In the early 70s Gail Lange was a mother of two young children, aged 3 and 18 months in Guelph, ON when she heard about the Suzuki method for violin being offered in Hamilton. The idea of starting her son on violin and being able to learn along with him was a huge temptation. Driving to Hamilton each week was not tempting. After some fortunate encounters, she co-founded the Suzuki String School of Guelph, so both her ‘children’ could take lessons in Guelph. They continued to do so until age 18, when they went off to university.
A year after organizing the violin program, and having learned that the Suzuki method had also been developed for piano, Gail began her career as a Suzuki piano teacher. Since becoming a teacher trainer in 1984, Gail has made it a point to observe many outstanding teachers. She spent four months in Matsumoto, Japan working with Drs. Suzuki and Kataoka, and short periods in the studios of the late Doris Koppelman in CA and Bruce Anderson in FL. Gail has had the opportunity to have some coaching with James Anagnoson of RCM and has observed master classes conducted by Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler and Claude Frank.
Over the years, Gail’s students from ages 4 to 18 have won numerous awards and distinctions. Many fine Ontario Suzuki teachers have trained in her studio, where she currently offers teacher workshop courses at all levels. Also active in Suzuki organizations, Gail has completed a second term on the Board of the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA), is a past chair of the Suzuki Association of Ontario and has served as the piano coordinator for the 2008 SAA Conference held in Minneapolis. Presently, she is a facilitator for the new Suzuki Principles in Action (SPA) course created by the SAA and is on the Teacher Development Advisory Committee of the SAA.
For the 50th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, Gail was awarded the Jubilee medal by the Government of Canada in recognition of her contributions to music education.