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2014 Conference: May 22-26, Minneapolis

Hearts That Sing

Dr. Suzuki encouraged us to devote our efforts to educating children to have beautiful hearts and noble souls. Is there any greater calling than this?

The connections within our Suzuki community give us the resources to make this task easier. The SAA is a community representing great social, economic, and cultural diversity, and yet we all share the common language and love of music. We all have the potential to reach a level of proficiency to be able to share the gift of music with others. It is important to provide children with many opportunities to share these gifts in order to instill within them a nobleness of spirit.

Suzuki Americas 2014 will provide an excellent vehicle for bringing children together to share the beauty in their hearts. At the 2014 SAA Conference, children from all over Latin America will converge in Minneapolis to share their music in a Latin American Ensemble Concert. In addition, they will join forces with children from all over North America to perform music from many cultures. It will be recorded as a webcast so that children from all over the world will be able to play along in a gesture of global solidarity through music. Together, we will illustrate that talent has no national or cultural boundaries. …Read More


Get Ready! Conference Registration and Further Information Coming Soon

It’s almost here: detailed information for the upcoming conference, including registration, hotel, and pre-conference information, will be posted on the SAA website by February 5th! Start making your plans soon; you won’t want to miss this event!

The SAA’s 16th Conference aims to be a high point of inspiration for all participants. Led by a team of more than forty enthusiastic teacher members, this mega-event will be brought to life by the participation of all who come together to learn and share ideas and inspiration. The conference will indeed be “Powered by Community,” and you are a part of the Suzuki Community! View the conference section of the SAA website to view clinician bios, conference events, and other updated information.

Exhibitor Information

The deadline for conference exhibitor and advertising contracts is February 25th. Download the Exhibitor Brochure or check the SAA Website for more information.

Conference Sponsorships are still available. Please contact Deb Yamashita at for further 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 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

Final Courses for Spring 2014 will be held in:

Riverside, CA   Sign up by February 15th!
Indianapolis, IN   Sign up by March 7th!

Want to Host a SPA Course?

The SAA is now accepting requests to host a Suzuki Principles in Action course in your area for Fall 2014.

Email if your school, program or you and local colleagues are interested.

Scholarship Applications Due February 5

Are you a teacher interested in taking SAA training this year, but concerned about the cost? The SAA provides a limited number of scholarships to provide tuition assistance for pedagogy study at approved Summer Institutes, workshops, or through other SAA-approved Teacher Development programs between May 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015.

The deadline for all scholarship applications is February 5.

View the SAA website for detailed information and to submit your application. Don’t miss out!


Review: Violin Lessons!! by Katrin St. Clair

Violin Lessons!! Storybook

Author and Suzuki violin teacher Katrin St. Clair has just published her first book in a series she is planning about family life in the Suzuki method. Violin Lessons!! is written as a twenty-one-page illustrated booklet following Jim and his mom as they begin their journey into the world of music and Suzuki violin lessons.

With her imaginative approach, St. Clair has managed to capture the experience of starting a new instrument, with text and illustrations that guide the reader through the steps necessary to a successful beginning for the student and parent in the Suzuki approach. The language in the book is always purposeful and informative without sounding unnecessarily instructive. The illustrations (by her father, Cy St. Clair) are colorful and capture the mood of the text with a positive attitude. They show the wonder and fun of discovering each new aspect of learning along the way.

The book is written for parents and their children to share. Most importantly, it emphasizes the essential elements we ourselves as teachers would explain to a parent inquiring about lessons for their child: from listening, to observation, parent participation, step-by-step mastery, repetition of skills in the home practice and group lessons. This book is an appropriate length for children at the youngest level while remaining a clear, concise source of information for the parents as well.

While the book describes in particular the experiences of a new violin student, the messages delineated are universal for any instrumental study in the Suzuki method. It is a handy read to have around any teacher’s studio. We can all look forward to Katrin’s further publications titled Solo Recital and Suzuki Institute.

Review by Allen Lieb


News from Here and There


Teri Einfeldt Honored at Hartt Suzuki String’s 25th Anniversary Celebration

Congratulations to the Hartt Suzuki String Program on twenty-five years of excellence in Suzuki education, and to Teri Einfeldt, who was honored at last weekend’s celebrations!

At the January 18-19, 2014, weekend of celebrations, Teri Einfeldt was honored with the State of Connecticut’s Governor’s Proclamation for her development and growth of the program and was presented the distinctive Alfred C. Fuller Award from the Hartt School in recognition of outstanding service to the Hartt School as artist, teacher and visionary. …Read More

Joseph Kaminsky: ASTA Artist Teacher of the Year for Missouri

Joseph Kaminsky

Joseph Kaminsky

Image by Joseph Kaminsky

We are pleased to share that longtime Suzuki Violin teacher and SAA violin teacher trainer Joseph Kaminsky has been selected as the Missouri ASTA Artist Teacher of the Year, which is awarded to “a performing musician who has taught in addition to their career as a performer and has made a significant contribution to the education of string students in the State of Missouri.” Bravo, Joe! You are an invaluable member of the Suzuki community. …Read more about Mr. Kaminsky


Upcoming Events

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

Studio of Jeanne Grover

Bountiful, UT Feb 1 – Mar 27
Violin 3
Violin 7

Western Springs School of Talent Education

Western Springs, IL Feb 3 – Apr 21
Violin 7

Suzuki String School of Guelph

Guelph, ON Feb 9
Every Child Can!

Suzuki Fest Costa Rica

Heredia, Costa Rica Feb 10 – 15
Cello 2
Violin 2

Middle Tennessee Suzuki Association

Nashville, TN Feb 16 – 20
The 28th Annual Course in Techniques, Creating Eager, Talented Learners: Review of Suzuki Violin Books 1-4

Studio of Gail Lange

Guelph, ON Feb 20 – 22
Revisting Book 1—Suzuki Piano: PILOT course

Merit School of Music

Chicago, IL Feb 21 – Apr 4
Violin 5

USC Suzuki Strings Program

Columbia, SC Feb 22
Every Child Can!

Heart of America Suzuki Association

Prairie Village, KS Feb 22
Winter Strings Workshop: Bass, Cello, Viola, Violin

Studio of William Starr

Boulder, CO Feb 22
Every Child Can!

Suzuki School of Newton

Newton, MA Feb 24 – Jun 16
Piano 1
Violin 1

Houston Area Suzuki Piano Association

Houston, TX Feb 25 – Mar 1
Piano 4

Triangle Music School

Durham, NC Feb 28
Teacher In-service and Advanced Master Classes

Triangle Music School

Durham, NC Mar 1
Student and Parent Suzuki Piano Workshop

The Music House

Chicago, IL Mar 2
Every Child Can!

ASTA International Workshops

Louisville, KY Mar 5
Every Child Can!

Studio of April Losey

Riverside, CA Mar 8 – 9
Suzuki Principles in Action

Tone Academy of Music

New York, NY Mar 9
Every Child Can!

Suzuki Music Institute of Dallas

Dallas, TX Mar 12 – 16
Violin 3

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