Letter from President Nicole Macias

Welcome to the Suzuki Association of Utah

Happy January!

I was talking with some friends about encouragement the other day, and how we often don’t know how far our reach is, whether helping someone stuck in the snow, or simply giving a sincere compliment. January always feels like a time when we need a lot of encouragement. The new year novelty wears off after a couple weeks, and then it feels like we’re slogging through the day - school, practicing, work, etc. My family all leaves when it’s still dark, and many of them don’t come home until it’s dark again.  

The Suzuki Association of Utah would like to shine some light into your January with the SAU Parent & Teacher Convention on Saturday, January 21, 2023. We will hear a lot of encouragement on making our lives easier as teachers, with a presentation from DUET, and a lot of parent and teacher encouragement from our parent panel and a session all about fun music ideas for practice or teaching from TruAnn Boulter. We also will have presentations on helping students understand the mysterious code we call note reading from Phala Tracy and Denise Willey, and a presentation about how music impacts children as they grow and develop from Early Childhood Specialist Jessica Nix. Our fantastic keynote speaker is Dr. Robert Duke, who is not only incredibly knowledgeable about how the brain learns, especially when it comes to music, but he is also entertaining to listen to! If you have friends in education that aren’t necessarily Suzuki parents or teachers, encourage them to sign up too - Dr. Duke’s material is applicable in all aspects of education.

Be sure to catch me and introduce yourself - I love meeting our Suzuki teachers and our Suzuki parents face to face. 

See you at Convention!!

Nicole Macias

SAU President



Early Childhood Education


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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


Carrie Morris

Executive Secretary & Librarian

Erica Hardy

Membership Secretary

Tamra Baca

Website Admin

Maren Laurence

Harp VP & Social Media Admin

Dani Stoneman

Fundraising Specialist

Sadie Conover Simper

Newsletter Editor

Stacey Page

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