Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area

 membership specials   teacher  donate  Donate


About the Suzuki Method

The Suzuki Method works on the principle that all children can learn music through the same process they learn their mother tongue language. With this approach, children can develop their abilities during the early absorbing and sensitive years far beyond what most people previously imagined. [read more]  

Board of Directors

Marissa Murphy - President and Director of Development

Elizabeth Cunha - Membership and Social Media

Laura Frazelle - Events Coordinator

Naomi Kusano - Piano Division/Committee Chair and Website Liaison

Chris Sanchez - Greater Washington Suzuki Institute Representative

Karen Bartman 

Scholarship Director:  Lerna May Frandsen

Scholarship Committee and Board Advisor:  Stephanie Flack

Board Advisor:  Danielle Dotson


Upcoming Events

Potter Violin Discounts

Potter Violin offers the following discounts for SAGWA members:

  • 10% off all sheet music
  • 10% off all teaching accessories
  • 10% off all student instruments and bows
  • 10% off all instrument cases and bow cases
  • 10% off all repair work (labor only, does not include rehairs or parts)
  • You are entitled to free shipping on all webstore purchases above $100 or strings-only purchases of $40.00 or more.

Check Payments

If you would prefer to pay your membership registration or renewal by check, please send payment to:

SAGWA Membership
c/o Elizabeth Cunha
10108 Portland Rd.
Silver Spring, MD 20901-2225

2017 SAGWA Membership* rates:  
Lifetime Family or Teacher Membership-$500
Lifetime Organization Membership-$1000

*A portion of each membership is allotted to our scholarship program.

Seeking candidates for Board of Directors

SAGWA is currently seeking candidates to run for the Board of Directors. Serving on the SAGWA Board is a great way to contribute to the association and help make a difference in the local Suzuki community. 

SAGWA members from all instrument groups, parents, and teachers are eligible to run for the board. The board will have positions up for reelection this September at the annual meeting and are seeking parent representation in addition to teachers from all instrument groups. Interested persons are encouraged to contact for information.

Volunteer Opportunities

SAGWA is in need of volunteers interested in fundraising, grant writing, event assistance, marketing, and newsletter writing and editing. Volunteering just a few hours a month in any of these areas could contribute to SAGWA's mission by raising funds for scholarships, helping to cut operating expenses, or providing membership benefits. Anyone interested in volunteer opportunities should contact for more information.

Stay Connected





National Gallery of Art Tour


On Friday, December 16, Nora Hamerman, SAGWA Piano Forum Member, took 14 teachers and their friends on a guided tour of musical instruments at the National Gallery of Art in DC. She led us through the galleries sharing paintings that have musicians and musical instruments in them, from a band of six musician angels in 1390, to an 1881 American painting that beautifully depicts that uniquely American instrument: the banjo. We saw vielles, lutes, the viola da brachia, the early violins and bows in all sizes, valveless trumpets, pipe organs, rebecs, and bits of musical scores. The group met in the festive rotunda decorated with beautiful poinsettias and orchids and traveled in and out of the various gallery rooms stopping to hear Nora’s expert commentary on the various paintings. After the 90 minute tour, we ended the tour in the NGA cafeteria for lunch and final fellowship.

Nora is a Suzuki piano teacher in VA, but has also been a professor of art history specializing in Renaissance Art. She continues to lecture in art history at the Osher Lifelong Learning program of Johns Hopkins University in Rockville, MD.




Contact SAGWA | Privacy Statement
Copyright 2013. Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area (SAGWA). All Rights Reserved.

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software