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Leadership Retreat

Join us May 23-26 at Deer Creek Lodge in Ohio for the SAA Leadership Retreat!

SAA retreats 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.

Topics include:

  • instrumental pedagogy
  • cross-instrument session on teaching
  • professionalism
  • future trends in education
  • social media
  • mentoring
  • character development
  • developing student independence
  • Feldenkrais bodywork
  • chapter and institute topics
  • and much more!

Main Retreat Sessions

Opening Thursday, May 23, at 5:00 PM

Events conclude on Sunday, May 26, at 12 Noon

Pre-Retreat Events

  • Mozart Violin Concerti: The Challenges and the Rewards with Tom Wermuth and Linda Case, co-instructors
  • Introduction to Dalcroze with Dr. Jeremy Dittus
  • Ready, Steady, Group! with Carey Beth Hockett
  • Music Mind Games: Develop Excellent Readers with Enticing Games with Michiko Yurko
  • Flute Teacher Trainers Meeting
  • Piano Teacher Trainers Meeting

Early bird registration ends March 31, and pre-retreat workshops are limited to 40 people—so register soon!

Retreat registration options also include lodge rooms and meals.

Register Now

See all Leadership Retreat details, including pricing and pre-event times.


Vote on the Board Ballot by April 10

Vote to elect new members of the SAA Board of Directors.

Current individual Active members are eligible to vote. The ballot includes a proxy option for those unable to attend the Annual Membership Meeting in person, which will be May 25 at the Leadership Retreat in Ohio.

Voting closes on April 10.

2013 Board of Directors Candidates

Rolando Freitag, IL
Frank Viola, CT

Vote Now


Summer Institutes: Auditions & Scholarships

Suzuki Summer Institutes offer intensive musical experience for children and Suzuki teacher training for both new and experienced teachers.

Find a great Summer Institute to attend!


Teachers, if you plan to take unit training at a summer institute, now is the time to prepare your audition.

You will need to submit an audition if you are beginning training at Unit 1, or if you are taking Unit 5 or higher and have not already completed an upper-level audition. Submit your audition online to get your results faster!

See: Teacher Audition Instructions


Many summer institutes offer scholarships for students and teachers, and many of those scholarship deadlines are soon!

Check our list of summer institute scholarships, and also contact other institutes to find out if they have a scholarship program not listed at the above link.


Student Writing Contest

Calling all students: Enter the
2013 Suzuki Student Writing Contest!

Polish up your best poetry and nonfiction essays and send them our way. We want to see your many talents! Winning pieces will be published on the SAA website, in the Minijournal, or in other publications.

To get started, choose one of the following topics, or come up with your own!

  • What does Dr. Suzuki’s phrase “beautiful tone, beautiful heart” mean to you?
  • What is your favorite Suzuki repertoire piece to play, and why?
  • Write about a memorable Suzuki experience.

How to submit your writing contest entry


Upcoming Events

SAA Calendar
Apr 1: Newsletter Submission Deadline
Apr 1: Student Writing Contest Deadline
May 1: ASJ 41.4 Submission Deadline

Suzuki Strings of Austin

Austin, TX Mar 24 – 25
Group Class Teaching

Royal Conservatory of Music

Toronto, ON Mar 24 – 28
Cello 2

Colburn School of Performing Arts

Los Angeles, CA Mar 25 – 29
Cello 2

16th Suzuki Method World Convention

Matsumoto, Japan Mar 27 – 31
16th Suzuki Method World Convention

Studio of Gail Lange

Guelph, ON Apr 4 – Oct 4
Piano 1

Suzuki Association of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT Apr 13
Every Child Can!

RI Philharmonic Music School

East Providence, RI Apr 14
Every Child Can!

Studio of MaryLou Roberts

Ann Arbor, MI Apr 15 – 19
Guitar 8

University of Massachusetts Music Dept.

Amherst, MA Apr 20
Every Child Can!

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI Apr 21
Every Child Can!

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