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1st Suzuki Convention of the Americas

Hosted by the Mexican Suzuki Association
and other Latin American organizations

May 1-5, 2019
Cancún, Mexico

Hotel Iberostar Cancún

Orchestra Auditions (Students book 4 and up)
Extended Deadline September 20, 2018

Offerings for students in all Suzuki instrument areas! Enrollment is limited.
Make your plans soon.
For teachers, offerings include lectures, demonstrations, keynotes,
and great opportunities for observations and networking!

Registration for Teachers & Students opens
September 1, 2018

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MacPhail Suzuki Alumnus Pete Docter Named Creative Head of Pixar

You never know where music lessons might take you!

Pixar Head Suzuki Alumn

From the Minnesota Star-Tribune:
Docter has been promoted to a new role as creative chief of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ subsidiary Pixar.

A six-time Oscar nominee, he co-wrote “Toy Story,” “Toy Story 2,” and “Wall-E”; earned Best Animated Feature Oscars for directing 2010’s “Up” and 2016’s “Inside Out”; and was a nominee for his 2001 feature “Monsters Inc.” He even does voice work in his own movies.

“I am excited and humbled to be asked to take on this role,” he said in a statement about his new job. “It is not something I take lightly; making films at Pixar has been my chronic obsession since I started here 28 years ago.”

Read the Facebook post from McPhail and the Minnesota Star Tribune news article!

Bach in the Subways

Bach in the Subways (Zara Lawler and students)

“Bach in the Subways is an annual global celebration of Bach’s music. Musicians of all stripes offer free concerts of Bach’s music in subways and other public spaces, so it is a perfect fit for Suzuki students since we play so much Bach! This photo is from Bach in the Subways 2018. It was our fourth year participating, and our second year at Grand Central Station in New York City.”—Zara Lawler

Have a great picture to share? We are looking for photos of students performing in their community. Did you invite the neighborhood to a book recital? Or the general public to a group concert? Have you played in an assisted living facility, street fair, or mall? Submit your own picture or…

Why Groups? Why Perform?

Pic Group Article Newsletter

Melanie Smith-Doderai practices what she preaches. Not only did she write this article about 5 reasons for group lessons, but she worked to gather 30 young fiddle students from Fort Saskatchewan and the surrounding area to create a professional old-time fiddle recording with Wolf Willow Sound Productions.
Check out their video!

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When you support the SAA, you support the entire Suzuki Community.

Thank you!

Know a Special Teacher in your Community? Name a Star in Their Honor!

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Grateful for a special teacher? Especially touched by someone at an Institute? Remembering a loved one who appreciated children and music? Recently, Emerald Waworoendeng-Leung, Sarah Dudas, and Stephanie Popa have all had stars named in their honor.

You too can give a lasting and meaningful gift by naming a “star” in someone’s honor on the Giving Galaxy of Stars. Watch this touching video and join the many others in “thanking our lucky stars” as we strive to light up the SAA Galaxy of Stars with appreciation.


Product Update News from Alfred Music

Alfred Publishing

Why do the books now say “International Edition”?

Why are there new recordings for Violin Volumes 1-3?

Find more information here!

A Big Thank You to Our Conference Sponsors!

Robertson & Sons Violin Shop, Inc.

Shar Music

Alfred Music

Kawai America

Schmitt Music

Connolly Music Company

D’Addario & Co., Inc.

Super-Sensitive Musical String Co.

CodaBow International, Ltd.

Brannen Brothers Flutemakers, Inc.


Join the Discussion Forum

Trying to get a student playing with more flowing musicality? Have questions about scales and arpeggios? Join the hot discussions in the Suzuki Forum!

Every Child Can!

Looking for an Every Child Can! course?

July 22, 26, 27, 29, August 3, 4, 11, 16, 18, 25, and beyond!

Get more info here.

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Looking for a SPA course?

September 8-9 (Full. Enrollment closed), and October 5-6

Get more info here.

Institute season is…

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…in full swing! There are still opportunities to observe, and a few chances to register as well! Find date, place, and contact info here.

This Summer: Institute Focus Groups

At every summer institute, all Suzuki members have the chance to gather at an SAA Focus Group meeting. At these vibrant, collaborative meetings, we discuss current questions and ideas. The ideas brought up—whether new or recycled—can be interesting and helpful to everyone. Plan now to attend an institute in 2018, and be sure to lend your voice to the discussions at an Institute Focus Group meeting!

ATTENTION, Suzuki Program Directors

Spa Email

Including Suzuki School Administrators, Chapter Affiliate Boards, Local Suzuki Teachers Groups, and others!

Experience hassle-free planning & fret-less hosting—who doesn’t like that?

  • See improvements in teacher/parent cooperation.

  • Watch new collegial connections develop.

  • Raise the levels of excellence achieved in your own teaching.

The SAA needs YOU to host a 2-day SPA course at your school or other program facility!

You provide the location, you help spread the word, and brew the coffee. The SAA does almost all of the planning——registrations, contracts, travel & more!

Suzuki Principles in Action (SPA) may be offered from September through early April. SPA welcomes all Suzuki instrumental, vocal, and Early Childhood teachers who meet the minimum requirements. PLAN NOW! Click here for more about the course, or call the SAA Office for further details.

Updated price on Studio Memberships!

As of August 1, active teacher members of the SAA may collect 10 or more Associate memberships from families in their studio for only $35 USD per family. Studio memberships must be submitted to the SAA at one time, but separate checks for each family are acceptable.

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The Suzuki Association of the Americas is a nonprofit organization of teachers, parents, and educators dedicated to the advancement of the Suzuki Method in the Americas.

Suzuki Association of the Americas
PO Box 17310, Boulder CO 80308