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Analia Capponi-Savolainen, Finland / Argentina

Katrina Pezzimenti, Australia
Mervi Sipola-Maliniemi, Finland


Suzuki Voice Program since 1986 in ESA

Development from Childhood to Adulthood and Beyond

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  Unique features of the Suzuki Voice Program 

•    an emphasis on everyday singing 
•    developing a natural voice, listening and supporting linguistic ability 
•    parent orientation 
•    working with families 
•    special lessons - group lessons, family lessons, individual singing lessons possible from the age of three 
•    recording individual singing lessons 
•    special singing exercises 
•    singing different languages from the age of two 
•    performing at an early age 
•    Volume One - Three recitals, Level 4 and 5 comprehensive recitals and solo recitals, concerts, fairy tale operas, singing days, regular family evenings, concert trips, workshops and    international conferences 
•    accreditation through an international exam system for teachers 

Teacher Training in Finland (Level 1 - 5)

Attention: Training is possible in other countries if participants have been accepted into Suzuki Voice Teacher Training

Each European Suzuki Voice training level consists of 120-160 hours depending on the level and each level is assumed to be completed over a one to two year period while the teacher in training is also applying learned teaching skills independently and receiving periodic feedback and support from the Teacher Trainer. 

Suzuki Voice Teacher examination has four parts: Public Recital, Teaching (group and individual lessons), Conversation / Oral examination (Suzuki Philosophy, Suzuki Voice Program, Vocal pedagogy) and Playing skills.

Acceptance to the Suzuki Voice Teacher Training

In order to be accepted as a teacher-in-training, an audition recording (an internet link) and resume in English should be submitted to the panel. 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 selection panel to get a complete picture of you. 

Audition deadlines are every year   
January, 30th                 
March, 30th                    
May, 30th
August 30th                     
October 30th 

Training periods start every year in January, May, July and November

Participation to the training: by application to ESA Suzuki Voice Teacher Trainers Analia Capponi-Savolainen, Mervi Sipola-Maliniemi,  Mette Heikkinen and Dr. Päivi Kukkamäki

For details on Suzuki Voice Level 1- 5 Teacher Training in Vantaa, Finland contact

Audition requirements – all from memory                     

Unaccompanied pieces
 “Schlafe mein Prinzchen” (Mozart’s Lullaby) by Friedrich Fleischmann (in German)
 “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” (in your language)

Accompanied pieces 
Vaccai Vocalise # 7 “Come il candore
Lied (of your choice)
Aria from opera or oratorio (of your choice)
Piano playing skills Mozart’s Lullaby (melody with accompaniment)

Please take care with the quality of your audition recording and its sound. The DVD gives an important first impression. 
Please send your application TWO months before the training period starts to the -
         Suzuki Voice Program audition panel (3 members)
         Rekolantie 42, 
         01400 Vantaa

Training will be planned together with the Suzuki Voice Teacher Trainer/s. ESA Suzuki Voice Teacher Trainers will also work and train as a team. Training consists both individual and master class type training including lectures.

The Voice is an Instrument

The Suzuki Voice Program is based on the understanding that the Voice is an instrument and each student will be taught according to their individual needs.  It has been specially designed to learn vocal technique and style in a progressive manner.  The Program was developed in Vantaa, Finland since 1986.

The Program teaches children aged prenatal to adulthood.  Early vocal instruction begins in groups, however all students progress to individual lessons at a very early age and are encouraged to perform as soloists when they are ready.  
• The Program induces an early acceptance of classical music and singing styles in childhood  which are not usually introduced to students until much later. 
• Children learn to be relaxed natural singers – a great building block for the development of
mature vocal students. 
• Natural, silent breathing is encouraged and developed along with repertoire. 
• Phrasing and beautiful tone are the main teaching points in lessons – not just learning songs. 
• Memory and performance skills are established early and progress accordingly. 
• As the child’s vocal skills develop, reading is introduced as a separate skill – just as you learn to speak before you learn to read, you learn to sing well before you learn to read music. 

The Suzuki Voice Program can be used as a method that enhances interaction between a parent and a child, during pregnancy and up to age 2.  The teacher leads the activity in lessons and supports the relationship between the mother/father and the baby. The parents are taught the early steps of their child’s instrument. They are taught to listen and to feel comfortable singing the early repertoire.  As the child becomes more independent (age 3 onwards), the interaction between a child and a teacher increases and the role of the parent will be more observing and supporting in lessons. Individual lessons in addition to group lessons are encouraged at this stage. 

The Suzuki Voice teacher needs to understand the normal stages of child development to support the personal development of each child and awaken a love of music through singing. The aim of the Suzuki Voice Program is to begin with simple folk songs and graduate to more challenging levels of classical songs. In this way the student learns both musical and technical skills while being introduced to a wide range of classical vocal repertoire.

Suzuki Voice Teacher Training and Exams have been conducted in the ESA since 1998.  Worldwide, there are Suzuki trained Teachers in over 20 countries within America, Australia, Europe, Africa, Asia and New Zealand.

By singing the repertoire, the students and teachers are able to learn from one another’s countries and gain a better understanding of the different cultures and languages.                    

Dr Päivi Kukkamäki 

The Founder of the Suzuki Voice Program, 
Rekolantie 40 – 42  
01400 Vantaa, Finland   
Fax + 358 9 874 2552  

Please note - this search only finds Suzuki teachers that are interested in taking on new students. Not all ESA members are listed - some teachers have opted out.

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