History of Suzuki in the Philippines

1977 Introduction to the Suzuki Method

Upon the recommendation of her mentor, Sr. Marie Vincent Llamzon, Prof. Carmencita G. Arambulo receives her first Suzuki Method training from Doris Koppelman in San Diego. She spends two reeks observing Koppelman teach students, learning Suzuki Philosophy and studying the Suzuki repertoire.

1981 Intensive Training with the Masters

Prof. Arambulo attends the 5th international Suzuki Teacher's Conference in Amherst, Massachusetts as lone Philippine delegate. She meets Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, his wife Waltraud and Madame Haruko Kataoka. She decides to take intensive training at the American Suzuki Institute at the University of Wisconsin, Stevenspoint. She returns to the Philippines and applies the Suzuki method at her own school in Manila, the Greenhills Music Studio.

DECEMBER 1981 - Paul and Lorraine Landefeld, after two years of training at the Talent Research Institute (TERI) in Matsumoto, Japan, visit the Philippines and give seminars and workshops for students and teachers. This marks the formal introduction of the Suzuki Method in Piano and Violin under the sponsorship of GMS and the Piano Teachers Guild of the Philippines (PTGP). Only GMS continues with the program.

1983 Filipinos Take Part in 6th Suzuki
Method International Conference

A Philippine delegation of 8 piano students, 3 parents and 5 teachers attend the 6th Suzuki Method International Conference in Matsumoto, Japan. Two beginner Suzuki violin students, Ariel Arambulo, age 11, and Sandiwa Del Rosario, age lo, join in the farewell concert. Ms. Fe Reynes, a piano teacher and owner of Reyco Music Studio based in Cebu decides to stay in TERI for further training under Madame Kataoka. Raul Guingona of Manila also trains in TERI with Kataoka.

1984 Foundation of the Children's Talent
Education Center (CTEC)

Prof. Arambulo continues with her training at the American Suzuki Institute with Haruko Kataoka, Lorraine Landefeld, and Yasuko Joichi. This is followed by weeks of observation and training at TERI in Matsumoto under Madame Kataoka.

Students from GMS trained in the Suzuki Method begin to receive recognition and awards in competitions.

Inspired by Dr. Suzuki, Prof. Arambulo establishes the Children's Talent Education Center(CTEC) using the Suzuki Method & Philosophy in training pre-schoolers.

1992 ISA Recognizes PSA as Country
Association Member in the
Pan-Pacific Region

Dr. Suzuki and the ISA recognize the Philippine Suzuki Association (PSA) as a country association member of the ISA under the jurisdiction of the STEAA which heads the Pan-Pacific Region. Prof. Arambulo is appointed by Dr. Suzuki as country representative.

Ms. Vita M. Jamandre, who trained under Madame Kataoka and Bruce Anderson, introduces the Suzuki Method in piano to the Iloilo and Negros Occidental regions.

1993 Spreading the Suzuki Method
Throughout the Nation

During a meeting of ISA country leaders Prof. Arambulo brings out to ISA the need of spreading awareness of the Suzuki Method across the Philippines by sending Suzuki Groups on Concert Tours.

1994 Suzuki Children of Japan in Concert
Boosts the Phil. Suzuki Movement

PSA presents 10 Suzuki Children of Japan in Concert at the EPCI Bank headed by their mentor Dr. Masaaki Honda. They also made a courtesy visit to President and Mrs. Fidel Ramos at the Malacanang Palace. Their performances gave the Suzuki movement a temporary boost.

1995 PSA and the Sydney Suzuki Ensemble

PSA presents the Sydney Suzuki ensemble in concert April 19, headed by Harold and Nada Brissenden, Yasuki Nakamura and Takao Mitsushima. A one day training workshop in violin and cello is given at the St. Scholastica's College of Music.

1997 The 1st Filipino Suzuki Teacher Trainer

Prof. Arambulo receives her certification and appointment from ISA as the 1st Suzuki Teacher Trainer in piano in the Philippines.

1998 Philippine Suzuki Association is
Incorporated by SEC on January 30


1999 13th Suzuki Method World Convention
is Held in Honor of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki

Dr. Shinichi Suzuki passes away at the age of 99. The 13th Suzuki Method World Convention is held in his memory at Matsumoto, Japan.

