Dorothy Jones is a world renowned Suzuki specialist in Early Childhood Education. Asked to do so by Dr. Suzuki in 1985, she founded and directed for 12 years, a Suzuki School in London Ontario Canada. It was designated by the International Suzuki Association (ISA) in 1993, as a world Teacher Training Centre for Suzuki Early Childhood Education.
Named a Teacher trainer in the SAA, the ESA, and the PPSA, she is a Past President of the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) and was for 10 years a board member of the ISA. She was also a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Suzuki Association of Ontario(SAO) and served a two year term as President of that organization. She has also been a Suzuki parent, Suzuki Piano Teacher Trainer and keynote speaker at conferences and workshops around the world for the past 25 years.
Her consultations have assisted individuals and schools in Canada, USA, Latin America, Switzerland, Australia, Great Britain Singapore, Japan, Denmark New Zealand and Korea.
Leena Kareoja-Crothers teaches the group piano classes for Alyla Suzuki. She is a world class musician and the only SAA registered teacher trainer for piano in New England. She founded the Suzuki Piano program at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven CT in 1976. Graduate of the Music Conservatory in Lahti Finland; State Music Academy in Vienna. Additional studies with Samson Francois in France and Karl Engel in Germany. Recitals, orchestra solos in Finland, Austria, Germany. U.S. recordings for state radio in Finland Sweden and Austria. She has won numerous honors for her superb playing and teaching abilities. She recorded Suzuki Piano Books 1-3, and her own Boook 4, for student use. She recently co-authored with Mary Craig Powell, the syllabus for the newly revised Suzuki piano book 6. Alyla offers individual apprenticeship programs with Leena for Suzuki piano teacher training in collaboration with NMS and Westport Suzuki School.
Pianist Joel Wizansky made his debut with the San Francisco Symphony at the age of 17, and has since apperared in recital and with orchestra across the United States, in Europe and in Asia. Among his numerous awards are first prize in the Helen Hart International Piano Competition and fifth prize in the Marguerite Long International Competition. A student of Leonard Shure and Leon Fleisher, Mr. Wizansky holds degrees from the New England Conservatory and the Peabody Conservatory of Music. In addition to mantaining a private teaching studio, Mr. Wizansky has served on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory and the Yale School of Music.
Lynn McCall was named the first, SAA, Teacher Trainer for SECE in the U.S. in 2015. She received her Suzuki mentoring and training from Dorothy Jones and Leena
Crothers. Director and co-Founder of Alyla Suzuki Early Childhood Music School in
New Haven Ct., Founded as the pilot program in Ct. for Suzuki ECE in 2006. She has maintained an active piano studio, working with young children, since 1995.
Clinician for National and International teacher workshops and Institutes. 2013
SECE Faculty for the Suzuki World Conference in Matsumoto, Japan. Founding
member of SAA, ECE committee, AMMS Latin American ECE committee. SAA
Conference team, Minneapolis in 2010. SECE Conference Coordinator, 2012. She is
the proud mother of 2 grown sons and lives in Ct. with her husband.
Laura Speno is the co-founder of the Alyla Suzuki Center. She received her B.M. and M.M. from the University of Hawaii. She had extensive Suzuki training from Hiroko Primrose and attained short-term training at summer institutes from the Hartt School of Music, Hartford, CT, The American Suzuki Institute at Stevens Point, Wisconsin, and the Intermountain Suzuki String Institute, Salt Lake City, Utah. Mrs. Speno has taught Suzuki Violin for 18 years and was the String Director at the Bethwood Suzuki School at which time she brought her students to perform at many venues including Carnegie Hall in New York City. In addition to teaching Suzuki Violin, Laura has taught Early Childhood classes for many years. She has now completed five levels of Suzuki Early Childhood Education in London, Ontario with Dorothy Jones.