For 30 years, SEMSA - the Southeastern Minnesota Suzuki Association has provided enriching experiences to promote the development of musical ability in youth in our community. A collaboration between students, parents, and teachers, SEMSA fulfills Shinichi Suzuki's ideal of the triangle that promotes talent and character among young people. Our organization supplements the learning that students are already doing at home and in their private studios.
We offer a host of activites for students to be part of. Each month throughout the academic year, students of all instruments attend group lessons where they work on technique, practice their repertoire, and have fun with friends. Every other year in the fall, SEMSA organizes a workshop that we call Gasshuku. At this weekend retreat, students gain additional experience by working with guest clinicians from around the country, while parents have a chance to participate in lectures on topics relevant to their role as practice partners and guides. Finally, SEMSA puts on periodic special workshops like the Improvisation workshop planned for early 2016.
If you are a Suzuki student in a participating studio, we invite you to join here. If you are looking to begin Suzuki instruction, see our list of participating studios for individual teachers. Finally, if you are a teacher looking to establish a studio in our area, we encourage you see our page for prospective teachers.