PSA organizes recitals, music camps, out-reach programs, teacher training, and book level graduation events in Manila, Cebu and Iloilo City.

CYSO is launched as Peace Philharmonic Philippines (PPP) of Cebu. The group uses Suzuki Method in violin and cello in the training of its young members. Jeffrey Solares heads the group.

2001 Suzuki Piano Teacher Training
for AUP Trainees Held at GMS

Prof. Arambulo conducts the 1st Suzuki Piano Teacher Training at GMS for ten trainees from Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP) Silang, Cavite.

Suzuki Piano Pedagogy is offered at the UP College of Music.

Ariel Arambulo gives free lessons for preschoolers at CTEC.

2002 Asia Suzuki Association is Formed

The Asia Suzuki Association (ASA) is formed as the Regional Organization for all Asian countries, (except Japan). The founding members of the ASA were Korea, Singapore Taiwan and the Philippines.

Prof. Arambulo is elected to be Secretary of ASA, Chairman of the Piano Committee and Teacher Trainer of ASA for the region.

2003 Filipino is Awarded the Dr. Shinichi
Suzuki Teacher Development Grant

ISA awards Ariel Arambulo the Dr. Shinichi Suzuki Teacher development grant. ISA appoints Yasuki Nakamura to train Ariel Arambulo to be the 1st Suzuki Violin Teacher Traine in the Philippines. The PSA also requests Nakamura to train other Filipino violinists during his stay in the country.

The first Suzuki Violin Camp is held at GMS.

DECEMBER 19, 2003 - In Singapore, Mr. Kyung Ik Hwang, the ASA President, and Prof. Arambulo sign the Suzuki Name Agreement sub-license.

On Dec 16 to 20, the First Asia Suzuki Conference is held in Singapore. 32 delegates from the Philippines participate.

2004 Yasuki Nakamura Visits to Philippines
to Train Filipino Violinists

Yasuki Nakamura visits the Philippines twice a year to give Ariel Arambulo advanced training. He also conducts Suzuki Violin Camps in which other Filipino violinists are able to attend group tutorials, teacher training and observation, master Classes and concerts.

On August 12-16, the Second Asia Suzuki Conference is held in Taiwan. Prof. Arambulo, Carolyn Kleiner-Cheng, Teacher Ariel and Virginia Gomez-Arambulo attend as guest faculty.Oliver Salonga, a prize-winning Suzuki student, displays his skill in the Gala Concert.

2005 Cooperation Between ASA Countries
Helps Spread the Suzuki Music Method

PSA organizes 1st Cello Teacher Training at GMS given by Ms. Lee Si Ok of the Korea Suzuki Association with 4 teachers and lo students participating.

May 7 - PSA, together with KSA, holds the Philippine Korean Suzuki Children Friendship Concert at the Fleur de lis Auditorium in St. Paul University of Manila. 122 Filipinos and 50 Korean Children participate in the activity with guest faculty Prof. Kyung Ik Hwang, Jeong Cheol-Woong, Prof. Hyun Min Ja and Lee Si Ok.

The first short-term intensive Suzuki Piano training is held at the St. Paul University of Manila.

2006 Happenings in the Suzuki Method
Across the Philippines

During an ASA board meeting in Singapore, Prof. Arambulo agrees to host the 3rd Asian Suzuki Conference to be held on May 2007.

The 14th Suzuki World Conference in Torino, is held in Italy on April 12-17, 2006. 27 Philippine delegates attend; three of which are students featured in Senior Concerts. Ariel Arambulo's composition, "Immaculate Mother Variations," is featured in a concert of schools, receiving great applause.

2007 PSA Prepares to Host the 3rd Asia
Suzuki Coference in LSGH

PSA organizes mall tours in Metro Manila, concerts and outreaches in the Visayas and Northern Luzon to increase awareness and exposure of the public to the Suzuki Method. PSA also moves to raise funds for the Conference with tea parties and benefit concerts. Committees are set-up in preparation for the 3rd Asia Suzuki Conference in LaSalle Greenhills on May 3 to 7.