Teacher Training

Suzuki Association of the Americas
Official Teacher Training Courses in Violin

Get your registered training before you leave school so you can be prepared to open or join an existing Suzuki violin studio. Officially registered training is available with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Taught by trainer Dr. Timothy Durbin

Hello Everyone!

The purpose of this letter is to better communicate on my part and make everyone aware of the Suzuki Teacher Development Program for violin that I teach here at the university.

The four Suzuki pedagogy violin courses (MUS 592- sec.1-4) are taught in conjunction with official recognition and registration with the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA). This means that not only do the students need to meet university requirements for enrolling in the course, but to also meet SAA requirements so they may officially register the courses and have them on record for future employment needs.

This means that students who wish to enroll in any or all of the courses must work IN ADVANCE with me to meet these requirements so that they gain my permission to enroll and they are ready to take the course for dual credit and recognition from the university and the SAA. I recommend the student make initial contact with me the semester BEFORE they are ready to enroll in the course so that I may help and guide them in completing the pre-requisites. The SAA requires all pre-requisites to be completed before the student can be added to the roll. This means pre-requisites have to be completed the semester BEFORE they plan to register.

 The pre-requisites are as follows:

 1. The student needs to join and be an active member of the SAA

 2. The student must take the “Every Child Can” (ECC) philosophy course before enrolling in any of the book courses. It is a one-day seminar that lasts 6 hours. I teach it every fall at the beginning of the semester. Students may also take this course at any other location throughout the year where the course is officially taught.

 3. The student must submit a video of their playing to meet the minimum playing requirements that the SAA requires to be eligible to enroll in the courses. There are three levels of acceptance.

1. Comprehensive- Play first movement of Mozart A or D major concerto with Cadenza.

                                    This allows the student to enroll in all courses through book 10.

2. Intermediate- Play first movement of the Bach Concerto in A minor.

                                    This allows the student to enroll in all courses that cover through book 8.

3. Basic- Seitz Concerto No. 5, movement I and Vivaldi Concerto in a minor, movement III

                                    This allows the student to take courses that cover books 1-4.

4. The students must take and register book units 1-3 in order.

                                                       592-01 covers book one       Fall semester each year

                                                      592-02 covers books 2-4      Spring semester each year

                                                      592-03 covers books 5-7      Fall semester each year

                                                      592-04 covers books 8-10   Spring semester each year


I am distributing this to everyone I think needs to have this information. Please make it available and known to all violin students enrolled here at the university so that if they wish to get and register this training they are well aware of and prepared to enroll for the course in the semester that they need to take it before graduation and can plan their schedules well in advance.

Please find attached a poster that list all the courses taught here. If you would be so kind as to post this information somewhere that students can easily be made aware of it, it would be greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions at all or if violin students have any questions at all, please contact me.

Available Courses

Each Fall
1. Every Child Can Introductory Philosophy Course
Beginning of each Fall Semester
One Day, Six-Hour Course

2. Book One Violin Training Course
Meets once per week for 3 hours

3. Books 5-7 Violin Training Course
Meets once per week for 3 hours

Each Spring
4. Books 2-4 Violin Training Course
Meets once per week for 3 hours

5. Books 8-10 Violin Training Course
Meets once per week for 3 hours

As Needed Basis
6. Suzuki Practicum Class
Meets once per week for 1 hour

Contact Dr. Timothy Durbin for more info and requirements:
(859) 312-1616
Room 336 Music Building



1. You should join the SAA. Go to www.suzukiassociation.org for details on how to join. You must be a member of the SAA to register your training.

2. Take the ECC course offered at the UofL each August or at another venue and register it with the SAA.

3. Register for your selected class with the music office. Penny Brody in the music office handles the registration process. You may take it for college credit or register through the Community Music Program. Contact Penny Brody for all financial information about the class. All classes meet according to the university semester schedule. Her info is:
Penny Brodie
Program Assistant Sr.
School of Music
Ph: 502-852-6908

4. Prepare an audition DVD for the SAA for the book 4 level, the book 7 level or the book 10 level and submit that to the SAA. Which tape you submit qualifies you to take classes through that book level. Information on audition tapes, etc. can be found on the SAA website. Contact me with any questions. I can help you make and submit the tapes.




What: Suzuki Association's "Every Child Can" one day introductory course

Where: University of Louisville, Music Building, Room 125

When: Late August each year before the book courses begin.

Cost: $50 per person, includes all materials

Who: Timothy Durbin, Suzuki teacher trainer and director of the Suzuki String Program at the University of Louisville will be the presenter. He has over 30 years experience teaching the Suzuki method and an international reputation as a Suzuki clinician in great demand throughout the world.

How: register by the end of JULY by contacting me by email, letting me know you will be attending. You may also call me at 859 312-1616.

You will be registered for the course upon receipt of payment by cash, check made out to the University of Louisville, or credit card. Contact Penny Brody in the music office to officially register and pay.

This would be wonderful parent education for new parents (adults, not children) in our program or any parent who wants to know more about the Suzuki method. It is also a good introductory course for educators whose specialty is in other fields.

Every Child Can! is a one day introductory course on the Suzuki philosophy and its application to education. For parents, teachers, prospective teachers and others, this course provides an inspiring, in-depth look at the Suzuki approach to teaching and learning. For teachers, ECC serves as the first course in the Suzuki Association of the Americas Teacher Development Program.

In addition to exploring the elements of the Suzuki approach and its far-reaching goals, it includes an introduction to learning styles, history of the development of Suzuki education, the role of parents, the importance of Suzuki pedagogical training, and an overview of the SAA’s role in supporting teachers and parents. A fast-paced, engaging and inspiring program, ECC includes video materials and SAA-developed courseware, and provides each participant with useful reference materials (manuals) for later study. For teachers, ECC serves as the first course in the Suzuki Association of the Americas’ Teacher Development Program.

If you are interested Please let me know by return email that you would like to attend. I can be contacted by email or phone at 859 312-1616. Then contact Penny Brodie to register and pay for the course. Her contact info is:

Penny Brodie
Program Assistant Sr.
School of Music
Ph: 502-852-6908