History
The only Suzuki program in
New England authorized by
Dr. Shinichi Suzuki.
Founded in 1986. Featured in major print media.
Establishment of the Institute

Since 1986. After receiving a teacher’s diploma from Talent Education Research Institute in Japan. Specifically authorized by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki.

The Suzuki Institute of Boston (SIB) was established in 1986 by Mr. Donald Becker, our current director, after completing three years of studies with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki and Ms. Yuko Mori in Matsumoto, Japan between 1983 and 1986 at the Talent Education Research Institute (TERI) which he received teacher’s diploma. It is the only Suzuki program in New England to be specifically authorized by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki.
Background of founder

Thorough experience from Japan. Founder of Suzuki festival, Chapter Affiliate and Conference in Massachusetts state.

Mr. Becker performed as a soloist at the summer school and the national teacher’s conference of the Talent Education Research Institute (TERI) in Japan. He founded the Massachusetts Suzuki Festival, and the Suzuki Association of Massachusetts, while bringing the International Suzuki Conference to Massachusetts in 1979.
 
Previously, Mr. Becker taught the Suzuki Violin Method for ten years following training with Ms. Anastasia Jempelis at the Eastman School of Music as part of his master degree in viola performance with Mr. Francis Tursi. 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 CDs including the ABCs of Duets by Janice Tucker Rhoda.  The duet and ensemble CDs include canons and selections from the standard string quartet and string orchestra literature.
Development of students’ materials

Supplementary. For technique and ensemble skills.

In addition to using the teaching points and the original materials including Dr. Suzuki’s recording from Japan, SIB has been developing supplementary materials including a series of practice recordings for both technical development and ensemble skills.
Development and selection of teachers

Supervised. Trained. Advanced. Diverse.

SIB recruits and retains a very diverse faculty and student body in community-based settings. The founder/director supervises all violin teachers at SIB in using Dr. Suzuki’s teaching points. Many of our faculty members over the years have advanced degrees from leading music schools as well as active performing and recording careers. We have developed teachers of different races and ethnicities, and sent the only African American violin teacher ever to study with Dr. Suzuki in Japan. SIB now has 6 teachers and about 200 students.