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November 2012
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191 new members joined the SAA in October. Welcome!

High Notes: The Case of the Dubious Identity

Second in an educational series sponsored by Robertson & Sons Violin Shop

The clues had been hidden in plain sight for centuries. No one could deny that she was a beauty, and once smitten by her responsiveness and charm, it was difficult to summon the desire to challenge the story that had accompanied her long and prosperous life. All were content to believe the label that was so carefully placed, lo those many years ago, in the depths of her protected underbelly. No one had dared to seek the truth of her raw beginnings until…

Sometimes determining the credible identity of an instrument’s maker can seem like the plot of a detective novel full of intrigue and deception. In an age where scientific advancements are making it possible to solve crimes of yore through DNA testing, similar discoveries are taking place in the world of stringed instruments. Art meets science in the dendrochronology laboratory. Dendrochronology, also known as tree ring dating, is a method of dating items based on an analysis of patterns of tree ring growth. This technique of dating past events has been around since the early 20th century and current collections of data can help determine the origins of items dating back thousands of years.

Tree Rings

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Leadership Retreat, May 23-27

SAA Leadership Retreat

May 23-27, 2013

More information to come soon!

2013 Leadership Retreat location, pricing, and event schedule will be posted online and in the newsletter as soon as it is available.

We hope you will be able to join us!

Join Us for the Mini Online Conference

Videos and Handouts from
SAA’s 15th Conference

Were you unable to attend the 40th Anniversary SAA Conference in May?

Or are you glad you came but sorry you missed a few interesting sessions?

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You are sure to find inspiration, useful ideas, and thoughts to ponder and discuss with colleagues and studio families.

The Mini Online Conference includes 36 session videos from the 2012 SAA Conference, plus 70 handouts.

Kaleidoscope Concert DVD

Registrants also receive discounts on the three concert DVDs:

  • Kaleidoscope Concert
  • SYOA & Flute Ensemble
  • International Ensembles

The Mini Online Conference will be available online for 3 months, until January 31, 2013.

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Scholarship Applications due February 5

Scholarship applications for North American institutes, long-term study and unit workshop courses for the 2013 season are due February 5, 2013. Late applications will not be accepted. Results will be announced in mid-March.

See scholarship application requirements

In Memoriam: Armena Marderosian

Armena Marderosian

Suzuki Teachers are greatly saddened by the passing of long-time Suzuki Piano Teacher Trainer Armena Marderosian on Sunday, November 4.

From Ron Marderosian:

Dear friends, comrades, and those who loved Armena,

I am sorry to tell you that my beautiful wife of 41 years, Armena Marderosian, died yesterday in the late afternoon. Her last day was peaceful and pain free; she listened to Brahms’ Hayden variations played by her favorite pianist, Murray Perahia.

Sometime in the near future we will have a memorial for her in Ann Arbor and another near Philadelphia.

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Upcoming Suzuki Principles in Action Courses

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.

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SAA Calendar
Dec 1: Newsletter Submission Deadline
Jan 1: Minijournal Cover Contest Deadline
Feb 1: ASJ 41.3 Submission Deadline
Feb 5: Scholarship Application Deadline

Western Springs School of Talent Education

Western Springs, IL Nov 20 – May 7
Violin Book 1, 2, 6

Colburn School of Performing Arts

Los Angeles, CA Dec 5 – 12
Cello Book 1

Piedmont Suzuki

Winston Salem, NC Dec 8
Every Child Can!

Central Texas String Academy

Waco, TX Dec 11 – Jun 1
Violin Book 1

Studio of Andrea Cannon

Spring, TX Jan 3 – 7
Guitar Book 6

Suzuki Royal Oak Institute of Music

Royal Oak, MI Jan 4 – 12
Violin Book 6

Festival Suzuki de Peru

Lima, Peru Jan 5 – Jul 28
Filosofía
Cello Book 4, 6
Flute Book 1, 2, 3
Guitar Book 1, 3, 6
Piano Book 1, 2, 6
Recorder Book 2, 4
Violin Book 1, 2, 3, 4

Royal Conservatory of Music

Toronto, ON Jan 6 – Mar 28
Every Child Can!
Cello Book 1, 2
Violin Book 1

Monarch Suzuki Academy

Austin, TX Jan 8 – 12
Suzuki Early Childhood Education Prenatal and Early Years, Stage 1 & 2

University of Denver

Denver, CO Jan 8 – Jun 5
Cello Book 2-4, 7-10
Violin Book 2-4, 6-8

Ogontz Suzuki Institute

Lisbon, NH Jan 11 – 13
SnOgontz in the Poconos: Bass, Cello, Viola, Violin

Eastern Mennonite University

Harrisonburg, VA Jan 12 – Apr 26
Every Child Can!
Violin Book 1

Arizona Suzuki Association

Phoenix, AZ Jan 13
Every Child Can!

Suzuki School of Newton

Newtonville, MA Jan 13
Every Child Can!


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