The European Suzuki Association (ESA)
The European Suzuki Association (ESA) was founded in 1980 as a non-profit organisation in order to serve as a coalition of National Suzuki Associations throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa. Its primary purpose is to further Dr. Shinichi Suzuki's approach to education through the provision of a Suzuki Teacher Training Program which maintains the quality of Suzuki Teaching throughout the region.
The ESA is managed by a Board of Directors which includes representatives of each National Suzuki Association (Country Directors).
The Board of Directors entrusts the daily running of the organisation to the ESA Officers and Administrator.
The Instrument Committees advise the ESA Board on the appointment of Instructors and Teacher Trainers as well as matters relating to Teacher Training and Examinations.
The members of the European Suzuki Association are the National Suzuki Associations.
The National Suzuki Associations have individual members, who may be teachers, parents of students or interested members of the public.
A proportion of membership fees collected by the National Suzuki Associations is paid to the ESA who then pay an annual membership fee on behalf of all Suzuki teacher members to the ISA.
Any person or organisation who wishes to further support the work of the European Suzuki Association are invited to make direct donations to the ESA through its Administrative Office or to the European Suzuki Teaching Development Trust.
The European Suzuki Teaching Development Trust (ESTDT) is independent of the ESA and has its own Board of Trustees, but supports the aims of the European Suzuki Association.
The Trust's main focus is Teacher Training and the provision of highly qualified professional Suzuki Teachers and it acts as a catalyst for setting up new Teacher Training programmes in countries where they do not exist and supports the ongoing development of such programmes.
The ESTDT relies on the expertise and generosity of experienced Suzuki Teacher Trainers from National Suzuki Associations across Europe. The Trust works closely with the ESA and its Teacher Trainers and all Teacher Training courses which receive support from the Trust follow the guidelines of the ESA.
The ESTDT relies on donations and grants to carry out its work. Anyone who is able to help with donations or fundraising is kindly asked to contact the Administrator.