Suzuki in NZ

Developing character, ability and community through music!

The New Zealand Suzuki Institute (NZSI), was formed approximately 40 years ago.

Dr Suzuki visited New Zealand in January 1989, and was impressed with the progress and enthusiasm of the members of the New Zealand Suzuki Institute.

NZSI’s aim is to nurture the character and ability of children through Dr Suzuki’s vision of communities enriched by music. NZSI also aims to nurture the character and ability of its teachers through internationally benchmarked teacher training opportunities and registration.

Suzuki music education combines instrumental teaching with a philosophy embracing the total development of the child. The triangle of parent, teacher, and child creates a community of learning and sharing, nurturing happy and successful future world citizens through music.

The individual lesson is supplemented by regular group lessons where students, parents, and teachers learn and play together. NZSI branches extend the musical experience and sense of Whanau through regional camps, workshops and concerts that are open to all members.

Dr Suzuki believed that musical ability is not an inborn talent but a capacity which can be nurtured and developed. Any child who experiences the right environment can acquire musical ability and grow into a sensitive, disciplined, and confident person. “Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens, noble human beings” (Dr Suzuki).

Graham McPhail, 2013

Find Teachers

If you are wanting a Suzuki teacher for your child, find the details of your local NZSI registered teachers on the NZSI Teachers Registry.

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Your membership enables us to offer Suzuki music opportunities to families and teachers throughout the country.

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The NZSI now has branches throughout NZ with over 150 teachers and 2000 students studying a variety of instruments including violin, cello, piano, flute and guitar.  New Zealand students, have won national and international competitions and acclaim.  One of the features of the Suzuki Movement in New Zealand are the frequent regional workshops and summer camps that bring families and teachers together to enable students to develop musically as individuals, in groups and ensembles