In this issue:
137 new members joined the SAA in January. Welcome!
We’ve got most of the conference session abstracts online—there are more than 130 sessions on the slate!
Topics include Bach and Baroque, Child Development, Outreach, Parent Education, Reading and Theory, Studio Management, Suzuki Heritage, Teens, and all Suzuki instrument areas.
You can browse by topic, instrument, or presenter to find your must-see events.
Schedule pick-up begins Thursday, May 24 at 5 pm. Some “warm-up” session will begin that evening.
Most sessions begin on Friday, May 25, at 8:30 am.
All events conclude by 11:45 am on Monday, May 28.
If you don’t want to miss anything, plan to arrive by Thursday afternoon, May 24, and leave Monday afternoon, May 28.
Special discounted hotel rates are available at the Minneapolis Hilton from May 22-30. Rooms for SAA Conference guests start at $103 per night.
Register early to reserve your preferred accommodations. Hotel reservations with Suzuki discount closes on May 3. Hilton guests also get a $20 discount on conference registration.
We will also have special rates available from Delta Airlines very soon. Check the following link next week for that information.
Early bird registration prices end March 31, so make sure you register by then! Online registration payments also save an additional 3%.
Already registered? Encourage others to, as well!
Calling all parents and teachers!
Join 6,500 other Suzuki parents and teachers for Parents as Partners Online. Video sessions are currently underway and will remain available through the end of June.
Only two more Suzuki Principles in Action (SPA) courses are available this spring:
March 16-17, Amarillo, TX
12 spots available. Sign up closes March 1.
April 13-14, Westport, CT
20 spots available. Sign up closes March 29.
Now is the time to plan SPA courses for 2012-13! Would you like to have SPA offered in your area? We need your help!
by Susan Baer
Stephen is a very special little boy. He’s cute as a button and has so much energy that it’s hard for any ordinary human being to keep up with him. He’s fascinated with elevators and, if left to his own devices, would ride from floor to floor for hours at a time.
There are other things that make Stephen special that aren’t quite so charming. At five, his language is almost indiscernible. Stephen has been diagnosed with an aural processing disorder. That means that there are errors in the neural connections that carry signals from his ears to his brain to his vocal chords. There are other things. Learning environments for Stephen must be totally devoid of distractions—white walls, blinds closed, nothing on the walls—because Stephen has difficulty focusing on a teaching point. It’s not that he’s distractible or is unable to focus; Stephen focuses on everything. Objects intrigue him while concepts elude him.
Campinas, SP, Brazil
Violin Book 3, Shinobu Saito, Feb 29 – Mar 4
Every Child Can!, Andrea Cannon, Mar 3
Guitar Book 1, Andrea Cannon, Mar 4 – 11
Prairie Village, KS
Annual Student Workshop: Bass, Cello, Viola, Violin, Mar 3
Royal Oak, MI
Violin Book 2, Mark Mutter, Mar 3 – 27
Violin Book 3, Mark Mutter, Apr 14 – 28
Ann Arbor, MI
Guitar Book 9, MaryLou Roberts, Mar 5 – 9
Cello Book 8, Beth Cantrell, Mar 5 – Apr 9
Piano Book 4, Carol Cross, Mar 7 – May 30
Cello Book 1, Beth Goldstein-McKee, Mar 9 – May 7
Violin Book 1, Susan Baer, Mar 10 – 17
Violin Book 3, Susan Baer, Mar 19 – 24
Ciudad de México, DF, Mexico
Filosofía, Caroline Fraser, Mar 14 – 18
Cello Book 2, Carey Cheney, Mar 19 – 25
Flute Book 1, Kelly Williamson, Mar 19 – 25
Guitar Book 2, MaryLou Roberts, Mar 19 – 25
Piano Book 2, Caroline Fraser, Mar 19 – 25
Recorder Book 1, Mary Halverson Waldo, Mar 19 – 25
Violin Book 1, Nancy Lokken, Mar 19 – 25
Violin Book 2, Ann Montzka-Smelser, Mar 19 – 25
Violin Book 3, Fernando Pinero, Mar 19 – 25
Piano Book 3, Rita Hauck, Mar 15 – 19
Suzuki Principles in Action, Sharon Miller, Mar 16 – 17
Cello Book 3, Tanya Carey, Mar 18 – May 6
Iowa City, IA
Every Child Can!, Christie Felsing, Mar 24
Viola Book 7, Elizabeth Stuen-Walker, Mar 24 – 28
Every Child Can!, Mar 25
Ft. Worth, TX
Piano Book 6, Rita Hauck, Mar 30 – Apr 3
Piano Book 7, Rita Hauck, Apr 3 – 7
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