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2014 Conference: May 22-26, Minneapolis

There is just so much in store for you at the May 2014 conference! Read on for the latest details.

Featured Guest Clinicians

Our guest clinicians will teach student master classes and give sessions in their area of expertise. We will have the privilege of hearing performances by many of the clinicians on our Gala Clinicians Concert or at other events during the weekend.

William Preucil, Jr., Violin
Yukari Tate, Violin (TERI, Japan)
Mark Jackobs, Viola
Richard Aaron, Cello
Nicholas Walker, Bass
Wiilliam Kanengeiser, Guitar
Alexa Still, Flute
Brian Ganz, Piano
Paul Leenhouts, Recorder

Jeremy Dittus, Dalcroze
Robert Cutietta, USC, Research Symposium Keynote
David Holland, conductor, SYASE
Kirsten Marshall and Emmett Drake, SYOA Conductors

Plus Special Events for 2014
SAA Benefit Concert featuring the entire Preucil family
Latin American Ensemble & Suzuki Americas 2014

Student Events Applications Due Soon!

Submit your video audition for the following student participation opportunities, due Tuesday, October 15:

  • Master classes in all instruments
  • Instrumental Choirs
  • Piano Concerto (due December 15)
  • Suzuki Youth Orchestras of the Americas 1 and 2—now includes flute!
  • International Ensembles Concert (due September 30)
  • New: Suzuki Young Artists String Ensemble for strings ages 12-15

See student event details and apply online

SYOA: Students, Parents and Teacher Share Their Experiences
What’s an SAA conference like for students? Read some comments from students, parents, and teachers who participated in Suzuki Youth Orchestra of the Americas.

Session Proposals

Have a great idea to share with your Suzuki colleagues?

Sessions on instrument technique, pedagogy, history, musicianship, research and technology provide a framework for every SAA conference. Just as in the past, well have both general and instrument-specific sessions to support our Conference theme, Powered by Community.

We’re looking for 50-minute solo, panel and team presentations, mini sessions (10-12 minute live presentations), and nano sessions (5 minute videos). All proposals must be submitted online no later than October 25.

See topic suggestions and submit your session proposal

Suzuki Americas 2014

We’re really excited about Suzuki Americas 2014, which will feature the Latin American Suzuki Ensemble and additional special events for Suzuki students from all parts of the SAA region—North, Central, and South America! More details to come on how to participate for North American students.

181 Latin American students have applied for this unique opportunity—but we need your help to make it a reality! Cecilia Calvelo-Hopkins has some great ideas on how your community can help.

Discovering the SAA Conference

Still not sure if you want to come? Read what violin teacher Ian Salmon experienced at his first SAA conference in 2010:

My first trip to Minneapolis couldn’’t have come at a more inopportune time. I was in the final semester of graduate studies and far more concerned with my lurking post-grad financial crisis than with attending another music educator conference. However, my teacher, Sandy Reuning, made it absolutely clear that this one was different and not to be missed. Read More


2014 Summer Institutes

This past summer many Suzuki students and teachers were inspired and motivated through SAA approved summer institutes. In 2013, we had nearly 2,000 teachers complete training at a summer institute and over 7,000 students attend!

Institutes provide an opportunity for Suzuki students to come together and learn from inspirational guest faculty, socialize with other Suzuki students, and perform together through a week-long invigorating program. Teachers, likewise, can completed SAA teacher training during the institute with our highly knowledgeable and experienced teacher trainers. Many thanks to our institute directors and amazing faculty who make this possible each year!

Preliminary plans for the 2014 Summer Institutes will be posted online on Wednesday, October 16. More details will be added in the coming months, but take a look next week to get a head start on your teacher training plans for next summer.

Back-to-School Suzuki Book Sale Ends Oct 31

Save up to 33% on popular Suzuki books for students & parents, including the brand new Violin Lessons!! storybook—perfect to help children and their parents learn what to expect as they begin their music studies.

SAA members only—make sure you log in to get the sale prices!

Shop the Sale

Sale ends October 31.


Suzuki Principles in Action: Upcoming Courses

Suzuki Principles in Action is a two day, cross-instrumental course on the art of Suzuki teaching.

Courses will be held in IN, MN, NY, ON, OK, and TX.

Find an upcoming SPA course

Want to offer SPA in your area?

News from Here and There

Highlights from the SAA website news and SAA Facebook page—follow us!

Nobel medicine winner says: I owe it all to my bassoon teacher

How Music Makes Us Feel Better
Does a concerto a day keep the doctor away? 

Children aren’t born smart. They’re made smart by conversation.

In Memoriam: Dee Martz

Dee Martz

We regret to announce the passing of Dee Martz, Director of the Aber Suzuki Center and the American Suzuki Institute 1984-2009.

An active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Dee was elected to the Board of Directors in 2001 and served as its secretary until 2007.

Further information will be posted when available.


Upcoming Events

SAA Calendar
Oct 15: Conference Student Applications Due (Master Classes & Choirs)
Oct 25: Conference Session Proposals Due
Nov 1: ASJ 42.2 Submission Deadline
Dec 15: Conference Student Piano Concert Applications Due

Preucil School of Music

Iowa City, IA Oct 12
Every Child Can!

Temple University Music Preparatory Division

Philadelphia, PA Oct 12
Every Child Can!
Piano 4

Festival Suzuki de Monterrey

Monterrey, NL, Mexico Oct 12 – 19
Cello 2, 3

Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey

Monterrey, NL, Mexico Oct 14 – 21
Piano 1
Piano Grupal

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY Oct 15 – Dec 9
Violin 1, 5, 6, 7, Practicum

Suzuki School of Newton

Newton, MA Oct 17 – Jan 23
Every Child Can!
Piano 3

University of Louisville Community Music Program

Louisville, KY Oct 18 – 20
University of Louisville Fall Violin Workshop

The University of Texas at San Antonio Department of Music

San Antonio, TX Oct 20
Every Child Can!

Centro Suzuki de Campinas

Mogi Mirim, SP, Brazil Oct 21 – 31
Cello 1, 2, 3
Piano 1
Recorder 1, 2, 3
Violin 1, 2, 3

Western Springs School of Talent Education

Western Springs, IL Oct 21 – Dec 16
Cello 2
Violin 6
Violin Practicum

Studio of Carol Cross

Ellensburg, WA Oct 23 – Apr 16
Piano 1

McMaster University

Hamilton, ON Oct 24 – Dec 3
Flute 2

Suzuki Association of Minnesota

MN Oct 25 – 27
Keeping it Fresh and Lighting the Spark

Merit School of Music

Chicago, IL Oct 25 – Nov 22
Violin 4

Studio of Mary Hofer

Stevens Point, WI Oct 31 – Nov 8
Voice 1

Suzuki Association of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT Nov 2
Every Child Can!

University of Hartford

West Hartford, CT Nov 3 – Dec 15
Violin 6

Suzuki School of Newton

Newton, MA Nov 4 – Feb 24
Violin 1

Festival Suzuki de Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador Nov 6 – 11
Estrategias Estimulacion Musical Temprana
Piano 1

Suzuki Association of Ontario

ON Nov 8 – 10
Suzuki Principles in Action
Success with Adult Learners
Suzuki Association of Ontario Conference

Lakewood Elementary Suzuki Strings

Euless, TX Nov 16 – 17
Suzuki Principles in Action

Studio of Melissa Kraut

Shaker Heights, OH Nov 21 – 24
Cello 6

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