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Mini Online Conference Now in Progress!

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Don’t miss out on joining the Mini Online Conference, now in progress! Enjoy thirty sessions (and eighty informative handouts) from the 2014 SAA Conference “Powered by Community”.  Register now and take advantage of this enriching opportunity to review a presentation or watch one for the very first time.  Once registered, you’ll have access to the site through January 31, 2015.

Special Rates:

$10 for 2014 conference attendees (over 85% off regular rate)
$45 for SAA members, non-conference attendees (40% off regular rate) 
$75 for non-SAA members (consider becoming a member!)


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We are one. We are Suzuki. We share. We give.

Suzuki is more than a method. It’s a community that understands the power of music in developing the very character and heart of our society. Our Suzuki community is reaching individuals in all stages and venues of life, enriching, empowering, and touching lives each day.

Now, more than ever, we treasure the richness that the Suzuki philosophy has brought to our lives. We not only cherish this community, but we believe in our work together and strive for every parent and educator to have the opportunity to know Suzuki’s ideas. We know the impact Suzuki Education has had on our own life and we want it to be here for generations to come.

Join our Suzuki community in supporting one another and supporting the SAA through our service, good will, and financial support. Through your involvement and financial gifts, the SAA can continue to develop programs, fund scholarships, provide training, and grow our Suzuki community throughout the Americas.


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Exciting talks are being planned for the 2015 Parents as Partners Online series! Whether you are a parent in need of some fresh inspiration or a teacher looking to guide your parents further, you won’t want to miss this unique learning opportunity. Beginning on January 15 new videos will be aired each week—a total of 50! They will be available for viewing 24-7 through June 30. We are pleased to announce a sampling of the new talks being presented:

  • Acceptable Tension (Merlin Thompson)
  • Advice and Encouragement for Suzuki Parents (Brittany Gardner)  
  • Battling Perfectionism and Creating a Growth Mindset (Jentry Barrett)
  • Building a Lasting Partnership with your Child’s Teacher (Holly Smardo)
  • Cultivating Belief (Christy Paxton-Tureman)
  • Dry Ideas! Make it visual using the dry erase board (Lucy Shaw)
  • Funny Stories of Dr. Suzuki (Carol Dallinger)
  • Forget Soccer, I want to practice! (Zachary Ebin)     
  • Helping Students Take Ownership of their Musical Journey (Shu-Yi Scott and Cecilia Calvelo-Hopkins)
  • Humor in Suzuki (William Starr, Amy Gesmer-Packman, Heather Hadley, Florence Muller)
  • Implications of Working Memory for Practicing and Learning (Rafael Videira)
  • Is your Child Talented? (Kathleen Spring)
  • Learning to Practice with Joy (Alicia Randisi-Hooker)
  • Let it Go! (J.B. Taylor) 
  • Lower your Expectations, Delight in the Results (Sara Kotrba)
  • Moms of Tweens are Suzuki Parents Too! (Diane Slone)
  • More Creative Color Coding: How a package of markers can help to revive your review (Phala Tracy) 
  • Motivating Teens as Parents and Teachers  (Christine Lowe-Diemecke and Augusto Diemecke) 
  • Motivar a los Adolescentes como a los Padres y Maestros (Christine Lowe-Diemecke y Augusto Diemecke)
  • Our Suzuki Practice (Jason and Barbara Hill)
  • Ownership (Ed Kreitman)
  • Pardon the Interruption (Ed Sprunger)
  • Play it again Sam: How to implement listening in home practice (Jennifer Burton)
  • Pop your Ears! (Alyssa Hardie Beckmann)
  • Prioritize! (Meret Bitticks)
  • Promoting Optimism in the Practice Room (Sue Baer)
  • Raising Independent Musicians (Mark Mutter)
  • Real Review: Using Listening and Review to Build Technical Skills (Daina Volodka Staggs) 
  • Simple Suzuki Stretches (Joanna Binford)
  • Setting Intentions: from the perspective of parent and teacher (Carrie Reuning-Hummel and Natalie Brandt) 
  • Tech Talks: Bringing Your Suzuki Experience Up-To-Date With The Latest Gadgets and Apps (Ian Salmon)           
  • Teens, Tenacity and Technique (Nicolette Solomon and Donna Davis)
  • The Best Teacher Gift Ever! (Lucy Shaw)
  • The Ripple Effect: Small Ideas with a Big Impact (Shana Guidi)
  • Why Posture Matters Every Day! (Cecilia Calvelo-Hopkins) 
  • ¡Por que la Postura Importa tanto Cuando Tocamos! (Cecilia Calvelo-Hopkins)
  • And more to come!                            

