Suzuki Music Columbus
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PO Box 91236
Columbus, OH 43209
Mr. Douglas Eric Locke
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CEO/Executive Director
Mrs. Susan Forry Locke
Executive and Artistic Director
Mr. Douglas Eric Locke
Executive and Artistic Director
Board Chair
Ms. Amy Wallace
Community Volunteer

Create a learning community that embraces excellence and nurtures the human spirit and to further the philosophical and educational ideals of Shinichi Suzuki.

Organization Overview

Impact Statement


  • We hosted a new fundraising dinner to broaden our donor base and increase our visibility.

  • We held a new Bach Festival workshop opportunity for students and a new public performance for our ensembles at Mozart's Café.

  • We planned the Tour Group's tour of Ireland and additional performances in Akron and Cincinnati.

  • We developed a successful marketing strategy for our Summer Institute that resulted in a 20% increase in enrollment and helped us compete more effectively for students from across the country.


  • We will develop educational communications that show the benefits of Suzuki Music Columbus and its approach to music education.

  • We will revise and formalize our fundraising plan.

  • We will investigate the feasibility of establishing a satellite site in the northern part of the Columbus metropolitan area that will meet parent and student interest. 

  • We will enhance our students' exposure to alternative styles of music with clinics and special instructors.

Background Statement

Suzuki Music Columbus (SMC) was founded in 2007 by Douglas and Susan Locke as a nonprofit music education organization offering children of all ages programs of study in violin, viola, and cello.

The Suzuki method was developed in Japan by Shinichi Suzuki in the 1940s when he carefully observed how children learn to speak their native language. He observed that children learn language by listening, imitating, and step-by-step mastery of vocabulary, while immersed in a language-rich environment filled with love and nurturing from parents. He observed that every healthy child learns language, and he observed that a child three years old has a vocabulary of several thousand words. In the words of Shinichi Suzuki, “With love much can be accomplished.”

SMC teachs the language of music, first by imitation, and later through note reading to teach literacy in the written language of music. We move in small steps, practicing each step until it is mastered, and review constantly to give the child a music vocabulary of songs. The parent attends lessons with the child and, guided by the teacher, assists with home practice. This relationship between parent, teacher, and child is the foundation of the Suzuki Philosophy.

Students in our program start as young as three years old and continue through age 18. We offer many performing opportunities, including the Suzuki Music Columbus Tour Group. We also offer a summer institute for students and active teacher training programs, including the Suzuki Teacher Training Internship program.

Statement from Mrs. Susan Forry Locke, Executive and Artistic Director

Shinichi Suzuki observed that all healthy children learn to speak their native language. This observation led to the development of a method of music education that applies language educational principles to music education. I have been teaching this method for many years and have seen first hand the positive effect and power that musical expression gives to children and the joy in a young child's eye when they create a beautiful sound. The ability to create and share music with others brings understanding, acceptance, and peace among people.

But most important is the understanding that all children can develop a high musical ability. Ability can be developed to the highest level through proper environment, good teaching, and consistent practice. This is the gift to the world from Shinichi Suzuki, and the message we are working to bring to parents and children in our community.

Statement from Ms. Amy Wallace , Community Volunteer

I have had the pleasure of being involved with Doug and Susan Locke's Suzuki program for the past 10 years. My children have flourished at Suzuki Music Columbus, both in their musical abilities and in developing a deep appreciation for the discipline and endurance it takes to learn to play an instrument. With every lesson, weekly recital, and performance opportunity, the children are immersed in a supportive and learning environment, in keeping with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki's philosophy. His main goal was not to teach music, but to make good citizens and noble people. Doug and Susan have created an inspiring environment where young people become better human beings through music.




Mrs. Susan Forry Locke, 
Term Start 12/2007 
Compensated No 
Biographical Statement

Susan Locke co-founded Suzuki Music Columbus with her husband Doug. They serve as co-artistic and executive directors. She maintains a full teaching studio of viola and violin students and co-directs the Suzuki Music Columbus Tour Group. Susan is an adjunct faculty member at Otterbein University, a faculty coach for Chamber Music Columbus, and personnel manager and violinist with the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra. While at Capital University Conservatory of Music, Susan served as violin faculty and co-director of the Suzuki Summer Institute. She earned a bachelor's degree in music performance from the University of Hartford Hartt School of Music and has a master's degree in music performance and Suzuki pedagogy from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

Mr. Douglas Eric Locke, 
Term Start 1/2007 
Compensated Yes 
Biographical Statement

Douglas Locke co-founded Suzuki Music Columbus with his wife Susan Locke. He and Susan serve as co-artistic and executive directors. Doug maintains a full teaching studio of Suzuki violin students and co-directs the SMC Tour Group and Summer Institute. Prior to starting Suzuki Music Columbus, Doug served as violin faculty, director of Suzuki programs, and concertmaster of the Capital/Bexley Community Orchestra at Capital University Conservatory of Music. Doug is currently an adjunct faculty member at Otterbein University, a faculty coach for Chamber Music Connection, and a personnel manager and violinist with the Newark Granville Symphony Orchestra. Doug earned a bachelor's degree in music performance from the University of Hartford Hartt School of Music and holds a master's degree in music performance and Suzuki pedagogy from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

Additional Organization Information
Number of Full-Time Staff:
Number of Part-Time Staff: 11 
Number of Volunteers: 20 
Staff Retention Rate: 100% 


Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Fundraising Plan Yes
Management Succession/Training Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Strategic Plan No
Additional Organization Information

We perform with other music schools, locally, nationally, and internationally and provide community concerts and other opportunities to bring Suzuki students together. Examples include:

  • performances with students around the state;
  • the biennial international friendship tour;
  • an annual community service day where students perform at at least six venues across Columbus; and
  • marching in Bexley's July 4th parade.


