About Suzuki Music Association of Indonesia (SMAI)

The Suzuki Music Association of Indonesia is a not for profit organization in charge of promoting the teachings and philosophy of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki.  Dr. Suzuki believed in educating children from a young age using the Mother Tongue Method with emphasis on character formation, parental involvement and community building.  

SMAI is responsible for facilitating the training of teachers, organizing seminars, concerts and events to bring teacher, parent and student members together and to raise public awareness of the value of music education. The SMAI oversees the rights of the Suzuki trademark and its copyright in Indonesia.

SMAI was founded in 2009 and has since increased its membership to over 500 teachers, families and students.  It has trained teachers who actively teach Suzuki Violin, Piano, Cello, Guitar and Suzuki Early Childhood Education. The Suzuki Institute of Indonesia held almost yearly since 2009 attracts students, faculty and families from around the region and the world. In 2016 SMAI hosted the 6th Suzuki Asia Region Conference in Bali with over 500 international and Indonesia participants.  

SMAI’s vision is to advance the future generations of Indonesia through the Suzuki Method. We aim to develop citizens of character through the learning of classical music.


Suzuki Music Association of Indonesia Management Board

Therese Wirakesuma, Chairman

Suprapto Wito Utomo, Vice Chairman

Vivi Jingga, Secretary

Icah Dian Nitami, Treasurer


SMAI is an member of ARSA



Asia Regional Suzuki Association (ARSA) is the only regional association recognized by the International Suzuki Association( ISA) in the Asia region, with the exception of Japan.In July 2014, the ISA moved for the official dissolution of the name agreement with Asia Suzuki Association (ASA) registered in Korea, including all sub license name agreements to country associations in ASA. As a result of this action, all Country Associations holding sub license agreements with ASA no longer have a legal right to use the name ‘Suzuki” in their country association name, or use the name “Suzuki” in connection with their services, programs, and course offerings.

Thereafter, ISA, (represented by Paul Landefeld and Gilda Barston) took a direct hand in reorganizing Asia’s regional association into what it is now: Asia Regional Suzuki Association (ARSA). ARSA is a nonprofit association registered in Guam, USA. The name agreement between ISA and ARSA was signed in Manila, Philippines on May 1, 2017 by Paul Landefeld (ISA interim CEO) and Carmencita G. Arambulo (ARSA current chairperson).

The ARSA full country association members are as follows:  

Philippine Suzuki Association (PSA)Suzuki Music Association of Indonesia (SMAI)Taiwan Talent Education Association (TTEA), Talent Education Association for Thailand (TATE), and Suzuki Talent Education Association Singapore (STEAS)

Talent education country group is the Talent Education Group of Malaysia (TEGM). The recognized provincial organization in China is Fujian Province Music Talent Education Association, China (FPMTEA), and special Area group is Hong Kong Area Group (HKAG).

Under the name agreement, ISA grants to ARSA the right to grant sub licenses to country associations which are committed to Dr. Suzuki’s philosophy, its teaching methods and other services provided by ARSA.

ARSA is in agreement with ISA policies for regional associations and its bylaws.

ARSA recognizes the goodwill associated with the “Suzuki” name and all its rights and goodwill associated with that name and mark belong to ISA.

SMAI is an association under the supervision by ISA



The International Suzuki Association (ISA) was founded in 1983 as a non-profit organization in Dallas, Texas in order to serve as a coalition of Suzuki Associations throughout the world. Its primary purpose is to serve as a co-ordination Center and to protect the “Suzuki” name and rights.

The ISA was designated by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki as the sole authorized organization which can grant rights to the use of his name and the marks “Suzuki”, “Suzuki Method”, and other similar terms throughout the world.

The ISA is an organization of organizations. At present five Regional Associations have been licensed by the International Suzuki Association. The Regional Associations have been given rights to grant sub-licenses to national associations or other organizations within their area. Each Regional Association has the same goals as the International Suzuki Association: to encourage, promote, enlarge and coordinate the Suzuki Method within their area, and to maintain the highest standards of educational instruction.


SMAI collaborate with:

Community Music Center (CMC) https://www.cmcindonesia.org/

Sekolah Pelita Harapan https://sph.edu/

Be Sharp Indonesia http://www.besharp.id/

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