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Dear SAA Community,

Can you believe that we’re headed into April? As we transition toward more in-person learning and continued online learning, we at the SAA are feeling somewhere on the spectrum of exhilarated and exhausted (perhaps at the intersection of the two!). Our team is working on a revamp of our website (stay tuned!), preparing for Summer Institute season, launching membership surveys, running SAA Community Gathering events, preparing for a virtual event this May, and working to distribute free ¡Viva Maestro! movie tickets to members in select cities! Additionally, we’re partnering with El Sistema USA to offer members discounted tickets to their annual symposium. You can see more highlights & details below. Over the course of the next month, we want to hear from YOU. We’ll use surveys and meetings as platforms to listen. Our key questions will focus on:

  1. What are we as the SAA doing well?
  2. What can we improve (tweak, adjust, or make better)?
  3. What we need to change (completely get rid of)?
  4. How can we best meet the SAA’s mission to “…improve the quality of life through Suzuki music education,” and “create a learning community, which embraces excellence and nurtures the human spirit.”

We’ll follow up with further details in our community meeting, and online. In the meantime, we wish you a great month ahead!

Angelica Cortez
Executive Director

El Sistema USA Symposium Discount for Active SAA Members
El Sistema 2022 Symposium Save the Date

The SAA is partnering with El Sistema USA to offer discounted tickets to their annual symposium! We are excited to offer active members of the SAA $60 tickets (discounted from $105) to the El Sistema USA Symposium, taking place Thursday April 28th—Saturday April 30th! El Sistema USA is a national voice for the intersection of musical excellence and equity in music education. Highlights include keynote speaker Vijay Gupta, who is a Suzuki alum! We hope this can be a helpful resource to our members! Stay tuned for information about how to register, and be sure to read more about El Sistema USA’s symposium at this link.

¡Viva Maestro! Film
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The man. The music. The magic.

The SAA has obtained a limited number of complimentary tickets to the theatrical premiere of ¡Viva Maestro! in Los Angeles and New York, with select additional cities to follow! If you live within 150 miles of the theater the film premier will be featured in, we will email you with details on how to reserve tickets. Keep an eye on your inbox! We will follow up with details as more information is available. We are thrilled to offer this opportunity to our members and hope that you are able to use this for yourselves, your families, and/or Suzuki parents and students!

We Are Suzuki – A Celebration!

While we are unable to gather in person this year, we wanted to take a moment to come together virtually. Our goal is to bring our community together, celebrate the philosophy of Dr. Suzuki, as well as the teachers, parents, students, and families that make up the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Please save the following dates:

May 26—May 28, 2022

We plan to offer an assortment of sessions—some for all members, and some for Teacher Trainers. We will include SPA facilitation training, evaluation training, training on equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging practices in the classroom, “best practices” for online teaching and learning, and more! Events will be “pay what you can!” Stay tuned for more info, and we hope to see you there!

SAA Community Gathering Event Recap & Registration for April
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On March 10, 2022, the SAA held its first Community Gathering event. Over 60 people registered and attended. It was the first time many community members had seen each other’s faces and been in the same virtual space in months, if not years.

Along with getting to know Executive Director Angelica Cortez and hearing a few of her visions for the future, we shared words about what we were like at age 12, how we chose our current instruments, and recent moments of delight with our students.

To read more and to sign up for the next event, visit this link!

The American Suzuki Journal

The August issue of the American Suzuki Journal will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the SAA, honoring our history and recognizing our future. The SAA wants to hear from you, our members, about what you’re most proud of and where you see the future of our organization. If you would like to be published in the special issue of the ASJ, please send up to 200 words to no later than May 1 responding to the following prompts:

  • What accomplishments, events, or moments in the past 50 years have made you proud to be an SAA member?

  • 50 years from now, where would you like to see the SAA?

If you have high-quality photos from the last 50 years that you would like to see in print, please send them to . All people pictured will need to sign a photo release form.

The 16th International Research Symposium on Talent Education – ONLINE IN JUNE!
International Research Symposium on Talent Education

The 2020 International Research Symposium on Talent Education (IRSTE) was such a success that we’ve decided to do it online again. We welcome all researchers, teachers, parents, and inquiring minds to join us for a series of three 90-minute Zoom sessions on June 12, 15, and 17, 2022.

