Long Term Teacher Training
Current Projects supported by the Suzuki Teaching Trust


The first year of the Baltic Cello Course directed by Anja Maja, Finland and bringing together nine cellists from Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia was successfully concluded with exams on 18 September 2017. It is hoped that the course will continue in 2019-20.


Violin teacher training, directed by Helen Brunner, started in 2014 with the first exams held a year later. It was supported by the Trust for several years and is now continuing largely unaided.  Following exams held in February 2019, there are now two level one violin teacher, two level 2, six level 3 and two level 4.  The Russian Piano teacher training course, run by Kristinn Örn Kristinsson and also supported by the Trust, was started in early 2015 and continues without current support.


Anja Maja and Baltic Cello Course participants


Long term teacher training continues for Violin (with Koen Rens) and Piano (with Mary McCarthy).  The Trust continues to support the piano course.


The first Violin course started in 2017 with support from the Trust, directed by Agathe Jerie.  Six candidates took level 1 in July 2018 and the Trust has given a grant for the continuation of the course in 2018-19 with levels 2-3, while five new trainees are expected to start at level 1.  This course is also directed by Agathe Jerie. The association also has plans to start other instruments and the Trust is committed to support these.


Violin teacher training was started in Harare in 2016, directed by Karen Kimmett and supported by the Trust.  Exams were held in December 2017, and there are plans to continue and possibly add cello though much now depends on the political situation and the economy.  Once it is safe to start again, there are plans to add further instruments and involve more teacher trainers.  The Trust is committed to supporting this important project.


A new project to support the training of Ukrainian teachers of violin and piano has been started jointly with the Polish Suzuki Association.  In 2018 the Trust supported the piano course, led by Marzena Jasinska, with a grant to subsidise the fees of the Ukrainian teachers. There was an additional subsidy by the Polish Suzuki Association, which also supported a violin course, directed by Anna Podhajska.  The Trust will work with the Polish Suzuki Association, which is hosting both teacher training projects and also adding its own financial support.


Agathe Jerie and participants on the Czech violin course


The first Zimbabwe violin course April 2016