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Acceptance to the Suzuki Voice Teacher Training

In order to be accepted as a teacher-in-training an audition videotape and resume in English should be submitted. The resume should include Bachelor of Music degree (tertiary qualifications) in classical voice studies, professional performance experience and teaching experience. If this information seems limited, please include any other experience with the Suzuki method (or previous association with Suzuki method) or experience working with young children. Please note that these suggestions help the panel to get a complete picture of you. It is sometimes difficult to explain what you have done only in terms of qualifications. Please also note that exceptions to the Bachelor of Music degree (tertiary qualifications) requirement may be made on a case-by-case basis if the applicant is an aspiring singer with a healthy voice, has a positive attitude towards improvement, and has also both an interest and a positive attitude in teaching small children.

Audition requirements from memory:

Unaccompanied pieces:
  • “Schlafe mein Prinzchen” (Mozart’s Lullaby) by Friedrich Fleischmann (one verse in German)
  • “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” (in your language)
Accompanied pieces:
Piano playing skills:
  • "Shlafe mein Prinzchen" Mozart’s Lullaby by Friedrich Fleischmann (melody with accompaniment - the vocal melody line with some improvised left hand accompaniment)

Please take care with the quality of your audition recording and its sound. It gives an important first impression.

For more information about Suzuki Voice Teacher Training, please contact

Dr. Päivi Kukkamäki

The Founder of the Suzuki Voice Program since 1986
ESA Suzuki Voice Teacher Trainer

Address: Rekolantie 40 – 42, 01400 Vantaa, Finland
Fax: + 358 9 874 2552
E-mail: suzukivoice(a)kolumbus

Conditions of Acceptance to

The Suzuki Voice Program Teacher Training


  1. The Suzuki Voice Program is approved by the ISA (International Suzuki Association). The Suzuki Voice Program has been specially designed to learn vocal technique and style in a progressive manner. It is a Classical Voice Program.
  2. The complete Teacher Training Course for Suzuki Voice consists of five levels and each level takes approximately two years to complete. It is expected that training is continued with an accredited Suzuki Voice Teacher Trainer either privately or at an ISA approved Suzuki Convention or workshop. A certain level of training is required and must be satisfactorily completed before a teacher-in-training can begin to teach Suzuki Voice. This must include teaching under supervision.
  3. This program starts teaching expectant mothers and continues teaching through childhood to adulthood.
  4. Teamwork with other Suzuki Voice teachers and future teachers-in-training will be necessary.
  5. The International Suzuki Voice Committee has decided that until we have publications available Suzuki Voice Volume materials are available only to Accepted Suzuki Voice teachers-in-training and accredited Suzuki Voice teachers and their students and copies cannot be shared with other interested teachers. This was signed by all committee members from USA, Australia and Europe on September 8th, 2013.
  6. It is expected that the first level of training be completed in five years. If, after that time, Suzuki Voice training has not commenced, it will be necessary to re- audition for acceptance.
  7. Only fully accredited teachers (to Level Five, Advanced Level) can train teachers and conduct workshops for Suzuki Voice.
  8. A commitment to follow the most recent Suzuki Voice Program Professional Development Teacher Training Curriculum is expected. This manual will be revised yearly in March. It will be found from ESA web page under voice and from under login.

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