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“Let’s light up the sky with gratitude!”

With the end of the school year approaching, it’s an opportune time to dedicate a star for an individual, group, or a special event that has happened during the past year. Perhaps you’d like to honor that exceptional teacher who exhibited an extra ounce (or mile) of patience or a fellow parent who encouraged you along your Suzuki journey. You could also honor your program, a school celebration or concert, or even a SAA sponsored event, such as a Parents as Partners talk. Watch this touching video and join the many others in “thanking our lucky stars” as we strive to light up the SAA Galaxy of Stars with appreciation.

Institut Suzuki Montréal

Institut Suzuki Montréal

Institutes: Well worth the effort!

Suzuki Summer Institute season kicks off in late May and continues through August, with many venues, sizes, and offerings available for students and teachers alike! Read this article on how a parent and teacher made the dream of attending an institute a reality, including ten helpful tips for your own summer planning!

Check out all 2015 Summer Institutes

Guitar teacher training participants with David Madsen at MacPhail

Guitar Training at MacPhail

More Suzuki teachers needed!

Interested in taking training in voice, bass, viola, harp, flute, or guitar? Or know someone that may be eager to start training in these smaller instrument areas? Several Book 1 courses are being offered this summer across North America and would welcome your enrollment! See the Teacher Course Listing

Upcoming Events

Click Here to view all of our Upcoming Events, whether future Suzuki Principles in Action courses, teacher training opportunities, student workshops or institutes.

2016 SAA Conference

Save the date! The 17th Biennial Conference is scheduled for May 26-30, 2016 at the Hilton Minneapolis and Minneapolis Conference Center. Watch for future announcements regarding student and teacher opportunities on the theme of “We are Suzuki: Embracing the Vision.”

American Suzuki Journal: Sneak Peek

SAA members, the spring journal is headed to your mailboxes soon! Be sure your membership is up-to-date so you don’t miss these fantastic articles and more! Renew Now

Here are just a few of the articles we’re excited to share in this issue:

Truly by Ear
Author Charles Krigbaum examines the intricacies of teaching and learning to play by ear.

Songs My Mother Taught Me

Songs My Mother Taught Me
Don’t miss Doris Preucil’s arrangement of Dvořák’s classic! Arranged for piano and four violins, this is Doris’ “Thank You” to the association membership for SAA’s tribute to Doris and Bill Sr. at the 2014 SAA Conference.

Where Love is Deep: A Sad Finale, Well Played
From the studio of Eve Weiss, a touching tribute to an unforgettable Suzuki parent. 

If you are not already a SAA member and would like to read the articles above and more, consider joining!


Humor from the Suzuki Studio

Piano Stuffed Animal Suzuki Cartoon

Have a funny Suzuki-related story? We would love to hear from you! Tell us your Story or view and add to our “Friday Funnies” on Facebook, and your story may appear in a future SAA comic. Of course, please keep it clean and respectful. We’re not here to laugh at the expense of anyone involved! Please omit individuals’ last names, and change first names if you wish.

Get Involved!

Host a SPA Course

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.

Are you interested in hosting a course in your area? We are now accepting applications for SPA courses to be held during the 2015-2015 academic year. Click here for more information!

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Suzuki Association of the Americas is scheduled for Saturday morning, May 23, 8:30 a.m. at Deer Creek Conference Center, Mt. Sterling, OH (2015 Retreat location).

Article Submissions

Is there a Suzuki-related subject you wish we’d cover more in the ASJ, newsletter, or blog? Or have you written an article that you would like published? If you are interested in submitting a Suzuki-related article, please see the Manuscript Guidelines or email the editor at for more information.

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