Suzuki Music Institute Of Dallas
Suzuki Music Institute of Dallas (SMID) was founded in 1968 by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki and Dr. Evelyn Hermann (the previous CEO of the International Suzuki Association), to provide learning opportunities and particularly musical training for children according to the Talent Education Philosophy expounded by Dr.Shinichi Suzuki. Paul and Lorraine Landefeld, upon Dr. Hermann’s retirement in 1986, guided the growth of the Institute to its then enrollment of approximately 160 students.The Institute has many ties to Japan. Nicolette Solomon has studied with Dr. Suzuki at The Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan. Paul and Lorraine Landefeld spent two years studying there.
In February 1995, SMID hosted the Third International Suzuki Piano Basics Workshop and Conference, featuring Mr. Seizo Azuma, Pianist, of Yokohama, Japan, and Dr. Haruko Kataoka, co- founder of the Suzuki Piano method. Also featured were exemplary students of the Talent Education Institute of Matsumoto, Japan. SMID has on several occasions hosted the Japanese Children’s Tour Group featuring Talent Education students from many parts of Japan.
As an experienced musician myself, I searched for the perfect music teacher for my own budding young musicians. I am beyond thrilled with the Suzuki Music Institute of Dallas. This school has phenomenal teachers, fabulous group music classes, and unparallelled theory and composition training. All their students study individually with instructors as well as in ensemble settings, and all take separate theory classes. They perform at least 4 times per year, which is great practice! It's a wonderful music community, one I only experienced when I got to college! I wish they had had a school like this when I was a child!
We are not planning for our children to be professional musicians (and indeed I am not, either), but I appreciate that my children are in an environment that maximizes their potential. My children play piano, and it has always been fun, move-at-your-own-pace, and encouraging. My little ones are pretty sensitive, so negative pressure or stress would really turn them off--but they love this place and all their teachers, and happily skip into the building each week!
The classes and the practice are definitely a time commitment, but the kids love it, and we are committed to making music an integral part of their lives.
There is excellent instruction for all levels, from pre-schoolers and young children (like mine) through high school. Some of their recent graduates have gone on to study music at Juilliard and the Eastman School of Music