Stay tuned for important registration information in future Suzuki e-news! Costs are listed below.

Teacher (you!) plus your studio parents.
Note: Parents do not need to be SAA members, but are encouraged to join.
$50 for teacher plus 1 to 5 parents, $10 for each additional parent

$25 for SAA members, $45 for non-members


Suzuki iBooks on iTunes

Suzuki iBooks now have a homepage in the Apple store! Click on the following link to easily direct your students to the page:

Save the Date: 2015 SAA Leadership Retreat

Join us May 21—24 for the 2015 SAA Leadership Retreat! SAA retreats are open to all Suzuki members and provide participants an opportunity to get to get to know colleagues in unique settings with inspiring sessions, time for sharing, learning and fun.

Meetings times will be set for Teacher Trainers, Institute Directors, Chapter leaders, Conference Team and other groups—however, all Suzuki members are welcome to attend!

Details to follow soon.


Suzuki Violin and Viola Teacher Job Opening

Join an established and growing public school Suzuki Program in Greenville, TX and work collaboratively with Greenville ISD’s Suzuki cello teacher to plan and supervise the continued development of GISD’s twelve year old Suzuki Strings program. Teach individual violin and viola lessons from beginning to advanced students, during school and group classes after school. Assist in directing the annual Greenville Suzuki Strings Workshop. Read more for qualifications, salary, and contact information.

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 inspiration for SPA came from a need, identified by both Trainers and Teacher Workshop Participants, to deal with the challenges of implementing the knowledge gained from Unit courses into the reality of day-to-day studio 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:

Madison, WI   Sign up by January 3rd!
Cambridge, MA   Sign up by January 4th!
San Diego, CA   Sign up by January 10th!
Portland, OR   Sign up by January 24th!
Ann Arbor, MI   Sign up by March 1st!

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

News From Here and There

What we’ve been reading, watching, and listening to around the web:

Philadelphia Orchestra Suzuki Play-in
Philadelphia Orchestra PlayINs celebrate the region’s wealth of musicianship. This past month, 100 Suzuki violinists gathered in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center on October 23, 2014. Watch this beautiful video to see our own Suzuki students share the stage with the Philadelphia Orchestra!

What if every child had access to music education from birth?
In this video, TED speaker Anita Collins shares how learning music influences our brain development, and what this means for musical education.

Creation theory: Scientists are unlocking the biological secrets of creativity
Whether it’s playing Schubert or dancing the tango, artistic expression has a tangible effect on the brain. A burgeoning field of research seeks to measure how we produce and experience the arts – and may even explain why we create them in the first place. Read this article to discover what researchers are finding!

More Americans Believe Music Education Contributes to Career Readiness
Our society needs industry leaders who can think ‘beyond the bubbles’ creatively, to problem-solve and innovate. Read more to find out how music education can help develop this type of individual and help them prepare for success in any career.

Upcoming Events


Studio of Catherine Walker

Montréal, QC Nov 16
Every Child Can!

Studio of Patricia Pasmanter

Buenos Aires, C, Argentina Nov 20 – 24
Cello 2
Teaching strategies for: Cello

Vermont Suzuki Violins

Hinesburg, VT Nov 21 – 23
Every Child Can!

Studio of Martha Shackford

Sarasota, FL Nov 22 – 26
Violin 3

Festival Suzuki de Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador Nov 22 – 28

Studio of Norma Varkki

Newmarket, ON Nov 23
Every Child Can!

Studio of Alice Ann O’Neill

Cincinnati, OH Nov 28 – Dec 8
Cello 2

Studio of Martha Shackford

Sarasota, FL Dec 6 – 19
Every Child Can!
Violin 1
Violin 2

Estudio Suzuki de Guitarra

Pachuca, HGO, Mexico Dec 8 – 12
Guitar 1

University of North Florida/Dr. Nick Curry

Jacksonville, FL Dec 12
Every Child Can!

Suzuki Guitarra Centroamerica

Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala Dec 13 – 19
Every Child Can!
Guitar 3

Premier Business Members

Many thanks to our Premier Business Members:

Alfred Music
CodaBow International, Ltd.
Connolly Music Company-Thomastik-Infeld
D’Addario & Co. Inc.
Jupiter Music
The Potter Violin Company
Shar Music
Super-Sensitive Musical String Co.
Things 4 Strings, LLC

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