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2021 Registration is Now Open!

We can all use some extra encouragement and inspiration this year. Hear from teachers & parents in our Suzuki community as they share their perspectives in this year’s series of videos.

Here’s what to expect:

  • 50 short videos which will be released over 10 weeks
  • Special Pricing for 2021
  • Inspirational ideas for teachers & parents
  • Subtitles in both Spanish, Portuguese, and English are included for all videos.
  • Access to released videos through mid-December

We can all use some extra encouragement and inspiration this year. Hear from teachers & parents in our Suzuki community in this year’s series by signing up today.

Scholarship Opportunities

Through support from generous donors, the SAA continues to grow its scholarship offerings each year. Scholarships are designated primarily for unit course trainings (Units 1–10) both online and in person. A limited number of scholarships are also available to support Suzuki teacher training through long-term SAA-approved university programs. For scholarships to attend courses in North America the application deadline is February 4 each year. Awards start at $300 and are paid to the course director or event sponsor.

The application process requires SAA membership, a video performance (as specified in the application), letters of recommendation, and a statement of need. For details and application forms for North American training courses, go to Deadlines for Latin American scholarships are January 1, April 1, and October 1. For a Latin American application, go to

Join El Sistema USA and Suzuki Association of the Americas for a Networking Session

Heart Kids El Sistema 2021

Did you know that there are over 120 El Sistema organizations in the United States? Most states have at least one El Sistema program! I’m SO happy to be a part of this wonderful partnership that will help to change the world through music. Suzuki AND El Sistema USA colleagues—please unite with us as we join to collaborate on how we can help make music education accessible for all students. Friday, February 19, 2021 noon to 1 p.m ET held in conjunction with the El Sistema USA Virtual National Symposium. You will need to purchase a session pass to participate—purchase one here. Let’s join hands as we help to bring Dr. Suzuki’s vision to fruition and saturate the world with music. Hope to see you there!

2021 El Sistema Event


January 26, the anniversary of Dr. Suzuki’s death

Teachers and families of the Talent Education Research Institute (Suzuki Association in Japan) held the Memorial Mass last Saturday and posted the video of the Mass on our YouTube Channel.
View the Video

The English translation of the message from TERI President Dr. Ryugo Hayano is available on TERI’s English website.

There will be a release the video with English subtitles soon.

Attention, Certificate of Achievement applicants!

The answer to a frequently asked question this month:

Yes! For your 2021 Certificate of Achievement application, submitting a video of a virtual lesson is acceptable. Be sure to follow all overall application instructions.

You can see details and application here.


Welcome Allie Reed—New Editor for the American Suzuki Journal

Allie Reed Croped

Hi, everyone! I’m Allie, the new editor of the American Suzuki Journal. I’m a senior English major at Brown University, where I will graduate with honors this spring. I’m a Suzuki violin student and “faculty brat” myself, so I’ve been immersed in the Suzuki method as long as I can remember. When I’m not editing the journal, I’m a Boston-based freelance journalist.

I’m looking forward to working with and getting to know all of you better, and am eager to collect submissions for our journal. If you’re a teacher, parent, or student with an idea for an article, please reach out to me at:

Communications Updates:

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Tocando juntos en el parque (Playing together in the park)

Tocando juntos en el parque

Submitted by: Andrea Espinzo
Comenzando diciembre, en Argentina tenemos el cierre de ciclo lectivo. Por la pandemia todas nuestras clases desde marzo habian sido online, en la foto estamos muy felices de poder vernos y tocar juntos en el parque, ilusionados que el año que viene todo sea mejor.

English Translation:
Starting in December Argentina’s school year will close. Due to the pandemic, all our classes have been online since March. In the photo we are very happy to see each other and play together in the park, excited that next year everything will be better.

Have a great picture to share? We are looking for photos of students performing in their community. Did you invite the neighborhood to a book recital? Or the general public to a group concert? Have you played in an assisted living facility, street fair, or mall? Submit your own picture today!

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