What We Studied
Lessons with and from Dr. Suzuki

February 20, 2019, ASJ 47.2
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American Suzuki Journal 47.2

Previously printed in American Suzuki Journal 47.2. Reprinted with permission. Copyright © 2019 Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.

In Japan,  at 17 years old, Nora joined the two-year Teacher Training Program at Dr. Suzuki’s Talent Education Institute, graduating  in 1973.  She  earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree as a music major from University of Alaska, 1977.

Nora has been teaching violin and piano, based in the Suzuki method, in Northern California for over 40 years. She is past President and currently Graduation Chair and is SANC Representative of the Suzuki Association of Northern California, a branch of the Suzuki Music Association of California.  Nora is an evaluator for Certificate of Merit exams for her local branch of the Music Teacher’s Association of California.

Nora’s own children, whom she raised with her husband of 40 years, Ron (a dentist), grew up playing cello.  One son graduated from Cleveland Institute of Music, before retraining as a dentist; the other became an airline pilot.  Both still enjoy playing the cello.

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Rebecca Lile Paluzzi is Professor of Flute and Suzuki Studies at East Tennessee State University and is director of the East Tennessee Suzuki Flute Institute International. She holds performance degrees from the University of Tennessee and a diploma from TERI, where she studied with Toshio Takahashi. She is a Teacher Trainer, former editor of the Flute Column, and member of the SAA Flute Publication Committee. Suzuki changed her life.

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Barbara Wampner

Barbara Wampner is active as a registered Suzuki cello teacher trainer and has a private studio of approximately twenty-two cello students, age four to adult, in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is an active clinician for summer institutes and workshops in the US and abroad and serves as Suzuki Association of the Americas representative to the ISA International Cello Committee. She directs the Suzuki School of Music at Dominican University of California at San Rafael and has been invited to collaborate in cello pedagogy sessions at the SF Conservatory of Music. She holds a B.M.E. degree from Northwestern University and an M.A. degree from San Francisco State University with cello studies with Margaret Rowell. In 1976 she received a teacher certificate from Dr. Suzuki at the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan. For thirteen years she taught instrumental music in the San Francisco Unified School District middle schools.

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