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Registration is NOW OPEN for the 2015 Parents as Partners Online event! You won’t want to miss this unique opportunity to be inspired, with access to 60 talks on various Suzuki-related topics (44 new talks and 16 from past years!). Click here to take advantage of the early bird pricing which runs through January 30.

Teachers, are you wondering how to get the most benefit from Parents as Partners Online? Read about various PPO Studio Ideas that have been used effectively by individual teachers, programs and schools. Plus, new this year is a list of sample discussion questions to help launch the conversation!

And, don’t forget to check out the full list of exciting talks that will be featured in 2015!


SAA Giving Day December 15th

We thank those who have given to the SAA during the last year. If you haven’t had a chance to contribute yet, we still welcome any year-end tax deductible donations. Many giving options exist to help our association grow and maintain its services to the greater Suzuki community. Check out these unique donation opportunities, below.

  • Consider honoring someone special in your life by dedicating a star in their name! Visit the updated Giving Galaxy of Stars and choose a shining star that best fits your wishes. Whether bronze, silver, gold, or a full constellation, your tribute will be everlasting in the full galaxy.
  • Donate to one of the Scholarship Funds, which enable teachers to start or further their valuable teacher training. Your impact on another teacher’s life will help make their dream come true, and spread Suzuki education around the world.
  • Contribute to the fall We Are Suzuki annual fund drive, which helps support the Suzuki community as a whole.

We appreciate the generosity of all, which truly helps us fulfill Dr. Suzuki’s dream.

IRSTE Research Survey

On behalf of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, we would like to tell you about an opportunity for SAA members. The International Research Symposium In Talent Education (IRSTE), is undertaking an important research study “Report on Suzuki Programs in Canada and the United States.”

Not only will this research survey allow SAA members to report on their own personal and professional activities, but it will also help us to understand what Suzuki programs in No. America look like in the twenty-first century. The SAA has not conducted such a survey in many years, and we hope you will help us by taking part in the study this January!


Suzuki Principles in Action: Upcoming Courses

Suzuki Principles in Action (SPA) is a two day, cross-instrumental course designed to help teachers incorporate Suzuki’s principles effectively in their teaching. The inspiration for SPA came from a need, identified by both Trainers and Teacher Workshop Participants, to deal with the challenges of implementing the knowledge gained from Unit courses into the reality of day-to-day studio teaching.

The course focuses on how to teach, not what to teach, allowing the sharing of ideas among all instrument areas. SPA is based on Dr. Suzuki’s belief that knowledge is an important first step, but “knowledge plus 10,000 times” is what produces ability. Read More…

Upcoming Courses will be held in:

Madison, WI   Sign up by January 3rd!
Auburndale, MA   Sign up by January 4th!
San Diego, CA   Sign up by January 10th!
Portland, OR   Sign up by January 24th!
Berkeley, CA Sign up by February 21st!
Ann Arbor, MI   Sign up by March 1st!
Indianapolis, IN Sign up by October 1st!

Want to offer SPA in your area? Click here for more information!

SAA Violin Committee Announces Publication of Revised Volume 7

The long wait is over! As of the first of November, the Revised Edition of Suzuki Violin School Volume 7 has been on the market from Alfred Music. The book is available in two formats: violin part alone with accompanying CD for purchase, or book and CD combination. The Piano Accompaniment book is also available. The SAA Violin Committee would like to thank Linda Perry, pianist for all the new recordings, in consultation with Doris Preucil, for their fine work. We know you will enjoy the performances by William Preucil on the revised CD.

This revised edition reflects the work not only of the ISA Violin Committee, but also that of all five regional violin committees, and countless Suzuki teachers across the globe. Here in the SAA, our Committee reached out to all current active violin trainers, as well as sponsoring sessions for teachers at institutes and workshops over a two-year period. That feedback was invaluable for the Committee’s work. We appreciate the suggestions and expertise of all involved.

Read More…

Save the Date: SAA Leadership Retreat

Join us May 21—24 at Deer Creek Lodge, Mt. Sterling OH for the 2015 SAA Leadership Retreat! Returning to the same beautiful location as our successful 2013 retreat, we invite you to a weekend of community, learning, and relaxation.

SAA retreats are open to all Suzuki members and provide participants an opportunity to get to get to know colleagues in unique settings with inspiring sessions, time for sharing, learning and fun. Meetings times will be set for Teacher Trainers, Institute Directors, Chapter leaders, Conference Team and other groups—however, sessions are valuable and open to all Suzuki members!

Details will be posted on the SAA website soon.

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Last chance to join!

