The British Suzuki Institute
British music teachers first heard of The Suzuki Method in the early seventies when the Head of Music at South Hampstead Girl’s School went to Japan. She returned to found the East Hertfordshire Suzuki Experiment. Several other teachers followed her precedent and travelled to Japan to observe and study the Suzuki Method. Their efforts resulted in the formation of a national organisation, The British Suzuki Institute, in 1978.
The BSI has many roles but, most importantly, it is responsible for training teachers in the Suzuki Method. The BSI also organises national concerts every two years at such prestigious concert venues as The Royal Festival Hall in London and Symphony Hall in Birmingham. The BSI is responsible for the guardianship and promotion of the Suzuki Method and name in the United Kingdom. The BSI also looks after the Suzuki teachers and families who are its members.
Members of the BSI may participate in Workshops, National Concerts, Summer Schools, Graduation, Conferences and other events organised by the association. Members receive three magazines a year with articles relevant to the Suzuki method and current information on events throughout Britain and Europe. Members can order music over the telephone from the BSI bookshop and have it sent direct to their home with a discount off the list price.
Minette started her career in artist management, launching a small independent classical label and achieving government sponsorship for a music education workshop project in regional schools.
She worked closely for many years with the violinist Vanessa-Mae, proudly following her meteoric rise from child prodigy to world-wide recognition. She co-ordinated Vanessa-Mae's management, personal representation, office administration and the organisation of international events and live performances, before moving on to develop her growing interest in marketing.
She studied at Thames Valley University, becoming a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, while setting up the music side of a small marketing and public relations consultancy and working as a freelancer on press and media campaigns for a diverse range of artists and bands.
Director of Piano
Grant Mead has been a Suzuki piano teacher since 1981 and is the Director of Piano for the European Suzuki Association and British Suzuki Institute. He is a graduate and former lecturer of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and in 1990 he moved to Paris to study with the renowned French concert pianist Cécile Ousset.
Since moving to London in 1992 Grant has established a large Suzuki studio with students awarded music scholarships and entry to many of Britain’s foremost schools and music colleges. He is the founder and director of the British Suzuki Graduation system, National Children’s Workshop, National Teacher training course and from 1998-2008 he was a lecturer in piano at Roehampton University.
Grant has performed throughout Australia and Britain, broadcast on national television and radio in Australia and been the guest teacher at national and international Suzuki conferences, workshops, summer schools and teacher training courses.
In 2013, Grant was honoured to be invited to teach on the faculty of the 16th World Suzuki Conference in Matsumoto, Japan.
Diana started her working life in media and had a successful career as a video editor. After having her children and investigating music tuition for young children she stumbled across Suzuki Method. The philosophy appealed to her so much that she retrained as a Suzuki Method Flute Teacher graduating with her diploma in 2007. She has diplomas DipABRSM and also from the London College (DipLCM). She teaches in state and private schools and plays in and around the Bristol area. She also teaches Suzuki Method privately at home in North Somerset and plays an active role in Bristol Suzuki Group.
Director of Violin (London)
Sarah studied at The City University and Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Mark Knight, completing an MA in Music Education at London University. She was a member of the East Sussex String Quartet giving recitals through-out the South east and has performed with the Corelli Ensemble since it's inception, recording two CD's of Baroque music.
Her love of teaching the violin was a result of training to become a Suzuki teacher which took her to Japan and the privilege of studying with Dr Suzuki. From then Sarah continued teaching in Lewes and further afield.
Sarah has taught on numerous Suzuki Summer schools and workshops, London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bryanston, Culford, Cello fest, the Book 1 Bonanza. Her passion for chamber music continues, coordinating and coaching on Junior Musicworks with Robert Max and Catherine Manson.
Her pupils have performed in many prestigious venues and have been on tours shared with pupils of friend and fellow Suzuki teacher, Sue Thomas. These tours featured wonderful music making and also walking in the Scottish Highlands.
Many of Sarah's former pupils are now playing professionally in orchestras and studying at the main Conservatoires. However most importantly they have hopefully developed a love for their instrument and had theirs and their families' lives enriched by their involvement with the Suzuki method.
Director of Recorder
Nancy Daly graduated in Recorder from the Royal College of Music, London in 1973 and since then her teaching career has centred around her desire to see the recorder firmly re-established as a ‘serious’ instrument and to destroy the popular misconception of it as only a children’s classroom instrument.
Over the last 40 years she has tutored individuals, consorts and chamber groups of all ages and abilities, both under her own auspices and at leading colleges, schools and music services in England.
Her interest in the Suzuki approach started as a Suzuki parent, and when the Recorder Suzuki Method was published, she realised that it answered the problems of teaching very young children in a completely original way. She started her Suzuki training with Katherine White in the USA in 2000 and completed it in 2010. She became an Instructor in 2007 and then went on to establish and run the BSI Recorder Teacher Training Course, the first in Europe.