Local Programs

Filosofa Suzuki at Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City

August 1, 2017 by Leslie Mizrahi

The “Introduction to the Filosofía Suzuki” course is usually a four-day course, which has been successfully offered all over Latin America for more than 30 years now. In March 2017, this course made history, for it was offered, for the first time in America, as part of the obligatory curriculum of a university career. Read more ▶

Detroit Youth Volume Interview with Founder Clara Hardie

February 1, 2017 by Dan Browning

One of the best parts of SAA Conferences and Leadership Retreats is the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends with others in the Suzuki world who are doing new and exciting things. I met one such young… Read more ▶

Buffalo Suzuki Strings in South Africa Searching for World Harmony through Music

February 1, 2016 by Raechele Pope-Namaste, Amy Reynolds-Namaste, Linda Ross

Buffalo Suzuki Strings is no stranger to touring. Forever driven by Dr. Suzuki’s vision and the BSS dream of “world harmony through music,” Mary Cay Neal, founder of BSS and the BSS Friendship Touring Ensemble, has taken groups of students… Read more ▶

Adding Bass to Your Program

May 30, 2015 by Virginia Dixon

Once there was a wonderful orchestra. It had mostly violinists divided up into two sections, but also plentiful violists and cellists. Each member had thorough training, since they had all started at a very young age, and they could technically… Read more ▶

Breaking Barriers Bringing Suzuki to Afghanistan

September 23, 2014 by Libby Felts, Jennifer Moberg Pforte, Ahmad Sarmast

The Afghan National Institute of Music is the country’s only music school. Until just over ten years ago, learning, teaching, and making music was illegal. After the fall of the Taliban, it was imperative that the country revive its cultural… Read more ▶

A Special Send Off for WWII Veterans Barcel Suzuki String Academy Performs for Honor Flights

September 18, 2013 by Renee Riddle

Pablo Casals, the world famous cellist, once said, “Perhaps it is music that will save the world.” The students of the Barcel Suzuki String Academy, located in the suburbs of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, are learning the impact music has on the… Read more ▶

From Pilsen to Matsumoto The Trip of a Lifetime for Merit Students

June 12, 2013 by Libby Felts

A reminder of something that makes the Suzuki method extraordinary: its power to cross cultural and geopolitical boundaries to bring together people who share the common bond of creating beautiful music Read more ▶

Turtle Bay Music School Integrating the Suzuki Method into the Fabric of the Community

June 20, 2012 by Joanna Smulakowski

Turtle Bay Music School utilizes Dr. Suzuki’s philosophies as a cornerstone in our approach to music teaching and learning. Each year, TBMS’s highly integrated Suzuki strings program serves nearly 1,000 students and families, including children, teens and adults of all… Read more ▶

The UWSP Suzuki Strings Mentoring Program at 15 Years What It Is and How Far Weve Come

May 1, 2012 by Pat D'Ercole

The UWSP Suzuki Strings Mentoring Program (SSMP) was launched September 11–12, 2010. The three brave mentees arrived on the UWSP campus from Lincoln, NE, Watertown, WI, and Monument, CO. Read more ▶

Community in Conference The Workings of a Successful Suzuki Conference

May 1, 2012 by Janice LaMarre

What do seventy Suzuki teachers, 100 families, and the Prime Minister of Canada have in common? They all joined forces to create the 2011 Ontario Suzuki Conference, in Barrie, Canada. Read more ▶

The Rocky Mountain Strings Great Adventure An Exchange with Suzuki Students in Turnhout Belgium

May 1, 2012 by Deborah Moench, Ramona Stirling

The connection that began this adventure started in Turin, Italy at the Suzuki World Convention in 2006. After hearing a concert where the Rocky Mountain Strings performed, Koen Rens invited RMS students to go to Belgium for a workshop with his students. Read more ▶

Buffalo Suzuki Strings in Argentina A Musical Transformation

March 21, 2012 by Justice Namaste

I could not see the wand or wizards who must have been hiding nearby, but the spell that was cast was unmistakable. Somewhere in Argentina—or perhaps before we even left Buffalo—we were bewitched. We were transformed from a group of talented, well-trained, and dedicated Suzuki students into an ensemble of passionate musicians. Read more ▶

