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December 2010

In this issue:

Parents As Partners Online

Registration for both teachers and parents is now open for 2011 Parents as Partners Online, airing January 17 through February 28.

Presented via the SAA website over the course of six weeks, PPO will feature informative talks on various parent education and Suzuki education topics. The Parents as Partners Online sessions are sure to be informative and inspiring. And they are concise—only 10 to 20 minutes each—just right to fit into your busy life style and accessible anytime, day or night.

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Read more about Parents as Partners Online

Register NOW!

Thank you to our sponsors: Shar Products, with assistance from American Suzuki Institute and Connolly Music Company.

Newsletter Naming Contest

Help us give the SAA newsletter a snappy name!

The prize:
Free Parents as Partners Online studio enrollment, value up to $100

How to enter:
Email your newsletter name to by Friday, January 7th.

The winner will be announced in the mid-January newsletter.

Book Review: Recollections of a Peripatetic Pedagogue by John Kendall

Recollections of a Peripatetic Pedagogue

Recollections of a Peripatetic Pedagogue, John D. Kendall. SHAR Publications, Inc. Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2010.

Reviewed by Susan Kempter

This much anticipated book is a candid and honest account of the life of John Kendall. It is written in simple language, almost understated, and photographs are informative and plentiful. From the beginning, the reader is drawn into a personal story that spans almost a century. The book is also a powerful account of the complicated and intertwined relationships that exist between culture, personal belief, national and international affairs, and one man’s indefatigable pursuit of knowledge.

Continue reading book review

Thanking Our Lucky Stars

This year’s Annual Fund Drive provides an opportunity to give from our hearts by honoring a person or persons, a situation, an event, or whatever truly brightens our lives. It is a chance to recognize and dedicate the gifts of emotional support, encouragement, knowledge, and inspiration that we have received from those who have helped to shape our lives.

For a donation of $25, $45, $70, $90 or more, you can honor someone special in our SAA Galaxy of Stars. You can even send your honoree an email apprising them of your tribute—or you may prefer that your tribute remain anonymous.

We all enjoy the good fortune of having the ability to share the gift of music. This seems a wonderful opportunity to distinguish those whose influence is personally meaningful with our words and gifts. Their stars will twinkle in our virtual sky.

See the SAA Galaxy of Stars

Read Bill Preucil’s Annual Fund Letter

Ask the Experts 17 & 18

Ask the Experts
  1. How can the SAA help us to create a community in our home programs primarily among teachers?

  2. How can the SAA help increase the racial and ethnic diversity of students and teachers attending institutes and conferences?

Read the answers from MaryLou Roberts

Upcoming SPA Courses

Upcoming SPA Courses
Jan 7-8, Minneapolis, MN
Jan 9 & 16, Pasadena, CA
Jan 15-16, Alexandria, VA
Feb 11-12, Winnipeg, MB
Feb 19-20, Harrisonburg, VA
Feb 26-27, Atlanta, GA
Mar 19-20, Edmonton, AB

More about SPA, including how to host a course in your area.

Email Problems Fixed

We had some difficulty getting emails to everyone last month. You may have received some emails twice or not at all. This problem is now fixed.

In case you missed them, here are the emails sent to the general membership in the last month:

Join Us for Parents as Partners Online, Dec 3
Update on John Kendall, Nov 30
November Newsletter, Nov 18

See the newsletter archives for previous issues.

133 new members joined the SAA in November. Welcome!

Events: January

Parents As Partners Online


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Greenwood, VA
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Latin America

Lima, Peru

Events: February


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Western Springs, IL
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Philadelphia, PA
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Pleasant Grove, UT
Harrisonburg, VA


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