CIM's Long-Standing Relationship with Dr. Suzuki and his Method
Dr. Sam I. Sato and Sarah Sato
On October 25, 1993, former president David Cerone announced the receipt of a major gift from Dr. Sam I. and Sarah Sato to enhance the Cleveland Institute of Music's Suzuki Program. The gift helped make possible the production of the film Nurtured by Love - The Life and Work of Shinichi Suzuki, narrated by Noriyuki "Pat" Morita.
Mr. Cerone wrote in his 1994 CIM Notes President's Message: "Thanks to the generosity of Institute trustees, Dr. and Mrs. Sam I. Sato, we were able to begin the process of bringing the Project (Nurtured by Love) into the realm of reality along with plans to establish the Dr. and Mrs. Sam I. Sato Center for Suzuki Studies. Sam and Sarah Sato are the embodiment of the spirit that since time immemorial has sustained all the positive human values embraced by culture and great art. We salute them and thank them for their vision, commitment and support of The Institute's educational and artistic mission." Dr. Shinichi Suzuki received an Honorary Doctorate from CIM in 1990.
Nurtured by Love - The life and Work of Shinichi Suzuki video
The filming of the Nurtured by Love video took place in 1994. It was produced by CIM and Telos Prductions, Inc. in conjunction with Michele George and Laura Wang, the co-producers and editors.
In 1995, the film was released and premiered on WVIZ-TV and became the GOLDWorld Medal winner at the 38th Annual International Film Festival, New York Film and TV Festivals; the First Place Telly Award for Outstanding Programming; and the Northern Ohio Live Magazine Award of Achievement.
Brief History of the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies
Dr. Suzuki's concept that "all children can learn" captivated former CIM president David Cerone's imagination. In 1982 CIM's Suzuki Program began with teachers Rebecca Ensworth and Susan Rozendal. Michele Higa George, graduate of Shinichi Suzuki's Talent Education teacher training program, was hired in 1986 as the first director of Suzuki Studies.
In 1987, under the direction of Mr. Cerone and Ms. George, CIM became the only conservatory in the country to offer a Master of Music degree program in performance with an emphasis in Suzuki Violin Pedagogy.
In 2004, Kimberly Meier-Sims was hired as the second director of the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies. Ms. Meier-Sims trained with Professor John Kendall, the first American Suzuki teacher and teacher trainer. The Suzuki program presently enrolls close to 150 students between the ages of 4 through adult. These students take weekly private, group and theory lessons.
In May 2008, CIM established an additional Master of Music degree program in performance with an emphasis in Suzuki Cello Pedagogy under the direction of Dr. Melissa Kraut. The Teacher Training program has placed many CIM graduates in teaching positions throughout the U.S. as well as throughout the greater Cleveland area.