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Ann Marie Novak


Ann Marie Novak has taught piano and served as collaborative pianist at the Aber Suzuki Center for over 25 years, where she maintains a studio of 35 students. She was the founding Director of the Northampton Community Music Center (MA) and has served as President of the Suzuki Association of Wisconsin (SAW). She is a regular clinician at the SAW Retreat and the American Suzuki Institute and has taught masterclasses at workshops in the Midwest and on the East Coast. She has performed as a soloist and as a chamber musician, and she presents lectures at both the American Suzuki Institute and SAA Conferences. Miss Novak manages and writes extensively for the ASC parent education blog, develops other parent education materials, and has been published in the SAA Journal. She serves as WMTA District Chair and was honored as the 2015 Stevens Point Area Music Teachers’ Association Member of the Year. Her students have been featured in Master Classes both locally and nationally, and they regularly receive honors at WMTA District and State Auditions.

Community Involvement

  • Community outreach concerts
  • Strong Start program integration with American Suzuki Center

Professional Memberships

  • Wisconsin Music Teachers Association
  • Music Teachers National Association
  • Stevens Point Area Music Teachers Association
  • Suzuki Association of the America
  • Suzuki Association of Wisconsin


For the past 5 years.

  • ASI at Home” – presented at the first Suzuki Institute Directors Conference, 2020
  • “Virtual Suzuki Summer Festivals: Staying Connected While We Are Apart.” American Suzuki Journal, Fall 2020
  • Parking Lot or Concert Hall?” American Suzuki Journal, Fall 2020
  • “Approaches to Teaching Tonal Development to Children With Differing Learning Styles: Kinesthetic, Aural, Visual and Verbal” – presented at the Suzuki Association of the Americas Leadership Retreat, 2019
  • “From Here to Eternity: The Transition to Independent Learning” – presented at the 2016 Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference and at the 2018 American Suzuki Institute
  • “Never Too Old to Twinkle” – panel presentation at the 2016 Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” 

Albert Einstein
Director of Suzuki Programs

145 Noel Fine Arts Center


MM - Piano Performance
University of Massachusetts - Amherst

BM - Piano Performance
Oberlin College-Conservatory

BA - Psychology
Oberlin College