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July 2012
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175 new members joined the SAA in June. Welcome!

Annual Membership Meeting Video

Annual Membership Meeting 2012

The SAA Annual Membership Meeting was held at the conference in Minneapolis this May.

If you were unable to attend, you can watch the meeting video or read the summary.


Certificate of Achievement Recipients

The SAA is extremely proud to recognize its newest group of Certificate of Achievement Level I recipients.

Congratulations to each!

2012 Certificate of Achievement Recipients
  • Daniel Gee—Violin, Austin, TX
  • Jessica Meyer—Violin, Hartford, CT
  • Amy Matherly—Violin, Charlton, MA
  • Gloria Apellaniz (not pictured)—Piano, Golden, CO

We encourage each of you to participate in this new program! The process will contribute to your growth as a teacher and the acknowledgement you receive as a professional Suzuki educator.

The SAA Certificate of Achievement recognizes teachers with a commitment to life‐long learning and self‐improvement. Developed within the framework of the Suzuki philosophy, the process encourages self‐evaluation and professional growth and provides a viable measure of achievement and commitment beyond the basic registration of units.

Certificate Prerequisites:

  • Minimum of 3 years of Suzuki teaching experience
  • SAA Active‐level Membership for the past 3 years
  • Registered training: ECC, Books 1-4, Suzuki Principles in Action (SPA)

Check your training profile to see if you’re eligible!


Upcoming Suzuki Principles in Action Courses

Now is the time to plan SPA courses!
Would you like to have SPA offered in your area?
We need your help!

Check out what’s involved in hosting a course.

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

SPA is a prerequisite for the Certificate of Achievement.

What are participants saying about the course?

  • “I found it refreshing to be around so many Suzuki minds and talk through some of the issues of being a Suzuki teacher.”

  • “As a result of the course, I plan to improve the quality of my corrective feedback and my non-verbal communication.”

  • “I loved videotaping my lessons. It really helped to give me a perspective on what exactly I am doing during the lesson.”

  • “As a piano teacher, I expect to reconsider my use of review and find more ways to address tone.”

  • “It definitely reminded me of things I had forgotten, reinforced many things I have always used.”

  • “I found the Cycle of Success extremely useful.”

  • “The course went above and beyond my expectations. It was reassuring to find out that my problems in teaching are scenarios common to all Suzuki teachers”

SPA Entrance Requirements:
Any teacher—from very experienced to the novice—who has taught for a minimum of one year, has an active studio, and completed and registered ECC (or 1A) and Book 1 training in their instrument area. Must also be a current, Active level SAA member. Registrants must arrive on time and attend the entire session each day.

Online Assignments:
SPA includes required pre-course and post-course assignments, both of which are submitted over the internet and reviewed by the Teacher Trainer. Both assignments require you to video record yourself teaching a lesson and then self-evaluate it.

Find out more about SPA.


Suzuki Method World Convention

16th Suzuki Method World Convention

The 16th Suzuki Method World Convention will take place March 27-31, 2013, in Matsumoto City, Nagano, Japan.

The event is sponsored by the Talent Education Research Institute (the Suzuki Method organization in Japan). The theme this year is “The World will be One, Joined Together by Children Making Music.”

The last Suzuki Method World Convention took place in Melbourne, Australia, in 2009. The last World Convention to be held in Japan was in 1999, the year after Dr. Suzuki’s death.

World Conventions feature events for teachers and students alike, with lectures, concerts, lessons, and master classes. The 2013 Convention hopes to bring together Suzuki students from throughout the world to play and study together.

For more information, see the
16th Suzuki Method World Convention website.

Airline Discount Survey

Airline discounts are being explored by the World Convention committee. If you are considering traveling to Matsumoto for the World Convention events in March, 2013, please
answer this short travel survey.

Hotel Reservations

Information about hotel accommodations in Matsumoto city will be available on the convention website by September 1st. Nippon Travel Agency can assist you in making travel plans: 1-800-452-1682 or

Upcoming Events

See all upcoming events

SAA Calendar
Jul 31: SAA Fiscal Year 2012 Ends
Aug 1: Newsletter Submission Deadline
Sep 1: ASJ 41.1 Submission Deadline

Hawaii Suzuki Institute

Honolulu, HI Jul 19 – 27
Cello Book 4
Violin Book 4
Students: Cello, Viola, Violin

