Session Proposals

Sessions are the cornerstone of the conference: a wealth of knowledge and inspiration on a wide range of topics.

Presentations may be based on any of the following:

  • Suzuki instrument area topics
  • Suzuki Early Childhood Education
  • Suzuki in the Schools

They may also fall within more general categories:

  • Outreach
  • Studio Management
  • Workshop or group class teaching and management
  • Health and Wellness
  • Teaching Tools
  • Parent Education
  • Communication
  • Reading
  • Composition or Theory
  • Special Needs
  • Technology

Formats can include lectures, demonstrations, interactive playing sessions, and panel discussions. Sessions are selected from proposals submitted by SAA members, parents, and friends.

Topics with a focus on collaboration are particularly encouraged this year.

What are your ideas for collaboration within the Suzuki studio and/or for making connections within the wider Suzuki community, and beyond?

Just a few of the many directions this intriguing theme can take us!
( Note that some of these topics may be featured in special track sessions that group 25-minute presentations on related themes.)

  • Building community in your studio
  • Chapter-to-chapter or studio-to-studio events and opportunities for sharing
  • Peer-to-peer teacher learning (observing colleagues, pedagogy potlucks)
  • outreach to remote or isolated Suzuki studios
  • Multi-instrument musical activities or performances
  • Activities with local community organizations (symphonies, youth organizations, public or private schools, Montessori schools, other arts organizations, sporting events, public service organizations)
  • Charity events with community-based institutions or groups
  • Special outreach programs and performances, collaborations in areas such as music therapy
  • Projects with composers
  • Reaching out to music associations and societies, or organizations representing other learning methodologies
  • International experiences or connections—Suzuki and non-Suzuki

If you would like to share your area of expertise through a session presentation at the conference, the submission form will be available soon . Sessions may be considered for 50- or 25-minute times. Please note that conference session proposals may be recommended for meeting other SAA needs, such as journal articles, podcasts or online presentations.

All proposals are due October 30, 2017.