Suzuki Piano Teacher Training: Open Day at CSYM

Location: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge UK

Date: July 26, 2018

The last day of a 6 day course of masterclasses, chamber music, figured bass, composition, vocal accompanying, and choir, for our teenage students, and a four day course of three-piano coaching, group piano class, Kodaly, parent talk, for the younger, Thursday 26th is the day when it all comes together, with performances of some of the works both studied, and, newly composed.

Observing the concerts, rehearsals, talks, group classes, will give the piano teacher some idea of how we practically interpret the ideas of Suzuki in our teaching practice based here in Cambridge, and be able to hear how the students develop as rounded musicians over a 10-15 year period, from the early years through to late teens.

Our Summer School acts as a focus for the years work, and is always built around sharing, and making music together, hence the strong emphasis on chamber music.

This year we have focused on music from Spain and France, and, tied in with this, have invited the eminent French composer Regis Campo to be our composer in residence during the last four days of the Summer school. A central part of our students experience is the early introduction of contemporary classical music as part of their studies. Thursday sees a large number of Mr Campos works heard in performance, but most especially it features the world premier of a new work for the unusual combination of two pianos, with 4 players at each piano(!) commissioned by CSYM.

The Musical Director for the children's course is Stephen Power, who is also a European Suzuki Association (ESA) teacher trainer, and leads the Suzuki Piano teacher training course offered by CSYM. The Open Day aims to give teachers curious about undergoing training to become qualified Suzuki teachers, some idea of the distinctive work we do, and our educational priorities, and what studying to be a Suzuki teacher through CSYM might be like.


9.00 Registration: in the lobby

9.10 Lecture Room 3:Group class on scales, with students ages 6-10, given by European Suzuki Association teacher trainers Caroline Gowers

9.45 concert hall: Recital of songs by Britten, Falla, Faure, Rodrigo, Strauss, followed by an Q&A session in Lecture Room 4. For the last four days our teenage students have been introduced to the art of song accompaniment. In this concert a professional soprano will be accompanied by CSYM students

10.30 Break

10.45 Concert Hall: Composition Concert: New works created by 8 teenage students from CSYM, who have been having composition lessons with Regis Campo for the last three days. These will be played by our young faculty of professional players

11.45 Lunch break

12.45 Lecture Room 4: Talk for Suzuki parents, given by Caroline Gowers

1.45 Concert hall: Observation of the rehearsals of the pieces for two and three pianos, from Suzuki book, the new commission, etc.

2.30 Break

3.00 Concert hall: Finale Concert: Music from book one of the Suzuki repertoire played on two or three Steinway grand pianos by the younger students, and chamber music by Haydn, Mozart, Kirchner, Bartok, Britten, Fitkin, and Campo, including the world premiere of 'Galaxies' by Regis Campo


The fee for the day is 35, and can be paid at registration on the day. The fee does not include refreshments or lunch, but these can be had at the nearby ARC cafe, or the Buttery, both on the University campus.

Booking deadline:

Teachers interested in attending will need to book a place in advance, by contacting Stephen Power before July 19th at