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Building Noble Hearts—S2 E4

I’m So Happy I Get to Bring Them In

What is community? How do you find it? Join it? Build it? To find an answer, we had a conversation with someone who has built a remarkably strong and unified music group. Clara Hardie started with relationships that were very dear to her, but among a population that hadn’t had access to Suzuki teaching before: the families that were regulars of The Capuchin Soup kitchen in Detroit.


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

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 Now Open

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Last few days of the store wide sale!

Revisiting Book One

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We all need a boost sometimes. For some teachers, repeating an entire early training course (though very worthwhile!) doesn’t feel like the boost they were looking for. Enter Revisiting Unit One, a course designed for experienced teachers who are ready to circle back to the fundamentals to see new views on the material and join a seasoned class of teachers to talk about beginning students.

We interviewed participants in this program to understand more about why they took the course, what it was like, and what benefits they gained. Here are their answers.

Name a Star in Someone’s Honor!

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Grateful for a special teacher? Remembering a loved one who appreciated children and music? Recently, Monique Pinelli and Kay Collier McLaughlin have 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.


Select Conference Videos 2018

Koen Rens
Studio of Beth Cantrell

The 2018 SAA Conference was a huge success! Koen Rens’ masterful keynote speech is available as well as SAA Board President Elect Beth Cantrell’s inspiring talk, “For the Happiness of Children.”

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The phenomenal youth orchestra concerts of SYOA I & II, SYASE, Advanced Violin Performing Ensemble, Cello Choir, and Flute Choir & Performing Ensemble are available to view, or are available for downloading from our store. Enjoy!

(Note: International Ensembles videos will be available October 2. Piano Ensemble videos to be released at a later date.)

Cover Contest

Lena Albert

Our 2017 Cover Contest winners are now published! Lena from South Carolina received the “Best of Show”. Thank you Lena!

Click Here to see other winners then scroll down for info on submitting artwork for a cover!

Mother’s Day in the Hospital

Mother’s Day at the hospital

From Helenice Villar Rosa:
This picture shows 23 students of the “Klavier Educação Musical—São Bernardo do Campo Suzuki Center” (Brazil) at the hospital, playing on Mother’s Day. It was an exciting and beautiful concert.”

Join the Discussion!

How do you practice with more than one child? Ideas on teaching piano to a blind child? Need practicing ideas or games to try?
Join the discussion in the Suzuki Forum!

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What is the Suzuki Principles in Action course?

Suzuki Principles in Action (SPA) is a course designed to help teachers incorporate Suzuki’s principles effectively in their teaching. The course focuses on how to teach, not what to teach. It allows for the sharing of ideas among all instrument areas. 

Topics include:

  • Setting standards of excellence for students at all levels
  • Identifying the appropriate time to move ahead in the repertoire
  • Incorporating regular, productive review work in daily teaching and practicing
  • Incorporating ear training and learning by ear in daily teaching
  • Focusing attention on tone development
  • Giving productive, balanced, frequent feedback to students
  • Communicating effectively and working productively with parents
  • Structuring lessons to facilitate successful progress

NEXT COURSE January 19-20 Get more info here

Additional Recordings for the Suzuki Violin School

From the SAA Violin Committee:
Establishing a rich musical environment through listening is a cornerstone of the Suzuki approach and an all-important component of the “Language Learning Analogy.” Listening repetitively to fine performances creates a palette of musical concepts and ideas and an internal image of tone in the mind. A vital part of creating an optimal learning environment is for the teacher to explore a wide variety of recordings. To that end, the SAA Violin Committee offers the list below of recordings which are either “vintage” recordings of the Suzuki Violin School or suggestions for numerous other recorded versions of the repertoire.

More information and links are available here.

Looking for an Every Child Can! course?

Every Child Can!

October 8, 13, 14, 15, 20th and beyond!

Get more info here.

Did you know…

…about the list of organizations looking for Suzuki teachers? Check out our Job Listings page!

Or are you an organization needing Suzuki teachers?—Post a job opening on the SAA website

The Time is Now

to start planning for a spring SPA course in your area!

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Suzuki Program Directors, 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, 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.

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