National Suzuki Workshop


Director: Grant Mead

Venue: Royal College of Music

Dates: 3 days from Tuesday 29 – Thursday 31 March 2016

Time: Daily from 10.30am – 4pm, with registration on Tuesday from 9.30am

Price: £325 for first child, siblings £295 each (includes t-shirt)

Participants: Suzuki violin, viola, cello, piano, flute & recorder students: all levels

The National Suzuki Workshop, now a fully established part of the UK Suzuki calendar, provides a unique opportunity for Suzuki students to participate in daily group lessons, master classes, ensembles, instrumental lessons, playtogethers, concerts and musical enrichment classes.

The Royal College of Music, which hosts the course, provides outstanding facilities for this event and the international faculty brings a wealth of experience that will benefit children of all ages. Course Director and Suzuki piano teacher Grant Mead, is delighted that the 2016 course will run as part of the British Suzuki Gala Week. He’s also very happy to be able  to confirm that the guest international faculty  for 2016 includes Koen Rens from Belgium, Christophe Bossuat from France, Itsuko Bara  from Australia and Ed Kreitman from the USA.

There is something very special about the  immersive Suzuki environment that this world-class course offers. With outstanding facilities, teaching staff and high expectations delivered in a truly nurturing Suzuki way, children often make musical leaps and bounds in a way that astounds their parents (and sometimes even themselves).  Your children's regular instrumental lessons and performance experiences, no matter how brilliant, just can't match what the National Workshop delivers. It really is quite an experience that culminates in a concert where both the orchestra and workshop students perform.

What the National Workshop delivers brilliantly is an intensive few days of musical learning that inspires and motivates children (and parents!) for a long time to come.

Presented in the prestigious Royal College of Music, the course also gives children a feel for what  musical college life might one day be like. What their musical future might hold. In that way, not just from a Suzuki perspective, it is inspiring in the true sense of the word.


Lessons run between 10am-4pm Tuesday to Thursday. Children are allocated groups and classes that are appropriate for their age and level.


These individual lessons, delivered by highly skilled, internationally renowned and engaged Suzuki teachers concentrate on refining technical and musical points in the child’s own playing using their current repertoire.


In true Suzuki style, group lessons are included to develop ability, musicianship and performance skills through the review of past repertoire. The addition of creative music games and activities in group lessons ensures that playfulness and joy is part of each child’s music-making.


So many former Suzuki children (some of whom appear as faculty members on this course) say  that it is the playtogethers, the making of music together as group, which form their strongest  and fondest memories of being a Suzuki child.  Playtogethers, where large groups of children are essentially given a masterclass in performing together as a group by some of the most inspiring teachers  in the Suzuki world, builds children’s confidence  and performance ability like nothing else.


All students are given a public platform to perform a polished concert piece in one of the many afternoon concerts.


Eurhythmics classes enhance children’s musical perception and sensitivity through movement and spatial awareness activities and games. These sessions are invaluable for all pianists, string and woodwind players as they help children think in music.  To connect bodily with rhythm, pulse, pitch, musical patterns and sound.


For advanced string students, ensembles provide an opportunity for children to develop chamber music playing and reading skills. The ensemble performance at the close of the course is a highlight for everyone – players and audience alike.


This is the term chosen by Dr Suzuki to cover the study and development of how to produce musical tone on an instrument while developing sensitivity to the beauty of sound from within. An excellent start to each day.

Royal College of Music
Grant Mead Suzuki Teacher

National Suzuki Workshop director Grant Mead

Grant Mead has been a Suzuki piano teacher since 1981 and is the Director of Piano for the 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 maintained a large Suzuki studio with most of his student’s awarded music scholarships to Britain’s most prestigious schools and music colleges. He is the founder and director of the British Suzuki Graduation system and National Children’s Workshop  and 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 throughout Europe.

In 2013, Grant was honoured to be invited to teach on the faculty of the 16th World Suzuki Conference in Matsumoto, Japan and from 2009-2015 he was the Director of Piano and Honorary Secretary of the European Suzuki Association.

National Suzuki String Orchestra

Director: Heather Clemson

Venue: Royal College of Music

Dates: 3 days from Tuesday 29 – Thursday 31 March 2016

Time: Daily from 9am – 4pm

Price: £250 per participant (includes t-shirt)

Participants: Suzuki violin, viola, cello and double bass Book 6 – 10 or equivalent Grade 6-8+.


Suzuki String Orchestra

Hot on the heels of the British Suzuki Gala Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, this year's Suzuki String Orchestra will be a truly international affair – with players and tutors from all over Europe coming together to ensure a powerful and inspiring three days of music for Suzuki string players in book 6  and above.

The course is essentially a three day masterclass in ensemble playing for advanced Suzuki string players. It is a serious and inspiring musical endeavour that will satisfy and delight. Culminating in a public performance on the main stage of the Royal College of Music, in full concert dress, participants in this course will rightly feel proud of their hard work  and achievements.

The focus of the course is to develop advanced players’ ensemble and musicianship skills.  The selection of concert pieces is specifically chosen to showcase and extend the orchestral members’ skills, with pieces chosen both from within and beyond the Suzuki repertoire.
This is music making for committed and amazing young musicians – it is guaranteed to be a brilliant experience for everyone involved. Don’t miss it.

Heather Clemson Suzuki Teacher

NSSO director  Heather Clemson

Heather studied part time at the Royal Academy  of Music in London with a scholarship from  age 16 whilst continuing her academic studies at Rickmansworth Grammar School. When she was  age 18, she went to the RAM full time studying both Viola and French Horn as joint first studies. Later she took a teaching certificate and moved to Birmingham to start teaching for the music service. There, she was lucky enough to observe a colleague teaching the Suzuki method and she was fascinated and inspired to start the British Suzuki Institute teacher training course – having attained Level 5 she was delighted that the BSI awarded her a scholarship to study with Dr Suzuki in Japan for 3 months.

Heather now teaches Suzuki Method in Birmingham state schools and acts as Deputy Head of the Birmingham Music Service where she is now responsible for 200 teachers.

Heather is also an Advanced Skills Teacher – running projects and supporting teachers, a Teacher Trainer for the British Suzuki Institute and Director of the Midlands Suzuki Violin Teacher Training Course in Birmingham.