You know you want to start lessons, but how do you choose a teacher?
If you are lucky enough to have several Suzuki teachers in your area, you may be wondering how to choose your teacher. Here are a few tips for finding one that is the right fit for your family.
When talking to Suzuki teachers, see if they have registered training with the Suzuki association. Teachers can call themselves Suzuki teachers without having done any training! Suzuki teachers are dedicated to learning their craft of teaching. It is part of the culture that Suzuki teachers are always pushing themselves to learn new things and the difference will show.
If a teacher isn’t showing what training they have done, feel free to ask. Suzuki teachers love to talk about the training they have invested in to better their teaching.
Often students that come to me via word of mouth because they have a friend that takes lessons are the best fits in my studio. Parents will often talk candidly about their teacher. Not to mention if they really like their teacher, they often want to help out by recommending them. As a teacher, a recommendation is one of the best compliments I can get!
Often teachers open up their lessons to observations. Some teachers even require this as parent education to begin lessons. Observation is a great way to get to know a teacher and what lessons will look like. I try my hardest to pair up observers with age and level of the new student. If observing an individual lesson is not an option, ask about observing a group class or a recital.
Thanks for joining me on this Adventure in Suzuki Parenting and happy practicing!