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Professional Development


As you are aware, the very essence of Suzuki method is change. Dr. Suzuki himself was careful to bring to teachers' attention any development by announcing "new idea!". We all then tried to incorporate this new idea into our own teaching.


Suzuki Music has developed a new system for teachers’ required professional development that will allow more flexibility for teachers, acknowledge active involvement in the Association and recognise other relevant training and professional development.

The first 2-year PD Points Cycle will commence on 1 January 2016 and conclude on 31 December 2017.

Teachers will need to acquire 200 points by the end of the two-year period to be eligible for Teacher Certification for the following two-year cycle. 120 points of specific Suzuki PD from Table A will be required (including 60 points of instrument specific PD per discipline taught), and the remaining 80 points would be made up of a variety of activities from Tables A to D, including:

• More Suzuki PD
• Other relevant non-Suzuki study or PD
• Self-directed learning (reading Suzuki texts etc)
• Observation of lessons
• Teachers undertaking individual lessons to further develop their own playing ability
• Specific contributions to Suzuki Committees and events

The PD Points system applies to all teachers and teacher trainees.

PD Points will be accrued over a 2-year period, which will have defined start and finish dates common for all teachers.

Teachers who are certified are eligible for inclusion on the published Suzuki Teachers list and to enter students for Graduation (subject to accreditation and additional requirements being met).

Every Suzuki Teacher and Teacher Trainee must complete 120 points from Table A in the PD Points Cycle (2 years), of which 60 points must be instrument specific per discipline taught.

The remaining 80 points may be completed from any table – Table A to Table D.
Points cannot be accrued for any activity that is a requirement of an Accreditation Course that a teacher is undertaking (Primary Course volunteering, Observation, Required Private lessons etc). Points cannot be accrued for activities for which you have received payment.

The PD Requirements Pack includes:
• Cardboard wallet folder to keep together all necessary records (receipts, reports etc)
• PD Requirements Booklet with full details
• Chart for Teachers’ record keeping
• Application form for items requiring approval from PD committee
• Application for Special Consideration of non-completion of PD points 2016-2017

Teachers will receive an email from the Suzuki Office twice per year with:
- Current Points to date including a summary of how those points were accrued
- Suggestions of how points can be accrued for the remainder of the cycle.

There will be random audits of PD Record charts at the end of each 2-year period.

If a teacher has not completed 200 points at the end of the 2-year period; ie. a teacher has 150 points, they would lose certification at the start of the following year.

If exceptional circumstances have stopped a teacher from completing 200 points in the two year period, an application for special consideration can be submitted to the Professional Development committee for consideration by 30 October in the 2nd year.

The teacher may then be granted an extension to 30 June to complete their outstanding points and if the points are completed within this time frame the teacher is then certified from that time. If the points are not completed within this time frame the teacher will not be certified for the remainder of the two year period.

TABLE A: Core Suzuki Professional Development –
AT LEAST 120 POINTS MUST BE COMPLETED FROM THIS TABLE, 60 specific to each discipline you teach (exceptions: Violin teachers accredited on viola and Flute teachers accredited on recorder - 20 points per cycle for viola or recorder)

Category Activity Points Comments
Accreditation Courses undertaken within the PD Points cycle Primary Course - Full course 150  
Primary Course - Lecture series only 50  
Primary Course - Tutorial series only 100  
Baby & Toddler Music Part A 70  
Baby & Toddler Music Part B 50  
Intermediate Course - Full lecture series 50  
Intermediate Course - Tutorial series 100  
Advanced Course (inc Festival requirement) 150  
Suzuki training course undertaken internationally (ie travelled overseas from home to do training course) Up to 150 To be confirmed on an individual basis by the PD Committee
Other Suzuki certified courses (eg viola conversion course, Violin Techniques course etc) On Appl. To be confirmed on an individual basis by the PD committee
Suzuki PD Suzuki PD at Festival 10/hour Max. 60 points per Festival
Suzuki PD - Instrument Specific 10/hour  
Suzuki PD - All Instruments 10/hour  
Suzuki PD - International or Interstate Suzuki Festival or conference PD Sessions 10/hour Max. 60 points per event
Graduation Auditor Training Work with Teacher Trainer or experienced auditor to learn to become a Graduation Auditor 30 Lifetime limit of once per instrument taught
Regional Teachers Travel Travel to a Victorian Suzuki PD event more than 60km from your residential address. 10 Max. 40 points per cycle
Self-directed Suzuki PD Read/watch an approved Suzuki Book/DVD about Suzuki Philosophy or teaching of your instrument and write a 500 word summary/comment 10/book or DVD Keep own records on PD points sheet and notify Suzuki Music

