Students at the first International Suzuki Summer workshop in Lithuania in 2008 
Karen Kimmett with students in Malody Township, South Africa


Long Term Teacher Training

Past projects supported by Suzuki Development



This was our first major project. Teacher training project began with violin, directed by Tove Detreköy (Denmark). Later on Annette Costanzi (UK) directed a cello course, and Anne-Birthe Andersen (Denmark) was in charge of piano teacher training.  Several teachers reached level 5 (The European Suzuki Association Diploma).


Following the establishment of the National Suzuki Association by Kasia Borowiak (a Polish resident of the UK) an intensive programme of teacher training led to qualifications for around 50 teachers. Kasia Borowiak directed the piano course, and Tove Detreköy (Denmark) led violin teacher training.  Cello teacher training was undertaken by Sara Bethge (UK) and later by Anja Maja (Finland).  Poland now has its own recognised teacher trainers for piano and violin.


The Trust has supported teacher training for piano and violin, most recently directed by Jeanne Janssens (Belgium).


Sven Sjögren (Sweden)  has directed a long term violin course which has trained a number of teachers to the highest level, including one newly appointed teacher trainer.

Christophe Bossuat (France) and Karen Kimmett (Canada) have been running teacher training for violin with great success for many years.  Recently the South African Suzuki Association added a Cello Teacher Training course with Ruben Rivera (France), also supported by the Trust.


Following the establishment of the Lithuanian Suzuki Association a major long term teacher training project was funded by the Trust.  The piano course was directed by Ruth Miura (Spain) and the violin course by Koen Rens (Belgium). Annette Costanzi (UK) was director of cello teacher training. The association is now supporting its own continued  teacher training programme and funding this by arranging summer workshops for teachers and children each year.


Christophe Bossuat (France)  directed violin teacher training for several years. It is hoped that training will continue, also adding new instruments.  

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