American Suzuki Journal 52.2

Cover picture by Charles Ahn

Published March 2024

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American Suzuki Journal 52.2


Creating the Suzuki Environment

Creating the Suzuki Environment

I was delighted when ASJ Editor Andy Braddock invited me to write about the environment that we have created at the Western Springs School of Talent Education and the Naperville Suzuki School (WSSTE & NSS). Gathering my thoughts for this… Read more ▶

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Womens Writes for Solo Viola A Commissioning and Recording Project from Abstract Idea to Reality

Womens Writes for Solo Viola: A Commissioning and Recording Project from Abstract Idea to Reality

By Maggie Snyder In 2018, I did a full survey of all the works performed at my home university in Athens, Georgia. Through this statistical data, I confirmed that the number of works written by women was grossly disproportionate to the… Read more ▶

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A Musical Mosaic Creating a New Pedagogical Repertoire

A Musical Mosaic: Creating a New Pedagogical Repertoire

A significant challenge for many of us who teach within (and outside) the Suzuki community is the difficulty finding level-appropriate music for our students by women and by Black and Latino composers. Notwithstanding some great recent contributions in this arena… Read more ▶

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Teaching & Learning

How to Include Your Spouse and Grandparents in the Suzuki Music Journey

How to Include Your Spouse (and Grandparents!) in the Suzuki Music Journey

You and your child have had lots of training in the Suzuki philosophy and methods. As a Suzuki parent, you have probably attended parent sessions, learned basic techniques on your child’s instrument, and read articles about Suzuki education. You have… Read more ▶

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Theyre Never Too Old

They’re Never Too Old

When I was nine years old, my elementary school took a field trip to see a children’s concert played by a local regional orchestra. As we filed into the concert hall, we could see that the members of each section… Read more ▶

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Preparing Young Violin Students to Play Contemporary Music

Preparing Young Violin Students to Play Contemporary Music

When students finish the Suzuki books and enter college as music majors, contemporary music can seem new and scary. Often the notation can appear frighteningly different, and the sounds are unlike anything they had been trained to produce. It can… Read more ▶

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Meet Me in NYC Reflections from a Collaborative Suzuki Tour

Meet Me in NYC: Reflections from a Collaborative Suzuki Tour

It sounded like a dream. . .a dream come true! The glass-walled bus terminal at Alewife Station in Cambridge, Massachusetts, resounded with the joyous sounds of youthful music making. The players were students from Maine, members of Capital Strings from… Read more ▶

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Beautiful Tone Beautiful Heart

Beautiful Tone, Beautiful Heart

In Suzuki talent education, we nurture the heart by surrounding ourselves and our children with wholesome learning experiences in environments filled with love, kindness, respect, and beauty. When a child’s world feels safe, there will be trust. The child will… Read more ▶

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News & Information

Chairs Column

Chair’s Column

Ingredients Imagine your favorite delicacy. It could be a particular rue recipe, a comfort food, a particular restaurant’s specialty—that taste so memorable it begs for repetition! You don’t find it everywhere. It has a niche existence, whether it be a gifted… Read more ▶

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Executive Director Letter

Executive Director Letter

Environments A colleague recently shared a quote with me: ”You are a representation of the top 5–10 people you spend the most time with.” It was an interesting sentiment, especially as I pondered thoughts around environment and the things I need… Read more ▶

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A Report from the Third International Suzuki Trainers Conferencein Matsumoto Japan

A Report from the Third International Suzuki Trainers Conference in Matsumoto, Japan

Our Japanese hosts were incredibly hospitable! The TERI (Talent Education Research Institute) committee, which has been working diligently to organize this conference, succeeded in making it a truly extraordinary experience. Throughout the three-day event, there was a clear sense of… Read more ▶

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Suzuki as an Adjective

Suzuki as an Adjective

After forty-seven years of involvement with the Suzuki Approach as a teacher, my attendance at the ISA and TERI Conferences was the perfect reason to finally make a long-overdue visit to Japan. Before the start of the Conferences, my husband… Read more ▶

ASJ 52.2, page 9

Asociacin Mexicana del Mtodo Suzuki AMMS en Accin

Asociación Mexicana del Método Suzuki (AMMS) en Acción

La comunidad Suzuki de México manifiesta un gran crecimiento en la promoción y desarrollo del método en su país. Conformada por profesores, alumnos, Academias Suzuki y un Consejo Directivo encabezado por Araceli Lugo Oliva como presidenta, Leslie Mizrahi en Administración,… Read more ▶

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AMMS in Action News from the Mexican Suzuki Association

AMMS in Action! News from the Mexican Suzuki Association

The Suzuki community in Mexico has shown great growth in the promotion and development of the Suzuki Method in its country. The Asociación Mexicana del Método Suzuki (AMMS) is composed of teachers, students, Suzuki academies, and a Board of Directors… Read more ▶

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