Letter from President Nicole Macias

Welcome to the Suzuki Association of Utah

There are so many exciting things happening right now! Federation, String Festivals, music festivals, school orchestra and band festivals, Solo & Ensemble Festivals, Young Artist concerts, Concerto concerts, Suzuki Instrument Graduations . . .  The list just goes on and on. It’s performance season, which is so much fun, and can become overwhelming. Hopefully sometime this week, you can take a few minutes to relax a little and start planning for the upcoming season of growth.

Does it feel like that? We finish out March with so many performances showcasing all we’ve learned the previous year, and then our students and our children are ready for something new. They want to learn and develop something new, be it a technique or a piece. I’m so excited to start planning what we’re going to be focusing on in my studio as a whole, and individually for my students.

I think our students and children are just as excited for new growth opportunities as musicians as we are to see the signs of spring start creeping out. Have some fun stepping into the musical sunshine and starting something new!

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

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Dani Stoneman

Fundraising Specialist

Sadie Conover Simper

Newsletter Editor

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