About the Eastern North Carolina Suzuki Association

The Eastern North Carolina Suzuki Association is the umbrella group in North Carolina for our Suzuki community among families, teachers and supporters of the arts located East of Raleigh, NC. It exists for students and parents in Eastern NC who teach and learn music through the Suzuki methodology. It provides an important environment for the cooperative and nurturing interaction of those students with their parents and teachers.

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At the heart of this association is Joanne Bath, the Hardy Distinguished Professor of Suzuki Pedagogy at East Carolina University. With few exceptions, all the teachers who belong to this organization have trained with Professor Bath by taking her classes at East Carolina University, through the summer North Carolina Suzuki Institute, or through other Suzuki Teacher Training opportunities. Facebook

This association offers support activities for students of all Suzuki teachers in the area. The Suzuki Saturday Program is an important supplementary activity that provides group classes and other activities for students. As part of the Suzuki Saturday Program, Professor Bath presents talks for parents that explore many issues arising from the close involvement of parents with their children while learning music. Seasonal and year-end programs give students a supportive atmosphere and environment to perfect their performance skills.

The Suzuki method, also called Talent Education, mother-tongue method, or Suzuki movement, is an educational philosophy that strives to create “high ability” and beautiful character in its students through a nurturing environment.

Suzuki methodology is modeled on a concept of early childhood education that focuses on factors that Shinichi Suzuki observed in native language acquisition: immersion, encouragement, small steps, and an unforced timetable for learning material based on developmental readiness to imitate examples, internalize principles, and contribute ideas.