We Are Suzuki: Embracing the Future

We are Suzuki! We have much to share. We have much to appreciate. We have much to celebrate. We have much to learn.

Make plans to attend the SAA Conference, May 26 -30, 2016. You will be able to appreciate our history with sessions honoring our past; celebrate the ongoing work of students, parents, and teachers in master classes and ensembles; and prepare to be enlightened by ideas and information presented in sessions and keynote addresses. However, nothing you can do will prepare you for the overwhelming sense of community. You will be able to connect with your mentors; your colleagues from the past, present, and future; and become more familiar with the ongoing research and application of philosophy and method in Suzuki education.

We embrace the vision of Shinichi Suzuki that every child can learn. It’s evident in our efforts to improve our teaching, our nurturing of parents and students, and our commitment to the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Have you read our mission statement? The SAA aspires to improve the quality of life in the Americas through Suzuki education. We seek to create a learning community, which embraces excellence and nurtures the human spirit. Our biennial conference gives us the opportunity to come together to share our current efforts as well as to share our ideas on how to improve our connections and our learning community.

When you arrive and register, you will have an opportunity to meet the staff: those people who maintain records, create communication tools to support our learning community and maintain our standards of excellence. At the Annual Meeting, you will hear from and get to know members who serve on the SAA Board. The Board is a visionary body that seeks to direct the organization with input from its members and to make decisions that impact the future of Suzuki education.  Your input is important. Your participation is important.  Register, encourage your friends and colleagues to register, and come to the 2016 Conference.  We are hoping to welcome 1000 members to the Conference.

The Conference Committee, under the direction of Pamela Brasch, our CEO, is bringing together an amazing group of clinicians to work with our students and speakers to share ideas with you.  Committee members have described aspects of the Conference on the Featured Guests page. We are always searching for better ways to reach children and parents. We are respectful of the potential of each child and mindful of ways to create a nurturing environment for our own development as well as those around us. We are Suzuki: Embracing the Vision.

Patricia Purcell

Patricia Purcell has been an active member of the SAA for more than 20 years. She teaches in a unique Suzuki in the Schools program in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford School District. She is past-president of the North Texas Suzuki Association and works with Fort Worth-area Suzuki teachers to provide students opportunities for education and performance. She has organized teacher development workshops and assisted in establishing teacher training at the DFW WOW Suzuki Institute. While a member of the TCU School of Music faculty, she directed the TCU Suzuki Institute.

Ms. Purcell holds degrees from Texas Christian University and studied violin with Fredell Lack at the University of Houston. She taught in the Suzuki program while studying at The Hartt School of Music.

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