Saturday, December 10, 2011

Perspective on the Suzuki Philosophy from a Parent's Point of View

Hello ISSI Fans!

I wanted to share some of my own thoughts with you about teaching music to my own young children. This post is found here.

What are your thoughts? What victories and challenges to do you face as you teach and practice with your own children? Why do you do it?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Spending too much time in the practice room with not enough results? Take a look at the article found at this link here, for some insights.

Thanks to ISSI Board Member, Deborah Moench, for sharing this!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Gabe Bolkosky Shares His Thoughts on the Suzuki Philosophy

One of the things I love most about ISSI is the world-class faculty that join us. One such faculty member is internationally-recognized violinist Gabe Bolkosky. Mr. Bolkosky is a man of many talents, equally at home conducting one of our orchestras, teaching a performance class, or leading a teacher workshop.

I tracked him down a few weeks ago to ask him what he loved most about the Suzuki philosophy, and this is what he said:

"I value most that at its core, the Suzuki philosophy is about fostering a noble human being. I value that it is not about creating the trappings of musicianship, but tapping into and nurturing deep qualities of humility and kindness through the musical process. The philosophy drives me in my professional life at all times and I am so grateful for that."
(for more information on Mr. Bolkosky, visit his website at

This philosophy motivates all we do at ISSI. Imagine an entire week filled with this sentiment; encouraging teachers, parents and students to strive to be better people through music. It truly is a wonderful place!

So, what is it you most value about the Suzuki philosophy?

Friday, October 7, 2011

New Beginnings

Welcome to the official blog of the Intermountain Suzuki String Institute, affectionately known as ISSI!

This blog is being launched to help us better connect with our institute community: parents, students, donors, faculty and staff. We invite you to visit often for updates on the institute itself, as well as to find practice ideas, interesting articles and interviews, information about the Suzuki philosophy, and other pertinent information.

For now, reserve next year's dates on your calendar!
June 18-23, 2012

Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper, UT

We hope to see you all there!