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December 2012
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140 new members joined the SAA in November. Welcome!

Leadership Retreat: Deer Creek Lodge, Ohio, May-23-26, 2013

Creating the Future Together 2013 will be the SAA’s 10th Leadership Retreat!

SAA retreats provide participants an opportunity to get 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.

Send Us Your Ideas!

If you plan to attend and have program or other ideas to offer, please send them to . New suggestions are always needed!


Main retreat sessions:

May 23, 2:00 PM to May 26, Noon

Pre-Retreat options:

May 22-23 AM
Including a SPA class

Post-Retreat options:

May 26 PM to May 27 Noon
To be determined


Deer Creek Lodge, a 3,100 acre resort park, is located in central Ohio, about 45 min. south of Columbus. The facility is part of the Ohio State Parks and includes a modern, spacious lodge, nice scenery, and great meeting and recreational facilities. The lodge offers a variety of guest room styles that will accommodate our needs. Rates are quite reasonable. This setting and facility will be especially welcoming for attending families and spouses!

Information on fees, package rates, and other options will be available in January, 2013.

To preview the site, see and


High Notes: Basses are Better!

Bass Choir performance at the 2012 conference

Third in an educational series sponsored by Robertson & Sons Violin Shop

Well, talk to any bassist and that’s what they’ll tell you. Bassists are a breed of their own, deeply committed to the low tones, the amplitude, and the life-size reflection of the human figure. The bass is intrinsic to every musical genre, from jazz to rock and roll, from country to classical. Its role in harmonic construction is the foundation upon which all else is built. All hail the magnificence of the double bass!

The ancestry of the double bass can be traced back to as early as the 15th century. Given that the spruce top of a bass depicts about 300 years of tree growth, you can begin to see that the organic beginnings of any given bass predates its crafting by centuries. That means that a tree planted today would have to grow undisturbed until the 24th century in order to yield a bass! It’s no wonder that other materials have been explored for making basses. Many student basses are made of laminated wood in order to reduce expense and improve durability. For a time in the 1930s, Alcoa produced an upright bass made of aluminum. Some modern makers are experimenting with carbon fiber as a viable material.

Continue reading Basses are Better!


Suzuki Star Power: Annual Fund Drive

Season’s Greetings!

This is indeed a happy time of year. It is a time when we express our love for and appreciation of friends and loved ones. Even though the sentiments are present year-round, we set aside this particular time of year to celebrate our relationships and good fortune with holiday cards, gifts, decorations, traditions, meals, gatherings and good cheer.

The SAA staff and Board of Directors would like to extend best wishes for a magical and musical holiday season to you and your loved ones. You are a valued member of the SAA and we appreciate your generosity in support of your professional organization.

As you count your blessings this year, please consider making a gift to the SAA. Or give the gift of appreciation by honoring someone special in the SAA Galaxy of Stars.

Your donation is a gift to all of your friends and colleagues in the SAA. Happy holidays!

Thanking Our Luck Stars: Honor someone special in our SAA Galaxy of Stars

ASJ 41.1 Coming Soon!

American Suzuki Journal volume 41.1The 201st issue of the American Suzuki Journal will be mailed next week—look for it soon!

This special issue celebrates the 40-year history of the SAA, featuring stories from around the wide Suzuki circle that are informed by the rich heritage of the ASJ.

The Suzuki Method is not fixed, but is continuously progressing day by day.
—Dr. Shinichi Suzuki


Mini Online Conference ends January 31

Mini Online Conference 2012: Revising 40 and Forward

Just 6 weeks left to take advantage of the Mini Online Conference, which includes 36 session videos from the 2012 SAA Conference, plus 70 handouts.

You are sure to find inspiration, useful ideas, and thoughts to ponder and discuss with colleagues and studio families!

Sign up for the Mini Online Conference!

Kaleidoscope Concert DVD

Registrants also receive discounts on the three concert DVDs:

The Mini Online Conference will be available online until January 31, 2013.

