. We always recommend observing several teachers before choosing the one who fits your needs and style best.

Below are a few guidelines to help in this process.*

  • Observe some teachers at work. Many Suzuki teachers actually require prospective parents and children to observe individual and group lessons and other activities before beginning study.

  • When you attend the lessons of a prospective teacher, observe the relationships between teacher and child, and teacher and parent. Is the atmosphere pleasant and relaxed? Does the teacher expect and receive respectful attention? Is there a good balance between concentrated work and good humor? Are the teacher’s comments supportive and encouraging even when necessary corrections are made? Does the teacher show a grasp of the basic technical problems and demonstrate how they can be solved? Does the teacher make sure the parent understands the goals for home practice? To questions like these, add prerequisites important to you.

  • Look for loving care of the child coupled with high standards for every level of performance. Each child should be consistently challenged to produce the best of which s/he is capable. It is possible for this to be done in an atmosphere of love and encouragement, and this is the goal of teachers who follow Suzuki’s philosophy.

  • Ask teachers if they are SAA members and inquire about their training and experience. Most teachers are happy to give you this information. You may also call the SAA office for information on the training teachers have registered with the Association. Don’t be fooled into believing that “anyone can teach Suzuki.” It’s fine if one loves children, praises and encourages them, provides listening opportunities, and uses the Suzuki repertoire, but the teacher must also have knowledge of the technique of the instrument and of the philosophy that underlies the Suzuki Method.

  • Find out about the teacher’s expectations of his/her students and let the teacher know about your expectations, your understanding of the Suzuki approach, and your family’s commitment to Suzuki study.

  • Talk to parents of other students in the studio or program about their family’s experience.

* From the Suzuki Association of the Americas website,

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