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As a Suzuki Community, we embrace Dr. Suzuki’s philosophy and method, using music and the discipline of learning an instrument to develop and nurture the character of a child.  Our SAA Conference Theme “Learning Suzuki-Style,” will provide an opportunity to remind us of our strong foundation, while exploring ways to bring this philosophy into an ever-changing 21st Century. We know and understand that beginning lessons at a young age, parent involvement, group classes, and listening all contribute to the success of a Suzuki student – but how does that look in 2020 … ?

Student Opportunities

SAA conferences provide numerous events designed for selected Suzuki students from across the Americas. Students may apply to participate in instrument-specific masterclasses coached by distinguished guest clinicians and master teachers and/or they may apply to participate in coached ensembles which usually culminate in a celebratory performance.
This year’s opportunities include these events:

  • Instrumental, Voice, and Chamber Group Masterclasses

  • Instrument-Specific Ensembles and Choirs:  (Advanced) Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Flute, Guitar, Recorder, Voice

  • Piano Ensemble featuring the Bach 3-Piano Concerto

  • Suzuki Young Artist Orchestras of the Americas (SYOA) 1 and 2

  • Suzuki Young Artists String Ensemble (SYASE)

  • International Ensembles Concert  (selected pre-formed groups from throughout our region)

  • New this year: a Baroque small ensemble including Recorders, voice, bass, strings, and others and Choir for participating students

Session Proposals

Interested in sharing your ideas and expertise in a session presentation at the Conference?
Proposals will be considered for sessions of 50- or 25-minutes.
Formats may include lectures, demonstrations, interactive playing sessions, and panel discussions.
Interactive sessions and sessions providing playing opportunities for audience participants are highly encouraged.

The proposal submission form will be available on the website in a few weeks.

What are your ideas for “Learning Suzuki-Style” in 2020?
For a start your thinking about this important topic, please see the following link.

Conference Dates & Deadlines:
October 15—International Ensembles applications
October 25—Applications for student Masterclasses, Ensembles, Orchestras
October 30—Conference session proposals due
November 15—Chamber Music masterclass applications due
January 15, 2020—Registration opens—Early Bird rates
March 31, 2020—Early Bird Registration ends
May 1, 2020—Hilton Minneapolis guest room reservations close
May 8, 2020—Last day for Conference pre-registration;
walk-in registration only after this date

Did You Know …

  • SAA Members trained in Unit 1 can use the teaching resource TwinkleTube. Through this site, teachers graciously share short videos of Pre-Twinkle lessons to help you through the challenges of starting young Suzuki students.
  • Active and Associate Members are able to read the current issue of the American Suzuki Journal on our website?
    View issue here.



Suzuki Book Piñata

Suzuki Book Pinata Kids Pull String
Piñata—Toy Grab
Suzuki Book Pinata

Suzuki piñata featured at Christa Muller Hendricks’ studio recital. Christa noted that this piñata, a “pull-string” variety, is safe and reusable.

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

Upcoming SPA: Sep 14–15, 2019

Suzuki Principles in Action with Gail Lange
Suzuki Talent Education Program of Newfoundland
Saint John’s, NL

Sign up here.

Upcoming SPA: Sep 28–29, 2019

Suzuki Principles in Action with Christie Felsing
Suzuki Royal Oak Institute of Music
Madison Heights, MI

Sign up here.

Upcoming SPA: Sep 28–29, 2019

Suzuki Principles in Action with Nancy Lokken
Mount Royal Suzuki Parent Association
Calgary, AB

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Upcoming SPA: Nov 2–3, 2019

Suzuki Principles in Action with Sharon Miller
Academy of Strings
Johnson City, TN

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, travel & more!

Experience hassle-free planning & fret-less hosting—who doesn’t like that?

  • See improvements in teacher/parent cooperation.

  • Watch new collegial connections develop.

  • Raise the levels of excellence achieved 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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