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Attention Teachers & Students! Conference Updates

  • December 20—Chamber Music Ensembles (pre-formed groups)- EXTENDED!
  • Suzuki Voice & Recorder students: Opportunities and deadlines to be announced soon on the website!


  • Conference Early Bird Registration starts January 15, 2020!

Other upcoming dates:

December 18—Pre-Registration discount—2020 Parents as Partners Online

December 31—Deadline for nominations: SAA Creating Learning Community awards

Suzuki Piano: Inspiring & Rewarding

Ever wonder how Dr. Suzuki’s philosophy and teaching approach works for pianists? Here’s your chance to discover Suzuki Piano while enjoying some very lovely music!

“Excellence from the Start—the Suzuki Piano Student’s Journey” is now a reality, after a number of years of committee efforts.

Suzuki Piano teachers had been searching for a way to publicize the Suzuki approach to learning the piano for some time. Wouldn’t it be fantastic, they mused, if Suzuki Piano were as readily recognized as Suzuki Violin! While photos and videos of young Suzuki violinists playing together in groups large and small, always leave an instant impression, such images do not work so impressively for piano. For the most part pianists are soloists and the instruments aren’t small and cute. Yet Suzuki Piano is just as unique and distinctive in its own special way!

Inspired by the Suzuki Guitar video “The Sound of Success,” a small group of Suzuki Piano teachers pooled ideas to help tell the piano story. At the 2017 SAA Leadership Retreat at Deer Park, OH, the ad-hoc Suzuki Piano Video Committee—Gail Lange, Chair, Fay Adams, Gail Gebhart, and Joan Krzywicki—went to work. They evaluated videos that had been submitted and selected photos from many teachers. Teachers at the Retreat were interviewed, providing a wealth of information to be presented throughout the video. Then with some additional footage added from the 2018 SAA Conference production of the “Carnival of the Animals,” and the amazing work of our producer Laura Wong Burnett, … Voilà!

Please enjoy the Suzuki Piano Student’s Journey!

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You’re Invited!

The Parents as Partners Online Video Series is coming back in 2020 with new videos, new ideas, and fresh inspiration for both teachers & parents alike!

Plan to join us in January for weekly videos, with an audio-only/podcast option, focusing on essential topics:

  • Working with Young Students & Beginners
  • The Transition to Independent Practice
  • Practice Tips & Strategies for all ages & instruments
  • How to Support Learning & Keep Motivation High

If you’ve never participated in Parents as Partners before, we invite you to come learn with us. Teachers and parents will be sharing their top tips & ideas to help you on your musical journey.

New this year:

  • A convenient online area for sharing ideas and discussing presentations
  • Many interview-style videos
  • Focus on teens & the transition to independent practice
  • Many ideas for how teachers can use the videos to support parents in their studio.

Watch for the launch of Parents as Partners in January and start talking to parents in your studio about it today!


Special Opportunity: Your school, studio, program, or Library needs its own set of SAA Journals!

ASJ Fan Spread

We are offering back issues of the ASJ @ 12 issues (your selection or ours) for $20, complete with a standing file box per dozen journals. Most issues available from 1991 through 2017. (Single issues may be ordered @$3 each (US) Note: Outside of the U.S., call for additional mailing fee. Click here for ASJ issues and indexes. Once you know what issues you would like, you can call the SAA office to order.

Pumpkin Patch Concert

Pumpkin Patch Concert

Dolce Strings performs in disguise! Violinists from Dolce Music Academy performed at the largest Pumpkin Patch in Fort Bend County this Halloween. Entertaining the community with our favorite Suzuki repertoire plus some toe-tapping Texas fiddling—a good time was had by all. The concert was led by Danette Schuh, and faculty member, fiddler & Suzuki mom Aimee Petersen joined in the performance too!

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 or ???



International Suzuki Association

The 2nd International Suzuki Teacher Trainers Convention, October 11-13, 2019, brought together 111 Teacher Trainers from the throughout the five ISA regions, including teachers from North America, South America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the Philippines, etc. In two short days, so much was accomplished to bring everyone together around Dr. Suzuki’s dream of a world-wide community of teachers, working together for the welfare and education of children.

Much discussion and sharing supported a growing recognition that, despite the differences in how regions organize their teacher training programs, the participants shared a common vision and work toward the same goals. The theme, “Globalization and Teacher Training in the 21st C,” helped shape presentations and discussions about our future.

Participants felt renewed and inspired and declared the event a success! Many thanks to the ESA for hosting the event and to Martin Rüttimann, Carey Beth Hockett, and Sue Wimpeney for their dedication, vision, and hard work in planning and organizing the event.

Spa Email

SPA courses are scheduled only for the months from September through early April. Don’t miss these opportunities!

Upcoming SPA: Jan 19–20, 2020

Suzuki Principles in Action with Beth Cantrell
Suzuki Association of Colorado
Broomfield/Denver, CO

Sign up here.

Upcoming SPA: Feb 8–9, 2020

Suzuki Principles in Action with Beth Titterington
Charlotte, NC

Sign up here.

Upcoming SPA: Mar 7–8, 2020

Suzuki Principles in Action with Nancy Jackson
Baldwin Wallace
Berea, OH

Sign up here.

Upcoming SPA: Apr 3–4, 2020

Suzuki Principles in Action
Suzuki Association of Washington State
Bainbridge Island, WA

Sign up here.

The SAA needs YOU to host a 2-day SPA course at your school or other program facility!

You provide the location, help spread the word, and brew the coffee. The SAA does almost all of the planning——registrations, contracts, clinician travel & more!

Experience hassle-free planning & fret-less hosting—who doesn’t like that?

  • See improvements in teacher/parent cooperation.

  • Develop new collegial connections.

  • Raise levels of excellence in your own teaching.

Suzuki Principles in Action © (SPA) may be offered from September through early April. SPA welcomes all Suzuki instrumental, vocal, and Early Childhood teachers who meet the minimum requirements. PLAN NOW! Click here for more about the course, or call the SAA Office for further details.

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