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Blaise Poth named Director at Indianapolis Suzuki Academy

August 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Guest Blogger:
Sarah Beck, Indianapolis Suzuki Academy
http://indianapolissuzukiacademy.org/

The Indianapolis Suzuki Academy (ISA), formerly incorporated as the Indianapolis Academy of Music has hired Blaise Poth as the new Director. Her position with the Academy corresponds with the organization’s transition to a formal Suzuki-based music education program.

Blaise Poth

Blaise Poth

A career performer with the Louisville Symphony Orchestra in Kentucky, Ms. Poth’s expertise in the Suzuki method of violin instruction has been honed through a dedicated course of study over the last nine years at institutes certified by the Suzuki Association of the Americas such as the Colorado Suzuki String Institute, Chicago Suzuki String Institute and University of Louisville Suzuki Institute, among others.

In addition to a robust private studio, Ms. Poth built Suzuki programs at elementary schools in Louisville growing the programs to 70 violin students currently. She also serves as the director of the Summer Institute at the Louisville Suzuki String Association housed at the University of Louisville School of Music.

ISA Board President Michael Strauss states, “Ms. Poth will fulfill an organic need in central Indiana by providing an inspired direction for accessible community-based music education. She will continue Dr. Suzuki’s vision of peace and harmony through the common language of music.”

The Suzuki Talent Education method is based on the teachings of renowned Japanese pedagogue Shinichi Suzuki, who taught music in a similar fashion to the way a child learns their mother tongue. Repetition, listening, parent involvement, and learning with peers are key features of the method.

For thirty years, the Academy has inspired young people throughout central Indiana to study violin, viola and cello. The ISA’s program of study incorporates private lessons, group classes, monthly recitals, concerts, chamber music and master classes to inspire and excite students about music. ISA students and graduates include area and regional concerto competition winners, section leaders in high school orchestras, as well as beginners enjoying their first performances of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” The Academy’s transition to a formal Suzuki-based approach is a unique opportunity for Indianapolis families, providing them with an enriching experience for parents and students to learn the joy of music together.

Lessons and group classes are held at the centrally located campuses of the International School of Indianapolis (ISI). The Academy is pleased to have this partnership with the ISI to offer Suzuki instruction to all Indianapolis area families.

The ISA has a dedicated Faculty and Board of Directors who are committed to living out the Suzuki principles in teaching and programs. The ISA Board of Advisors is comprised of renowned artists Laurie Carney, founding violinist in the American String Quartet; Nick Kendall, violinist with Time for Three (ensemble-in-residence with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra); William and Doris Preucil of the internationally recognized Preucil School of Music; and William Grubb, Butler University cello professor and Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music chamber music coach.

For more information, visit http://indianapolissuzukiacademy.org/.