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The Sound of Success Suzuki Method for Guitar

April 4, 2012

Thanks to the work of the SAA Guitar Committee and producer Laura Wong Burnett, we are able to present a new, informative introduction to Suzuki Guitar. Whether you are a parent or a classical guitarist interested in teaching, the information… Read more ▶

The Suzuki Guitar Experience

April 4, 2012 by Mychal Gendron, MaryLou Roberts

Reprinted from Soundboard magazine, Volume XXXVII, No. 3, 2011, pg. 42-47, with the kind permission of the Guitar Foundation of America
Angela walks confidentially to center stage, wearing her best concert clothes, carrying her prized guitar with her right hand low… Read more ▶

SAA Guitar Committee Conference Call Notes January 8 2012

March 19, 2012

Present on the Call: Andrea Cannon, Seth Himmelhoch, Andy LaFreniere, David Madsen, Joe Pecoraro, Bill Kossler, MaryLou Roberts
Not Present: Mychal Gendron
Agenda Items
1. Mychal—Video Vote
Mychal suggests that the committee to approve, by vote, the GFA article as a companion piece to… Read more ▶

Remembering Frank Longay

May 25, 2011 by Andrea Cannon, Mychal Gendron, Seth Himmelhoch, William Kossler, Andrew LaFreniere, David Madsen, Joseph Pecoraro, MaryLou Roberts

It is with difficulty and great sadness that the SAA Guitar Committee has attempted to put into words our sense of loss over the recent passing of Frank Longay. Read more ▶

SAA Guitar Committee Conference Call Notes October 17 2010

April 1, 2011

Present: Mary Lou Roberts, Andrea Cannon, Seth Himmelhoch, Mychal Gendron, Frank Longay, David Madsen, Joe Pecoraro
SAA Conference Video Updates
Dave reports that the video is not done yet, we are also waiting for the SAA office to send him some transcripts… Read more ▶

Frank Longay 19482011

March 25, 2011

It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the passing of Frank Longay on Wednesday, January 19.
Frank was a founding member and chairman of both the Guitar Committee of the International Suzuki Association and the Guitar Committee for the… Read more ▶

SAA Guitar Committee Conference Call Notes April 25 2010

October 11, 2010

Present: Dave Madsen, Andy Lafreniere, Seth Himmelhoch, Bill Kossler, Mary Lou Roberts, Mychal Gendron, Joe Pecoraro, Andrea Cannon, Frank Longay
SAA Teacher Trainer syllabus (voting to adopt)

Seth mentions: the section for Unit Three needs the inclusion of the phrase “arpeggios using… Read more ▶

William Kossler Suzuki Guitar Pioneer

September 27, 2010 by Andrea Cannon

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William Kossler Bringing Suzukis Ideas to Guitar in the Americas

September 21, 2010 by Andrea Cannon

It is my pleasure to share with you the work of William Kossler in bringing the experience of his Matsumoto Training to Suzuki Guitar in the Americas. Suzuki Teachers place high priority on Dr. Suzuki’s Philosophy. Those who worked with… Read more ▶

SAA Guitar Committee Conference Call Notes October 25 2009

January 5, 2010

Present: Frank, Mary Lou, Bill, Dave, Andrea, Seth, Mychal
Trainers Report from the Boston Conference
Mychal says it was great, and the other committee members who attended agree. Mychal mentions that meeting Mr. Toyoda was a particular pleasure. Dave says it was… Read more ▶

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Staying In Touch and Keeping Informed

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If you would like to be placed on the Guitar mailing list please print this form, fill out the pertinent information and mail it in to be added to our database. Teachers on this list are sent occasional updates concerning Suzuki Guitar training opportunities.

Current Projects, Issues, and News

Interested in the latest developments in Suzuki Guitar method? The SAA Guitar Committee meets regularly via a monthly phone conference. Check back here periodically for their latest conference call notes.

Contacting Other Teachers Through the Suzuki Guitar Listserve

One of the best ways to communicate with other Suzuki Guitar teachers is through the Suzuki Guitar Listserve. The Listserve is an informal and unofficial meeting place for Suzuki Guitar teachers worldwide. It is maintained through the kind efforts of Seth Himmelhoch.

To join the Listserv, teachers can email Seth at [javascript protected email address] . Please provide the name of your teacher trainer, the unit studied, and the Institute name where you took their training.

SAA Guitar Committee

The members of the Suzuki Association of the Americas Guitar Committee welcome your communication.

Andrea Cannon

Andrea Cannon

Spring, TX
Phone: 281-320-9656
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Mychal Gendron

Mychal Gendron

Cranston, RI
Phone: 401-368-4426
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Seth Himmelhoch

Seth Himmelhoch, Chair

Teaneck, NJ
Phone: 201-928-1641
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William Kossler

William Kossler

Winston-Salem, NC
Phone: 336-682-7293
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Andrew LaFreniere

Andrew LaFreniere

Phone: 203-266-7790
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David Madsen

David Madsen

Avon, CT
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Joseph Pecoraro

Joseph Pecoraro

Winston-Salem, NC
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MaryLou Roberts

MaryLou Roberts, Representative to the ISA Guitar Committee

Ann Arbor, MI
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The International Suzuki Guitar Committee

The International Suzuki Guitar Committee (ISGC) is the official Instrument Committee of the International Suzuki Association (ISA) designated to represent the guitar community of the various regions. Currently the European Suzuki Association (ESA), Pan-Pacific Suzuki Association (PPSA) and the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) are represented by Harald Söderberg of Sweden, Zeah Riorden of Australia and MaryLou Roberts of the United States respectively. For more information on the work of the committee see the ISA website at