I have been fortunate to be involved with the Suzuki method, as a student and a teacher, for more than thirty years, working in Japan and the US, and I had a feeling that I knew the Suzuki method very well. Read more ▶
The last week of May was a week of 40th Anniversary Celebrations at Carnegie Hall for The School for Strings, the path-breaking Manhattan Suzuki school and teacher training center founded by Louise Behrend. Read more ▶
“How do you get your students to play those Baroque ornaments so beautifully—so delicate and spontaneous-sounding?” This is a question from colleagues of all instrument areas that I have heard over the years. Read more ▶
The challenge that most guitar teachers face with right hand string crossing is the problem of students dragging the fingers from higher to lower strings instead of maintaining alternation. When working with young children, I like to refer to these as “drag-ons” for the obvious reason. Read more ▶
My dad walks quickly. A favorite summertime treat for our family was hiking the Beaver Brook trail, just west of Denver. My younger brothers and sisters and I would go only a few steps before we fell behind Dad and would start whining, “Are we there yet?” Read more ▶
Where’s the tipping point? You know—the point where some influence puts the energy over the top and makes it inevitable that an endeavor has no choice but to turn out great—or, unfortunately, not great at all. Read more ▶
When Shinichi Suzuki began to define his Mother Tongue approach to Talent Education in war-torn Japan, he did not have the benefit of referring to brain imaging technology or child development research studies. He simply saw an approach to unlock the potential of children in a loving way. Read more ▶
Have you ever imagined that given the opportunity, you would sit in an auditorium in a foreign country, for perhaps ten hours a day, listening to young musicians play compositions by only one composer, sometimes the same composition repeatedly? Read more ▶
It is with great sadness we share with you the news that The School for Strings’ founder, Louise Behrend, has passed away. Miss Behrend was one of the pioneer musicians who introduced the educational philosophy and teaching concepts of the violinist Shinichi Suzuki to the United States. Read more ▶
Kristi Ann Rassmussen Knecht, 61, of Gladstone, Missouri, passed away September 12, 2011.
Kristi was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and was the second of seven children. At age five, her family moved to Northfield, Minnesota, where Kristi graduated from high… Read more ▶
In celebration of its fortieth anniversary, the SAA would like to collect untold stories about the Suzuki experience and the growth and impact of the Suzuki method in the Americas that fill gaps in our story and contribute to a richer and fuller understanding of our history. Read more ▶
How long did you serve on the SAA board before becoming Chair?
I served for six years, two of them as chair elect.
What aspects of the Chair office surprised you the most?
Probably what surprised me the most was beginning to understand… Read more ▶
Outgoing SAA Board of Directors member Elizabeth Stuen-Walker served from August 2008-August 2011, serving as secretary from 2009-2011.
Tell us about yourself—your studio, your background, and how you became involved with the Suzuki Method.
I have maintained a private a studio… Read more ▶