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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Pan Pacific Suzuki Association

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.

NZSI is a member of the Pan Pacific Suzuki Assocation.  The Pan Pacific Suzuki Association (PPSA) is the Regional Suzuki Association that is licensed by the International Suzuki Association to coordinate and develop the Suzuki Method throughout Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.  The PPSA is governed by a Board of Directors which currently consists of a representative from each of the Regional Member Associations. 

The purpose of the PPSA is to license the “Suzuki” name from the International Suzuki Association (the "ISA") and on-license that name to Suzuki Associations in the Pan Pacific Region, as part of the pursuit of the philosophy of Dr Shinichi Suzuki of Talent Education.

The PPSA will promote, encourage, maintain and improve the use, standards, understanding and teaching of the Suzuki approach to music education, as initiated and developed by Dr Shinichi Suzuki, throughout the Pan Pacific Region by sponsoring or conducting, for teachers and students, conferences, workshops, lectures, demonstrations, classes, seminars, symposia, courses and other meetings to explain and give instruction and training in the Suzuki concept of Talent Education. 

The PPSA will communicate with the ISA on behalf of the Regional Suzuki Associations and to facilitate the flow of information between the ISA and the Suzuki Associations.   For ISA Policy for use and licencing of Suzuki Trademarks and Copyrights, click HERE