Faculty
Experienced. Advanced.
Supervised and trained by
director and founder of SIB,
Mr. Donald Becker​.
Director | Founder​ | Teacher

Mr. Donald Becker | violin,
viola, Kodály

M.M., Eastman School of Music, 1974
B.M., Ohio State University School of Music, 1972

​Teacher’s diploma, Talent Education Research Institute (Matsumoto, Japan), 1986

Mr. Becker took Suzuki Method teacher training course with Anastasia Jempelis at the Eastman School of Music. He studied with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki and Ms. Yuko Mori for over three years in Japan and supervises the violin teachers at the Suzuki Institute of Boston in using Dr. Suzuki’s teaching points.  He holds a teacher’s diploma from the Talent Education Research Institute in Matsumoto, Japan, where he performed as a soloist at the summer school and the national teacher’s conference. He studied at the summer program of the Kodály Center of America and teaches the Kodaly music classes at the Suzuki Institute of Boston.  He studied the Alexander Technique in Boston for over three years.

He speaks and can teach in Japanese. In Japan he created a series of study tapes for the 100 haikus by Kobayashi Issa that are taught in the Talent Education program in Japan. He used these to learn all 100 himself from memory and could perform them with the Japanese drill tapes.

He has recorded an extensive series of practice recordings including the ABCs of Duets by Janice Tucker Rhoda. The duet and ensemble recordings include canons and selections from the standard string quartet and string orchestra literature.
Artist-in-Residence | Director of Digital Media | Teacher

Mr. Ming Hang Tam | violin,
piano

M.M. with Academic Honors, New England Conservatory of Music, 2019
B.M., Eastman School of Music, 2017

Registered Training at the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA):
Every Child Can!
Violin Units 1–4
Violin Teaching Strategies​​
Violin Practicum (by February 2020)
Suzuki Principles in Action (by November 2019)

Staff Training at the Suzuki Institute of Boston (SIB):
Violin Books 1–4
Piano Book 1

Mr. Tam is an active teacher of the Suzuki Violin Method with positive reviews in multiple neighborhoods of Boston, Massachusetts – at the Suzuki Institute of Boston (SIB), and at several other schools in partnership with SIB. His teacher training of the Method has included notable teacher trainers, namely the past teacher trainee of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki Mr. Donald Becker, the current SAA board chair-elect Mr. Rolando Freitag, the past SAA board chair Ms. Joanne Melvin, Ms. Christie Felsing, Mr. James Hutchins, and Ms. Sachiko Isihara.

Since the 2018/19 season, Mr. Tam has been selected as a student section violinist at the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO). He will be holding his permanent student position at BPO until the end of the 2020/21 season.

Throughout the years since 2013, Mr. Tam has performed in significant concert venues across the United States, such as Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, Boston Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall in Boston, Massachusetts, and Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre in Rochester, New York.

He has also been in critical roles of multiple world premieres, namely being 
the concertmaster for Jacob Shulman’s new opera “Role Playing Game”, and as a violinist in Aaron Jay Keris’ Symphony No. 4 “Chromelodeon” in NEC Philharmonia and Kevin Puts’ “Letter from Georgia” with soprano singer Renée Fleming in the Eastman Philharmonia.

Recently, Mr. Tam was awarded Academic Honors as graduation honors of his Master of Music Degree at the New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) in May 2019. He was also named in the Dean’s List for his academic excellence of multiple semesters at both NEC and the Eastman School of Music (Eastman).

During his studies, he has been supported by the Dean’s Scholarship at NEC and Howard Hanson Scholarship at Eastman for his achievements in violin performance.
Assistant Director | Teacher

Mr. Geoffrey Roman | violin,
piano, guitar

B.S., Central Michigan University

Registered Training at the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA):
Every Child Can!


​Staff Training at the Suzuki Institute of Boston (SIB)

Mr. Roman studied the Suzuki Method for seven years as a child and has taught students from preschool to high school in Michigan and Massachusetts. He has performed with the Pontiac/Oakland Symphony Orchestra as well as with his own popular music groups.
Teacher

Ms. Nora Saint-Martin | violin

B.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst

Staff Training at the Suzuki Institute of Boston (SIB)

Ms. Saint-Martin studied at the Suzuki Institute of Boston as a child. She has taught in several different programs in western Massachusetts and the Boston area, for students from age 3 up through the high school level. She speaks Spanish and Haitian Creole.