The Suzuki Music Institute of Dallas aims to foster and promote a learning community that strives for excellence and nurtures the human spirit through music.
The Suzuki Music Institute of Dallas (SMID) was founded in 1968 by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki and Dr. Evelyn Hermann (the previous CEO of the International Suzuki Association), to provide learning opportunities and particularly musical training for children according to the Talent Education Philosophy expounded by Dr.Shinichi Suzuki. Paul and Lorraine Landefeld, upon Dr. Hermann’s retirement in 1986, guided the growth of the Institute to its then enrollment of approximately 160 students.
Nicolette Solomon was appointed Executive Director and President in May 2005 after the retirement of Paul and Lorraine Landefeld. The current enrollment of SMID has subsequently grown close to 300 students. Faculty consists of 6 full-time and 6 part-time instructors, with tuition offered in violin, viola, cello, piano, music theory, composition and harp. SMID regularly invites artists and recognized pedagogues to conduct master classes and workshops for its students and the community. Fabio Bidini, Dr. Doris Harrel, Nancy Locken, Gerardo Ascheri, Brian Lewis, Fay Adams, Diana Galindo, Lucy Shaw, Michi North and many other fabulous string and piano clinicians from the United States and abroad have been guest teachers at our Institute.
The Institute has many ties to Japan. Nicolette Solomon has studied with Dr. Suzuki at The Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan. Paul and Lorraine Landefeld spent two years studying there. In February 1995, SMID hosted the Third International Suzuki Piano Basics Workshop and Conference, featuring Mr. Seizo Azuma, Pianist, of Yokohama, Japan, and Dr. Haruko Kataoka, co- founder of the Suzuki Piano method. Also featured were exemplary students of the Talent Education Institute of Matsumoto, Japan. SMID has on several occasions hosted the Japanese Children’s Tour Group featuring Talent Education students from many parts of Japan.
In 2012, SMID moved to a new location to better accommodate it’s students and the variety of programs. Click an image to enlarge.