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ISA Suzuki Voice Committee since 2004

The Suzuki Voice Program since 1986 - Development from Childhood to Adulthood and Beyond

The Suzuki Voice Program is approved by the ISA.

ISA Suzuki Voice Committee members 2017 are:


Dr. Päivi Kukkamäki, chair


Katrina Pezzimenti


Mary Hofer


Meetings during October 2016 - October 2017:

  • 3 official e-mail meetings
    • February 4th, 2016 (Agenda January 28th, 2016)
    • August 25th, 2016 (Agenda August 18th, 2016)
    • November 3rd, 2016 (Agenda October 28th, 2016)
    • February 2nd, 2017 (Agenda January 26th, 2017)
    • August 23rd, 2017 (Agenda August 16th, 2017)
    • November 2nd, 2017 (Agenda October 26th, 2017)

ISA Suzuki Voice Committee Decisions as of 2013

update August 16th, 2017

The International Suzuki Voice Committee has decided that until we have publications available Suzuki Voice Volume materials are available only to accepted Suzuki Voice teachers-in-training and accredited Suzuki Voice teachers and their students. This was signed by all committee members from USA, Australia and Europe on September 8th, 2013.

Internationally accepted Volume 1 and 2 need no revision – by unanimous agreement October 16th, 2012 at 3.35 pm during ISA Suzuki Voice Committee meeting. Alfred is able to publish 1-2 books / year. Violin book 6 and the viola book 9 were scheduled for 2013. Martin Rüttimann (ISA board) hopes that they can prioritize the voice book 1 and 2 for 2014. (Publication of Volume 1 is now 2017 in action.)

Volume 3 was recommended to be published during ISA Suzuki Voice Committee meeting August 21st, 2013 at 4.24 pm. Minutes of the meeting January 11th, 2013 show unanimous agreement.

Core material for Suzuki Voice Program's Advanced levels (Song selections) was accepted internationally October 16th, 2012 at 5 pm. All agreed also that Vaccai belongs to advanced levels. Minutes of the meeting January 11th, 2013 show unanimous agreement.

Song selections by ESA, PPSA Levels and SAA UNITs: Level 4 part 1—3 (ESA), Intermediate level Stage 2 part 1—3 (PPSA), coming UNITs 4— 6 (SAA). Level 5 part 1—4 (ESA), Advanced Level part 1—4 (PPSA), coming UNITs 7—10 (SAA). Minutes of the meetings January 16th, March 13th and May 8th, 2014 show discussion and no objections. Level 5 requirements were accepted in the ESA 11 years ago in 2003.

On August 25, 2016, the ISA committee decided to place songs / volumes step by step in different languages in the Suzuki Voice teachers section of the webpage (under login) for feedback and suggestions from any Suzuki Voice teachers who use and understand those languages.


The Suzuki Voice Program is approved by the ISA. The Suzuki Voice Program has been specially designed to learn vocal technique and style in a progressive manner. It is a Classical Voice Program.

The Suzuki Voice Program is 31 years old (founded by Dr. Päivi Kukkamäki 1986, contract was made 1994). The first Expectant mothers’ Suzuki Voice Group started May 5th, 1987 in Finland. Total 48 Conferences or workshops and 29 Concert trips with Suzuki Voice Students to 19 different countries since 1986.

The Suzuki Voice Program has been in use and adapted by teachers around the world. Official Suzuki Voice teacher's exams in Europe have been conducted since 1998, in Australia since 2001 and the first official SAA UNIT 1 course in America since 2005.

This also needs to be clarified that Suzuki Singing is the same thing as Suzuki Voice. Early years called Singing in the Suzuki Style.

Suzuki Voice Teachers have been trained from 22 countries.

There are currently six Suzuki Voice Teacher Trainers (as of 2016): Dr. Päivi Kukkamäki since 1991, Mette Heikkinen since 1993, Katrina Pezzimenti since 2006, Mary Hofer since 2009, Analia Capponi-Savolainen since 2012 and Mervi Sipola Maliniemi since 2016.

