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2016 SAA Conference: Early Bird Registration

March 31st is coming soon! Be sure to take advantage of the Early Bird Conference Registration deadline!

Conf 2016 Slide Newsletter

Exciting plans are underway for May in Minneapolis!

Don’t wait a moment longer! Plan now to join us in Minneapolis in May, and remember to invite a friend as part of the “Vision of 1000” challenge! Click here to see how your state, province or country is progressing with registrations. New Hampshire is first to meet its goal and still growing! Those reaching top numbers will receive special “premier status” at various conference events!

Suzuki Institute T-shirt Contest as part of Conference!
Calling all students, parents, and teachers! Do you have a favorite institute T-shirt for the Conference T-shirt Contest? Upload a photo of your number one institute T-shirt and yours just may be the lucky winner! Results will be announced in May and winning T-shirts will travel to Minneapolis to join the Institute Celebration at the Conference.


Calendar of Events

March 21 Last day to sign up for remaining spring SPA course
Mar 18-Apr 15 SAA Board Election: Active members click here
March 31 Last day for Early Bird Conference Registration
April 1-3 SAA Board Meeting, Philadelphia
April 20 Last day to upload Institute T-shirt for Contest
April 30 Online Auction-final date for donations
May 1 Hotel reservations deadline, Hilton Minneapolis
May 10 Regular Conference Registration—final date
May 26-30 SAA 17th Conference in Minneapolis
May 28, 8:30 a.m. Annual General Meeting at SAA Conference

Michigan Teachers Honored

Congratulations to Gabriel Villasurda and Wendy Azrak, who were honored in January by Michigan ASTA with a Lifetime Achievement Award and Teacher of the Year, respectively. Read more regarding their special recognition.

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Parents as Partners Online

Parents as Partners Online has now unveiled 44 videos, with 22 yet to come! Suzuki parents and teachers alike won’t want to miss this extra ounce of Suzuki education. Registration remains open through April 30, with all talks being accessible through June 30. Click here to register and also to enroll more parents!

Upcoming Events: Institute season is coming!

Summer institutes can be a time of great rejuvenation, inspiration, and musical growth. As one parent summarized, “Institutes are like a family reunion except everyone plays a musical instrument.” Curious as to the importance of this experience? Read 25 great reasons, compiled by families and faculty at the American Suzuki Institute.

In addition to the student component at institutes, SAA supports teacher training opportunities at workshops, institutes, and other events. Check out the list below to find Suzuki events in your area!

Member Benefit: did you know?
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Exciting news! MakeMusic, creators of SmartMusic and Finale, has several new products with the following special discounts to SAA string teachers and parents:

  • 20% discount on SmartMusic annual educator subscriptions
  • 15% discount on SmartMusic annual student subscriptions
  • 20% discount on new Finale Academic purchases or upgrades

Click here to learn more about this new offering from MakeMusic.


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Heart of America Suzuki Association

Each month we will be featuring news from one of our chapter affiliates. For March, we have updates from the Heart of America Suzuki Association. Read more from HASA past president Beth Titterington. Click here for further information about Chapter Affiliates and how to become a Chapter Affiliate of the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

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Humor from the Suzuki Studio

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.

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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 us at publications@suzukiassociation.org for more information.



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The Suzuki Association of the Americas is a nonprofit organization of teachers, parents, and educators dedicated to the advancement of the Suzuki Method in the Americas.

Suzuki Association of the Americas
PO Box 17310, Boulder CO 80308
Phone:1-888-378-9854
http://suzukiassociation.org