Studio of Tanya L. Carey

Glen Ellyn, IL Jul 19 – 29
Every Child Can!
Cello Book 1, 5, 6

Institut Suzuki Montréal

Montréal, QC Jul 20 – 29
Every Child Can!
Cello Book 1
Piano Book 6
Violin Book 2, 4
Students: Cello, Flute, Piano, Viola, Violin

Studio of Elizabeth Stuen-Walker

Bellingham, WA Jul 22 – 26
Violin/Viola Book 3

Pennsylvania Suzuki Institute

Hershey, PA Jul 22 – 27
Cello Book 2
Violin Book 3
Students: Cello, Viola, Violin


St. Louis Suzuki Piano Institute

Manchester, MO Jul 23 – 27
Piano Book 5

MacPhail Center for Music

Minneapolis, MN Jul 23 – 27
Guitar Practicum
Piano Book 5
Students: Flute, Guitar, Piano

Studio of Mary Hofer

Stevens Point, WI Jul 23 – 27
Voice Book 2

Studio of MaryLou Roberts

Ann Arbor, MI Jul 27 – Aug 4
ECC, Guitar Book 1, 5

Desert Suzuki Institute

Las Vegas, NV Jul 27 – Aug 4
Every Child Can!
Flute Book 1, 3
Piano Book 2
Violin Book 1
Students: Flute, Piano, Violin

Greater Pittsburgh Suzuki Institute

Pittsburgh, PA Jul 28 – Aug 5
Every Child Can!
Cello Book 1
Flute Book 1
Guitar Book 1
Piano Book 1
Violin Book 1
Students: Cello, Flute, Guitar, Piano, Viola, Violin

I AM Festival

Indianapolis, IN Jul 28 – Aug 5
Every Child Can!
Piano Book 1
Violin Book 1, 2, 3
Students: Cello, Piano, Viola, Violin

Northwest Suzuki Institute

Eugene, OR Jul 29 – Aug 3
Violin Book 4
Students: Cello, Viola, Violin


American Suzuki Institute

Stevens Point, WI Jul 29 – Aug 11
Every Child Can!
Bass Book 5
Cello Book 2, 3
Harp Book 1
Piano Book 3, 4
Viola Book 4, 5
Violin Book 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9-10, Practicum
Voice Book 1
Students: Bass, Cello, Guitar, Harp, Piano, Viola, Violin

I Pitch Music Suzuki Piano Studio

Taylors, SC Jul 31 – Aug 8
Every Child Can!
Piano Book 1

Suzuki Valhalla Institute

New Denver, BC Aug 3 – 10
Students: Cello, Viola, Violin

Hartt Suzuki Institute

West Hartford, CT Aug 3 – 12
Every Child Can!
Guitar Book 2
Piano Book 1
Violin Book 1, 2, 3
Students: Cello, Guitar, Piano, Viola, Violin

Boston Suzuki Flute Institute

Brookline, MA Aug 5 – 9
Flute Book 3, 5
Students: Flute

Advanced Suzuki Institute at Stanford

Stanford, CA Aug 5 – 9
Cello Book 7
Students: Cello, Viola, Violin

Japan-Seattle Suzuki Institute

Seattle, WA Aug 5 – 12
Bass Book 1
Cello Book 3, 5
Viola Book 4
Violin Book 2, 5, 9-10
Students: Bass, Cello, Viola, Violin

Calgary Suzuki Piano Institute & Piano Camp

Calgary, AB Aug 6 – 10
Piano Book 2, 3
Students: Piano

Studio of Peggy Swingle

Bainbridge Island, WA Aug 6 – 10
Piano Book 7


Studio of Andrea Cannon

Spring, TX Aug 9 – Oct 8
Every Child Can!
Guitar Book 1, 6

Suzuki Institute at Phoenix Phest! Grande

Ypsilanti, MI Aug 10 – 19
Every Child Can!
Bass Book 1
Cello Book 1, 3
Violin Book 1, 2
Students: Bass, Cello, Viola, Violin

Greater Philadelphia Suzuki Institute

Philadelphia, PA Aug 11 – 15
Piano Book 4, 5
Violin Book 4
Students: Cello, Guitar, Piano, Violin

Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute

Waterloo, ON Aug 11 – 19
Every Child Can!
Piano Book 3
Suzuki ECE, Stage 1
Violin Book 1, 2, 3, 4
Students: Cello, Piano, Suzuki ECE, Viola, Violin

DePaul Community Music Division Summer Workshop

Chicago, IL Aug 13 – 17
Guitar Book 2

Festival Suzuki de Rosario

Rosario, Argentina Aug 21 – 31
Guitar Book 1, 4

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