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Our Mission:  We encourage and support excellence in music education by creating a community of students, parents and teachers that upholds the ideas, principles, and philosophy of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki.


The Suzuki Association of Northern California (SANC) is the oldest branch of the Suzuki Music Association of California (SMAC).  NEW for 2017-18: SANC members no longer need to pay SANC dues.  Members now join SMAC and are automatically members of SANC.  Click here to join SMAC.

What is the Suzuki Method?

Founded on the core belief that "Every Child Can" learn music, just as they learn their mother tongue, the Suzuki method is a joyful way of learning music and developing character based on the priniciples and ideals of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki.  Read More.

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Graduation Recordings

Graduation was a success with 50 guitar students representing 5 teachers and 36 violin students representing 8 teachers from Morgan Hill to Sausalito and East to Walnut Creek.  Congratulations to all who graduated! 

Successful Institute!

The Advanced Suzuki Institute at Stanford held August 6-10, 2017 was enriching and inspiring to the students and teachers who attended.  Similar to 2016, we had about 150 students attend.  The new viola for violin program enabled 30 violinists to learn viola throughout the week.  Chamber music had 21 groups involving about 75 students.  Cello teacher trainees completed Cello books 4-6 overview and Violin Practicum.  We hope to see you again next year!  www.advancedsuzukiinstitute.com

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2019 Graduation

February 2, 2019

Knuth Hall

San Francisco State University

2019 Graduation Schedule of the Day

11:00 Access to the College of Liberal & Creative Arts, San Francisco State University
11:15 Guitar Teachers and Graduates check in
12:00 Guitar Concert begins

On-Stage Rehearsal Start times with accompanist, Julie Athayde
1:25 Bach Bourree (viola) check-in time 1:00
1:35 Bach/Casadeus (viola) check-in time 1:10
1:45 Bach Minuet # 2 (cello) check-in time 1:20
1:55 Bach Bourree ( 4 Graduates) check-in time 1:30
2:05 Gossec Gavotte ( 13 Graduates) check-in time 1:30
2:15 La Folia ( 5 Graduates) check-in time 1:30
1:30 Check in time for Gossec Gavotte, Bach Bourree, Vivaldi a minor, Vivaldi g minor, and Bach a minor concerti
1:20 Check-in time for cello

2:20 All Groups come to the Auditorium
2:30 Violin concert begins in the Auditorium

3:45 – 4:45 SMAC-SANC Annual Meeting (Teacher members only)

Knuth Hall and surrounding area:

    Suzuki Family Camp 2019

    September 27-29, 2019

    Click here for more details


    Family Camp Skit

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    2018 Peninsula Play In

    The Annual Peninsula Cello Play-In and the South Bay Violin Play-In were held October 27, 2018, at San Jose State University. There were 27 young cellists of seven different teachers from Oakland to Gilroy created a beautiful sound playing many pieces through Book 8! The Violin Play-In featured 63 young violinists + two Pre-Twinklers of nine mostly South-Bay teachers. They had a lovely time playing pieces into Book 7. Both events were very fun for all involved and were an inspiration for all the students and teachers participating.



    Click here for more photos from the 2018 Play In!

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