A Tale of Suzuki Piano in Three Countries

December 14, 2012, ASJ 41.1
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American Suzuki Journal 41.1

Previously printed in American Suzuki Journal 41.1. Reprinted with permission. Copyright © 2012 Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.

Caroline Gowers studied piano and organ at the Royal College of Music. In 1979 she embarked on the BSI training course and followed this with three months in Japan at the Talent Education Institute. For some years she directed the piano teacher training course in London. She continues to be involved in teacher training and to teach privately at home.

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Gail Lange

Gail Lange is a Suzuki Piano teacher in Guelph, Ontario. A teacher trainer since 1984, Gail studied four months in Japan with Dr. Suzuki and Haruko Kataoka. Always inspired by the spirit of sharing in the Suzuki community, Gail has continued to observe and work with outstanding teachers. She is a frequent clinician at workshops and institutes particularly in Canada and offers training courses throughout the year in her Studio. Past-Chair of the Suzuki Association of Ontario, and former Piano Director of the Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute, Gail has also served twice on the SAA Board, was Piano Coordinator of the 2008 Conference and was Piano Ensembles Coordinator of the 2016 Conference. Along with Joan Krzywicki, she spearheaded the production of a video promoting Suzuki Piano. Currently, she is Translation Coordinator for the bilingual Canadian Suzuki e-Newsletter and is active on the Canadian Visioning committee promoting Suzuki in Canada. In 2005 Gail was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Medal by the Canadian government for her contributions to music

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Peggy Swingle

Peggy Swingle has been teaching Suzuki piano since 1973. She studied in Japan in 1984 and has been a registered Teacher Trainer since then. She directed a Suzuki School for 15 years and currently maintains an active private studio. She is a popular clinician all over North America and England. Peggy has written a book on reading for Suzuki pianists, a parenting handbook, and is working on a book on parenting and how children learn successfully. She resides in Bainbridge Island, WA and has three grown children, all of whom were Suzuki students.

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