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European Suzuki Association
Quality Suzuki Teacher Training
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Dr. Päivi Kukkamäki Finland
Deputy Instrument Director
Katrina Pezzimenti Australia
Teacher Training courses in Finland
In order to be accepted as a teacher-in-training, an audition DVD and resume in English should be submitted. The resume should include tertiary qualifications in classical voice studies, professional performance experience and teaching experience.
Please take care with the quality of your DVD and its sound. The DVD gives an important first impression.
The Voice is an Instrument
The Suzuki Voice Program is based on the understanding that the Voice is an instrument and each student will be taught according to their individual needs. It has been specially designed to learn vocal technique and style in a progressive manner. The Program was developed in Vantaa, Finland in 1986.
The Program teaches children aged prenatal to adulthood. Early vocal instruction begins in groups, however all students progress to individual lessons at a very early age and are encouraged to perform as soloists when they are ready.
• The Program induces an early acceptance of classical music and singing styles in childhood
The Suzuki Voice Program can be used as a method that enhances interaction between a parent and a child, during pregnancy and up to age 2. The teacher leads the activity in lessons and supports the relationship between the mother/father and the baby. The parents are taught the early steps of their child’s instrument. They are taught to listen and to feel comfortable singing the early repertoire. As the child becomes more independent (age 3 onwards), the interaction between a child and a teacher increases and the role of the parent will be more observing and supporting in lessons. Individual lessons in addition to group lessons are encouraged at this stage.
The Suzuki Voice teacher needs to understand the normal stages of child development to support the personal development of each child and awaken a love of music through singing. The aim of the Suzuki Voice Program is to begin with simple folk songs and graduate to more challenging levels of classical songs. In this way the student learns both musical and technical skills while being introduced to a wide range of classical vocal repertoire.
Unique features of the Suzuki Voice Program
Suzuki Voice Teacher Training and Exams have been conducted in the ESA since 1998. Worldwide, there are Suzuki trained Teachers in 20 countries within America, Australia, Europe, Africa, Asia and New Zealand.
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