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A Collaborating Community

Sharing ideas and working together come naturally to musicians, especially those in the Suzuki community! The 2018 conference will be an opportunity to gather and share ideas with a focus on the ways in which teachers, parents, and students can work together in support of each other. The theme “A Collaborating Community” invites us to explore the many different forms collaboration can take, both within and outside the SAA community.

For more information including
opportunities for students

Click Here for Conference Information

Proposing Conference Sessions

Downtown Minneapolis

Sessions are the cornerstone of the national biennial conference: a wealth of knowledge and inspiration on a wide range of topics, and an opportunity of your SAA Membership. Presentations may be specific to an instrument area or fall into a broader category like outreach, studio management, Suzuki heritage and history, workshop logistics, health and wellness, teaching tools, communication, rhythm, and reading, or technology.

Topics with a focus on collaboration are particularly encouraged this year.

Episode 5:

“Skills I didn’t know my child had”

When is the ideal age to start a music education? Many teachers start students as young as 3 and 4 years old, but Dorothy Jones took to heart Dr. Suzuki’s admonition to focus on the babies. In this episode we hear about the development of the Suzuki Early Childhood Education program as well as the potential for babies and the adults closest to them.

Thanks to our listeners for the great response! Want to help out?

- Leave a review on iTunes! This promotes the podcast to a larger audience.

- Tell teachers, parents, students, friends, or family what you’ve enjoyed.

- If you have professional personal recordings, we need more background music. It’s enriching to feature music from our community with credit and links given in our show notes.


Institute season is…

Ozark Suzuki Institute 2017 6

… nearly over, but there are still some opportunities to register, especially as an observer! Find date, place, and contact info here.

Upcoming opportunities

Every Child Can!

Looking for an Every Child Can course?

Upcoming classes start on July 28, July 31, Aug 5, Aug 12, Aug 15, Aug 19, and beyond.

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

Our Global SAA Community

Suzuki Filosofía course in University setting.

Philosophia Mexico Universidad

The Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City recently opened the School of Fine Arts. Dr. Gabriel Pliego, SAA board member, is the director of the School of Fine Arts. Knowing that the Suzuki Philosophy has proved to be an excellent teaching method, Dr. Pliego has included as part of the curriculum, the complete “Filosofía” course, created and taught by the SAA Teacher Trainer Caroline Fraser.

Look for more info in the upcoming Journal!

SAA Chapter Affiliates

New Website for Suzuki Association of Colorado

Suzuki Association of Colorado

Chapter websites are not only a great source of information about upcoming local events, but a gathering point for Chapter members, and an opportunity for public education.

Suzuki Association of Colorado recently upgraded their website.
Check it out here. Well done, Colorado!


It’s outdoor concert season!

Tanglewood Neighborhood Concert 1

Annmarie has decided to hold yearly summer concerts and invite all of her neighbors. Click here to see more pictures and read more about her first outdoor concert.

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!

Your SAA Membership Opportunity

Studio Memberships

Fall is around the corner—time to plan for SAA memberships for families. Studio Memberships are a great way for families to support the SAA and receive the quarterly American Suzuki Journal. Teacher members of the SAA may collect 10 or more Associate Memberships from families in their studio for only $30 USD per family. To do so, send the SAA a typed list stating each family’s address, email, phone, instrument, plus payment.

Connecting families to the SAA and educating families with the journal will strengthen your studio!

Get Involved

There’s a conversation waiting for you

in the SAA Forums.

Teacher’s Corner

Have ideas about increasing student practice? Experienced being in both the parent and teacher corners of the Suzuki Triangle? Join the discussion in the Teacher’s Corner!

Suzuki Forum

Have questions or comments about the most recent Building Noble Hearts podcast? Have ideas about a child refusing to practice bow holds? Join the discussion in the Suzuki Forums!

The Time is Now

to start planning for a fall SPA course!

Spa Email

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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