SAU History

The Suzuki Education program was first introduced to Utah in the early 1970’s. Steven Goodman, a Suzuki educator in Provo Utah, began the Goodman School of Music. It has since been disbanded.

On July 14, 1977, the Utah Talent Education Guild was organized. The purpose was to provide Utah Suzuki Teachers further growth in Talent Education, while allowing them to teach on an individual basis. The name was eventually changed to the Suzuki Association of Utah.

The Association has grown from the original 17 teachers with a few hundred students to over 200 teachers serving 3000 students. The original offering of instruction in violin, piano, cello and flute has been expanded to include harp, viola, guitar, pre-school, voice, string bass and most recently, organ.

There are five Teacher Trainers with the Suzuki Association of the Americas residing in Utah.
For further information on training to be a teacher in the Suzuki Method call these trainers directly.
Summer Institutes have brought many of the foremost Suzuki educators to Utah. The Institutes are held annually for the enrichment and training of teachers, parents and students in Suzuki.
  • String teachers and families study at the Intermountain Suzuki String Institute in Salt Lake City.
  • Institute Director Ramona Stirling-Intermountain Suzuki Institute
  • Institute Director Andrea Gregor
  • Celebration Concerts, held tri-annually, have been inspirational as the entire student body of Suzuki students in Utah gather together to play and share their spirit. Concerts have been held in Abravanel Hall, the Capitol Theatre, the Rotunda of the State Capitol and Historic Temple Square. Celebration concerts have been held in the LDS Conference Center since 2004.