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The joy of music is exemplified in this beautiful video of over 450 students singing Wishing at the 2nd Suzuki Encuentro in Morelia, Mexico. Conducted by Ernesto “Tato” Garcia Velasco, this performance was part of the May 2015 final festival concert that featured violin, viola, cello, flute, harp, guitar, and piano students.

Wishing Singers

Wishing is a special piece Dr. Suzuki wrote for students to sing and play for their parents. Japanese students first performed it at the 1967 Annual Concert in Tokyo and was originally written for violin, voice, and piano. A string quartet arrangement of Wishing was published in the 1998 SAA Minijournal. Words to Wishing in Spanish are below:

Mamá, papá, ayúdame, por favor ayúdame,
no te olvides nunca por favor, que seré lo que hagas de mí.

2015 Minijournal Winners

Thank you to all that participated in the 2015 Minijournal Cover Design Contest! This year we received a record high of 47 entries! New categories were added to acknowledge the fine work of so many young artists.

We congratulate this year’s cover design winner Isabella from Ontario. Click here to view all the winning artwork showcased in the 2015 gallery.

You will receive a free copy of the SAA Minijournal (featuring the artwork) if you attend an institute this summer. Starting in September, remaining copies will be on sale via the SAA online store.

2016 Minijournal Cover Design Contest
Guidelines: Original cover design by a Suzuki student between the ages of 4 and 14. Suzuki or music-related subject matter preferred. Please do not send computer-generated artwork. One entry per child.
Deadline: January 1, 2016
Send to: SAA Cover Contest, PO Box 17310, Boulder CO 80308


Institutes are off and running!

The summer institute season is now in progress. It’s not too late to consider attending one of the 64 institutes offered this summer, either as a student, parent or teacher!
Make the most of your institute experience by reading this helpful article.

Upcoming Events

Click Here to view our upcoming events, including teacher training courses, Suzuki Principles in Action courses, workshops and a full listing of all 2015 summer institutes.

Greater Washington Suzuki Institute

Greater Washington Suzuki Institute

Leadership Retreat

Mount Sterling, Ohio was the site of the 11th biennial 2015 Leadership Retreat. Many thanks to all who made the event a successful learning experience. Highlights of the weekend included an inspiring keynote by Sarah Bylander Montzka entitled The Expanding Circle, and the SAA Annual General Meeting with news updates and special presentations. Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the Certificate of Achievement Level I: Jeremy Chesman (organ-MO), Samara Humbert-Hughes (violin-SC), Kristin Jutras (violin-GA), Christie Keiko-Abe (violin-IL), Erika Lord-Castillo (violin-MO), Ellen Kogut (violin-QC), Paul Madryga (guitar, MB), Jenna Potts (violin-MA), Alex Revoal (cello-IL), Kathleen Schoen (flute-AB), Shu-Yi Scott (cello-TX), and Zachary Sweet (cello-NY).

Read here for various perspectives on the Retreat!

2016 SAA Conference

“We are Suzuki: Embracing the Vision” will be the theme of the next SAA Conference, scheduled for May 26-30, 2016 at the Hilton Minneapolis and Minneapolis Conference Center. Our conference goal is to reach 1,000 attendees, so mark your calendars and invite a colleague to come! Stay tuned for future announcements regarding session proposals and student opportunities.

For your listening pleasure

The downloadable audio for Suzuki Piano School Volumes 1-7 is now available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon, etc. Read more regarding the release of the Suzuki Piano Volumes 1-7 Digital and Audio Files.

Parents as Partners Online

Be sure to take advantage of the final weeks of PPO videos! All talks are available for viewing through June 30. To continue the topic discussion after that date, check out the new Parents as Partners Idea Exchange on the SAA website’s Parents area.

If you are not already a SAA member, consider joining to receive the many benefits of this professional organization, including the quarterly American Suzuki Journal!


Humor from the Suzuki Studio

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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 2015-2016 academic year. Click here for more information!

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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