Tonawanda News


April 21, 2013

Forty-five years of making music

Buffalo Suzuki Strings hosts master teachers for workshops, concert


Tonawanda News — Also key is the “Suzuki Triangle” of parents, teachers and children, Levine said. Parents attend lessons with their children, practice daily with them and listen to music with them.

Classses at the Buffalo Suzuki Strings Musical Arts Center include violin, viola, cello, piano, classical guitar, double bass and “Music for Infants and Toddlers.” It is one of the only schools in the country to offer such a variety, Neal said, and offers instruction from birth through age 18.

Instructors who will be coming to North Tonawanda for next weekend’s workshops include Doris and Bill Preucil, who, like Neal, studied directly with Suzuki, and who run Preucil School of Music in Iowa City.

The Preucils, who teach violin and viola respectively, will be joined by violin teacher Christie Felsing, also of the Preucil School; Kimberly Meier-Sims: director of Cleveland Institute of Music’s Suzuki program; David Madsen, from Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford, who will teach guitar; cello teacher Pam Devenport of the School for Strings in New York City; and Mary Craig Powell of Columbus, Ohio, the piano clinician for the weekend.

Neal said that they all have one thing in common: They are teacher trainers, the highest level one can achieve in the Suzuki philosophy.

“That’s what makes this workshop so unique,” she said. “These people are at the highest level of our organization.”

Classes will not only be for the students, but for their instructors at Buffalo Suzuki Strings.

“Bill Preucil is the man playing viola on the recordings for our viola students — and he will be here next week,” Levine said. “It’s extraordinary.

“We’re also learning. If we, as teachers, don’t keep learning, we stagnate. So it’s important for us to have this experience.”

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