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 are:
Dr. Päivi Kukkamäki, chair
Meetings during October 2015 - October 2016:
Meetings during October 2016 - October 2017:
ISA Suzuki Voice Committee Decisions as of 2013
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.
Volume 3 is internationally accepted. 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.
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 30 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 42 Conferences or workshops and 22 Concert trips with Suzuki Voice Students to 17 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, during 2016 in German. 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 4 October 10th 2014 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" Workshop 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.
Meetings during October 2014 - October 2015:
Meetings during October 2013 - October 2014:
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