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Suzuki Teaching: Online Alternatives

In keeping with the SAA’s commitment to creating safe learning communities, please heed any instructions from local and national health authorities regarding social distancing and quarantine. Following directives keeps us all safer and healthier at a time where collective efforts are needed for the benefit of all.

With many schools, studios, and programs closed for a while, we are fortunate that technology provides us capabilities for continuing to work with our students and families. For those who are looking for solutions, the pool of resources is growing steadily. A few ideas for Suzuki teachers include:

Many of these shared ideas and resources include solutions for private lesson teaching and for recitals and group lessons, as well.

Additionally, remember to utilize the resources within your studio. Parents who are skilled computer users, distance learning practitioners, and telecommuters are willing to help!

Now more than ever, our world needs the gifts of presence, beauty, community, and hope that are always at the heart of our work. Dr. Suzuki’s legacy is a BIG vision for the happiness of children and peace in our world. We shall continue to meet this challenge together; we are known for not giving up!

With the health and safety of members our priority, final decisions about the event will be made by April 3, 2020. Meanwhile, those of you who have already made travel plans may wish to check with your airline about flight change or cancellation policies, should they be needed.

Possibilities for moving events to a later date are being explored, as well as virtual options for some specific events. By April 3, if the Conference is cancelled or rescheduled, we will inform you of procedures for moving or cancelling your registration and for refund procedures.

Thanks to all who have thus far put endless hours into this fabulous Conference effort! We hope we can suitably rescue most of the exciting 2020 conference plans.

We thank each of you for your patience.

Students, please keep practicing.

Teachers, enjoy your online teaching.

Parents, thank you for your support!

A Big Thank You to Our Conference Sponsors!

Alfred Music
Kawai America
Schmitt Music
Connolly Music Company
Robertson & Sons Violin Shop, Inc.
Southwest Strings
The Kun Shoulder Rest, Inc


Upcoming Deadline for Latin American Scholarship Applications

The next deadline for application for Latin American Scholarships (Scholarships awarded to Latin American SAA members for training units in Latin America) is April 1, 2020. Other annual deadlines are October 1, and January 1. Applications are submitted online.

For applications in Spanish:

For applications in Portuguese:

(Note: North American Scholarships are due annually on February 4.)

Parents as Partners Logo 2020 Transparent

What is Parents as Partners online? A video series that you can sign up for now, and have access to all year that includes short videos about motivation, practice and helpful ideas for parents. Register now to hear great ideas from teachers and parents in our community that will help teachers and parents work together to help our students be successful. Find out more.


Special Opportunity: Your school, studio, program, or Library needs its own set of SAA Journals!

ASJ Fan Spread

We are offering back issues of the ASJ @ 12 issues (your selection or ours) for $20, complete with a standing file box per dozen journals. Most issues available from 1991 through 2017. (Single issues may be ordered @$3 each (US) Note: Outside of the U.S., call for additional mailing fee. Click here for ASJ issues and indexes. Once you know what issues you would like, you can call the SAA office to order.

Library Holiday concert

Library Holiday concert

Jianni Song takes her students to local library to give a holiday concert every year. They are here in San Ramon Public Library performing Christmas songs for the audience.

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? Or the general public to a group concert? Have you played in an assisted living facility, street fair, or mall? Submit your own picture today!


Spa Email

SPA courses are scheduled only for the months from September through early April. Don’t miss these opportunities!

Upcoming SPA: Sep 5-6, 2020

Suzuki Principles in Action
The Music School at Sound Crossing
Windsor, CT

Sign up here.

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, clinician travel & more!

Experience hassle-free planning & fret-less hosting—who doesn’t like that?

  • See improvements in teacher/parent cooperation.

  • Develop new collegial connections.

  • Raise levels of excellence in your own teaching.

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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