New Violin Books and Recordings

The SAA Violin Committee presents a comprehensive overview of the newly published Suzuki Violin School Volumes 1, 2 and 3 and their recordings. The committee outlines the history and mechanics of the revision process, and the procedure for the compilation, editing and publication of future volumes. From the 2008 Conference session “New Violin Books and Recordings”.

Video by Ronda Cole, Lorraine Fink, Karen-Michele Kimmett, Allen Lieb, Doris Preucil, Sanford Reuning

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Ronda Cole

Ronda Cole— SUZUKI Teacher Trainer in USA and Internationally. Founder, director and teacher at the Northern Virginia Suzuki Music School. Graduate of Eastman School of Music; Writer for the Violin Column of the American Suzuki Journal; Recipient ASTA’s Leadership and Excellence award. VA ASTA Teacher of the Year 2008; faculty of ASTA International Workshops in Austria, Switzerland, Hawaii, France, Scotland, Norway and Australia; Clinician in U.S., Canada, Central and South America; SAA Teacher Trainer; Presenter, Keynote speaker or Violin Coordinator at twelve S.A.A. Teacher’s Conferences; Presenter, Keynote speaker at Australian String Teachers Assn. in Canberra and Melbourne Australia. Violin faculty at the University of Maryland (Retired); Director of MM program in Performance with Specialization in Suzuki Pedagogy; Directs and teaches full time at the Northern Virginia Suzuki Music School; Director of the Greater Washington Suzuki Institute (1976-2021).

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Lorraine Fink

Lorraine Fink brings to her private and group teaching a broad background in the field of music and publishing. Specializing in the Suzuki approach since her initial training under Shinichi Suzuki at the Project Super event, Eastman in 1966, she is an SAA Teacher Trainer and has taught at many Institutes and Workshops here and abroad. She has been secretary of the SAA Board, editor of the SAA Journal, and president of the Los Angeles branch (SMAC/LA). Currently she is Suzuki String Coordinator at The Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles.

During many years in Ohio, she was with the Ability Development Associates publishing company where she was managing editor of Suzuki World magazine and authored several introductory chapters for books dealing with Talent Education.

Degrees in music, and attendance at Juilliard, Music Academy of the West and San Francisco Conservatory contributed to professional playing. Publications include the Quick Steps to Note Reading series for violin, viola and cello, and A Parents Guide to String Instrument Study, plus several string orchestra arrangements of popular violin solos, primarily from the Suzuki repertoire. (Neil Kjos pub.)

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Karen-Michele Kimmett

Karen-Michele Kimmett is an SAA & ESA teacher trainer based in Roblin, Ontario having had the good fortune to study with Dr. Suzuki and work with many wonderful children, families and colleagues across three continents. Ms. Kimmett co-founded l’Institut Musical Suzuki Paris as well as Canta Arya School for Strings, a leading Kingston, ON Suzuki school known both for its local and global outreach. Karen-Michele is an Honorary Member of the ESA, a member of the SAA Violin Committee and a founding member of the Canadian Suzuki E-Newsletter Committee.

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Allen Lieb

Allen Lieb Is CEO of the ISA, Chair of the ISA & SAA Violin Committees & a registered SAA & ESA Teacher-Trainer. His primary instructors in Suzuki pedagogy were John Kendall and Shinichi Suzuki. Allen is Head of the Violin Department & Instructor for Teacher-Training at the School for Strings & violin Instructor at the Diller-Quaile School, both in New York City, & a consultant for VH1SavetheMusic Foundation.

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Doris Preucil

Doris Preucil is the founder and Director Emeritus of the Preucil School of Music. She is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, and was a violinist in the National Symphony. She has served on the faculties of Western Illinois University and The University of Northern Iowa. A Suzuki teacher since 1963, she is a Past President and Teacher Trainer of the SAA, the author of the Suzuki Viola School, and a founding member of the International Suzuki Association.

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Sanford Reuning

Sandy Reuning is the retired director of Ithaca Talent Education and also a retired adjunct professor at the School of Music, Ithaca College. He was coordinator of the master’s program in Suzuki pedagogy and director of the Suzuki institute. Sandy is a past president and board member of SAA and currently serves on the violin committee. Sandy and Joan’s association with the Suzuki movement began in 1964 after hearing the Japanese Tour Group in Philadelphia, and their students were used for demonstration by Dr. Suzuki at workshops at the Eastman School of Music and Syracuse University between 1966 and 1969. In 1974 they went to Japan and studied with Suzuki, and Sandy has made numerous return trips. Sandy was on the faculty for the 1978 International Suzuki Conference in San Francisco and the 1999 conference in Matsumoto. He was director of the Friendship Concerts of 100 Japanese and 100 American students in 1987 and chairman of the 1981 International Conference in Amherst, MA. Sandy has taught at worksh

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