Matsumoto Memoir  Helen Higa

June 23, 2017 by Margaret Watts Romney

Today, we are looking at just one environment created by one teacher, and finding themes that can be applied to good teaching everywhere such as generosity, powerful observation, and warmth. Recently I was introduced to a series of recordings—interviews made a number of years ago with people who studied with Shinichi Suzuki in Japan in decades past. I feel like I’ve had a little trip to Asia in the 1970’s. In episode 1, we heard similar stories with Winifred Crock about her time studying in Matsumoto. This batch of interviews are stories from people who had been playing and teaching for years…maybe decades, but went to meet and study directly with Dr. Suzuki. In their voices I hear their curiosity and admiration as they remember their experiences. Also, I hear the inspiration, wisdom, and gratitude that they’ve kept with them since they left. So…. this episode is a little different than previous ones. It’s just simple storytelling, straight from the people who were there… Lightly edited for clarity, without narration. Occasionally in the future we will release more of these simple interviews, more Matsumoto Memoirs. Next episode we will return to our regular format with stories, commentary, and music. Welcome to this Matsumoto Memoir from Helen Higa. Read more ▶

Holding Two Concepts In Ones Mind  Episode 4

June 7, 2017 by Margaret Watts Romney

Students, Teachers, Parents, Administrators: we are all interested in growth and change. In this episode, Sarah Bylander Montzka explains the skill we can all use of “holding two concepts in one’s mind at the same time”—a skill which can nurture growth in students, organizations, and ourselves. Read more ▶

It Transcended Us to Another World  Episode 3

May 23, 2017 by Margaret Watts Romney

How does listening influence people? Why is listening so powerful? We hear from Joan Kryzwicki about the many times that she, her children, and her community were transformed by listening. Read more ▶

It Doesnt Get Much Better Than This  Episode 2

May 8, 2017 by Margaret Watts Romney

How are in-person and engaged communities created? What do they feel like when you’re in them? We interview group class expert and cellist Carey Beth Hockett to hear her answers. Read more ▶

32nd International Suzuki Festival and 8th Latin American Teachers Conference

May 1, 2017 by Caroline Fraser

Held in Lima Peru, January 4­–25, 2017 The International Suzuki Festivals in Peru and the Latin American Teachers’ Conferences are the most international Suzuki events to be held in the Americas. Seventeen countries participated in these events this year! And there… Read more ▶

Building Noble Hearts New Suzuki Teaching Podcast from SAA

May 1, 2017 by Margaret Watts Romney

Have you ever felt transported to a different place when you were listening to someone tell a story? Have you lost track of time in the car while listening to a radio piece? Do you like hearing about the trials… Read more ▶

Episode 1  You Have to Go On You Have to Grow

April 24, 2017 by Margaret Watts Romney

Who was Dr. Suzuki, why is there a community of teachers following his vision, and what ideas can apply to teachers anywhere? We talk with his former student, Winifred Crock, to answer these questions and more. Read more ▶

Building Noble Hearts  Season 1 Trailer

April 14, 2017 by Margaret Watts Romney

From the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Building Noble Hearts explores the learning environments where we gain knowledge and also grow personally. These interviews with members of the Suzuki music community can inform good teaching everywhere. Read more ▶

Parents as Partners  2017 Launches Today

January 25, 2017

We are pleased to announce the exciting line-up of titles and presenters that will be featured in Parents as Partners Online 2017. Parents and teachers will have access 24/7 to more than 45 short talks which address such Suzuki-related topics… Read more ▶

Conference Performance Videos

November 8, 2016

Did you get to see a student concert at the SAA conference in May? Wish you could enjoy it again? Want to share one with others? Missed one you wish you could have experienced? Good news—they are… Read more ▶

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