Letter from President Nicole Macias

Welcome to the Suzuki Association of Utah

I recently came across the following quote by Karl Paulnack at Boston University:

“If we were a medical school, and you were here as a med student practicing appendectomies, you’d take your work very seriously because you would imagine that some night at 2AM someone is going to waltz into your emergency room and you’re going to have to save their life. Well, my friends, someday at 8 pm someone is going to walk into your concert hall and bring you a mind that is confused, a heart that is overwhelmed, a soul that is weary. Whether they go out whole again will depend partly on how well you do your craft…”

Isn’t the same thing true as music teachers, and music parents? How whole our students and children feel in this process of learning music depends largely on how well we fulfill our roles as music teachers and parents.

I’m so excited to introduce you all to Dr. Robert Duke as our keynote speaker for the 2023 Suzuki Association of Utah Parent & Teacher Convention. He has done years of research on how children and adults learn, and thereby how best to teach them and help them learn. Please join us on January 21, 2022. The registration information is coming soon!

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

Book Keeper