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Discussion Group Name Change: ISA Trademark

January 18, 2017 ISA Board

Request that the Facebook ISTEX page be removed

ISA submitted a request to Facebook that it take down the ISTEX page because its use of "International Suzuki Teachers Exchange" infringed on ISA's INTERNATIONAL SUZUKI related trademark registrations throughout the world. Specifically, ISA is the owner of over 50 trademark registrations and applications of the trademark SUZUKI combined with the word INTERNATIONAL for various goods and services, including printed music materials, books, recordings, musical educational/training services, and association memberships. The registrations include the US and over thirty countries spread over the five major continents, including all countries of the European Union (with separate country-specific national registrations in Germany, the UK and others), China, Russia, Columbia, and more.

ISA regards its intellectual property rights very seriously, and consistent with that, takes all steps necessary to protect such rights and to prevent the unauthorized use of its intellectual property, including its trademarks. The ISA had contacted the administrator of the site previously about this issue several times, but received no reply. ISA first objected to the misuse of its trademarks and other intellectual property by the "German Suzuki Association" and Ms. Wartberg over two years ago in an attempt to resolve ISA's concern amicably. Those discussions were not successful and, therefore, ISA was compelled to begin taking action to stop it.

ISA had no objections to the content of the Facebook page per se. The objection was to the use of "International Suzuki Teachers Exchange": namely, the use of "INTERNATIONAL SUZUKI" along with the descriptive terms "teachers" and "exchange" in the Facebook name, cover photo, wall posts, and photos. Such use not only copies and infringes ISA's INTERNATIONAL SUZUKI related trademark rights, but also creates the false and misleading impression of sponsorship by or affiliation with ISA, in violation of ISA's rights under the laws of all countries.

ISA has no intent to discourage teachers or proponents of children's music education from communicating with each other or promoting their events. In fact, there are many other existing, non-infringing online forums for such communication and promotion. The concern simply was the infringing use of ISA's registered trademarks.

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October 8-9, 2015 in Matsumoto, Japan

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Digital Downloads of Suzuki Recordings

Update from Alfred Music, 1/25/13
Concerning availability of Suzuki recordings as mp3 downloads

Responding to requests from members, the ISA began working with Alfred Music approximately a year ago to make the Suzuki recordings available as mp3 downloads. We are very excited to let you know that, in the summer of 2013, recordings will become available at, beginning with the first volumes of violin, viola, cello, and bass.

The request is in to iTunes and Amazon to also carry the recordings but Alfred has no control over when this will happen. For pedagogical reasons, the ISA made the decision that the recordings will be sold by book as albums, rather than as individual pieces. Alfred is pleased to make this option available.

Also working with new technology, these same volumes will be released as ebooks later in 2013 through the Apple store. This exciting format includes the audio embedded on the page with the music.

Yasuki Nakamura honoured for service to music

ISA Journal Sept 2012

3 Dec 12 @ 4:48pm by John Morcombe

He was one of the original students of Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki in the Suzuki method of teaching and for the past 33 years has been passing on his knowledge to Australian students.

Now Yasuki Nakamura, of Bayview, has been appointed an honorary Member of the Order of Australia. He was recognised for his service to music education, particularly the violin, through his contribution to the Suzuki Method in Australia and overseas.

Dr. Suzuki developed the Suzuki method of teaching music, which is based on providing the right environment for learning music while also fostering good character in the students.

"The aim is not just to train musicians but also to create wonderful human beings," Mr Nakamura said. "It can be used for music and for other areas of human education."

Yasuki Nakamura was among 18 non-Australian citizens recognised for their services to this country. Mr. Nakamura has lived in Australia for 33 years.

Original story

International Suzuki Journal

Volume 1, Number 1 · September 2012

Welcome to the first Internet edition of the ISA Journal! The ISA Journal contains news about the International Suzuki Association and its member regions.

Download PDF of ISA Journal, September 2012

Calendar of Events

ISA Board of Directors meeting

October 15-17, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia

ISA Violin Committee meeting

October 18-20, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia

16th World Convention logo

The 16th Suzuki Method World Convention

March 27-31, 2013 in Matsumoto, Japan
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The ISA is in the process of revising the Suzuki Violin School, Volumes 1-8. All the books have been newly edited by the ISA Violin Committee, and new recordings have been produced, featuring violinist William Preucil, Jr. Books 1-5 have been published in the past few years, and Book 6 is scheduled to be released in fall, 2012.

The Suzuki Piano School, Volumes 1-7, have been revised. Books 1-3 of the International Piano Edition were published in May, 2008. Books 4-7 were released in 2010. All of the revised books have additional repertoire added.

A new translation of Nurtured By Love is scheduled to be released in September 2012. This new translation by Kyoko and Lili Seldon is based on the original Japanese text by Shinichi Suzuki, Ai ni ikiru.

In 2012 the ISA issued licenses to Lisa Deakins for publication of Fiddlin’ Favorites and Hadley Johnson for publication of From Suzuki to Mozart: A History of the Repertoire in Suzuki Books 1-10.

New Instrument Area

Trumpet has been added as a new Suzuki instrument area. Currently two regions (ESA and SAA) are in the process of developing materials. The initiative began in Norway. We look forward to the growth of the pedagogy for this instrument.

In Memorium

Doris Koppelman

Doris Koppelman

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Doris Koppelman, Piano Teacher and Trainer from San Diego. Doris was beloved by thousands of students, parents and teachers. A leader in the SAA, Doris was known for her wisdom, dedication and graciousness. She understood the heart of the Suzuki method and knew how to apply that knowledge in ways that have made a difference in so many lives. Doris was very special. We mourn her loss.

Koppelman authored the book Introducing Suzuki Piano and wrote numerous articles for the American Suzuki Journal, of which she was piano editor. She was particularly interested in developing young teachers and was a registered teacher trainer for the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA), which honored her with a Distinguished Service Award in 1994.

In a career spanning more than 30 years, she served on the faculty of workshops and institutes throughout the world, including virtually all of the US and western Europe, as well as Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Chile, and yearly visits to Peru. She gave Suzuki demonstrations for the Music Teachers Association of California, the National Council on Piano Pedagogy, the Music Educators National Conference, and many other organizations, while remaining active in the musical community of San Diego throughout her life.

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