American Suzuki Journal 50.2

Published March 2022

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American Suzuki Journal 50.2

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Features

Meet Executive Director Angelica Cortez

Meet Executive Director Angelica Cortez

The Suzuki Association of the Americas is thrilled to appoint Angelica Cortez as Executive Director of the organization. Angelica (she/her) is a Los Angeles-born arts leader who works at the intersection of music, education, and justice. She began her tenure… Read more ▶


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Conozca a la Directora Ejecutiva Anglica Cortez

Conozca a la Directora Ejecutiva Angélica Cortez

La Asociación Suzuki de las Américas está encantada de nombrar a Angélica Cortez como Directora Ejecutiva de la organización. Angélica es una líder artística nacida en Los Ángeles que trabaja en la intersección de la música, la educación y la justicia. Comenzó su trabajo… Read more ▶


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Conhea a Diretora Executiva Angelica Cortez

Conheça a Diretora Executiva Angelica Cortez

A Associação Suzuki das Américas está entusiasmada em nomear Angelica Cortez como Diretora Executiva da organização. Angelica (ela/ela) é uma líder artística nascida em Los Angeles que trabalha na intersecção da música, educação e justiça. Ela começou seu mandato… Read more ▶


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Columns

Chairs Column

Chair’s Column

The last six months have been a period of historic change for the SAA. Recently, the SAA Board appointed a new Executive Director (ED), Angelica Cortez (she/her). Ms. Cortez’s term as ED began on January 31, 2022, following that of… Read more ▶


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Teaching & Learning

Exploring Collaborative Insight Through Reflective Partnership Teaching

Exploring Collaborative Insight Through Reflective Partnership Teaching

As a Suzuki teacher, how often have you experienced the following? You provide an exemplary musical demonstration. Your student responds with a nearly flawless replication. You ask the student to explain what’s going on. The student replies with an explanation… Read more ▶


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Twinkles Around the World

Twinkles Around the World

“Everything I needed to learn about playing the violin, I learned in the Twinkles.”  It’s no mistake that the Twinkles are a fundamental Suzuki anthem that students and teachers often return back to. The Twinkle Variations allow you to learn the… Read more ▶


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Late to the Party

Late to the Party

I pride myself on my punctuality. In music training, I learned that if you’re on time, you’re late. That’s why I always arrive at school at least half an hour before my class starts, why my wife is always frustrated… Read more ▶


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Pictures at an Exhibition Inspiration inspires greater inspiration

Pictures at an Exhibition: Inspiration inspires greater inspiration

The unfortunate demise of a relatively obscure Russian artist at the age of 39 became the inspiration for the creation of one of the most loved classical orchestral compositions ever written. Artist Victor Hartmann was a good friend of Modest… Read more ▶


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Every Adult Can Too

Every Adult Can, Too

The first day as a student in a new class is always scary. A few years ago, I found myself in that position at a gym class—heart pounding and gasping for breath as I reached for my water bottle, frustrated with… Read more ▶


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Authenticity in Teaching Guiding students through the entire human experience of learning

Authenticity in Teaching: Guiding students through the entire human experience of learning

Our students look to us as models for how to play the instrument they are in the process of learning. Teachers demonstrate a student’s working piece played at a professional level with attention to beautiful tone, graceful phrasing, and technical… Read more ▶

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Memory and Music Part One The different layers of memorization

Memory and Music Part One: The different layers of memorization

This article is part one in a series about memory and music. The Suzuki philosophy wholeheartedly embraces memorization as an important tool for the young student. Indeed, the Suzuki approach gets many things right in light of new research and understanding… Read more ▶

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Nurturing Studio Parents by Love

Nurturing Studio Parents by Love

As Suzuki teachers, we know well the responsibility we have to guide, nurture, and love our students into the best versions of themselves that we can. We know that music education in the Suzuki Way is not only about striving… Read more ▶

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Viewpoints

A Lifetime of Service An Interview with Marilyn OBoyle

A Lifetime of Service: An Interview with Marilyn O’Boyle

Few Suzuki teachers haven’t been affected by the work of Marilyn O’Boyle. She wrote two staples in Pre-Twinkle repertoire, which have been adapted and used in countless studios across the Americas. Her tireless work has benefitted the Suzuki movement in… Read more ▶

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Developing musical taste Concertgoing as a way of life

Developing musical taste: Concertgoing as a way of life

“Man is a creature who gets used to everything and that, I think, is the best definition of him.” -Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from a Dead House “Can you tell me about your favorite meal?” I recently asked one of my elementary school-aged… Read more ▶

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Twentyfive Years and Four Children My Life with SuzukiStrings

​​Twenty-five Years and Four Children: My Life with Suzuki-Strings

We assembled on the second floor of Huntingburg’s historic “Old Town Hall” for the annual “Strings” Spring Recital. Strings is the local Suzuki violin organization that trains young violinists according to the Suzuki method. It was Mothers’ Day, adding to… Read more ▶


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Latin America

Teaching Strategies Course for Mixed Instruments IX International Suzuki Festival of EcuadorAugust 2021

Teaching Strategies Course for Mixed Instruments: IX International Suzuki Festival of Ecuador–August, 2021

The International Suzuki Festival of Ecuador celebrated its ninth annual edition this year, online. We had the immense joy of having participants from various parts of the Americas: Canada, the United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Uruguay,… Read more ▶

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Curso de Estrategias de la Enseanza para todos los instrumentosIX Festival Internacional Suzuki Ecuador  Agosto de 2021

Curso de Estrategias de la Enseñanza para todos los instrumentos IX Festival Internacional Suzuki Ecuador – Agosto de 2021

El Festival Internacional Suzuki Ecuador es un evento anual que inició en el año 2012; en este año tuvo su novena edición, en modalidad online. Tuvimos la inmensa alegría de contar con participantes de varios puntos de todo nuestro continente:… Read more ▶

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Book Review

Book Review The Magic of Matsumoto The Suzuki Method of Education by Dr Carolyn M Barrett

Book Review: The Magic of Matsumoto: The Suzuki Method of Education by Dr. Carolyn M. Barrett

Over the years that I have been a Suzuki piano teacher, I have read many books about the Suzuki philosophy and Suzuki teaching principles. A number of these books were written by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki himself, and others were written… Read more ▶

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Stories, Poems & Tributes

In Memoriam Alice Joy Lewis 19422020

In Memoriam: Alice Joy Lewis (1942-2020)

Alice Joy Lewis, much-beloved Suzuki trailblazer, violin teacher, and trainer, passed away about two years ago in Ottawa, Kansas. Mrs. Lewis founded the Ottawa Suzuki Strings in 1966 as well as the Ottawa Suzuki Institute Mid-Southwest and the SOUND ENCOUNTERS… Read more ▶

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