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2013 Annual Fund

We are Suzuki teachers.

It is in our nature to nurture—Children. Parents. Colleagues. Ourselves. In support of this year’s Annual Fund, please consider making a donation to perpetuate Suzuki Education for generations to come. Together, we can make it happen! Read More

SAA Annual Fund

The Latin American Suzuki Ensemble needs your help!

Students from the 2008 LASE share their experiences:

I was able to understand the reason why people say that music is a universal language: it joins us together and it allows us to communicate, even if we speak different languages or come from different cultures.—Sofia Leyva Arango (Colombia)

One of the most important aspects of this event was the fact that students from all over Latin America were invited to come take part of this big ensemble regardless of our socioeconomic status, race, religion, or placement within the LA region.—Víctor Daniel Díaz Sánchez (Colombia)

All that I experienced during this time would not have been possible without the help of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, the Suzuki Association of Peru, the efforts of my family to support me in my music, and the help of many people.

Now I am fully convinced that I want to be a great musician and I am trying hard to reach that goal, and I dream of being able to relive the same experience.—Maylin Pre Kong (Peru)

2014 Conference: May 22-26, Minneapolis

What’s What? Suzuki Americas 2014 and the Latin American Ensemble

Several months ago, we announced Suzuki Americas 2014—the first official gathering of Suzuki students from North, Central and South America—which will take place at the SAA’s 16th Biennial Conference and feature cross-cultural concerts, play-ins, and special activities.

A related student event scheduled for the 2014 Conference is the Latin American Suzuki Ensemble. So what’s the difference? And why do we need to raise money?

Suzuki Americas 2014 is open to all Suzuki students everywhere to attend, either in person in Minneapolis or to enjoy from home through video streaming. Registration information will be made available in January for students who wish to participate in person. We’re encouraging teachers who won’t be in Minneapolis to organize events in their studio for students to play along with the streaming video.

Featured music will be folk pieces from the cultures of Canada, the United States, and Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking Latin America.The music will be posted for download on the SAA website by February, plus a review list of Suzuki pieces for students to prepare.

The Latin American Suzuki Ensemble is a tour group of 38 students from Latin America who will travel to the 2014 SAA Conference for their own performances at the concert. They will also be invited to participate in Suzuki Americas 2014 with children from the United States and Canada. These students, their teachers, and their parents or chaperones will travel a great distance at a great cost to participate in these events and share with the rest of the SAA the wonderful work being done with Suzuki music education in Latin America. We are pledging our support and have a goal to raise $30,000 to support the Latin American Suzuki Ensemble.

What can you do to help? Read More

Conference Sponsorship

Be a Sponsor at our 16th Biennial Conference in May 2014! Team up with the Suzuki Association of the Americas in bringing together our community of teachers, parents and students around the world. Sponsorship Opportunities are now available.  For, information contact or call 1-888-378-9854.

View the conference section of the SAA website to view clinician bios, conference events, and other updated information.


Catching Up with Suzuki Grads

Give it 100

Growing up as a Suzuki student, cellist Karen Cheng perhaps didn’t realize the impact her practicing would make on the rest of her life and the world around her. Co-founder of Give it 100, a social network encouraging people to share the adventure of 100 days of practice, Karen has spread the value and inspiration of practicing, including the frustrations, persistence, and successes. Members of Give it 100 upload 10 second videos recording each day of their practice for a selected skill, with a challenge of reaching 100 days of practice. Karen writes,

“When you watch someone perform or score the winning point—you’re only seeing a brief moment of glory. What you don’t see is thousands of hours of preparation. You don’t see the self doubt, lost sleep, the lonely nights working. You don’t see the moment they started. The moment they were just like you, wondering how they could ever be good.

We made 100 for you to see that moment. Everyone starts a beginner. When I look back at old videos of my dancing - they’re so bad, I cringe.

But I also feel something else: Woah. I’ve come a long way.

A child doesn’t notice when she’s growing taller. It’s the same way when you’re learning something. It happens so gradually, you hardly notice you’re getting better.

We made 100 for you to capture the moment you start out, and every moment after that. One day you may look back and cringe. But that will be the same moment you realize: Woah. I’ve come a long way.” (excerpted from

With stories featured on NBC, Huffington Post, The Talent Code, and many other sources, Give it 100 has become an inspiration to people across the country to apply the Suzuki philosophies of repetition, persistence, and making practicing fun are embodied in Karen’s vision for the organization. Check out their website for inspirational stories, or join to add practice videos of your own!

Know a Suzuki grad who is up to something great? Let us know at !

SAA Updates

New SAA membership dues rates will be implemented on January 1, 2014. The new rates are as follows:

Active Individual: $72 USD
Active Group: $80 USD
Associate: $37 USD
Patron: no change
Lifetime: $1295 USD

More information about SAA membership can be found on the SAA website.

In Memoriam

Eleanor Allen and Friends

Eleanor Allen and Friends

It is with great sadness that I write about the passing of Eleanor Allen, admired mentor and dear friend of mine. Her presence will be sorely missed—especially here in the Heart of America. Mrs. Allen was one of the violinists in the “pioneer generation” of American Suzuki teachers, who took every opportunity possible to travel and study with Dr. Suzuki.  Read More


Did You Know?

