Letter from President Nicole Macias

Welcome to the Suzuki Association of Utah

I have a new driver at my house. She got her license a few weeks ago, but this is the first week that she’s been driving herself to and from her job, which is on the other side of town.

Her car has had a couple of issues, so we went to take it to the mechanic yesterday. Her road directions aren’t super solid yet, so she was following me. In the process, her car shut down completely in the middle of the busiest intersection in town, in the turning lane. She called me in hysterics because she didn’t know what to do.

I came back to the intersection, helped her get her hazards on, and called the mechanic, who sent someone to help. In the meantime, the police came, and helped us push the car mostly out of the way. Long story short, we got the car to the mechanic, and my daughter safely riding with me.

But it got me thinking. My daughter is a new driver, but she’s very careful and knows her information. The problem arose when the car stopped doing what the car was supposed to do. How often is that like our teaching? We know what will help the issue, but perhaps it’s not precisely implemented in the home environment. Perhaps the student has a situation unique to them and that keeps it from working. What do Suzuki Teachers do when we don’t know what else to do?

We turn to our Suzuki Family, just like my daughter called me - her mom. We reach out to other teachers and ask for their experience or advice, or at the very least, some empathy.  We do the same things as Suzuki Parents. We can reach out to other Suzuki Parents in our studio, or within the larger Suzuki Community and ask for practice suggestions when going between homes of divorced parents, or how to find time for practice when the homework requirements for school seem so massive.

I am so grateful that all of you are part of my Suzuki Community - my Suzuki Family. The people I can reach out to for a practice issue at home, or a pedagogical issue in my studio. I can’t imagine how isolating it would feel to be a teacher or a music parent that didn’t have that community. 

Our membership drive is coming up in August and September. If you know teachers who would like to be a part of our community, or at least not feel so isolated and alone, have them email us at president@suzukimusicutah.org or membership@suzukimusicutah.org. We would love to answer any questions they may have, and welcome them to the Suzuki Family.

Happy Practicing!!

All the best,

Nicole Macias
SAU President

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Creator of the Mother-Tongue Method

Dr. Shinichi Suzuki

The essence of Suzuki’s approach to learning a musical instrument is derived from the way a child learns language, which he called "Mother Tongue." From recordings the child becomes familiar with the Suzuki and other repertoire so that when lessons begin about age three his mind already knows the musical language he will slowly begin to play on an instrument and even later learn to read. As with spoken language mothers play an important role in the teaching process and so are given instruction on the instrument and also taught how to be patient and encouraging. New skills and concepts are taught in small steps a child can consciously master, and lessons last only as long as the child’s attention span.

Dr. Shinichi Suzuki

Dedication to Board Member

Meet the Board

Nicole Macias

President

Carrie Morris

Executive Secretary & Librarian

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