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Professor Bjork offers a Long Term Teacher Training Program in Suzuki pedagogy and draws an international studio. He is the author of, “Expanding Horizons: the Suzuki Trained Violinist Grows Up”, discussing technical development and the process of working independently.

Mark Bjork, Professor of Violin and Pedagogy at the University of Minnesota School of Music, is a graduate of Indiana University where he studied violin under the renowned pedagogue Josef Gingold, and chamber music with David Dawson, Harry Farbman, and Janos Starker. Deeply committed to the study and performance of chamber music, he performed more than forty works with the LaSalle Trio in an annual concert series as well as in radio, TV, and tour performances.

Mr. Bjork is recognized internationally as a leader in the field of Suzuki Talent Education. In 1967 he started one of the first Suzuki programs in the United States at the MacPhail Center for the Arts, which was part of the University of Minnesota at the time. Workshops, masterclasses and clinics, often related to Suzuki Talent Education, have taken him throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, and Japan. His former students include concertmasters, chamber music performers, and teachers.


It is hoped that the suggestions in the upcoming lectures will help participants expand their horizons. The intention is that teachers and parents will have gained some insights and ideas, and have their imagination stimulated to work with students at an exciting time in their lives when so many new things are opening up for them. Hopefully, directing them towards the achievement of Shinichi Suzuki’s goals, to which we committed oursleves when we began this journey with “Twinkle Variations”. These goals are to develop each child to the highest of his or her abilities, and nurture that growth towards becoming beautiful human beings. If we have accomplished this, we have given them the gift of music, in whatever form and at whatever level they choose, to enjoy for a lifetime. Click Here to Download Bio

Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 2:30 pm

Sunday, November 15, 2015
“Creating a Super Charged Environment for Your Child” at 1:30 pm
“Things I Learned from Dr. Suzuki” at 3:30 pm and 4:30 PM

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Please complete registration worksheet and apply through teacher. The masterclass and chamber music workshop application process begins September 1 and closes October 15. Teachers will register all students. Notification of final selection will be November 1 and billing will occur at that time. Length of masterclass is based on Suzuki Book Level. Limited enrollment.

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Suzuki Chair Award
American Suzuki Institute, University
of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, 1991

Artist Teacher of the Year Award
American String Teachers Association
Minnesota Unit, 1987

MacPhail Center Special Service Award
Minneapolis, 1987

Honorary Life Member
Suzuki Association of the Americas, 1980

Byron Hester Award for Excellence in Teaching, Colorado Suzuki Institute and Chamber Music at Snowmass, 1998

Award for “Service, Dedication, and Leadership,” Ithaca Suzuki Institute
Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, 1994

Distinguished Service Award
Suzuki Association of the Americas, 1992

First Place, Collegiate Division
Indianapolis Matinee
Musical Award in Strings, 1987

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