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“Practicing Can Be Hard”

The next Building Noble Hearts episode is here! We are talking about healthy learning relationships, the importance of the words we choose to praise, and how to create an environment in which students feel ownership of their music.

Click Here to listen to this and all the other episodes.


1st Suzuki Convention of the Americas

Hosted by the Mexican Suzuki Association

and other Latin American organizations

May 1-5, 2019

Cancún, Mexico

Hotel Iberostar Cancún

Orchestra Auditions (Students book 4 and up)
Extended Deadline September 20, 2018
Session Proposals Due October 1

Offerings for students in all Suzuki instrument areas! Enrollment is limited.

Make your plans soon.

For teachers, offerings include lectures, demonstrations, keynotes,

and great opportunities for observations and networking!

Registration for Teachers & Students opens
September 1, 2018

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Costa Rican Students Visit Chicago

Last month eight Suzuki students and their families (21 people in all!) traveled from San Juan, Costa Rica, to Chicago to attend the Chicago Suzuki Institute. What a great boost to the Book 1 and 2 classes and the beginning orchestra!

Costa Rica Kids for Newsletter

Articles for Parents

Since fall is often a time for studios to wind back up, remember this collection of articles for Parent Education. Now articles are in Spanish and Portuguese as well!

Name a Star in Someone’s Honor!

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Grateful for a special teacher? Remembering a loved one who appreciated children and music? Recently, Jessica Wiersma, Griena “Goody” Choi-Trask, and James Choi have all had stars named in their honor.

You too can give a lasting and meaningful gift by naming a “star” in someone’s honor on the Giving Galaxy of Stars. 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.

Cover Contest

Amelia from SC Staff Favorite

Our 2017 Cover Contest winners are now published! Amelia from South Carolina received the Staff Favorite Award. Thank you Amelia!

Click Here and scroll for info on submitting artwork to the 2018 cover contest!

Farmer’s Market FUNdraiser

Farmer’s Market Fundraising Performance

From Jianni Song:
My students and I performed at the Farmer’s Market to help raise money for 6 of my students who were going on a Carnegie Hall tour with the local orchestra in June 2018. It was fun playing together, but it was one hot day!

Have a great picture to share? We are looking for photos of students performing in their community. Did you invite the neighborhood to a book recital? Or the general public to a group concert? Have you played in an assisted living facility, street fair, or mall? Submit your own picture or…


Kay Collier McLaughlin’s Book—On Sale Now


Talking Together


Talking Together: Getting Beyond Polarization Through Civil Dialogue

From our 2018 SAA Conference keynote speaker, Kay Collier McLaughlin, this book is a resource guide of theories translated into exercises people can practice to develop the skills that make respectful and effective conversation possible. Teaches ways that can transform the anger and negativity in our world into healthy communion and community.

A Big Thank You to Our Conference Sponsors!

Robertson & Sons Violin Shop, Inc.

Shar Music

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CodaBow International, Ltd.

Brannen Brothers Flutemakers, Inc.


Join the Discussion Forum

Experimenting with giving awards for performances? Have questions about listening on Android devices? Join the discussion in the Suzuki Forum!

Every Child Can!

Looking for an Every Child Can! course?

August 31, Sept 2, 9, 15 and beyond!

Get more info here.

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Looking for a SPA course?

September 8-9 (Full. Enrollment closed), and October 5-6

Get more info here.

ATTENTION, Suzuki Program Directors

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Including Suzuki School Administrators, Chapter Affiliate Boards, Local Suzuki Teachers Groups, and others!

Experience hassle-free planning & fret-less hosting—who doesn’t like that?

  • See improvements in teacher/parent cooperation.

  • Watch new collegial connections develop.

  • Raise the levels of excellence achieved in your own teaching.

The SAA needs YOU to host a 2-day SPA course at your school or other program facility!

You provide the location, you help spread the word, and brew the coffee. The SAA does almost all of the planning——registrations, contracts, travel & more!

Suzuki Principles in Action (SPA) may be offered from September through early April. SPA welcomes all Suzuki instrumental, vocal, and Early Childhood teachers who meet the minimum requirements. PLAN NOW! Click here for more about the course, or call the SAA Office for further details.

Updated price on Studio Memberships!

As of August 1, active teacher members of the SAA may collect 10 or more Associate memberships from families in their studio for only $35 USD per family. Studio memberships must be submitted to the SAA at one time, but separate checks for each family are acceptable.

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