How do you know if you have a good Suzuki teacher?

The following article was taken from Paula E Bird’s blog. Paula offers a treasure trove of ideas for teaching, learning, and parenting in the Suzuki style.  For more information, click on over to Paula Bird’s Blog.

Here are the points I recommend to parents when they are searching for a good Suzuki teacher:


(1) Ask your friends for referrals. Nothing speaks better about a teacher than a satisfied customer. Also, your teacher should have a good reputation in the community. Music stores and other teachers can offer recommendations as well. Don’t hesitate to ask for recommendations.

(2) Ask the teacher what Suzuki teacher training they have taken and where. A teacher who has attended teacher training courses will not hesitate to tell you this information. If the teacher fudges with the answer or says something like, “I was raised as a Suzuki violin student,” please be aware that this is not the same thing. I have been taking lessons since I was 3 years old. There is much that I do not remember from my learning experience, and that is certainly going to be true for others as well.

(3) Ask if the teacher has a group class. A true Suzuki teacher understands the value of including a group class in the curriculum. It’s OK if the classes meet just a few times per month or if more than one teacher teaches the classes. The important thing is that there is a group class.

(4) Ask if you can observe the teacher in a lesson or group class situation. I never have any problem with this.

(5) Find out what other experience your teacher has with regard to performing. After all, your teacher will serve as a performance model for your child, so it is important that you have found a teacher who will be a good model.

One word of advice: be sure you pick your teacher because of value. Do not pick a teacher based on convenience or cost. Because a teacher will come to your home, or lives near by, or is inexpensive is not a good reason to select a teacher! Remember, your teacher will become a very important part of your lives. You want the very best you can afford for your child. Please select a teacher because they are qualified and experienced and will be a good fit for your family.

For more information, click on over to Paula Bird’s Blog.

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