Dr. Karin Hendricks Headshot Cello

Sessions on June 12 and 15 will include presentations of scholarly research as well as practical topics relevant to Suzuki teaching, such as listening, note reading, composing, and performance anxiety. On June 17, we are very pleased to welcome our guest speaker, Dr. Karin Hendricks, Boston University professor, researcher, and author of Compassionate Music Teaching. Her keynote, “Exercising Empathy: The Suzuki Way,” will be followed by an online discussion session to answer questions and discuss applications in the studio.

Registration for the online symposium is now open. (Click here) to register!

$500 Scholarships for In-person Violin Unit 1 at ASI

Dr. Suzuki believed that the environment plays a very important role in forming a child’s character and musical ability. That’s why institutes are so important. For one week, families are immersed in surroundings where they can experience this enriched environment of which Dr. Suzuki speaks—learning in a positive, nurturing atmosphere, adults who model noble character, and motivation which lasts long after the last note of the final concert. New teachers coming to the method need to observe and live this experience of the philosophy-in-action to grasp its essence.

American Suzuki Foundation Logo

For this reason, the American Suzuki Foundation of Stevens Point, WI, (ASF) is providing $500 scholarships to the first ten teacher workshop participants who enroll for in-person Unit 1 training with Pat D’Ercole at the American Suzuki Institute July 17-30, 2022. While online training may be less expensive and convenient, the ASF believes that witnessing and experiencing the “magic” of an institute is an integral part to understanding, implementing, and living the Suzuki philosophy—an essential, if one is to share it with one’s students and parents.

For more information, visit

Board Highlights

The Board has begun its work with our new Executive Director, and we are excited to have gotten the ball rolling in areas ranging from fundraising to upcoming Board appointments and elections. The Board has been visioning and discussing the future of SAA, as well as reviewing the roles and responsibilities of nonprofit boards to the organizations they serve. The Board is reviewing the current member election process, implemented in 2021, and creating a matrix and survey to assess current strengths and areas to grow in. We hope to look holistically at the skill sets represented on the SAA Board, and to expand and diversify all aspects of the work we do, particularly in the areas of fundraising and communication. Board members are also thinking critically about how to sustain and honour the legacy of our organization, while expanding the work we do and people whose lives are touched by Suzuki Education. The Board takes seriously its responsibility to steward the SAA as it embarks on its next chapter, and to guide the organization toward reaching its full potential. We are also discussing board training opportunities for the spring, including ongoing Policy Governance review, as well as training in legal responsibilities of nonprofit organizations, transition leadership and communication strategies. We look forward to sharing more soon!

News from Canada

Canadian Event Announcement

On March 27, Suzuki Music/Musique Canada in collaboration with the Suzuki Association of Ontario, hosted a special online T.E.A. (Teaching, Education, Action) event with Japanese teacher trainer, Fumiyo Kuramochi entitled: “The History and Philosophy of Tonalization.”

A long-time student of Dr. Suzuki, accomplished teacher, performer, member of the Talent Education Violin Textbook Committee, and representative for the TERI on the ISA, Fumiyo Kuramochi is dedicated to researching Dr. Suzuki’s numerous texts on the role of tone development in nurturing musicality and sensitivity in students. Previously, Ms. Kuramochi has given presentations at the SAA Chicago Conference, at the ESA Trainers Conference in Cambridge as well as at the International Teacher Trainer Conferences in Boston and Madrid.

Annonce d’un événement canadien

Le 27 mars, Suzuki Music/Musique Canada, en collaboration avec la Suzuki Association of Ontario, a organisé un événement spécial en ligne avec la formatrice japonaise, Fumiyo Kuramochi, intitulé : « L’histoire et la philosophie de la tonalisation ». 

Étudiante de longue date du Dr Suzuki, professeur et interprète accomplie, membre du Talent Education Violin Textbook Committee du TERI et représentante du TERI au sein de l’ISA, Fumiyo Kuramochi se consacre à la recherche des nombreux textes du Dr Suzuki sur le rôle du développement de la sonorité dans le développement de la musicalité et de la sensibilité chez nos élèves. Précédemment, Mme Kuramochi a fait des présentations à la conférence de la SAA à Chicago, à la conférence des formateurs de l’ESA à Cambridge ainsi qu’aux conférences internationales des formateurs/formatrices de Boston et de Madrid.