SAA User Profile Page

Members can control what personal information is shown on the member directory profile page through their user account settings. Look at you own settings page to see:

The default privacy settings for the online member directory and included member information is members only. This means users must be current SAA members to search the member directory and view profile pages.

A few pieces of personal info default to “no one” (meaning they are not visible in the online directory at all). This includes full mailing address (city and state are shown) and registered training. These settings can be changed through your user account, if you desire.

By setting your member profile page to public, your page will be accessible to any internet user and can be found from a Google search or search on the SAA website for your name. Public profile pages are also linked to your teacher search listing, if you have one.

Public profile pages are a great way for members to show their Suzuki credentials: SAA membership, registered training, teaching availability, Certificates of Achievement, etc. You can easily include a link to your SAA profile page on your own website, Facebook page, or other online marketing resources.

Members can additionally opt-out of the online directory by setting your profile page visibility to “no one.”


Suzuki Principles in Action: Upcoming Courses

Suzuki Principles in Action (SPA) is a two day, cross-instrumental course designed to help teachers incorporate Suzuki’s principles effectively in their teaching. The course focuses on how to teach, not what to teach, allowing the sharing of ideas among all instrument areas. SPA is based on Dr. Suzuki’s belief that knowledge is an important first step, but “knowledge plus 10,000 times” is what produces ability. Read more

Upcoming courses will be held in:

Tulsa, OK
Ithaca, NY
Austin, TX
Minnetonka, MN
Chicago, IL
Lakewood, CO
Riverside, CA
Indianapolis, IN

View all upcoming SPA courses.

Want to offer SPA in your area? Click here for more information!

Upcoming Events

SAA Calendar
Feb 1: ASJ 42.3 Submission Deadline
May 1: ASJ 42.4 Submission Deadline

North Texas Suzuki Association

Bedford, TX Jan 3 – 4
Dalcroze Education: Developing Artistry through Purposeful Movement

Tulsa Community College

Tulsa, OK Jan 3 – 4
Suzuki Principles in Action

Suzuki Music Institute of Dallas

Dallas, TX Jan 3 – 7
Violin 2

Studio of Andrea Cannon

Spring, TX Jan 3 – 11
Guitar 2
Guitar 3

Western Springs School of Talent Education

Western Springs, IL Jan 3 – Apr 7
The Development of Bowing Skills in Books 1-6: Violin

Ithaca College School of Music (host)

Ithaca, NY Jan 4 – 5
Suzuki Principles in Action

Huella Musical, Inc.

San Juan, PR Jan 4 – 12
Every Child Can!
Guitar 1

Festival Suzuki de Peru

Lima, Peru Jan 4 – 25
Dinámicas para enseñar música en primaria
Teaching strategies—Piano
Teaching strategies—Violin
Teaching strategies—Violin
Iniciación Musical Temprana
Teaching strategies—Guitar
Teaching strategies—Violin
Teaching strategies—Piano
Lectura Musical 1
Kodaly 2
Teaching strategies—Lectura musical
Teaching strategies—Kodaly
Cello 1
Cello 3
Cello 5
Teaching strategies-Cello
Flute 1
Flute 2
Flute 8
Teaching strategies-Flute
Guitar 2
Guitar 4
Guitar 7
Teaching strategies—Guitar
Piano 1
Piano 2
Piano 3
Piano 7
Teaching strategies: Piano
Recorder 1
Recorder 3
Teaching strategies—Recorder
Early Childhood Music 1: Suzuki Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood Music 2: Suzuki Early Childhood Education
Teaching strategies—Early Childhood Music: Suzuki Early Childhood Education
Violin 1
Violin 2
Violin 4
Violin 5
VI Encuentro de profesores Suzuki de América Latina: Bass, Cello, Flute, Guitar, Harp, Organ, Piano, Recorder, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Suzuki in the Schools, Trumpet, Viola, Violin, Voice

The University of Texas at San Antonio Department of Music

San Antonio, TX Jan 8 – Feb 2
Violin 1

Monarch Suzuki Academy

Austin, TX Jan 10 – 11
Suzuki Principles in Action

Studio of Beth Cantrell

Greenwood, VA Jan 10 – 24
Cello 3

Centre County Chapter of the Central PA Suzuki Assn.

Snow Shoe, PA Jan 11
Every Child Can!

Suzuki School of Newton

Newton, MA Jan 12
Every Child Can!

Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

Edwardsville, IL Jan 13 – May 6
Violin 7
Violin 8
Violin 9-10

Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

Milwaukee, WI Jan 16
Every Child Can!

Michigan Music Conference

Grand Rapids, MI Jan 16
Every Child Can!

Suzuki Association of Wisconsin

Madison, WI Jan 17
Every Child Can!

Hartt School Community Division

Hartford, CT Jan 18 – 26
Every Child Can!
Guitar 1

DePaul Community Music Division

Chicago, IL Jan 18 – 26
Violin 1

Arizona Suzuki Association

Phoenix, AZ Jan 19
Every Child Can!

Royal Conservatory of Music

Toronto, ON Jan 19 – Mar 30
Cello 1

Temple University Music Preparatory Division

Philadelphia, PA Jan 23 – Mar 13
Piano 1

Houston Area Suzuki Piano Association

Houston, TX Jan 24 – 28
Piano 2

Suzuki Association of Minnesota

MN Jan 25 – 26
Suzuki Principles in Action

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