TABLE B: Involvement in Suzuki Music Activities

Category Activity Points Comments
Suzuki Committees - total maximum points for all Committee Memberships combined over PD Points Cycle is 60 Points President of Suzuki Music 30/year  
  Teacher Vice-President 10/year  
  Member of Suzuki Music Council 10/year  
  Member of Suzuki Music Council Sub-Committee (GAC, Strategic Planning, Website, Festiavl, Piano Executive Committee etc) 10/year  
  Sole Convenor of Instrument Committee 20/year  
  Co-Convenor of Instrument Committee 15/year  
  Director of Professional Development 10/year  
  Member of PD Committee 10/year  
  Member of Instrument Committee 10/year  
  Teacher Trainer 20/year  
Assistance at Suzuki Music Calendar Events - Total maximum points for all convening or assistance at events combined over a PD Points cycle is 60 points. Only one claim can be made per event date. Convenor of Event (Concerts, Gradautions, Workshops, PD event etc) 20/event  
Student Concerts - compering 10/event Keep own records on PD Points record sheet and send to office once per term
Student events - other assistance 5/event Keep own records on PD Points record sheet and send to office once per term
Billet a guest tutor invited by Suzuki Music 20/event  

TABLE C: Non-Suzuki Courses *Proof of Completion to be submitted to Suzuki Music

Additional Qualifications - Awarded during the PD Points Cycle A.Mus.A AMEB Qualification 40  
L.Mus.A AMEB Qualification 40  
Orff Schulwerk Course - Level 1, 2, 3, or 4 40/level  
Kodaly Course - Level 1, 2 or 3 40/level  
Dalcroze Courses - Level 1, 2 or 3 40/level  
University Diploma - Music 40  
University Diploma - Education 40  
Bachelor of Music 80  
Master of Music 80  
Master of Education 80  


TABLE D: Other Activities & Undertakings - Records to be kept on PD Points Record Sheet and copy sent to office once per term.

Research and Publications (must be of benefit and available to Suzuki teachers and students) - Points at the discression of the PD Committee Write and publish a book 60 Max. once per PD Points cycle
  Write and publish materials Up to 30 Max 30 points per cycle
  Research Project - individual 40 per project Max 80 points per cycle
  Research Project - as part of a group 20 per project Max 40 points per cycle
  Published article for Suzuki Notes 20/article Max 40 pooints per cycle
  Published book/DVD/concert review for Suzuki Notes 15/article Max 30 points per cycle
  Published article about Suzuki for a non-Suzuki magazine or journal. Article must be submitted to PD committee for approval prior to publication. 20/article Max 40 points per cycle
Observation Suzuki Lessons or Masterclasses given by Accredited Suzuki Teachers (any instrument). Notes to be kept on waht was observed, dates and times of lessons etc. 5/hour Max. 60 points per cycle
Instrumental Lessons 1 hour lesson with a Suzuki Teacher Trainer or teaher approved by the Director of Teacher Training for that instrument. Teacher to keep notes of lesson and repertoire covered. 5/hour Max. 40 points per cycle
Teaching Consulation 1 hour consultation with a Teacher Trainer for feedback on teaching. Teacher to pay trainer for the consultation. 5/hour Max. 20 points per cycle
Suzuki in the Community - Approval from the PD committee to be obtained on a case-by-case basis prior to the event taking place. For points to be awarded, no payment must be made to the teacher claiming the points. Event promoting Suzuki in the Community 30/event Max. 60 points per cycle
Give a presentation on Suzuki Music to a Tertiary institution, school or community group 30/event Max. 60 points per cycle
Presentation of a paper about Suzuki Method at a non-Suzuki conference 30/event Max. 60 points per cycle
PD Sessions by other approved organizations. Approval for futher organisations to be added must be granted by the PD committee prior to the event Half day PD session (approx 2 - 3 hours) 10 To a combined maximum of 60 points per PD cycle. Teachers to keep receipts (or declaration of attendance from organiser or manager) and brief notes on each session attended.
Whole day PD session (approx 5 - 6 hours) 20
Two-day plus PD workshop (approx 10 - 12 hours plus) 30
Observation Non-Suzuki Masterclasses conducted by University level teacher. Prior approval by the Director of PD of that instrument is required. 5/hour Max. 40 points per cycle. Teacher to keep notes on lessons observed.
Instrumental Lessons for a Teacher 1-hour lesson with a non-Suzuki University level teacher approved by the Director of Teacher Training for the instrument 5/hour Max. 40 points per cycle. Teacher to keep notes of lesson and repertoire covered.
Attendance at Professional Concerts Attendance at a Professional Classical (or baroque) Music concert (includes opera, musicals and ballet) 5/concert Max. 40 points per cycle. Teacher to keep ticket/receipt and a short review of the concert.
Performance in Voluntary Community Orchestras Performance in a voluntary (unpaid) capacity in a community orchestra Awarded on a case by case basis. Upon application to the PD committee.


