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May 2010

In this issue:

  • Online Auction!
  • Conference Stats
  • Be Prepared for Summer Institutes
  • Suzuki Voice Training This Summer
  • Super-Size Your Success with Suzuki ECE!
  • Early Childhood Training This Summer
  • SPA Course in Houston, Sept 11-12
  • More Institute Emails

Online Auction!

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Our first ever online auction is now open!

Log in to bid on items donated by our generous conference sponsors and exhibitors, including:

  • Books
  • Bows
  • Cases
  • Instruments
  • Strings
  • Teaching Aids & Accessories
  • Artwork
  • Teacher Training Workshops
  • and more!

Starting bids range from $15 to $500—up to 80% off! Auction items retail from $75 to $2,000.

Visit the Online Auction!

There are still a few items with ZERO bids:

L. Pierre Carbon-Fiber Violin Bow, 1/8 Size

Also available in 1/4 and 3/4

Auction ends for general membership on May 25. Conference participants can continue to bid until May 30.

Winners will be announced at the conference, and donors will ship items after they get home from the conference.

There will also be a teacup raffle at the conference for smaller items. You’ll receive details on that when you check in at the conference.

Conference Stats

Instruments: 10

Bass: 22
Cello: 146
ECE: 1
Flute: 41
Guitar: 25
Harp: 25
Piano: 123
Recorder: 11
Viola: 56
Violin: 482

Countries: 11

Argentina: 15
Bermuda: 1
Brazil: 2
Canada: 72
Colombia: 2
Ireland: 1
Mexico: 1
Peru: 2
Taiwan: 2
United Kingdom: 1
United States: 926

Total Attending: 1,027

Teachers: 776
Students: 196
Others: 55

Board Members: 10
Coordinators: 31
Staff: 4

Clinicians: 18
Keynotes: 2
Presenters: 147
Exhibitors: 51

Be Prepared for Summer Institutes

Cello group class at South Carolina Suzuki Institute

by Teri Einfeldt

Are your students attending an institute this summer?

If so, it’s time to help them prepare to get the most out of the experience.

Here are some ideas from a presentation by Teri Einfeldt, SAA 13th Conference, May 25, 2008.

Tips for the home teacher:

  • Explain to the student and parent that the purpose of a master class is not to learn new pieces.

  • Define and help student prepare a polished piece to play for the private lesson/master class. Often a good guideline is a piece four pieces behind the one on which they are currently working. The home teacher should designate this piece before the student leaves for the institute, and the piece must be in the Suzuki repertoire (even for advanced students).

  • Students should be expected to practice daily for the master class (and other classes, as well) during the Institute. Parents should take careful notes. The home teacher should be given a copy of the notes after the institute for their own reference.

  • The student may be asked to do something differently at the Institute—this is a good thing!

Read more of Be Prepared for Summer Institutes

Suzuki Voice Training This Summer

SAA now has an official Suzuki Voice Teacher Trainer, Mary Hofer, from the Aber Center in Stevens Point, Wisconsin!

The American Suzuki Institute will be offering Voice Book 1 August 1-14. A degree in Voice and an audition are required. The deadline for auditions for the course is coming up soon, so get working on your auditions!

Super-Size Your Success with Suzuki Early Childhood Education!

Fascinated with the drum in Early Childhood class at the 2008 SAA Conference

Fascinated with the drum in Early Childhood class at the 2008 SAA Conference

Image by Michiko Yurko

by Shirley Koch

Ten Things to Know:

  1. Suzuki Early Childhood Education (ECE) is a program for parent and child 0-3 years old. (There also is a Prenatal component in Suzuki ECE.)

  2. Suzuki ECE is unique in its emphasis on natural development from birth and the Suzuki learning triangle of parent, child, and teacher.

  3. Suzuki ECE is different from other early childhood programs, as it is a mastery-based, pressure-free, Suzuki Pre-Pre-Twinkle program.

Read the rest of Super-Size Your Success with Suzuki ECE!

Early Childhood Training This Summer

The Thames Valley Suzuki School Early Childhood training courses were inadvertently omitted from the last Journal. So here is the complete list of ECE training opportunities this summer:

Ottawa Suzuki Institute Mid-Southwest

Ottawa, Kansas

Every Child Can
June 13 with Dorothy Jones

Early Childhood Stage 1
June 14-18 with Dorothy Jones

Early Childhood Stage 2
June 21-25 with Dorothy Jones

More info:

Thames Valley Suzuki School

London, Ontario, Canada

Every Child Can
June 27 with Dorothy Jones

Early Childhood Stage 1
June 28—July 2 with Dorothy Jones

Early Childhood Stage 2
June 30—July 4 with Dorothy Jones

Early Childhood Stage 3
June 30—July 4 with Dorothy Jones

Early Childhood Stage 4
June 30—July 4 with Dorothy Jones

More info:

SPA Course in Houston, Sept 11-12

Suzuki Principles in ActionThe next Suzuki Principles in Action (SPA) teacher training course is in Houston, TX, Saturday and Sunday, September 11-12. Tuition is $175. There are still 4 spots available!

More Institute Emails

Summer InstitutesI AM Festival
August 1-8

Calgary Suzuki Piano Institute
June 26 & August 1-8

East Tennessee Suzuki Flute Institute
June 27—July 2

Suzuki by the Green Summer Institute
July 5-9

DFW WOW Suzuki Institute
June 27—July 5

Suzuki Music Columbus Summer Institute
June 14-19

Memphis Suzuki Institute
June 6-11

Northwest Suzuki Institute
August 1-6

Suzuki Institute at PhoenixPhest!
August 15-22

Greater New Orleans Suzuki Music Camp
July 4-10

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153 new members joined the SAA in April. Welcome!

831 conference attendees have registered. See you soon in Minneapolis!

Events: June

There are so many Suzuki events in June and July that there just isn’t space to list them all here.

Below is a list of cities—if you see one near you, check out the complete list of June Events and July Events online.


Anchorage, AK
Fairbanks, AK
Beaver Creek, CO
Roswell, GA
Nampa, ID
Ottawa, KS
Louisville, KY
Portland, ME
Ann Arbor, MI
Twin Lake, MI
Purchase, NY
Westerville, OH
Newberg, OR
Johnson City, TN
Memphis, TN
Fort Worth, TX
Houston, TX
Draper, UT
Annandale, VA
Emory, VA
Falls Church, VA


Calgary, AB
St. John’s, NL
London, ON


Bogotá, Colombia
Vantaa, Finland

Events: July


Eureka Springs, AR
Claremont, CA
Oakland, CA
Santa Clara, CA
Santa Rosa, CA
Westminster, CO
West Hartford, CT
Honolulu, HI
Deerfield, IL
Kenner, LA
Newtonville, MA
Minneapolis, MN
St. Louis, MO
Missoula, MT
Greenville, NC
Lisbon, NH
Albuquerque, NM
Las Vegas, NV
Ithaca, NY
Bay Village, OH
Columbus, OH
Westerville, OH
Hershey, PA
Pittsburgh, PA
Greenville, SC
Austin, TX
Salt Lake City, UT
Alexandria, VA
Rochester, VT
College Place, WA


Edmonton, AB
Langley, BC
New Denver, BC
Brandon, MB
Hamilton, ON
Montréal, QC


Bogotá, Colombia
Caguas, Puerto Rico

All upcoming events

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