Welcome to the
International Research Symposium on Talent Education

The International Research Symposium on Talent Education (IRSTE) welcomes all teachers, researchers and parents to hear about the latest applications of research as it relates to Suzuki teaching and learning. Examples of past topics areas are group lessons, parent education, memorization, performance anxiety, music language and the brain and Suzuki teacher demographics, to name a few.

Established by Margery Aber in 1990 at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, the symposium is a means to promote research among Suzuki teachers, disseminate research that influences teaching practice, and educate teachers to use research in resolving studio challenges. The most recent keynote speakers have included Dr. Robert A. Duke, Dr. Laurel Trainor, Dr. Robert Cutietta and Dr. Aniruddh Patel. 

Come to listen or participate.  In addition, to research presentations and a poster session, participants may select to present a project or an idea in progress and receive feedback from the keynote presenter. 

The 14th International Research Symposium on Talent Education

May 24-25, 2018

Minneapolis Hilton Conference Center

Keynote address by Beatriz Ilari


Symposium Schedule


IRSTE Research Team


Pat D'Ercole, Co-Coordinator

Aber Suzuki Center, UW Stevens Point
Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA

Kathleen M. Einarson, Co-Coordinator
University of Toronto,
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


Jacob Dakon
Division of Music Education and Music Therapy, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

BettyAnne Gottlieb
 Univeristy of Cincinnati College - Conservatory Music, Cincinnati, OH

Nancy Mitchell
Department of Music, Durham School Board, Pickering, Ontario, Canada