ESA and PPSA Level 1—5 Suzuki Voice Teachers: Professional development and training in each level is 120—160 hours + exams

SAA UNIT 1, 2, 3, 4 (2015) Short-Term training is 23—46 hours depending on the UNIT.

The Suzuki Voice Web site is in English, Spanish, Finnish and Japanese. Suzuki Voice Teacher’s ESA, PPSA, SAA training results and Suzuki Voice Teacher’s exam results will be updated yearly. The first Suzuki Voice Teachers have been trained in ESA from TERI (Level 1, 2, 3 and level 5 September 29th 2017 Eriko Shimada).

All regions have different names for LEVELS or UNITS. ESA and PPSA hours are from the Professional Development Teacher Training Curriculum, SAA hours are from the current SAA Short Term courses. Practicums are not a requirement in SAA, but they are required when we compare regions to each other.

All regions have an audition at the beginning. SAA has a second audition before UNIT 4. ESA and PPSA do not have a second audition as they have an examination after every level which includes teaching, conversation, playing skills and an examination recital for public.

The idea of "Songs for Sharing" events was born in 1999 in Barcelona by Jaume Fargas Fernandez and Dr. Päivi Kukkamäki. Suzuki Voice Teachers and Suzuki Voice Families together organize the events. Workshop means promoting international peace and cultural understanding through singing together, in ensemble, in solo and in multiple languages, using the Suzuki Voice repertoire: Volume 1—3 songs, Vaccai Vocalises, specific required Italian Antique Arias, Art Songs and Lieder, songs from Musical Theater, songs / part songs from each Suzuki Voice Country, and arias / ensembles from Opera & Oratorio. All ages of students, infants through adults, are encouraged to participate.

Passed ISA Suzuki Voice Committee meetings

2016 (Three official e-mail meetings)

  • February 4th, 2016 (Agenda January 28th, 2016)
  • August 25th, 2016 (Agenda August 18th, 2016)
  • November 3rd, 2016 (Agenda October 28th, 2016)

2015 (Four official e-mail meetings)

  • February 5th, 2015 (Agenda January 29th, 2015)
  • April 23rd, 2015 (Agenda April16th, 2015)
  • August 27th, 2015 (Agenda August 20th, 2015)
  • November 5th, 2015 (Agenda November 12th, 2015)

October 2013 - October 2014 (Five official e-mail meetings)

  • October 10th, 2013 (Agenda October 3rd, 2013)
  • January 16th, 2014 (Agenda January 9th, 2014)
  • March 13th, 2014 (Agenda March 6th, 2014)
  • May 8th, 2014 (Agenda May 1st, 2014)
  • September 4th, 2014 (Agenda August 28th, 2014)

Suzuki World Convention in Matsumoto, Japan March 27th—31st, 2013

    • Suzuki Voice students and teachers came from Australia, England, Finland, Japan and USA.
    • Suzuki Voice Teacher’s exams with Public Voice recitals at TERI Hall, Matsumoto March 27th, 2013 (+ teaching exams, playing skills and conversation): Amelia Seyssel (USA) level 4, Eriko Shimada (England, Japan) level 3 and Masayo Okano (Japan) level 2.  Congratulations! Examiners were Martin Rüttimann, Katrina Pezzimenti and Dr. Päivi Kukkamäki.
    • Convention activities: Voice lessons, lecture, solo performances, professional development for teachers, Children’s summit, Memory Mass to Dr. Suzuki with Professor Koji Toyoda and orchestra (Dr. Suzuki’s former students) Händel “Hallelujah” chorus with Professor Koji Toyoda and orchestra.
  • Mezzosoprano Pihla Terttunen has won second prize Eero Rantala scholarship 10 000 euros in Timo Mustakallio Vocal Competition at Savonlinna Opera Festival July 2013. Pihla studied in the Suzuki Voice Institute 2005 - 2011 with Dr. Päivi Kukkamäki. Pihla still belongs to the Suzuki Voice Theatre Group « Crescendo ».
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