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Happy Birthday Dr. Suzuki

Dr. Suzuki Playing Violin

October 17 was Dr. Suzuki’s 123rd birthday. To honor our beloved sensei, please take a moment to revisit the late Michele Higa George’s piece on Dr. Suzuki’s living legacy, or dig back into “Nurtured by Love.”

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MaryLou Roberts has resigned from the SAA Board. The Board thanks MaryLou for her dedication and continuing service to the SAA.

Please see the October 2021 Board Update for answers to frequently asked questions about the SAA leadership transition. The update details information about in-person versus online training, pedagogy, the executive director search collection process, and teacher development. Read More


In an effort to be more environmentally conscious, the SAA will no longer be printing a member directory. Members can access the directory online at this link: The SAA will donate the funds that would have been used to print future directories to the Michele Higa George Suzuki Outreach Fund, which provides teacher training scholarships for Black teachers.


A reminder that John Kendall’s teaching videos are available on the ISA website, covering a vast array of technical development specifically for the violin, but also brilliant teaching principles for any string instrument. You’ll learn so much from these videos whether it’s your first or tenth time watching:

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Reading anything good that you’d recommend to other Suzuki community members? Share what you’re reading at this link (Suzuki-related or not) and we’ll plan to feature responses in the next newsletter:

Carol Sykes

Last month, we learned that Carol Sykes passed away after a momentous career serving the Suzuki community. Her full obituary can be found at this link. In lieu of flowers, any donations may be sent to the Carol Sykes Scholarship Fund established at the Suzuki Association of the Americas.


The November issue of the American Suzuki Journal is coming to your mailbox soon! This issue celebrates first-time authors who have never submitted to the publication before. It is full of valuable insights on the Suzuki Triangle, habit formation and mindfulness, and bringing social justice into the studio. Our diverse group of authors come from across the Americas and represent violin, viola, cello, and piano. Submitting to the journal is a tremendous act of courage, and I hope you’ll join me in celebrating these authors for their commitment to sharing their insights with our community. Support your colleagues and friends by reading their work.

The next deadline for submitting to the ASJ is November 1. We welcome submissions from any members of our Suzuki community — even, and especially, if you’re “not a writer.” We hope to increase representation in our pages from authors who are diverse in terms of instrumentation, geography, race, ethnicity, gender, ability, age, and more. Manuscript guidelines can be found here: Please email questions to


Below is a summary of recent happenings from the Latin American Suzuki Associations committee. Click on a link below to read the full article:
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The Latin American Suzuki Association Committee reports its important meeting held with Tamara González and Daniel de Lima, elected representatives to the Board of the SAA. The Committee had the opportunity to share our achievements, challenges, and the forms of support that are intended to be obtained, as well as the ways in which we intend to continue the work of the Committee. We hope this communication with the SAA Board of Directors will become even closer in order to bring more effective responses to the needs of the Suzuki community in Latin America.

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News from Guatemala

With the aim of having a constantly growing community, the National Suzuki Association of Guatemala organized an event of virtual piano and violin Master Classes for students. The invited teachers María José Rodríguez (piano) and Ana Cecilia Villegas (violin) coordinated the event. It was a very enriching moment for the Suzuki community in this country.

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The AMMS has a new president

Starting this October, teacher Araceli Lugo Oliva will begin her duties as President of the Mexican Association of the Suzuki Method (AMMS).

“I am a woman dedicated to education and art with the firm conviction, as Shinichi Suzuki tells us, that the family will lead the community to build a better world through music,” says Araceli.

We are sure that Araceli will continue and solidify the work that Leslie Mizrahi has carried out for this Association in the last 4 years.

37th International Suzuki Festival of Peru and more news

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The Suzuki Association of Peru is in its thirty-seventh edition of the Suzuki International Music Festival. The new edition will be held in January 2022 in virtual mode. All information about the festival can be found at the following link:

During the months of October and November 2021, National Recitals for graduation for cello, guitar, violin, piano, and recorder are being held, organized by the Suzuki Association of Peru. This event has become a moment of both great motivation and sharing the music of Suzuki students from this country.

All Latin American countries that work with the Suzuki Method should send information on all the actions they have been carrying out (organization of their associations, events, and activities that are being programmed, etc.) to the following email to be featured:


A Snapshot on Suzuki Canada: What we’ve been up to—by the Numbers!

With the leaves falling north of the 49th Parallel (Canada!), October is a good time to review what our Suzuki team has developed and what we aspire together to create for our Canadian Suzuki future. Below is a brief summary of what we’ve been up to. For more, as well as a French translation: click here.


  • Six Canadian Suzuki e-Newsletter issues since 2019 with 72 total articles! Each article was translated and published in French and English. To read the archive, check out our website:

Committee Development 

  • 24 people plus teams of volunteers make up three committees that work on the e-Newsletter; Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility matters; and visioning. 


  • Weekly and bi-weekly meetings throughout 2020 and 2021
  • Two national All-Canadian Zoom Meetings
  • Three meetings for Institute Directors and Teacher Trainers in 2020/2021
  • One online conference
  • One meeting for Canadian Program Directors
  • 2000 cups of tea & coffee shared across six time zones!!!!

Teacher Training

  • 28 individual units offered in Canadian Suzuki Institutes in summer 2021
  • More than eight individual units offered online throughout the 2020-2021 year

We celebrate our ‘Stats Board’ above. But we know there is much work to be done in developing our Canadian Suzuki network of teachers to better reflect the diversity and breadth of teachers in our country including finding ways to support families and aspiring teachers who face challenges due to race, economics, disabilities, or geographical isolation (in addition to the fallout from COVID-19).

If you have ideas of how we can better serve our greater Canadian Suzuki community or if you are interested in learning more about  Suzuki in Canada 2021, please contact us at


Please send content to be considered for Short Score inclusion to by the 10th of each month. While we cannot promote individual events or studios, we welcome reflections on teaching and learning, cultural celebrations, book or podcast reviews, etc.


The Mighty String Demons of Staten Island’s Hiroshima/Nagasaki Memorial

The Mighty String Demons of Staten Island’s Hiroshima/Nagasaki Memorial

Submitted by: Sanchie Bobrow

On August 7 of 2021, The Mighty String Demons, young violinists from Staten Island, under the direction of Sanchie Bobrow, presented a memorial performance to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II. In this performance, on the grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Center, the members of the ensemble each read an excerpt of the picture book, Sadako, by Eleanor Coerr with illustrations by Ed Young. Between excerpts, the group performed duets by Bartok, the Children’s Prayer by Humperdinck, the Ashokan Farewell by Jay Ungar, Dr. Suzuki’s arrangement of Can You Count the Stars and an arrangement of Sakura by Joanne Martin. The violinists were joined by guitarist, Nicole Azzarelli and bassist, Kazuo Nakamura. The presentation was in collaboration with Peace Action of Staten Island whose vision is of world peace in which: the menace of nuclear weapons has forever been erased from our planet, war has been abolished as a method of solving conflicts, all human beings are assured the wherewithal to live in health and dignity. Photo credit: Jonathan Chui.

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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