“second-generation” Suzuki teachers?

Heather Reichgott said: Dec 17, 2012
Heather ReichgottPiano
South Hadley, MA
95 posts

Any other Suzuki teachers out there who studied with Suzuki teachers themselves?
My image of the ideal piano teacher will always be Mrs. Parker, a wonderful Suzuki piano teacher who taught me from day one until somewhere near the end of Book 4 when she transferred me to her teacher.
Suzuki has been around for long enough that by now there must be quite a number of us second-generation Suzuki teachers, I imagine…
cheers, Heather

Merietta Oviatt said: Dec 18, 2012
Merietta Oviatt
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki in the Schools, Cello, Viola
Stevens Point, WI
104 posts

Yep, I’m second generation! My mom was even a Suzuki teacher, but I took from a different teacher. I can’t tell you how happy I am to pass-on the things I learned from my teacher to my students now!

Dr. Merietta Oviatt
Suzuki Specialist
Viola/Violin Instructor
Aber Suzuki Center, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
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Emily Morgan said: Dec 19, 2012
Emily Morgan
Suzuki Association Member
Wilmington, NC
14 posts

I’m a second generation! I’m studying with Fay Adams, who was training by Constance Starr.

Barb said: Dec 20, 2012
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
678 posts

Hmm. Kind of. I had an adapted Suzuki in the school… but my private lessons, with the same teacher, though we used the Suzuki rep, were more traditional… and I was 9 when I started. My cello lessons were not Suzuki in any way—it wasn’t even an option a way back then!

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Andrea Hudson said: Dec 21, 2012
Andrea Hudson
Suzuki Association Member
26 posts

Absolutely. I studied with Hiroko Primrose in university for a Suzuki introductory course. Then observed her with my 2 1/2 yr. old daughter for a time after that. Many, many other excellent teachers since then have inspired me and shaped how I teach. What an excellent method and how blessed we are to work with children and families!

Karen said: Jan 1, 2013
Karen Huffman
Suzuki Association Member
Piano, Suzuki Early Childhood Education
Portland, OR
28 posts

I am second generation too! :) I studied with Cathy Hargrave (student of Dr Suzuki and Dr Kataoka) growing up and now I am doing all my teacher training with her as well. Love teaching the Suzuki method and watching my students grow.

Kathryn Kilian Vovk said: Jan 4, 2013
Kathryn Kilian VovkViolin
Phoenix, AZ
7 posts

I am second generation as well. :-) Studied with Barbara Malone, who studied with John Kendall. It was a wonderful way to grow up.

Laura said: Jan 4, 2013
Suzuki Association Member
358 posts

Me too! I believe my first teacher studied with Haruko Kataoka, with whom I was fortunate to participate in two different master classes during the years I studied with my second teacher.

It was so long ago, though… the memories are a bit foggy. I just remember the Japanese translator who stood behind the piano. :)

Elizabeth Friedman said: Jan 17, 2013
Elizabeth Friedman
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
49 posts

I’m second-generation as well! I studied with Pat Reiter. I’m not sure who her trainer was—but it was a no-brainer to teach Suzuki when the time came! She was a really great teacher, and I’m amazed at how many of the teaching games I use I remember from my childhood.

Suzanne Brimhall Barraclough said: Jan 17, 2013
Suzanne Brimhall Barraclough
Suzuki Association Member
Salt Lake City, UT
9 posts

What about Third Generation??? Some of my students have passed the video exam with SAA to train officially to teach Suzuki and Are teaching now and I was a Suzuki student from age 5….one of my students even took individual lessons from Dr. Suzuki at age 10! ( she was 10… He was 91 or thereabouts which by his reasoning means they were the same age!)

Suzanne Barraclough

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