Constance Starr Picture

The SAA regrets to announce the passing of Suzuki Piano pedagogue Constance Starr at her home in Boulder, CO, Monday, August 26 . Prior to her pioneering work in the Suzuki piano movement, Connie had established a career as a noted performer and teacher in both piano and viola. Additionally, she and her husband William Starr, had been proponents and founders of the Montessori Association in their Knoxville, TN community, showcasing their intense interest in early childhood education. In 1968-69, Connie, along with her husband Bill and their 8 children, spent 14 months in Japan observing in depth Suzuki piano teaching, both in students’ lessons and performances. Upon their return to the US, Connie wrote the first articles and gave the first workshops introducing Suzuki piano to American piano teachers. Subsequently she served as Chair of the SAA Piano Committee and as piano editor for the SAA Journal. She was sought after as a clinician and Teacher-Trainer in the SAA region and abroad for institutes and workshops, and as a faculty member for numerous international conferences. Connie is also remembered by parents and teachers around the globe for her authorship along with Bill of the seminal work, To Learn with Love; A Companion for Suzuki Parents, still the gold standard in Suzuki parent education.

On behalf of the entire Suzuki community, the SAA extends its condolences to the Starr family, and its appreciation and gratitude for Connie’s decades-long service and guidance to countless families and teachers in the Talent Education movement world-wide. Thank you to her family for sharing her life with all of us.

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