In this issue:
Allegro!!! String Performance Ensemble
Edward Kreitman, Director
The Allegro!!! Show is a multimedia presentation consisting of live musical performance, choreography, costumes, lighting and video visual effects. The Allegro!!! String Performance Ensemble is made up of 16 talented youngsters ranging in age from 10 to 15. The students all study violin at the Western Springs School of Talent Education or the Naperville Suzuki School. The Allegro!!! performers have delighted audiences in venues across the country. This highly unusual concept was developed by their director, Edward Kreitman, when he realized the need to motivate his young string students with more than just typical classical performance experiences. While the highest musical standard is always the first priority in the show, the additional aspects such as costumes, lighting and choreography make the presentation much more appealing to both the performer and the audience members.
Sally Gross, Director
Cellissimo is made up of 15 cellists from the Western Springs School of Talent Education and the Naperville Suzuki School. Sally Gross has met weekly with the group since 2003. The students range in age from 7 to 18 and study in Suzuki Book 5 and above. Besides participating in scheduled school activities and regular master classes, the students also actively perform in local outreach projects. Sally is pleased to present a program of music written by cellists at the 2010 Suzuki Conference including the premier performance of Carey Beth Hockett’s Cellodrum Blues.
Sessions, Concerts & Sponsors
Suzuki Principles in Action
Suzuki Principles in Action (SPA) is a course designed to help teachers incorporate Suzuki’s principles effectively in their teaching. The course is designed to focus on how to teach, not what to teach, and to allow for the sharing of ideas among all instrument areas. It is based on Dr. Suzuki’s belief that knowledge is an important first step, but “knowledge plus 10,000 times” is what produces ability. This important principle, which teachers frequently explain to their students, applies equally to the art of 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.
SAA Annual General Meeting
The SAA Annual Membership Meeting will be Saturday, May 29, 8:30 am at the Minneapolis Hilton during the 2010 Conference.
The Board ballot will be online again this year. Active members will receive an email notification in March.
Ask the Experts, parts 12-14Part 12: Musicality
When and how do we start teaching musicianship and not just performance skills?
Part 13: Remedial Teaching
Part 14: Parental Involvement
Emails about Institutes
This year, in addition to sending you brochures by postal mail, Summer Institutes will be sending you information about their programs by email. So far, the following emails have been sent, with more on the way:
If you don’t want to receive Institute info via email from the SAA, update your email preferences and change “Institute Info” to No.
Edmonton Suzuki Flute and Recorder Society Haiti Fundraiser
The Edmonton Suzuki Flute and Recorder Society used their annual Winter Recital in January 2010 as a fundraiser for earthquake relief in Haiti.
They raised $226.50 with a silver collection at the door, but with the matching grant for donations from the Canadian government, that means $453 will be going to the Red Cross.
Edmonton Suzuki Flute and Recorder Society
166 new members joined the SAA in January. Welcome!
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