The School for Strings Celebrates 40th Anniversary

December 1, 2011 by Alexander Yudkovsky

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 ▶

A Weekend at the SPA with Friends

December 1, 2011 by Sheryl Shohet

Living in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii residents are very aware of the high cost of bringing in experts and professionals for workshops. Read more ▶

Legacy of Love Principal Sharon Goulet Retires After 25 Years

December 1, 2011 by Suzuki Charter School Society

We appreciate all the hard work and visionary thinking of retired principal Sharon Goulet that inspired the unique Suzuki Charter School learning environment in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Read more ▶

A Joyful Journey Suzuki Association of Utahs Celebration VIII

May 25, 2011 by Libby Felts

The sheer scope of the Suzuki Association of Utah’s Celebration concerts is difficult to imagine—two thousand Suzuki students playing together in one venue. But then, one sees it: the LDS Conference Center stage overflows with student musicians. Read more ▶

Concerto Competition for Montral Suzuki Students

March 25, 2011 by Maude Durand

After conducting Suzuki orchestras and participating in an exchange program between Montreal and Edmonton, Cristian Gort had a great idea of having a concerto competition for Suzuki students. Cristian Gort is a conductor who has worked with several ensembles, in Amsterdam,… Read more ▶

Building Community Through Performance

March 25, 2011 by Katherine White

Parents of Suzuki students are familiar with the time frame for preparation that goes into a performance. It is the culmination of listening, private and group lessons, practicing, and more listening and practicing. Read more ▶

Play Your Music Like You Live Your Life

December 17, 2010 by Cecilia McDonnell

We’ve witnessed it hundreds of times over and over and never cease to marvel at the wonder. Within three notes introduced by the piano, forty children from four to eight years old fall into three perfect lines, rest position, eyes on the leader. Read more ▶

Ask the Experts 17 Community

December 6, 2010 by MaryLou Roberts

How can the SAA help us to create a community in our home programs primarily among teachers? One of the most wonderful features among Suzuki teachers is the sense of community. I am always received positively by the teachers I meet… Read more ▶

Shenandoah Valley Elementary students perform with St Louis Symphony

April 20, 2010

Shenandoah Valley Elementary School, taught by Loren Abramson, performed with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra last weekend. Loren Abramson was recognized as SLSO’s 2010 Educator of the Year. Read more at St. Louis Today: Shenandoah Valley performs with St. Louis Symphony Read more ▶

Suzuki Method in Whitehorse Yukon A Special Challenge

September 21, 2009 by Daphne Hughes

Imagine yourself in a community of Suzuki families living in a small northern city, population about 30,000, a 16-hour drive from any other Suzuki program. There are about 34 violin students in the program, ranging from 4-year-old “Twinklers” to 17-year-old… Read more ▶

Longmont Suzuki Strings Play for Peace  Pennies for Peace

September 21, 2009 by Barbara Barber

For six weeks during the Spring of 2009, strings were tuned, pieces were polished and pennies were collected. 76 students prepared for Longmont Suzuki Strings’ first “Play For Peace” concert on Saturday, April 18. The students and faculty of violin,… Read more ▶

Chapter Affiliates

August 2, 2005

The Suzuki Association of the Americas offers the Chapter Affiliate Program to Suzuki organizations across North, Central and South America who serve a specified, contiguous geographic area and strive to promote Suzuki through student activities, parent education, and teacher networking… Read more ▶

Rainbow Suzuki Strings Revisited

May 1, 2005 by Diane Slone

The experience at the SAA 11th Conference in Minneapolis will continue to shape the lives of the young students with East Cleveland Rainbow Suzuki Strings. From traveling via bus to another state, to performing for an enthusiastic audience at the… Read more ▶

Suzuki Plus a Parent Group Supreme

November 1, 2002 by Lamar Blum

“You need some help!” is what a new parent said to me when she saw all of the activities available in the Suzuki program I was running in Elgin, IL. It just seemed to evolve, and before I knew it,… Read more ▶

All Local Programs pictures

Share your photos


All Local Programs videos


No upcoming events. Please check back later for future events.