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A Reminder about the Power of Music

During this time of year when days are shorter and the energy of September has waned, here is a reminder of why we dedicate our time and attention to the development of children’s musical lives.

This mini-talk by Patricia Purcell, “Why Classical Music?” was a part of Parents as Partners 2011. This and other great ideas for parents and teachers will be released in our Parents as Partners 2018 series!

“Where words leave off, music begins.”
—Heinrich Heine

Parent As Partners 2018

Registration opens January 3, and launches January 24.

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Announcing the SAA Benefit Concert Featured Guest Performers!

Montrose Trio

Montrose Trio

Join us at the SAA Benefit Concert during the 18th Biennial SAA Conference and enjoy the world-class performance by the Montrose Trio.

Robertson and Sons Violin Shop, Inc.

Pianist Jon Kimura Parker, violinist Martin Beaver, and cellist Clive Greensmith will also conduct master classes during the conference, May 24-28. We are thrilled that Roberston and Sons Violins is the sponsor of the Montrose Trio!

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Upcoming Opportunities

Every Child Can!

Looking for an Every Child Can course?

Upcoming classes start on Nov 26, Dec 3, Jan 3, Jan 7, Jan 12, and beyond!

Needing a Suzuki Principles in Action course?

Upcoming classes start on Jan 6!

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Find details and more under the “Events” column on the SAA website homepage!

Our Global Suzuki Community
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Suzuki Student Receives

First Place in International Recorder Competition!

Brazilian Suzuki student, Julia Abdalla, and her father Thiago Abdalla received first place in the international competition “Open Recorder Days Amsterdam.” This enchanting video (though not her most recent) displays her ensemble skills with her father as well as her expressive musicality.


SAA Chapter Affiliates

Suzuki Association of Utah in USA Today!

Sara Penny organized an event for the Suzuki Association of Utah in Cedar City, Utah, and invited the virtuoso violin professor Brian Lewis from the University of Austin, Texas, to serve as a guest clinician. USA Today got word of the event and published it in their “Life” section. Read more here.

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Sharing Music with Friends

Sharing Music with Friends

Barcel Suzuki String Academy students from Milwaukee, WI sharing music with residents of St. Anne’s

Image by Colleen Fitzgerald

“We always end our concert with each students playing the Twinkle Variations directly in front of a resident. The students first say hello and introduce themselves.”

—Colleen Fitzgerald

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? Have you played in an assisted living facility, street fair, or mall? ShortScore wants to feature pictures from your community!

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Get Involved


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The Time is Now

to start planning for a SPA course!

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Suzuki Program Directors, 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, 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.

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