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MISSION:  SANC aspires to instill the teachings of Shinichi Suzuki into the hearts and minds of our students: that all children, in collaboration with parents and teachers, can develop high standards of achievement through love of music, self-confidence, discipline and good work habits. We seek to nurture fellowship, growth, and community among teachers and students.

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.


2021 Graduation

Even though we could not hold an in-person Graduation, we had tremendous participation. 36 Violin Graduates Levels I-VIII from 8 teachers.

Two Cello Graduates, Levels I and V from Barbara Wampner were terrific.

We are very grateful to Angelica Artelt of the Guitar community with 14 students, Levels 1-7 participated.

2020 Graduation

We were very fortunate to hold the Graduation Concerts February 1, 2020, at the Oakland Inter-Stake Center, Oakland, before the Covid-19 stay-at-home order occurred. They were beautiful and inspiring performances!

The Guitar Graduation Concert featured 48 graduates from 4 teachers, performing pieces from Levels 1 – 7.

The Violin Graduation Concert following, had 34 graduates from 7 studios, playing pieces from Levels 1 – 7 as well. Teachers gathered together to play in an impromptu string ensemble to accompany the 3 Concerto pieces, giving those graduates the rare opportunity to play their piece as it was written, to be played with orchestra.

2019 SANC Cello Play-In

Fun was created by 28 young cellists from 7 cello teachers playing pieces from Books 1-7 at the SMAC-SANC Cello Play-In, on October 26, 2019, at San Jose State University. 

The teachers and students came from Gilroy to Berkeley to play together.

We hope more young cellists join us next year to create that beautiful cello sound.

2019 South Bay Play-In

The Annual South Bay Play-In featured 55 young violinists from 8 studios.

We all had a great time playing pieces from books 1-8 in the Music Building Auditorium at San Jose State University.

We hope more children join in the fun next year!!!

The Play-In is a wonderful opportunity to review  pieces and to create  a beautiful sound together with other young violinists.

Fun at Family Camp


Prepare for 2022 Graduation

(Ceremony date TBA)

Registration with Recordings due December 10, 2021

We encourage all of you to help your students prepare whatever Graduation piece appropriate for each. Please click here to see the list of Graduation pieces and requirements. This list and all other Graduation information will be updated as needed on this website. For questions, contact Nora Grafton, Graduation@suzukinorcal.org.

Advanced Suzuki Institute 2022 * July 17-21
In-Person at Santa Clara University * Santa Clara CA

Join us and experience an outstanding faculty program for advanced violin, viola and cello students. Highlights:

  • Master classes
  • Suzuki Core classes 3 and above
  • Virtuosi Program 9 and above
  • Chamber music
  • Orchestras
  • Enrichment
  • Teacher training
  • Brian Lewis solo recital and faculty performances with Avi Friedlander and Megan Shung
  • Teen dorm
  • On Campus housing available

For detailed information: AdvancedSuzukiInstitute.com

2022 Family Camp TBA

2022 Play-In  TBA



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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