Edmund Sprunger

Edmund Sprunger

Edmund Sprunger has taught violin since he returned from his first trip to Japan in 1982. In addition to his home program, he has taught over 300 workshops and master classes throughout the world and is a Registered Teacher Trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Mr. Sprunger holds a BA in music from Goshen College, where he studied violin with Lon Sherer, and piano and piano pedagogy with Marvin Blickenstaff. In addition, he studied violin and violin pedagogy with with Shin’ichi Suzuki at the Saino Kyoiku Kaikan in Japan during the winter of 1982, and then 1984-85. Additional violin studies have been with Chihiro Kudo, Reinaldo Couto (Alexander Technique/Violin), and Kent Perry. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and as Chair of the American String Teachers Association's [ASTA] Committee on Studio Instruction. In 2004 he received an ASTA Citation for Leadership and Merit. Also a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst in private practice, he holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan, has done extensive training with the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute, and currently serves as that institute’s Director of Community Education. His books, Helping Parents Practice: Ideas for Making It Easier (Vol. 1) and Building Violin Skills: A Set of Plans Designed to Help Parents and Children Construct Positive Practices, are available from yespublishing.com.

Other places lived since Japan: Goshen, Indiana; Ann Arbor, Michigan; New York, New York

Instrument studied in Japan: Violin, though often sat in on Karaoke’s teacher training class.

Dates in Japan: winter 1982; 84-85

Years and locations of workshops with Dr. Suzuki that were outside of Japan: Chicago, Fall of 1982