In this issue:
World Convention in Japan
Violinist Julie Bamberger at the 16th Suzuki Method World Convention
The 16th Suzuki World Convention was held in Japan last week with more than 5,400 participants from 35 countries and areas!
Caroline Shaw wins Pulitzer Prize for music
Caroline Shaw, a graduate student in composition at Princeton University and a New York-based musician, won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for music for “Partita for 8 Voices.”
In its award citation, the Pulitzer Prize Board calls the work “a highly polished and inventive a cappella work uniquely embracing speech, whispers, sighs, murmurs, wordless melodies and novel vocal effects.”
Caroline was a violin student through high school with Suzuki Teacher Trainer Joanne Bath. Caroline is 30 and the youngest person ever to win the Pulitzer in music, and only one of three women.
New Book: 101 Japanese Children’s Songs
Now available from the SAA store: 101 Japanese Children’s Songs For Developing Note Reading Skills by Yoko Abe.
This book is a collection of 101 Japanese children’s songs which were mostly composed from 1884 to 1921.
Japanese people admire the beauty of nature, season, and scenic places. Many lyricists and composers have expressed such beauty by creating songs for children. From 1912 on, Western music was accessible to the Japanese. Prior to that, however, they used the pentatonic five tone pattern, which is challenging to children who have not grown up hearing these tunes. Unable to guess notes or keys, they must truly read each note to play it correctly.
I hope that this collection not only improves note reading and sight reading skills for young students, but that it also provides them with pleasure while playing the tunes.
Leadership Retreat Registration Ends April 30
Join us in Deer Creek, Ohio for the Leadership Retreat—registration ends April 30.
SAA retreats provide participants an opportunity 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.
Annual Membership Meeting
In accordance with Bylaws Section 3.3b of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc., official notice is hereby given of the 2013 Annual Membership Meeting. The Meeting will be held on Friday, May 24, 1:30 PM at the SAA Leadership Retreat in Deer Park, Ohio. Arrangements will be made for those who are not able to attend to submit their questions. (Note: The meeting was originally announced for May 25.)
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Parents as Partners Online is still open to new participants with 50 videos for parents and teachers on Suzuki topics like practicing, group lessons, institutes, and parent-child-teacher relationships.
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