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March 2011

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Articles for Parents

Flute lesson at Suzuki in the Berkshires

Flute lesson at Suzuki in the Berkshires

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We’ve pulled some of the best articles for parents from past issues of the Minijournal. Topics include tone, practicing ideas, listening, note taking at lessons, getting the most out of Institutes, and more.

These articles are available to everyone, so share them with your friends!

See 16 Suzuki Articles for Parents

2011 Leadership Retreat: Fort Worth, TX, May 26-29

SAA’s 9th Biennial Leadership Retreat, “Creating the Future Together 2011,” will take place May 26-29 at the American Airlines Training and Conference Center near the DFW Airport in Fort Worth, Texas.

This year’s theme will feature Communications as well as other leadership topics of interest to Suzuki teachers. Teacher Trainers, Institute Directors, Conference Team, Chapter leaders and all others interested in leadership development are welcome to attend.

Sessions for Teacher Trainers will begin at 11:00 AM, Thursday, May 26, 2011. Sessions for all other participants will begin at 5:00 PM, Thursday, May 26. Most events and sessions will conclude by 4:00 PM Sunday, May 29.

Mail, fax or call in your registration. Don’t miss this special event! Registration closes April 30, 2011. $15 discount for full payment received by April 1.

Download Retreat Registration Form (PDF)

Parents as Partners 2011 Acknowledgments

Parents as Partners

The SAA would like to extend a special thank you to all those who helped make the 2011 Parents as Partners Online project possible. Special thanks go to PPO Coordinator Christie Felsing for directing the project and to Jenny Ferenc, SAA webmaster, who produced the event online!

Shar Products

Featured Sponsor:
SHAR Products

Additional Sponsorships:
Connolly Music Company

American Suzuki Institute and Patricia D’Ercole, Director

See full list of PPO contributors

Student Writing Contest

Student Writing Contest Flowers

Attention teachers!

We know your students are creative and talented in many ways, and we want to see it!

The Suzuki Student Writing Contest is the perfect forum. The deadline is April 15, so please encourage your students to write and submit an essay or poem soon!

Download and print the flyer and entry form (PDF) to hand out to students, post in your studio, or forward by email.

2012 SAA Conference: May 25-28

Musician statues in the Hilton hotel lobby at the 2006 SAA Conference

Musician statues in the Hilton hotel lobby at the 2006 SAA Conference. Photo by TJ Boatman.

Image by TJ Boatman

Plan now to attend the 2012 SAA 15th Biennial Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota! The conference will be held May 25-28, 2012, and will feature valuable sessions for teachers, teacher trainers, and parents—not to mention Suzuki Youth Orchestras of the Americas (SYOA) and other exciting events for your students!

Read on for many more reasons to save the dates in 2012.

Music Teacher Email Scams

The SAA is aware of growing concern about email scams. Please be informed that any time you have your email address online, including posting your information on our Teacher Location search, you are open to receiving these sorts of emails.

One specific scam currently circulating requests lessons for a child traveling from abroad, whereby the parent plans to send a check to the teacher. The teacher is instructed to cash the check and keep their fee, but send the rest of the funds to a “caregiver”.

If you receive email that you believe to be deceptive or suspicious, please forward it to . The Federal Trade Commission uses these spam reports to take law enforcement actions against those who send deceptive email. Other valuable information about limiting the amount of spam you receive and protecting your personal information may be found at the FTC website.

Teacher Training Auditions

Now is the perfect time to send in your video audition for teacher training this summer.

Teacher video auditions are due at least 8 weeks prior to the start of your training course. Auditions results can take two months or more—get it in by March 31 to beat the rush.

Board Ballot Vote Due April 1st

Active members can now vote on the 2011 Board Ballot. Voting members without an email address will be mailed a paper ballot.

The two candidates are Frances Green and Lucy Shaw. You have until April 1st to submit your vote.

Vote Now

Ask the Experts #22

Ask the Experts

Why do we have an appointed board and not an elected board?

The Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) does not have an appointed board as you suggest. Our by-laws state that, “At least two of the vacancies created by the expiration of the [Board of] Directors’ terms shall be filled by a majority vote of the voting members from the nominees presented by the nominating committee and approved by the Board.”

The Board of Directors of the SAA has developed a process for electing new board members known as the endorsed slate method. Over a period of about six months, the nominating committee undertakes a painstaking process of document review and personal interviews, which results in a diverse slate of highly qualified and enthusiastic nominees. Once the endorsement of the full board is received, the slate is presented to the membership for its approval in an annual election.

While the mission of the SAA is clear, can you explain the structure and function of the SAA? How is it organized? Who is on the board? How is it elected? What is the term of officers? Are they volunteer or paid positions? What are the qualifications to serve? College education? How do you manage finances?

Continue reading Ask the Experts part 22

Upcoming SPA Courses

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Apr 8-9, Denver, CO
10 spots available. Sign up closes March 24.

Apr 16-17, Amherst, MA
3 spots available. Sign up closes April 1.

More about Suzuki Principles in Action, including how to host a course in your area.

Upcoming Every Child Can! Courses

Every Child Can!

Sign up now for upcoming ECC courses:

Preucil School of Music
Iowa City, IA – March 26

Studio of Rita Hauck
Cincinnati, OH – March 27

Greenville Suzuki Strings Association
Greenville, TX – April 9

Walla Walla Suzuki Institute Wkshp
Ellensburg, WA – April 9

Walla Walla Suzuki Institute Wkshp
Spokane, WA – April 16

RI Philharmonic Music School
East Providence, RI – April 17

See all upcoming ECC courses

128 new members joined the SAA in February. Welcome!

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Events: May


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Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA

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