The International Suzuki Association (ISA) strives to encourage, promote, enlarge, and coordinate the Suzuki Method throughout the world.

The International Suzuki Association (ISA) was founded in 1983 as a non-profit organisation in Dallas, Texas in order to serve as a coalition of Suzuki Associations throughout the world. Its primary purpose is to serve as an co-ordination centre and to protect the "Suzuki" name and rights.

Dr. Shinichi Suzuki

The ISA was designated by Dr Suzuki as the sole authorised organisation which can grant rights to the use of his name and the marks "Suzuki", "Suzuki Method", and other similar terms throughout the world.

The ISA is an organization of organizations. At present five Regional Associations have been licensed by the International Suzuki Association. The Regional Associations have been given rights to grant sub-licenses to national associations or other organizations within their area. Each Regional Association has the same goals as the International Suzuki Association: to encourage, promote, enlarge and coordinate the Suzuki Method within their area, and to maintain the highest standards of educational instruction.

Management

The ISA is managed by a Board of Directors which includes representatives of the Regional Associations. The ISA's Instrument Committees advise the ISA board on matters relating to educational material and musical repertoire and editions.

Membership

The Regional Associations are the members of the International Suzuki Association. Some of them, in turn, have National Suzuki Associations as their members, and these have individual members, who may be teachers, parents of students or interested members of the public.

To become members of the ISA, teachers or other interested individuals, therefore need to join their own regional Suzuki association, or where appropriate the local or national association in their own area. A proportion of membership dues collected by such local organisations will be paid to the Regional Associations who will pay an annual membership fee on behalf of all their members to the International Suzuki Association. For more information please contact the Regional Associations.

Constance Starr

In Memory of Constance Starr

The ISA regrets to announce the passing of Suzuki Piano pedagogue Constance Starr at her home in Boulder, CO, Monday, August 26 . Prior to her pioneering work in the Suzuki piano movement, Connie had established a career as a noted performer and teacher in both piano and viola. Additionally, she and her husband William Starr, had been proponents and founders of the Montessori Association in their Knoxville, TN community, showcasing their intense interest in early childhood education. In 1968-69, Connie, along with her husband Bill and their 8 children, spent 14 months in Japan observing in depth Suzuki piano teaching, both in students' lessons and performances. Upon their return to the US, Connie wrote the first articles and gave the first workshops introducing Suzuki piano to American piano teachers. Subsequently she served as Chair of the SAA Piano Committee and as piano editor for the SAA Journal. She was sought after as a clinician and Teacher-Trainer in the SAA region and abroad for institutes and workshops, and as a faculty member for numerous international conferences. Connie is also remembered by parents and teachers around the globe for her authorship along with Bill of the seminal work, To Learn with Love; A Companion for Suzuki Parents, still the gold standard in Suzuki parent education.

On behalf of the entire Suzuki community, the ISA extends its condolences to the Starr family, and its appreciation and gratitude for Connie’s decades-long service and guidance to countless families and teachers in the Talent Education movement world-wide. Thank you to her family for sharing her life with all of us.


International Suzuki Journal June 2019

Just posted!
The new ISA Online Journal for June 2019.

Use the link below to access all the articles, news and pictures from Suzuki regions around the world. Many thanks to all our contributors for this latest edition.

View The ISA Journal



ISA Journal Archive Now Viewable on Website

All previously published print copies of the ISA Journal, dating from 1990 - 2004, are now online. Enjoy reading though articles from the past, many of which were written by Dr. Suzuki on Talent Education philosophy and pedagogy. Share your favorite articles with fellow teachers and with families in your studio. Gain new insights or refresh your thinking on Talent Education and its principles.

The ISA thanks Pam Brasch, Jackie Corina, Jason Hardgrave, Susan Kempter and Aaron Van Heyningen for their assistance on this project.

View the Journal Archive here.

Update to the 2018 ISA Press Release Concerning a False Posting by the German Suzuki Association (DSG).

The ISA has noted the continued posting of a misleading message on the website of the DSG, an organization not a part of the ESA, the ISA nor authorized to use the SUZUKI name. This post asserting that the ISA does not own the mark SUZUKI is untrue. It is a misrepresentation of fact and poses a liability issue to anyone following that course of action.

In fact, the ISA continues to own registrations for SUZUKI and other SUZUKI marks throughout the world, including Germany. Any assertion to the contrary is inaccurate.

The DSG bases its claims on a decision in a court document from November 2014. Please read the following link for a complete and accurate transcript of the document in question, and not the altered and redacted version as posted by the DSG.

View full Press Release here.

The ISA has written to the administration of the DSG repeatedly requesting this post be deleted. The DSG has responded that the post is no longer on its site. However, the post clearly does remain on the DSG site despite those assurances. ISA will continue to monitor this misrepresentation of its protection of the SUZUKI trademark in the interest of and obligations to all members of the world-wide Suzuki community.


"The ISA Board does not condone sexual abuse in any form especially by people in positions of authority."

Adopted by the ISA Board of Directors, October 16, 2018