APPENDIX A – Approved Organisations offering Professional Development that can be used for Table D PD.

PD offered by Schools
ABC Colour Strings
Association of Music Education (aMuse)
Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference (APPC)
Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB)
Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing (ANATS)
Australian Strings Association (AUSTA)
Dalcroze Australia
Kodaly Music Education Institute of Australia (KMEIA)
Laussade Studio PD Workshops
School for F. M. Alexander Studies, Melbourne
Victorian Flute Guild
Victorian Music Teachers Association (VMTA) or similar association interstate
Victorian Orff Schulwerk Association

Other organisations not on this list to be approved by the Suzuki PD Committee upon request.

APPENDIX B – Texts about Suzuki Method and Teaching

1. Directly relating to the Suzuki Approach
Bauman, S. (1994) In Search of the Japanese Spirit in Talent Education Secaucus, New Jersey: Summy-Birchard
Grilli, S. (1987) Preschool in the Suzuki Spirit. Japan: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
Hermann, E. (1981) Shinichi Suzuki – The Man and His Philosophy, Summy-Birchard Co.
Honda, M. (1976) Suzuki Changed My Life, Summy-Birchard Co.
Kataoka, H. (1993) Sensibility in Education Salt Lake City: Piano Basics Inc.
Kempter, S. (1991) Between Parent and Teacher Ann Arbor: Shar Publications
Kreitman, E. (1998) Teaching from the Balance Point: A Guide for Suzuki Parents, Teachers and Students Western Springs School of Talent Education, Illinois
Landers, R. (1995) Talent Education of Shinichi Suzuki – An analysis Princeton, NJ:Daniel Press
Mills, E. (ed) (1973) The Suzuki Concept Berkeley: Diablo Press
Morris, C. (1984) A Suzuki Parent's Diary Warner Bros. Pub. Inc.
Sheil, ML. (1985) Eye before Ear or Ear before Eye? Coogee: STEAA (NSW)
Shepheard, L. (2012) Memories of Dr Shinichi Suzuki – Son of His Environment, Melbourne: Glass House Books
Slone, K. (1985) They’re Rarely Too Young And Never Too Old “To Twinkle”, Shar Products Company
Starr, W. & C. (1983) To Learn with Love Knoxville, Tennessee: Kingston Ellis Press
Suzuki, S. (1969) Ability Development from Age Zero, Athens, Ohio: Ability Development Associates
Suzuki, S. (1986) Man and Talent: Search into the Unknown Ann Arbor, Michigan: Shar Products Co.
Suzuki, S. (1969) Nurtured by Love Melbourne: Centre Publications
Suzuki, S (1982) Where Love is Deep Indiana: World Press
Suzuki, S (1996) Young Children's Talent Education & its Method, Summy-Birchard
Suzuki, W. (1987) My Life with Suzuki Athens, Ohio: Senzay
Thornton, A. (1983) Parents' Guide to the Suzuki Method Omnibus Press
Timmerman, C. (1987) Journey down the Kreisler Highway Memphis, Tennessee: Ivory Palaces Music Publishing
Warby, Sheila (2002) With Love in my heart and a Twinkle in my ear Sydney: Southwood Press
Wickes, L. (1982) The Genius of Simplicity Princeton, New Jersey: Birch Tree Group

2. Other
Auer, L. (1980) Violin Playing – As I Teach It, New York: Dover Publications Inc.
Choksy, L. (1981) The Kodaly Context Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc.
Sicher, S (1997, 2000) Basics – 300 Exercises and Practice Routines for the Violin, Edition Peters
Langer, S. (1963) Feeling and Form London: Routledge & Kegan
Langer, S (1967) An Essay on Human Feeling Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press
Mackie, V. (2002) Just Play Naturally – An Account of her Cello Study with Pablo Casals in the 1950s and Her Discovery of the Resonance Between His Teaching and the Principles of the Alexander Technique, Duende Editions
Mehl, M. (2014) Not By Love Alone – The Violin in Japan, 1850 – 2010, Copenhagen: The Sound Book Press
Menuhin, Y & Primrose, W. Violin and Viola, London: Kahn and Averill
Primrose, W. Walk on the North Side – Memoirs of a Violist, Brigham Young University Press
Reimer, B. (1989) A Philosophy of Music Education (2nd ed.) Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall
Small, C (1977) Music. Society. Education London: John Calder
Swanwick, K. (1981) A Basis for Music Education NFER-Nelson
Witkin, R. W. (1974) The Intelligence of Feeling London: Heinemann

Approval for Further Texts can be requested from the PD Committee using the appropriate form in the PD Points Pack.



Suzuki Music Bursary Fund for Teachers


To assist teachers in furthering their professional development, Suzuki Music is offering a bursary for financial accredited teachers.

Please see the application form and information for further details.



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