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April 21, 2013

Forty-five years of making music

Buffalo Suzuki Strings hosts master teachers for workshops, concert

Tonawanda News — What goes on in the solid, E. B. Green-designed building at the Webster Street bridge may be one of the best-kept secrets in Western New York ... but Buffalo Suzuki Strings doesn’t want it to be.

“We don’t want to be the best-kept secret,” said Mary Cay Neal, the founder and director of Buffalo Suzuki Strings. “We don’t want that to be the case.

“We believe that all children can learn. All children can learn to play music beautifully. All children can learn to cooperate with each other and be team players ... that’s what we want them to know.”

In that spirit of spreading the word, on Friday, Saturday and April 27, the school will celebrate the start of its 45th anniversary year by welcoming seven Suzuki Method master teachers to conduct classes, perform a concert that’s open to the public and give a Suzuki educational lecture to teachers and parents.

In addition, Buffalo Suzuki Strings has invited more than 200 music educators from throughout Erie and Niagara counties, from high schools to universities, to attend the classes and lectures, Neal said.

“Because this is so unique, because of the people we’re bringing, we have tried to be inclusive,” she said. “Observing and learning is one of the sharing methods of the Suzuki Method. Everybody will be better able to teach if they are getting new and inspiring ideas. 

“We always feel like it’s lifelong learning. You can learn new ways. We’re trying to share that way, as well.”

The Suzuki Method is a philosophy and teaching style developed by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki in the mid-20th century.

“It is a Suzuki belief that every child can learn this with the support of their parents,” said David Levine, assistant music director and violin/viola teacher. “Every child can do this.”

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