Guitar Committee

The International Suzuki Guitar Committee is an internationally represented body created and approved by Dr. Suzuki in May of 1986 and licensed by the International Suzuki Association.

The committee adheres to the guidelines set forth in the official "Policies for ISA Instrument Committees" adopted by the ISA Board of Directors on September 11, 1999.


Our Mission Statement

To develop a globally recognized approach to the guitar by adhering to the basic tenants and vision of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki so that children, families and teachers everywhere benefit and, in so doing, realize a better world.

The current committee is comprised of representatives of three recognized regional bodies. They are: MaryLou Roberts, SAA; Elio Galvagno, ESA; Zeah Riordan, PPSA. It is a great honor to be a part of Dr. Suzuki's great legacy. We are pleased that the guitar continues to assume its role in bringing quality music education to the world. It is our hope that our efforts will make a valuable contribution to children and families, enabling a better life for generations to come.

Books Available

Suzuki Guitar School volumes 1 through 9 have been published, along with CDs for each volume and a guitar accompaniment part for volume 1.



Repeated trips of to Australia enable SAA representatives and teachers of PPSA to continue to share professional training developments in the upper levels of the Suzuki Guitar School.

Regular bi-monthly conference calls via Skype.

Future plans include:


All published materials are available at local music stores or by calling Alfred Music at 1–800–6ALFRED or

Regional Committee Members

European Suzuki Association

Elio Galvagno
Harald Söderberg
Raimo Päiväläinen
Nuria Cervantes

Pan-Pacific Suzuki Association

Zeah Riordan
Robert Turton
Marcus Bussey
Jane Darcey
Joanne Wood

Suzuki Association of the Americas

Andrea Cannon
Mychal Gendron
Seth Himmelhoch
William Kossler
Andrew LaFreniere
David Madsen
MaryLou Roberts
Joseph Pecoraro


The members of the International Suzuki Guitar Committee wish to express our deepest appreciation to those who contribute to this very special effort. Your help assures that children everywhere will continue to thrive and benefit as parents and teachers have always dreamed. The ISGC welcomes comments and suggestions. Please feel free to contact your regional representative.

Elio Galvagno (ESA)

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Zeah Riordan (PPSA)

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MaryLou Roberts (SAA, Chair)

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