News from Latin America
3er Encuentro Suzuki Oaxaca

August 12, 13 and 14, 2022

The Mexican Association of the Suzuki Method AC, was created to promote, spread, and guide musical education with the Suzuki methodology for children and young people; one of its main objectives is to create and promote spaces to share music with families, teachers, and society, which is why we will hold the 3rd Mexican Meeting of the Suzuki Method in Oaxaca, Oax. Mexico, a city chosen for its great cultural and architectural wealth, venues, tourism, traditions, gastronomy, and primarily for being a promoter of music in children and young people.

The Suzuki community of Mexico is preparing for this great adventure of music and tradition, where we will enjoy various activities in person.

For students, group and individual classes, OGSUM guitar orchestra, OSUM string orchestra, gatherings, and concerts.

For parents, interesting presentations and accompaniment to their children in all the activities they carry out.

For teachers, a long-awaited meeting where they will enjoy integration and interaction dynamics, presentations, topics of interest for Suzuki music education, grouped by instrument, OMSU teachers’ orchestra, and Suzuki training.

For the entire community, there will be concerts in the most emblematic theaters of the city of Oaxaca, a Suzukiada and an Oaxacan Festival with traditional music and customs of the region.

All of the above within the health framework permitted by local and national authorities.

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12,13 y 14 de agosto del 2022

La Asociación Mexicana del Método Suzuki AC, fue creada para promover, difundir y orientar la educación musical con metodología Suzuki a niños y jóvenes; uno de sus principales objetivos es crear y promover espacios para compartir música con familias, profesores y sociedad civil, es por ello que realizaremos el 3er Encuentro Mexicano del Método Suzuki en Oaxaca, Oax. México, una ciudad elegida por su gran riqueza cultural y arquitectónica; recintos, turismo, tradiciones, gastronomía y primordialmente por ser promotora de la música en niños y jóvenes.

La comunidad Suzuki de México se prepara para esta gran aventura de música y tradición, donde disfrutaremos de diversas actividades de manera presencial.

Para alumnos, clases grupales e individuales, orquesta de guitarras OGSUM, orquesta de cuerdas OSUM, convivencias y conciertos.

Para padres de familia, interesantes ponencias y acompañamiento a sus hijos en todas las actividades que realicen.

Para profesores, un esperado encuentro donde disfrutarán de dinámicas de integración e interacción, ponencias, temas de interés para la enseñanza musical suzuki, colegiados por instrumento, orqueta de maestros OMSU y capacitación Suzuki.

Para toda la comunidad habrá conciertos en los teatros más emblemáticos de la ciudad de Oaxaca, una Suzukiada y una Fiesta Oaxaqueña con música tradicional y costumbres de la región. Todo lo anterior en el marco sanitario permitido por las autoridades locales y nacionales.

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12, 13 e 14 de agosto de 2022

A Associação Mexicana do Método Suzuki AC foi criada para promover, difundir e orientar a educação musical através do Método Suzuki para crianças e jovens. Um dos seus principais objetivos é criar e incentivar espaços para o compartilhamento da música com as famílias, professores e comunidade em geral. Para atender estes objetivos realizaremos o Terceiro Encontro Mexicano do Método Suzuki em Oaxaca, Oax. México, cidade escolhida por sua riqueza cultural, arquitetônica, espaços, turismo, tradições e gastronomia, e principalmente, por ser um local que promove a música para crianças e jovens.

A comunidade Suzuki do México está se preparando para esta grande aventura musical e de tradição, através da qual desfrutaremos de diversas atividades de forma presencial.

Para alunos: aulas em grupo e aulas individuais, orquestra de violões OGSUM, orquestra de cordas OSUM, convivências e concertos.

Para pais de famílias participantes: apresentações interessantes e acompanhamento em todas as atividades realizadas pelos filhos e filhas.

Para professores: o tão esperado encontro onde poderão aproveitar de dinâmicas de integração e interação, apresentações, temas de interesse sobre o processo de ensino musical Suzuki, atividades específicas para os instrumentos, orquestra de professores OMSU e capacitação Suzuki.

Para toda a comunidade: haverá concertos nos teatros mais emblemáticos da cidade de Oaxaca, uma Suzukada e uma Festa Oaxaquenha com música tradicional e costumes da região.

Todos os itens acima dentro da estrutura de saúde permitida pelas autoridades locais e nacionais.

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