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March 2009

Virtual Leadership Retreat—Register Now!

The April Virtual Leadership Retreat is fast approaching. The kick-off event will be the LIVE Annual Meeting video webcast and chat on April 4th at 3:30pm Pacific time, which will be open to all members. Other VLR-only highlights include:
  • New video lectures by Jeff Cox, Mark George, Alice Joy Lewis, Christie Felsing, Zachary Ebin, Teri Einfeldt, Diane Slone, Maria Mastropaolo, Sarah Pearce, and others.
  • Videos from past conferences and retreats, including tips on how to plan a workshop, the business side of running a teaching studio, graduations, tour groups, how children learn, and many more.
  • Video features on many Summer Institutes.
  • Book discussion on Talent Is Overrated (see more below).
  • Updates on newer Suzuki instrument areas: Organ, Recorder, and Voice.
  • Live chats on many topics.
  • Discussion threads on videos, your teaching stories, and for input on next year’s Conference.

A schedule will be online by the end of the month, so be sure to check the website for that. VLR registrants will receive more information by email in the coming weeks.

Register for the VLR by March 25 to receive a $10 discount off the regular $45 price when you upload your picture and bio.

Read more about the VLR

Book Discussion for the VLR

The book Talent Is Overrated by Geoff Colvin will be discussed during the Virtual Leadership Retreat. There is a review of the book in the latest issue of the ASJ on page 31. Read the book in preparation for the VLR, or at the very least this article by Colvin on CNN: Why Talent Is Overrated.

Some Thoughts on the VLR

I am really looking forward to the Virtual Leadership Retreat, and hope that many of my colleagues will participate. Given the high costs of traveling to conferences, the possibility of using technology in this way is a real boost to our community. To be able to virtually “attend” conferences for a nominal fee, from home and at a time that is convenient for each person, must be practical as well as cost-effective for everyone. Could there be an easier way to recharge our collective batteries?!

The main drawback to a virtual conference is the lack of face-to-face interaction and sharing of ideas. Here in Southern Ontario, we are planning to get small groups of area teachers together at one person’s home to watch certain presentations, and follow the video with coffee and discussion. In this way, the Virtual Leadership Retreat can be both local, and international. It will be a wonderful opportunity to build relationships on the local level, and since many teachers have never been to a Suzuki conference, I expect that it will be an opportunity to inspire those who haven’t yet been, to think of going to the 2010 conference.

I’d like to suggest that other teachers actively promote this idea in their area, to ensure that the VLR is a success.

Thanks for this innovative idea!

Kelly Williamson

ASJ Volume 37 Number 2

The Winter 2009 American Suzuki Journal is now being mailed to current SAA members. Look for it in your mail soon! Features include:
  • Butterfly Dust by Diane Worthey
  • Matsumoto Experience by Heidi Behrenbruch
  • 2009 Summer Institute Listings
  • Many more great articles on teaching and learning

Online Ballot (Active Members Only)

Reminder: Active members may now vote on the 2009 board ballot. Voting members without an email address have been mailed a paper ballot. You have until March 25 to vote!

2010 SAA Conference

May 27-31, 2010 marks the SAA’s 14th Biennial Conference in Minneapolis, MN. Be sure to save the dates for this special event, which will focus upon the theme of TEAMWORK. Stay tuned for audition details for expanded chamber music participation and cross-instrument collaboration.

Your Conference ideas and suggestions will be entertained during the upcoming Virtual Leadership Retreat. We encourage all to sign up for the VLR in order to share your thoughts.

Violin Book Revisions Update

The SAA Violin Committee would like to report the following developments in the on-going process of revisions to the Suzuki Violin School volumes by the ISA Violin Committee.

A reprint of the Revised Volumes 1, 2, and 3 was completed and published in December 2008 by Alfred. All inventory in their warehouse is now the reprints of these volumes, not the first edition. There was a tremendous effort on the part of all the ISA regional association violin committees to address issues in the first printing. Alfred was wise enough to limit the numbers of the first printing to allow for what they anticipated as needed corrections. We thank them for their foresight and continued assistance in publishing the best editions possible.

Read more on violin book revisions

51 new members have joined the SAA in the last month. Welcome!

40 “sessions” are planned for the VLR, with more in the works.

Summer Institutes

Peruse the 2009 Institute listings online, and look for them in the current issue of the Journal.

Upcoming Events

Virtual Leadership Retreat

Filosofia and Violin Book 1
Buenos Aires, Argentina

World Suzuki Convention
Melbourne, Australia

Cello Book 2
Austin, Texas

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