Michele Higa George
...Michele Higa George - ViolinMichele Higa George
received early training in violin and piano from Juanita Cummins in Southern California.
received Suzuki pedagogy instruction from Dr. Phyllis Glass at USC
and taught the Suzuki method in the USC
preparatory division and at the University of California at Northridge
In 1980, Mrs. George
moved to Matsumoto, Japan to study at the Talent Education Institute
with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki.
...In 1986, Michele George was appointed to the faculty of The Cleveland Institute of Music as Director of Suzuki Studies where she designed and implemented a Master of Music degree program in violin performance and Suzuki pedagogy.She
served in that position from 1986 to 2003.Michele is a registered teacher trainer for the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and as served as a member of that association's executive board.She
is also executive producer of the film, Nurtured By Love-- the life and work of Shinichi Suzuki.Ms. George is a frequent guest clinician at workshops for teachers and children throughout the world, and has taught in Africa, Taiwan, Costa Rica, Japan, Australia, and most states and provinces in the U.S. and Canada.She
was the keynote speaker at the Suzuki Association of the Americas
Leadership Retreat in 2003, and conference in 2004.
Recently, Michele George
has devoted her
energies to developing Suzuki string programs at both Chambers Elementary School
in the inner city of East Cleveland and in Arusha, Tanzania near the great Serengeti National Park.She
spent a month in Zimbabwe 2004 beginning a Suzuki program in Harare.Her most recent pursuit is teaching pre-school at Laurel School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, where daughter, Emiko, is a third-grader.