Suzuki membership

Sara said: Sep 30, 2009
 Violin
191 posts

I am wondering if it is most common for teachers to require that their students are a member of the Suzuki Association of their state? Or do you just let it be up to them?

How do you inspire them to become a member?

I explain benefits, cost, etc. I frequently mention it, but so far no one has signed up.

“What is man’s ultimate direction in life? It is to look for love, truth, virtue, and beauty.” Dr. Shinichi Suzuki

Jennifer Visick said: Sep 30, 2009
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
998 posts

Because the organization that runs our group classes is a chapter of the local county organization, and that organization is in turn a branch of the state organization, it is a default requirement that suzuki families in our group classes be members of the local branch organization, and thus, the state organization as well.

They do provide a semi-regular newsletter, and large-scale annual graduation concerts, and scholarships to the local summer institute (which they also run), etc.

Elizabeth said: Oct 1, 2009
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
1 posts

I found that including the cost of the Suzuki membership in your yearly registration fees works wonderfully! I charge a very inexpensive $35 a year registration fee, and $30 of it goes for the Suzuki membership. I print up the forms and fill them out for the parents and send them in. Before, when I did not make this mandatory, parents would complain and just not do it. Now that it is included in the registraion fee, I have not had one parent complain. This will be my third year of registering parents and most seem to enjoy it! (I even had a mom bring her Suzuki Journal with her to the last lesson and share with me her favorite three articles!)

Elizabeth

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