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.



Hiroko Suzuki

Obituary of Ms. Hiroko Suzuki

Ms. Hiroko Suzuki, former president of TERI, passed away on August 13, 2021. She was 80 years old. She is a niece of Dr. Shin'ichi Suzuki, the founder of Suzuki Method, and she grew up listening to Schubert's "Unfinished" at the suggestion of Dr. Suzuki. She graduated from Toho Gakuen School of Music with honors and has been a TERI violin and viola teacher since she was a student.

She served as the 4th President of TERI from 2013 to 2016 and has been the Honorary President of ISA from 2020.

She had been ill for several months and had been recuperating at home. She passed away peacefully at 9:00 a.m. on the 13th, attended by her son, Shigeru Ishikawa, her daughter, Sakiko Ishikawa (a piano teacher at TERI), and other family members.

The family wishes to hold a farewell party when the corona pandemic has settled down. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to Ms. Suzuki for her contribution to the Suzuki Method over the years, and we pray for the repose of her soul.

Ryugo Hayano, TERI president



Announcing a New Publication from ISA

The Life of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki: A Chronology

The ISA is proud to announce this important new publication chronicling the life of Dr. Suzuki decade by decade through text and pictures, from his early upbringing, his time in Germany, the return to Japan, and the flowering of the Talent Education movement worldwide.

The ISA is indebted to Mikio Shin of TERI, the original author of the Chronology, for his permission to expand and translate this significant new document. And to Lili Selden and Ruth Miura for their work on the English translation.

Currently the Chronology is only available to view online. Any inquiries about print copies should be directed to your particular Regional Association.

View the Chronology



International Suzuki Journal June 2021

The new
ISA Online Journal for June 2021.

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.


Talent Education Journal

Talent Education Journal Archive

From 1979-1989, Eiko and Masayoshi Kataoka self-published an English translation of the Talent Education Journal, published quarterly as the official publication of TERI in Matsumoto, Japan.

The TEJ contains articles by Dr. Suzuki, reports on concerts in Japan, contributions from the Japanese teachers, and usually an article from a parent or family in TERI. These journals are a treasure trove of information and inspiration.

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John Kendall's Ideas for Teaching Violin

Dr. Suzuki and John Kendall in Japan 250

The International Suzuki Association is pleased to host John Kendall's Ideas for Teaching Violin on our website. Mr. Kendall was the first American string teacher to observe Dr. Suzuki in Japan. These videos were filmed in 1992 at SIUE and remain a treasure trove of pedagogical information even 30 years later.

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Consensus Statement Concerning Online Teacher-Training from the ISA Board of Directors – Updated March 2021

In-person, individual approaches to training and mentoring teachers are foundational to the Suzuki Method and are an essential component in Suzuki Teacher Development.

ISA recognizes virtual teacher training as a valid delivery method to support in person training.

Technology is a powerful tool but cannot replace the essential elements of human connection and live interaction.