Training For CIM Conservatory Suzuki Teachers

The CIM Conservatory offers the following degrees:

  • MM in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy

  • MM in Cello Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy

Teacher Trainer Faculty: Kimberly Meier-Sims, violin; Melissa Kraut, cello.

CIM Conservatory Suzuki Pedagogy candidates must be admitted to the CIM Master of Music degree program. The Pedagogy curriculum promotes the exploration and application of Suzuki philosophies, which encourage utilizing the Suzuki method to demonstrate principles of playing and teaching violin, viola, and cello.

An in-depth study and performance of the Suzuki Violin/Cello school repertoire is required of all CIM Suzuki Pedagogy students, including a comprehensive knowledge of supplemental scales, arpeggios, études and works from the standard repertoire. Pedagogy students must complete required observations of private and group lessons within the CIM Preparatory Department.

Pedagogy Graduate Program requirements

MUPD 445, 445a, 446, 446a, 447, and 448 for a total of 12 credit hours in Suzuki Pedagogy.

Apprenticeship with the CIM Preparatory Suzuki Program under supervision of Pedagogy instructor.

Year One:

  • Assisting with Suzuki Prep Group Lessons
  • Practice Partners with Sato Students

Year Two:

  • Assisting with Suzuki Prep Group Lessons
  • Individual Teaching Practicum
  • Graduation Lecture Recital

To learn more about Suzuki Teacher Training, please visit

Sato Center for Suzuki Studies

Kimberly Meier-Sims

Director, Sato Center - Violin; SAA Registered Teacher Trainer

p. 216.791.5000 ext. 202


Laura Shuster

Coordinator of Special Projects/Placement


Melissa Kraut

Cello Studies, SAA Registered Teacher Trainer

p. 216.791.5000 ext. 286


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