Scholarship Applications due February 5

Scholarship applications for North American institutes, long-term study and unit workshop courses for the 2013 season are due February 5, 2013. Late applications will not be accepted.

Awards for unit training range from $300 to $500. Results will be announced in mid-March.

See scholarship application requirements


Upcoming Suzuki Principles in Action Courses

SPA guidelines

January 19-20, Anchorage, AK
Sign up closes December 30.

January 19-20, Madison, WI
Sign up closes December 30.

January 20-21, Pasadena, CA
Sign up closes January 5.

February 16-17, State College, PA
Sign up closes February 1.

February 16-17, Hingham, MA
Sign up closes February 1.

What is SPA?
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, 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.

SPA is a prerequisite for the Certificate of Achievement.

Find out more about SPA

Now is the time to plan SPA courses!
Would you like to have SPA offered in your area?
We need your help!

Check out what’s involved in hosting a course

Upcoming Events

See all upcoming events

SAA Calendar
Jan 1: Minijournal Cover Contest Deadline
Jan 1: Newsletter Sybmission Deadline
Feb 1: ASJ 41.3 Submission Deadline
Feb 5: Scholarship Application Deadline

Studio of Andrea Cannon

Spring, TX Jan 3 – 7
Guitar Book 6

North Texas Suzuki Association

Bedford, TX Jan 4 – 5
Workshop with Carrie Reuning-Hummel

Suzuki Royal Oak Institute of Music

Royal Oak, MI Jan 4 – 12
Violin Book 6

Festival Suzuki de Peru

Lima, Peru Jan 5 – Jul 28
Cello Book 4, 6
Flute Book 1, 2, 3
Guitar Book 1, 3, 6
Piano Book 1, 2, 6
Recorder Book 2, 4
Violin Book 1, 2, 3, 4

Royal Conservatory of Music

Toronto, ON Jan 6 – Mar 28
Every Child Can!
Cello Book 1, 2
Violin Book 1

Western Springs School of Talent Education

Western Springs, IL Jan 6 – May 1
Cello Book 4
Violin Book 3, 5, 7, 8, 9-10

Monarch Suzuki Academy

Austin, TX Jan 8 – 12
Suzuki Early Childhood Education Prenatal and Early Years, Stage 1 & 2

University of Denver

Denver, CO Jan 8 – Jun 5
Cello Book 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9-10
Violin Book 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8

Ogontz Suzuki Institute

Lisbon, NH Jan 11 – 13
SnOgontz in the Poconos: Bass, Cello, Viola, Violin

NWA Suzuki Strings

Bentonville, AR Jan 12
Every Child Can!

Eastern Mennonite University

Harrisonburg, VA Jan 12 – Apr 26
Every Child Can!
Violin Book 1

Arizona Suzuki Association

Phoenix, AZ Jan 13
Every Child Can!

Suzuki School of Newton

Newtonville, MA Jan 13
Every Child Can!

Cleveland Institute of Music

Cleveland, OH Jan 15 – May 31
Cello Book 4

Pakachoag Community Music School of Greater Worcester

Auburn, MA Jan 16 – Mar 20
Violin Book 1

Michigan Music Conference

Grand Rapids, MI Jan 17
Every Child Can!

Temple University Music Preparatory Division

Philadelphia, PA Jan 17 – May 11
Every Child Can!
Piano Book 1

Suzuki Institute of Dallas

Richardson, TX Jan 18 – Mar 18
Every Child Can!
Violin Book 1, 3

Suzuki Association of Wisconsin

Madison, WI Jan 19 – 20
Suzuki Principles in Action

Levine School of Music

Washington, DC Jan 19 – Mar 10
Violin Book 4

Suzuki Association of Southcentral Alaska Institute

Anchorage, AK Jan 19 – 20
Suzuki Principles in Action

Suzuki Teachers Association of California, Los Angeles

Pasadena, CA Jan 20 – 21
Suzuki Principles in Action

Brookline Music School

Brookline, MA Jan 27
Every Child Can!

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