Cultivating the “Strong Arms of the Tree” Keeping teens in Suzuki community with student-to-student mentoring

American Suzuki Journal 48.3

Previously printed in American Suzuki Journal 48.3. Reprinted with permission. Copyright © 2020 Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.

Kate Saphir Alm

Kate Saphir Alm, piano. Kate grew up in a musical family, attended New England Conservatory and received her degree (BMus,Piano Performance) from the San Francisco Conservatory. She is an accomplished organist (Colleague level of the American Guild of Organists) and has a 25 year career in African American Gospel music as a director, singer, writer and musician. She has taught piano for 29 years….15 of those with the Suzuki Method and is delighted to discover that with implementing Dr. Suzuki’s philosophy she is able to pass on the gifts she has been given. Her studio is her primary focus; it offers a multiplicity of programs and events to continue the circle of community. Kate has trained most of the last 14 summers with Caroline Fraser, is trained through all 7 of the Suzuki Books, group classes, teaching reading, and several practicums. More information at :

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