What We Studied
Lessons with and from Dr. Suzuki

August 28, 2018, ASJ 46.4
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American Suzuki Journal 46.4

Previously printed in American Suzuki Journal 46.4. Reprinted with permission. Copyright © 2018 Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.

Hiroko Driver-Lippman

A graduate of the Suzuki Talent Education Institute, Hiroko studied with Dr. Suzuki,
William Starr, Peter McHugh, Mimi Zweig and Brenda Brunner.
A Teacher Trainer and active chamber musician, she is currently the director of the Suzuki School of Louisville.

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Helen Higa

Helen Higa comes from a family with 3 generations of Japanese and Western music teachers, and was born and raised in Honolulu. Her Suzuki Teacher training includes study with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki for two and a half years at the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan, where she received her Teacher Certification from him in 1973. She continued her Suzuki teacher training at the University of Tennessee with William Starr, Louise Behrend at the School for Strings, and the late Hiroko Primrose in Hawaii. In NYC, she also worked with Gerald Beal on violin performance skills. Helen is currently the head of the Suzuki Violin Program at Punahou Music School and a part time member of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra.

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Donna Lim

Donna Lim (Violin, viola) received her Suzuki teaching certificate from Dr. Shinichi Suzuki at the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan. She is presently teaching at the Suzuki Music Studio of San Francisco and is the conductor of the Cadet and Senior Orchestras for the Golden Gate Philharmonic. Donna founded the Round Valley Strings and was its director for 17 years. Besides maintaining a violin/viola studio, she has taught kindergarten for 17 years as well as middle school orchestra for 8 years. She has been honored to be in the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in 1991 and 1994. She is also included in the Who’s Who Among American Women for 2010-2011 and Who’s Who in America starting in 2012 until the present, culminating in the Who’s Who in America Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. Other musical accomplishments include president of the Suzuki Music Association of California, director of the Northern California Suzuki Institute since 1993, editor of the International Suzuki Journal, teacher at the Dominican University Suzuki program, co-founder and director of a concert series—Music in Round Valley. She has been a registered teacher trainer for the Suzuki Association of the Americas since 1985. She is currently playing viola with the Symphony Parnassus and has played violin for the Mendocino Music Festival, Cal Performances and has sung in the soprano section of the San Francisco Bach Choir.

Short bio of Donna’s non-musical life include: EMT/Firefighter 1985-1993; becoming the first female president of a fire department in Mendocino County in California. She also has two Fireman of the Year Awards (1989 and 1991). She was a member of the Disaster Medical Assistance Team—CA6 from 1994-2014, as well as being a founding member of Homeland Security. Aside from practicing and playing in a string quartet, she tends her small victory garden and does agility with her dog.

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Edmund Sprunger

Edmund Sprunger Registered SAA teacher trainer. BA in music from Goshen College, MSW from the University of Michigan, and extensive training at the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute. In addition to his teaching, he is also a psychotherapist in private practice, and the author of two books.

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