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Dear Suzuki Community,

This month’s list of highlights is long! We’ve launched the Suzuki Training Committee applications, new Institute Guidelines, and new Teacher Development Policies for our online learning. Our latest issue of the American Suzuki Journal will be making its way to you soon, and we’d love for you to consider writing for the next issue, which focuses on the theme of building bridges.

We hope to see you at the events taking place in the coming weeks! We’re excited to partner with Alfred Music to offer free online learning sessions (translations will be available) to our community. We’ll also have a Community Gathering and online learning feedback sessions in the month ahead. As an offering to our members, we’re thrilled to share a discounted rate to SAA members on Eri Hotta’s new book Suzuki: The Man and His Dream to Teach the Children of the World!

Finally, with giving Tuesday around the corner, we’re so excited to share that an anonymous donor has generously offered a $5,000 matching challenge to support our general scholarship funds. Our scholarships support teachers interested in Suzuki education. From now through December 31st, every dollar given to the SAA will be matched up to $5,000. Will you help us reach our goal? Donate now!

We’re so grateful for all of you! We hope you have a great month ahead and hope to see you throughout next month!


Angelica Cortez
Executive Director
Suzuki Association of the Americas

Suzuki Training Committee Application Now Available

Applications to the Suzuki Training Committee are now open! You can see application requirements and our review panel at this link. Submit your application at the link below! Applications close on December 15th. Thanks to all for your care, energy, and effort in submitting your application!

Apply Now!

Applications close 12/15/2022

Online Teacher Development Feedback Sessions!

Do you have thoughts, feedback, or concerns you would like to share about our Online Teacher Development? We’d love to hear from you. Please consider joining us at one of the dates below to offer your thoughts on what’s working, what’s not working, and what we should consider for the future of our Teacher Training programs offered online (and/or alongside in-person learning). We’ll have one session specifically for Teacher Trainers and one session for any members willing to share their thoughts. The Community Gathering session held on December 1st will also be used as an opportunity to share thoughts and feedback about our Online programs. Register below!

Teacher Trainers: Online Feedback Session will be held December 6th from 9-10a PT | 11-12p CT | 12-1p ET. Click the link to register!

General Online Feedback Session will be held December 8th from 9-10a PT | 11-12p CT | 12-1p ET. Click the link to register!

Please note that the December 1st Community Gathering will also offer the opportunity to share feedback and insights! You can register at the link below!

The Suzuki Association of the Americas & Alfred Music Present—Suzuki in Action!

The SAA and Alfred Music are partnering to offer members of the Suzuki community a webinar series that aims to create space for those committed to the Suzuki philosophy, music education, and lifelong learning. With opportunities for students, parents, and teachers, each session challenges artists to think creatively and build better musical practices in community with one another. Translations will be available, and stay tuned for additional sessions offered!

Equity Centered Practice & Suzuki: Part 1
Led by Tiffany Rice

How can we create more inclusive learning spaces? What does the Suzuki philosophy offer us in understanding equity-centered practice? Why is it essential to think about creating belonging in your classrooms? This session provides practical steps to be more inclusive in your teaching practice. Among the highest-rated sessions at the SAA’s We are Suzuki Conference last May, this two-part session aims to deepen our work in creating inclusive and loving environments for all of our students!

Session Date: Saturday, December 10th 10-11a PT | 12-1p CT | 1p-2p ET
Register Now

SAA Community Gatherings

Join us at our next Community Gathering on December 1, 2022! This month’s session focuses on our Online Teacher Development practices. We want your feedback! SAA Community gatherings are a time for us to connect as a community—to hear about recent updates and share time and space together. Have questions you’d like to have answered by our Executive Director? You can register for the meeting, and submit questions at the links below!

Meeting Date: December 1, 2022 9-10a PT| 11a-12p CT| 12-1p ET

Register Here

Have a question? Submit it here.

In case you missed it, we have Community Guidelines for any time members of our community come together. We encourage you to reference this in hosting community meetings and, of course, always welcome feedback on our guidelines!

American Suzuki Journal—Call for Submissions

Building Bridges

Creating meaningful connections is central to Suzuki teaching, whether between students and teachers, parents and students, or throughout our communities. This idea also extends to our collaborations with other educators and organizations. For our next issue, the American Suzuki Journal is seeking articles based around the theme of Building Bridges. How can we connect with other organizations, and how can Suzuki become a larger part of musical education in this world? What can we do to support the work in other fields? What do we have to learn from others, and what do they have to learn from us? Building bridges allows for the exchange of ideas in both directions, so we welcome perspectives from both within and beyond the Suzuki community.

Submissions are due December 30th, 2022. Further information and the submission form can be found here.

To share ideas, general inquiries, or just to say hi, please contact Andrew Braddock, the editor of the ASJ, at .

Suzuki Matching Challenge!

We are thrilled to share that an anonymous donor has generously offered a $5,000 matching challenge to support our general scholarship funds! Scholarships offered by the SAA support teachers committed to Suzuki education. Every contribution made between now and December 31, 2022, has the power to double its impact for the SAA. Help us reach our goal!

Suzuki—The Man and His Dream to Teach the Children of the World

Special offer from Harvard University Press for members of the Suzuki Association of America. Order your copy of the new book Suzuki: The Man and His Dream to Teach the Children of the World by Eri Hotta and receive 30% off the cover price. Use code HOL22 at checkout.

Community Highlights

Congrats to our Suzuki Flute Teachers on their work at the National Flute Association Convention! Thank you to all who attended, and for representing the SAA community!

In August, Suzuki flute teachers made a strong showing at the NFA convention in Chicago! Emma Shubin invited the following teachers to lead activities in a special Youth Day presentation. Various SAA members were also involved in presentations, performances, volunteering, and other activities during the convention [insert photo & name participants]. SAA Flutes have submitted proposals for the 2023 convention, including a panel discussion about the global impact of Suzuki. Congrats to all!

Flute Teachers

SAA Participants: Sasha Garver, Wendy Stern, Zara Lawler, Mary Bassett Shemon, Noelle Perrin-Bryson, Meret Bitticks, Kelly Williamson, Emma Shubin

Board News

The SAA Board met at the end of October and heard reports from the various committees about financial processes, reenergizing fundraising efforts, and clarifying and updating organizational policy. We also received the first report from the SAA Representative to the ISA, Kay Collier McLaughlin. The Board continues to work for the membership, to ensure a bright future for our organization.

Castle of our Skins

Now available for purchase: Castle of our Skins’ first-ever educational workshop, A Little History!

A Little History

A Little History tells the simplified stories of nine legendary figures in Black History: Phillis Wheatley Peters, Garrett Morgan, Madam C. J. Walker, George Washington Carver, Margaret Bonds, Ed Bland, Angela Davis, Bayard Rustin, & Barack Obama. Through original music, poetry and interaction, students are encouraged to get up and move, sing, clap, invent, and play make-believe as they learn about these historic individuals.

Violists, music educators, and history-lovers: go to to purchase A Little History now for $30. Use the code ‘SUZUKI20’ at checkout for an additional 20% off your purchase through the month of November.

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