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Anne Birthe Andersen Denmark
Piano Teacher Training Courses in Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland
Throughout Europe, Suzuki Piano Teacher Training has continued to grow with new Level 1 trainees in many countries. There are over 100 Piano Teacher Trainees currently studying throughout Europe - although some will not be taking exams this year. The largest Piano Teacher Training courses were held in Finland, England, Italy, Ireland, Poland, Scotland, Iceland and Germany; with smaller courses in Denmark, Spain, Lithuania, Netherlands and Belgium.
It is hoped that the number of Piano Trainees will continue to rise over the next year, and the ESA is delighted to see that Suzuki Piano Teacher Training is firmly established in so many of its member countries. The ESA Board would like to thank all the Piano Teacher Trainers for their dedication and commitment to the development of Suzuki philosophy and Suzuki Piano method.
We ask that all Teachers continue to work together with colleagues to research and ensure that the growth of the Suzuki Piano method develops in the spirit that Dr Suzuki envisaged it would. Working together we can show that through Suzuki philosophy we can transform lives for the better.
Suzuki Piano School Volumes 1-7 New International Edition
Major developments to the piano repertoire have finally been completed with the publication of the New International Editions of volumes 4-7 with accompanying CD recordings by Seizo Azuma (Director of Piano for TERI Japan).
Work on the new editions began in 2006 by the ISA’s International Piano Committee with the goal of introducing new repertoire throughout the books that would represent Romantic and Contemporary styles at appropriate levels.
The first three books were released in 2008 and have proved to be very popular with students and teachers worldwide. Alfred Music Publishing have published editions that also include the CD as a package which represents a significant saving for parents and hopefully ensures that all children will have a recording to listen to.
The ESA is very grateful for the huge amount of time and energy Kasia Borowiak has spent as our representative on this project and we all appreciate the difficulties she encountered. It is hoped that all the European Piano Teachers and Teacher Trainers will come to like the changes to the repertoire and will find the new pieces rewarding for children to learn and stimulating to teach.
The New International Edition of Books 1-7 now includes 22 brand new pieces from the Romantic and 20th Century literature with some changes to the original sequence of pieces. This is a substantial change for the international Suzuki Piano community.
The ESA expects that, from September 2010, all Piano Teacher Training Courses in Europe will incorporate the new repertoire and changes as found in the New International Editions.
For ESA Piano Teacher Training Examinations, Teacher Trainees may present the old repertoire until September 2012, after which time only the new repertoire will be permitted.
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