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Parents as Partners Online is Back!

Registration and videos open January 25. Check out a sample here!

We are pleased to announce the exciting line-up of titles and presenters that will be featured in 2017. Parents and teachers will have access 24/7 to more than 45 short talks which address such Suzuki-related topics as practice tips, parent-child relationships, philosophy, listening, motivation and more!

  • Video: Talks average 10 minutes each, with some under 3 minutes!
  • Audio: Got car time? How about a “podcast” format from your phone?
  • Print: Transcripts available for our newest talks as well.

For a more in depth experience, consider planning a PPO Parent Gathering! Read how various programs have structured get-togethers and promoted PPO in their studios.

Here is a flyer for promotion in your studio or via a school bulletin board.

Register on the SAA web site on January 25, and watch for an email invitation.

Whether you are a parent or teacher, Parents as Partners Online is a way to strengthen interactions and practicing with students through an infusion of new ideas.

Aber Center 50th anniversary

Aber Suzuki Center 50th Anniversary invite

The Suzuki Homecoming will be a grand reunion of students, alumni, families and faculty. Join the celebration!


What comes to mind when we think of summer?

… Institutes!

Summer institutes can be a time of great rejuvenation, inspiration, and musical growth. As one parent said, “Institutes are like a family trip to Disneyland except everyone plays a musical instrument.” Curious about this experience? Read 25 great reasons to attend institute.

In addition, there are parent lectures, SAA teacher training courses, and observation opportunities as well!

The upcoming American Suzuki Journal (available to members, see Members section below to sign up) gives a complete list of Institutes for 2017, so you can start now in planning your summer Suzuki rejuvenation!

Virginia Suzuki Institute



Chapter Affiliates come alive!

Chapter Wise Newsletter Launched

Are you in a leadership position in your local SAA Affiliated Chapter? Then in January you will be receiving an e-newsletter created just for you—Chapter Wise: News From and For SAA Chapters. There will be news from the SAA, spotlight on an individual chapter’s activity, stories of Chapters that found solutions, and links to educational articles on leadership.

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Why be a leader in a chapter? For one thing, you can learn, gain, and grow your own leadership skills. Additionally it helps provide a place for your local Suzuki community to gather, educate, support, and celebrate its teachers, parents, and students.

Click here for further information about Chapter Affiliates, how to become a Chapter Affiliate, or how to reach your local Chapter to inquire about joining.

Peacock violinist girl

Proud as a peacock of her violin skills!

SAA Member Opportunity

Did you know membership gives you this opportunity?

SAA Teacher Development scholarships provide tuition assistance for pedagogy study at approved Summer Institutes, Latin American Festivals, workshops, or through other SAA-approved Teacher Development programs.

Decisions are based on merit, with consideration also given to need. Awards are limited to the study of Suzuki book units and the SAA Practicum and paid directly to the Institute, university or sponsoring agency.

Applications must be submitted/postmarked by
February 5, 2017, midnight MST.

Not a member yet? Has your membership lapsed? You can fix that here!


Get Involved!

Want to reach a special student, parent, or teacher for Valentine’s Day?

How about giving them a star instead of a heart?

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Click here to visit our galaxy and dedicate a Suzuki star to your special someone.

Certificate of Achievement
The Suzuki Association of the Americas is committed to excellence in teaching and to establishing standards within the framework of the Suzuki philosophy. Recognizing teachers with a commitment to life‐long learning and self‐improvement is part of SAA’s commitment to excellence.

Certificate of Achievement Level 1

The process was developed within the framework of the Suzuki philosophy and was designed to encourage self‐evaluation and professional growth. While the SAA Certificate of Achievement Program is not a certification, it provides a viable measure of achievement and commitment beyond the basic registration of units. By engaging in this process you will not only grow as a teacher, but contribute to the growth and professionalism of Suzuki education in the Americas.

Click here for application information.

Every Child Can! is a one-day introductory course on the Suzuki philosophy and its application to education. ECC is a great addition to your workshop or weekend event. For parents, teachers, prospective teachers and others, this course provides an inspiring, in-depth look at the Suzuki approach to teaching and learning. For teachers, ECC serves as the first course in the Suzuki Association of the Americas Teacher Development Program. To learn more, read about the ECC course and its guidelines.

Every Child Can! Course

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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