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Happy Holiday SAA Staff 2019

Attention Teachers & Students! Conference Updates

  • January 15: Suzuki Voice & Recorder student applications
  • December 20—Chamber Music Ensembles (pre-formed student groups)- EXTENDED!
  • Conference Early Bird Registration starts January 15, 2020!

Other upcoming dates:

December 31—Deadline for nominations: SAA Creating Learning Community awards


Parents as Partners Logo 2020 Transparent

Registration now open!

This year’s line up includes new videos from Ed Sprunger, Carrie Reuning-Hummel, Stacy Smith, Kelly Williamson, Kela Walton, and many more. Many instruments will be represented, including Harp, Flute, Piano, and Cello, and topics will include:

  • Practice Tips & Strategies for all ages
  • Learning to Practice Independently and How Parents Can Support the Process
  • Practicing with young children
  • Motivation!

Parents as Partners is a fantastic opportunity to invigorate practice with new ideas, start great conversations with studio parents as you go through the series at the same time in your studio, and hear inspiring new ideas from parents and teachers in our community. You will have the ability to watch the videos online and also to listen them on the go with the podcast, or audio, option. Videos will be available to watch through mid-December 2020.


Blue Gift

End of Year Giving

During this season of gratitude, remembering, and giving, take some moments to remember the gifts that the SAA brings to the world of music, and include your association in your end of year giving.

Thank you!


2020 Minijournal Cover Design Contest

Minijournal Contest 2019—Olivia Smith

Guidelines: Original cover design by a Suzuki student between the ages of 4 and 14. Suzuki or music-related subject matter preferred. Please do not send computer-generated artwork. One entry per child.

Deadline: February 1, 2020

Send to:
SAA Cover Contest
PO Box 17310
Boulder, CO 80308

See 2019 Minijournal Cover Contest Winners

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.

Halloween at the Farmer’s Market

Halloween at the Farmer’s Market

Suzuki students playing at the Danville (CA) Farmer’s Market to raise money for their annual violin workshop. Since it was the weekend before Halloween, children wore their costumes to play their violins.

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 or ???


Spa Email

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

Upcoming SPA: Jan 19–20, 2020

Suzuki Principles in Action with Beth Cantrell
Suzuki Association of Colorado
Broomfield/Denver, CO

Sign up here.

Upcoming SPA: Feb 8–9, 2020

Suzuki Principles in Action with Beth Titterington
Arts Plus
Charlotte, NC

Sign up here.

Upcoming SPA: Mar 7–8, 2020

Suzuki Principles in Action with Nancy Jackson
Baldwin Wallace
Berea, OH

Sign up here.

Upcoming SPA: Apr 3–4, 2020

Suzuki Principles in Action
Suzuki Association of Washington State
Bainbridge Island, WA

Sign up here.

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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