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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, Dr. Aniruddh Patel and Beatriz Ilari. 

The 16th International ONLINE Research Symposium on Talent Education

With support from: the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the American Suzuki Institute In recent years, fees for our in-person IRSTE meeting have been $65 for regular registrants and $30 for students. However, we want to ensure the Symposium is open to as many people as possible! We also acknowledge that the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted people’s physical, emotional, and financial health in different ways over the course of 2020-22. Under the circumstances, we ask each of you make a donation that is within your means. We will gratefully accept your donations for any amount that is feasible. In the Additional Information box, please write “IRSTE Registration” Thank you very much.

Sunday, June 12, 2022 Recording

  • Parents as Home DJs: Effects of music listening on young children’s psychological well-being (Eun Cho)
  • New Directions for Note Reading within the Suzuki Method Using Eye-Movement Research (Caitlin R. Smith)
  • Beginning with Composing: Commitment to Process Over Outcome (Lisa A. Crawford)

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 Recording

  • 40 Years of Suzuki Piano in Brazil (Izabela da Cunha Pavan Alvim)
  • Counterstories of Eight Chinese American String Players (Lily Man Lee Lung-Grant)
  • Music performance anxiety, adolescent musicians, and the private music teacher: A review of literature (Sarah Lee Michaels)

Friday, June 17, 2022 Recording

KEYNOTE ADDRESS:

Exercising Empathy: The Suzuki Way (Dr. Karin Hendricks, Associate
Professor, Chair of Music Education, Boston University)

Q & A period with Dr. Hendricks will be followed by breakout discussions on
keynote/symposium topics and themes.

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IRSTE Research Team

Co-Coordinator

Pat D’Ercole

Aber Suzuki Center, UW Stevens Point

Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA
Co-Coordinator

Kate Einarson

Holland Bloorview Kids

Rehabilitation Hospital Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Experimental Acoustic Research Studio

Eun Cho

University of California, Riverside

​Scholarly Resources and Recent Work

Hendricks, K., Einarson, K. M., Mitchell, N., Guerriero, E. M., & D’ Ercole, P. (2021). Caring For, About, and With: Exploring Musical Meaningfulness Among Suzuki Students and Parents. Frontiers in Education, 6:648776. https://doi.org/10.3389/feduc.2021.648776 

Suzuki Research and Pedagogy Bibliography (2022)

This reference list is updated annually with a broad assortment of research relevant to Suzuki pedagogy, Suzuki philosophy, music education, child development, and professional practice.

Joys and Challenges of Suzuki Group Class   (Downloadable Images)

Research Summary from the SAA Leadership Retreat (2015)

Read a summary of the IRSTE research team’s most recent research study of Suzuki teachers and programs from across North America.


IRSTE articles from the American Suzuki Journal

Early Experiences Elevate Everything. What does a pediatrician want Suzuki teachers to know? (2018) American Suzuki Journal, 47(1). 
© 2018 Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc

My First Time At IRSTE: I Will Be Back (Fall 2016) 
(2018) American Suzuki Journal, 47(1). © 2018 Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc 

Resources for the Suzuki Researcher (2018) American Suzuki Journal, 47(1). 
© 2018 Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc 

Part 6: Parent Education in Suzuki Studios (2016) American Suzuki Journal, 45(1)
© 2016 Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc

Part 5: The Challenges of Offering Group Classes (2016), American Suzuki Journal, 44(3)
© 2016 Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc

Part 4: The Joys and Benefits of Suzuki Group Class (2016), American Suzuki Journal, 44(3)
© 2016 Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc

Part 3: What do Suzuki studios look like? (2016), American Suzuki Journal, 44(2)
© 2016 Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc

Part 2: Who are Suzuki Teachers? (2015), American Suzuki Journal, 44(1)
© 2015 Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc 

Part I: The International Research Symposium on Talent Education (2015), American Suzuki Journal, 43(4)
© 2015 Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc  

The Twelfth International Research Symposium on Talent Education: Empathy, Innovation, and Musicianship (2014), American Suzuki Journal, 42(4).