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Postgraduate Suzuki Teaching Method (Violin) ESA 1-5

Did you know that, in Europe, you can only obtain a Suzuki postgraduate degree at the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp?

The 'Suzuki-method' was developed by the Japanese violinist and pedagogue Shinichi Suzuki (1898-1998). It is based on the way in which young children learn their native language. The course is open to an international audience and taught in English. Since 2014 the Conservatoire offers this two biennial Postgraduate course. The cours attracts professional violinists that want to specialise in the methodology and child-directed approach of the Suzuki Method of Talent Education from all over Europe, and even as far as the USA and Japan.

The course leads to the Diploma certified by the European Suzuki Association and the distinguished Postgraduate Diploma of Suzuki Teacher. 

The next session starts in October 2022 and runs over two years. We offer the training that leads to ESA levels 1-3. For violinists who already have obtained level 3, we simultaneously offer the course for ESA level 4 and 5 (Suzuki books 6 till 10 and beyond). The course is taught on site at the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp (campus deSingel), with the possibility of a hybrid online formula’s depending on the European situation of the pandemic. The course runs over 7 long weekends. 

Faculty are world-renowned teachers Veerle Van Gorp, Wim Meuris and Koen Rens.

Summary of course content

Following the ESA Teacher Training Syllabus
Suzuki Philosophy
Suzuki Pedagogy
Suzuki Methodology
Individual Lessons
Supervised Teaching
Parent Coaching
Pedagogical Projects and Workshops
Repertoire training and Study of Suzuki Literature
Group class Methodology and training

Added Value specific to the Antwerp Postgraduate
Vakdidactiek Instrument
Lichamelijk Bewustzijn 
Masterclass opportunities with high-profile International Teacher Trainers

Check the programme at

Academic year 2022-2023

  • Intake interviews scheduled for 6 June 2022
  • Level 1 & 2 from October 2022
  • Level 4 from October 2022

Admission requirements

  • A master's or bachelor's degree in violin or viola
  • The motivation to work with very young children and teenagers
  • An interview is scheduled on 6 June 2022. The interview takes place in the Conservatoire or online for candidates who are not in Belgium.

Register and contact

For individual questions, contact 
To register, go to Admission and Registration.