Local Governing Board
Board Chair Ms. Amy Wallace,
Board Chair Term 8/2014 -  8/2016  
Board Members
Dr. Beth-Ann Leech,  
Ms. Cynthie Macintosh,  
Ms. Jacquelyn Murphy,  
Ms. Jennifer Smith,  
Dr. Martha Tepper,  
Ms. Karen Tomsic,  
Ms. Deb Sunandita , Non-Voting
Dr. Kathleen Wallace , Non-Voting, Ex-Officio
Additional Organization Information
Board Meetings Annually
Board Meeting Attendance 88% 
Board Member Monetary Contributions 0%
Board Member In-kind Contributions 11%
Gender Female 100%
  Male 0%
Race African-American/Black 0%
  Asian-American/Pacific Islander 0%
  Caucasian 89%
  Hispanic/Latino 0%
  Native American/American Indian 0%
  Multi-Racial 0%
  Other 11%
Advisory Board
No members in the Advisory Board.


Suzuki Teacher Training

Suzuki Association of the Americas-approved teacher training courses provide systematic, comprehensive professional training from registered teacher trainers in violin, viola, cello, bass, piano, flute, harp, guitar, and recorder.  These courses are offered during SMC's Summer Institute. Teachers come from across the country and internationally to work with and observe Summer Institute faculty.

Throughout the year, SMC also offers Every Child Can training courses, an introduction to the Suzuki Philosophy and Method. When teachers complete this course of study, they document their studies by registering the training with the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

During the school year, Otterbein University music students participate in a teacher training internship experience, assisting with and observing weekly group classes, recitals, and lessons.

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Summer Institute

The Summer Institute is a week-long opportunity for SMC students and faculty, their families, and teachers to be a part of concentrated study that complements the work that goes on in studios and homes throughout the year. Lessons and classes are given for violin, viola, cello, and Twinkle and PreTwinkle students, our youngest participants. Repertoire classes, ensembles, play-ins, and student and faculty performances are all part of the Summer Institute experience. Musicianship classes develop music literacy and the string orchestras and ensembles further develop musical abilities. Enrichment classes offered, such as jazz improv and fiddle, round out the week. Social activities and events build friendships between young musicians, families, and music educators from around the country, and even the world.

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Individual Study

Approximately 100 children from ages 3-18 participate in private and group lessons in violin, viola, and cello with Suzuki Music Columbus faculty. As part of this program of study, students join a vibrant, nurturing community; participate in weekly group lessons and recitals; and have opportunities to join ensembles and perform in the community.

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Tour Group

The Suzuki Music Columbus Tour Group is comprised of the most serious, dedicated, and advanced violin students who are leaders in the Suzuki program. SMC Tour Group students represent the ideals of Shinichi Suzuki, Suzuki Music Columbus, the Suzuki method, and what is possible for children following the Suzuki method to achieve.

The Tour Group meets weekly to prepare for performances of advanced Suzuki repertoire and ensemble music of a variety of styles. They present regular concert tours, have opportunities to record, and participate in local performances and community service projects.

Over the years, the Tour Group has performed many concerts across Ohio and internationally in Estonia, China, Italy, and Peru. National concert tours have included performances in Arizona, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennesee.


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Vivaldi Ensemble

The Vivaldi Ensemble is comprised of Suzuki violin and cello students, mid-book four and up. Vivaldi Ensemble meets once a week to rehearse for performances of Suzuki repertoire and ensemble music of a variety of styles. The group learns how to play in an ensemble by working on rehearsal techniques, listening, and leading. Vivaldi Ensemble members have additional time commitments required for home practice and public performances.

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Data reflects three most recently completed fiscal years.

Current Fiscal Year 01/01/2014 - 12/31/2014
Projected Revenue $275,000
Projected Expense $270,000
Endowment Fund No
Current Capital Campaign? No
Anticipate a capital campaign in next 5 years? No

Revenues by Source

  2013   2012   2011  
Total Direct Support $29,421  $37,403  $40,701 
Direct Support Foundations
Direct Support Corporations
Direct Support Individuals
Direct Support Unspecified $29,421  $37,403  $40,701 
Indirect Public Support
Earned Revenue $236,777  $257,343  $238,247 
Interest and Dividends
Membership Dues
Special Events
TOTAL REVENUE $266,198  $294,746  $278,948 

Expense by Type

  2013   2012   2011  
Programs $257,808  $291,902  $281,453 
Administration $3,552  $3,572  $3,976 
Payment to Affiliates
TOTAL EXPENSES $261,360  $295,474  $285,429 

Assets and Liabilities

  2013   2012   2011  
Total Assets $32,088  $29,095  $32,798 
Current Assets $32,088  $29,095  $32,798 
Total Liabilities $2,413  $4,459  $7,657 
Current Liabilities $2,413  $4,459  $7,657 
NET ASSETS $29,675  $24,636  $25,141 


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