Greetings from Alfred Music.
The anniversary of Shinichi Suzuki's birthday (17.10.1898 – 26.01.1998) was celebrated with a one day Suzuki piano workshop held at Johanneksen koulu, which is an elementary school for 1st to 6th grade students in Tampere, Finland.
The Suzuki Trumpet Instrument Committee of the International Suzuki Association (ISA), with representatives from the European Suzuki Association (ESA) and the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) has recently proposed to the ISA Board that the mandate of the committee be augmented to include other brass instruments.
First SAA Trumpet Teacher Training Course
Ann-Marie Sundberg, ESA Trumpet Teacher Trainer, recently held the very first Trumpet Teacher Training course in North America travelling to Calgary, Alberta in Canada to conduct an SAA Unit 1 Teacher Training course for Trumpet teachers.
The first Suzuki Piano Teachers in Russia qualified recently after passing their Level 1 examinations.
The Austrian Suzuki Institute of Music (ASIoM) held their first ESA Violin Examinations in Vienna this weekend with excellent results.
We are greatly saddened to report the death of Gilda Barston.
Gilda meant so much to so many people, it is difficult to express the impact of her parting. In over forty years of teaching at the Music Institute of Chicago she was a friend, mentor, leader and advocate for the highest standards in music education. Her legacy as a teacher and teacher trainer is immense. In the face of tremendous adversity her dedication and love for her students was an inspiration to us all.
Her accomplishments are many. Gilda was an artist level cellist who studied with Leonard Rose at The Juilliard School. As a strong advocate of the Suzuki Philosophy, she served as Chair of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, CEO of the International Suzuki Association and Director and Artistic Director of the Chicago Suzuki Institute. Gilda was a celebrated teacher of teachers, training and mentoring hundreds of young cellists who have spread about the world to become leaders in their field.
In April this year, the first ESA Violin Teacher Training Course was held in Zimbabwe.
Twelve enthusiastic teachers, including one from Zambia who had travelled twelve long hours on a dusty bus, participated in their ﬁrst course in Harare.
Two young pianists from the Langen Music School in Germany made the journey to London, UK to take part in the National Suzuki Workshop which was part of the British Suzuki Gala Week in March this year.
It was hardly a year ago, at the 2015 Estonian Suzuki Summer Camp, when representatives of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Martin Rüttimann Chairman of the ESA, held a meeting to start a Baltic Suzuki Violoncello project. Although all three Baltic States are quite small, there was a keen interest for Suzuki Violoncello Teacher Training in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania so all three countries joined together to focus on establishing a joint Suzuki Violoncello Teacher Training course. Leaders of this project are Janne Vasser (Estonia), Kristine Ravina (Latvia) and Valdas Povilaitis (Lithuania).