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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 newest session starts in October 2020 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 also 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 Antwerpen (campus deSingel), with the possibility of a hybrid online formula’s depending on the European situation of the pandemic. The course runs this year 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
Groupclass 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

Dates for the current academic year

2020  2021
Friday  October 9
Saturday October 10 
Sunday  October 11
Friday Februari 5
Saturday Februari 6
Sunday Februari 7
Friday November 20
Saturday November 21
Sunday November 22
Friday March 5
Saturday March 6
Sunday March 7
Friday December 11
Saturday December 12
Sunday December 13
Friday  April 30
Saturday May 1
Sunday May 2
  Friday 11 June Exams
Saturday 12 June Exams
Sunday 13 Exams

Entrance Requirements

  • A Master of violin/alto performance diploma or a professional Bachelor 
  • Motivation to work with very young children and teenagers
  • An interview with the candidates is scheduled on 5th of October 2020. This will take place in the Conservatory (Desguinlei 26, 2000 Antwerp) or online for candidates not residing in Belgium

Register and contact

For individual questions, contact 
To register, start by sending an e-mail to