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February 2012
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137 new members joined the SAA in January. Welcome!

Conference Sessions


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.

Session and Presenter Details

When to Arrive and Depart

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.

Hotel & Airline Rates


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.

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We will also have special rates available from Delta Airlines very soon. Check the following link next week for that information.

Hotel and Airline Information


Early bird registration prices end March 31, so make sure you register by then! Online registration payments also save an additional 3%.

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Parents as Partners Online

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.

Register for PPO

Upcoming Suzuki Principles in Action Courses

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!

Check out what’s involved in hosting a course


A Star for St. Rafael

by Susan Baer

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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.

Continue reading A Star for Rafael


Upcoming Events

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SAA Calendar
Feb 25: Conference Exhibit Booth Registration Deadline
Mar 1: ASJ 40.3 Submission Deadline
Mar 1: Newsletter Submission Deadline
Mar 31: 2012 Conference Early Bird Registration Ends

Centro Suzuki de Campinas

Campinas, SP, Brazil
Violin Book 3, Shinobu Saito, Feb 29 – Mar 4

Studio of Andrea Cannon

Spring, TX
Every Child Can!, Andrea Cannon, Mar 3
Guitar Book 1, Andrea Cannon, Mar 4 – 11

Heart of America Suzuki Association

Prairie Village, KS
Annual Student Workshop: Bass, Cello, Viola, Violin, Mar 3

Suzuki Royal Oak Institute of Music

Royal Oak, MI
Violin Book 2, Mark Mutter, Mar 3 – 27
Violin Book 3, Mark Mutter, Apr 14 – 28

Studio of MaryLou Roberts

Ann Arbor, MI
Guitar Book 9, MaryLou Roberts, Mar 5 – 9

Studio of Beth Cantrell

Greenwood, VA
Cello Book 8, Beth Cantrell, Mar 5 – Apr 9

Studio of Carol Cross

Ellensburg, WA
Piano Book 4, Carol Cross, Mar 7 – May 30

University of Oregon Community Music Institute

Eugene, OR
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

Centro Escolar Cedros

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 Training with Rita Hauck

Cincinnati, OH
Piano Book 3, Rita Hauck, Mar 15 – 19

Amarillo College Suzuki String Program

Amarillo, TX
Suzuki Principles in Action, Sharon Miller, Mar 16 – 17

DePaul Community Music Division

Chicago, IL
Cello Book 3, Tanya Carey, Mar 18 – May 6

Preucil School of Music

Iowa City, IA
Every Child Can!, Christie Felsing, Mar 24

Studio of Elizabeth Stuen-Walker

Bellingham, WA
Viola Book 7, Elizabeth Stuen-Walker, Mar 24 – 28

Bethwood Suzuki Music School

Seymour, CT
Every Child Can!, Mar 25

Studio of Rita Hauck

Ft. Worth, TX
Piano Book 6, Rita Hauck, Mar 30 – Apr 3
Piano Book 7, Rita Hauck, Apr 3 – 7

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