Don’t miss out on joining the Mini Online Conference, now in progress! Enjoy thirty sessions (and eighty informative handouts) from the 2014 SAA Conference “Powered by Community”. Register now and take advantage of this enriching opportunity to review a presentation or watch one for the very first time. Once registered, you’ll have access to the site through January 31, 2015.

Special Rates:

$10 for 2014 conference attendees (over 85% off regular rate)
$45 for SAA members, non-conference attendees (40% off regular rate)
$75 for non-SAA members (consider becoming a member!)

Upcoming Events

North Texas Suzuki Association

Bedford, TX Jan 2 – 3
Time with Teri: Examining Suzuki pedagogy and philosophy at all stages of a student’s musical journey

Studio of Andrea Cannon

Spring, TX Jan 2 – 6
Guitar 5

University of Texas at San Antonio Department of Music

San Antonio, TX Jan 3 – 10
Cello 1
Violin 2

Huella Musical, Inc.

San Juan, PR Jan 3 – 13
Every Child Can!
Guitar 1
Guitar 2
Piano 1

Western Springs School of Talent Education

Western Springs, IL Jan 4 – Mar 10
Cello Revisiting Book 1
Violin 3

Festival Suzuki de Peru

Lima, Peru Jan 5 – 26
Iniciación Musical Temprana—Early Childhood
Estrategias de Estimulación Temprana
Lectura Musical 1: Bass, Cello, Flute, Guitar, Harp, Organ, Piano, Recorder, Suzuki in the Schools, Trumpet, Viola, Violin, Voice
Lectura Musical 2: Bass, Cello, Flute, Guitar, Harp, Organ, Piano, Recorder, Suzuki in the Schools, Trumpet, Viola, Violin, Voice
Cello 1
Cello 7
Estrategias de la enseñanza: Cello
Flute 1
Flute 5
Estrategias de la Enseñanza: Flute
Guitar 1
Guitar 5
Guitar 8
Estrategias de la Enseñanza: Guitar
Piano 1
Piano 2
Piano 4
Estrategias de la Enseñanza: Piano
Estrategias de la enseñanza: Piano
Recorder 2
Recorder 6
Estrategias de la Enseñanza: Recorder
Estrategias de la enseñanza: Recorder
Estimulación Musical Temprana 1: Suzuki Early Childhood Education
Estimulación Musical Temprana 2: Suzuki Early Childhood Education
Kodaly 1: Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Suzuki in the Schools, Voice
Estrategias de Kodaly: Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Suzuki in the Schools, Voice
Dinámicas para enseñar Música en Primaria: Suzuki in the Schools
Violin 1
Violin 2
Violin 3
Violin 6
Estrategias de la Enseñanza: Violin
Estrategias de la enseñanza: Violin

Suzuki Association of Georgia

Atlanta, GA Jan 10 – 11
Teaching with an Open Heart

Studio of Delaine Leonard Fedson

Austin, TX Jan 10 – 14
Harp 2

Studio of Beth Cantrell

Greenwood, VA Jan 10 – Feb 8
Every Child Can!
Cello 1

Peabody Institute/ Preparatory

Baltimore, MD Jan 11
Every Child Can!

Royal Conservatory of Music

Toronto, ON Jan 11 – Apr 19
Every Child Can!
Cello 1
Violin 1
Violin 2

Fundación Gisela

Caguas, PR Jan 12 – 19
Every Child Can!
Violin 1

Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

Milwaukee, WI Jan 16
Every Child Can!

Suzuki Association of Wisconsin

Madison, WI Jan 17 – 18
Suzuki Principles in Action

Suzuki Strings of Austin

Austin, TX Jan 18 – 19
The Suzuki Tone Concept: Cello, Viola, Violin

Suzuki Association of Massachusetts

Cambridge, MA Jan 18 – 19
Suzuki Principles in Action

Michigan Music Conference

Grand Rapids, MI Jan 22
Every Child Can!

Temple University Music Preparatory Division

Philadelphia, PA Jan 23 – Mar 13
Piano 1

Studio of Alice Ann O’Neill

Cincinnati, OH Jan 24
Every Child Can!
Cello 1

Arizona Music and Dance Academy

Tucson, AZ Jan 30 – 31
Every Child Can!

Studio of Nightingale Chen

Powell, OH Jan 30 – Mar 30
Piano 2

Premier Business Members

Many thanks to our Premier Business Members:

Alfred Music
CodaBow International, Ltd.
Connolly Music Company-Thomastik-Infeld
D’Addario & Co. Inc.
Jupiter Music
The Potter Violin Company
Shar Music
Strings by Mail
Super-Sensitive Musical String Co.

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