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“With Gratitude for All that Suzuki Provides!”—B.B.

On October 17, 2017, we commemorated Dr. Suzuki’s 119th birthday and remembered the extraordinary man at the heart of our Suzuki world.


“Dr. Suzuki wanted to bring beauty to the lives of children in post-war Japan. Today, more than ever, the world needs us to share his respectful, positive vision.” 

“Dr. Suzuki’s profound philosophy and approach to pedagogy changed my life. The SAA was and continues to be the vehicle for my education. Thank you, SAA.”  
—Deanna Badgett

“I contribute to SAA because the SAA has given me far more than I can ever give. Training may be costly, but the enrichment to our lives? Priceless!”  
–Alicia Randisi-Hooker

Please join us in celebrating Dr. Suzuki’s 119th birthday! Contribute to the SAA Teacher Development Scholarship campaign.

You can help us reach our goals in the few remaining days of the
Birthday Campaign!
Thank you!

Mark your Calendar

TODAY: Start saving for the conference so you can share ideas with our Collaborating Community!
OCTOBER 25: Individual student event applications due
OCTOBER 30: Session Proposals due
DECEMBER 15:  Piano Concerto applications due
JANUARY: Register to join us in Minneapolis!
MAY 24-28: 18th Biennial SAA Conference, “A Collaborating Community”

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

Thank you!


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There’s a growing collection of Articles for Parents in Spanish and Portuguese. You may know that Google translate options are available on all the SAA website pages (translate button: bottom right corner of each page), but these specific articles have been personally translated by members of our Suzuki community to allow more members and friends to receive more benefit from the inspiration Parents as Partners provides. Many thanks to our translators!

Check out all of our Articles for Parents here.

Upcoming opportunities

Every Child Can!

Looking for an Every Child Can course?
Upcoming classes start on Oct 23, Oct 29, Oct 30, Dec 3, Jan 3, and beyond!

Needing a Suzuki Principles in Action course?
Upcoming classes start on Nov 11, Nov 18, Jan 6 and beyond!

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Find details and more under the “Events” column on the SAA website homepage!

Our Global Suzuki Community

New translations of 1965 video with Dr. Suzuki

TERI Video Screenshot Suzuki

TERI (Talent Education Research Institute) in Japan has released translations in pdf form on its English page website for an archival film featuring Dr. Suzuki. Transcripts are available in Italian, French, Lithuanian, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazilian), and German.

SAA Chapter Affiliates
Suzuki Association of Washington State (SAWS)

SAWS just had their 38th annual fall festival!

Teacher training, chamber groups, master classes, groups, enrichment classes, recitals, and friends with a “musical frolic on the lawn.” Great job, SAWS for 38 years of enriching the Suzuki community in Washington State!


Music teachers know that October is prime time to prepare for a holiday recital.

The Yarbrough Studio

The violin students of Jennifer Yarbrough perform for residents of Brookdale Montclair Senior Living Solutions in Poulsbo, WA on December 10, 2016.

Image by Jennifer Yarbrough

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? Have you played in an assisted living facility, street fair, or mall? ShortScore wants to feature pictures from your community!

Your SAA Membership Opportunity

We are Suzuki! …and we need YOU!

The Suzuki Community thrives when everyone participates!

As an SAA member you can help…
—Welcome Others
—Bring Universal Recognition to Suzuki Education
—Reach Beyond Our Community to Share Suzuki’s Philosophy
—Create Amazing Activities and Events in Your Community and Beyond
—Uphold the Value of Music
—Imagine the Future!

scholarships … newsletters … journals … new courses … conferences … leadership development … online videos, podcasts, and other resources … education for teachers and families … online visibility for Suzuki teaching professionals …support for educational research … development of programs in Latin America & more!

Get Involved

Article Submissions

Is there a Suzuki-related subject you wish we’d cover more in the ASJ, newsletter, or blog? Or have you written an article that you would like published? If you are interested in submitting a Suzuki-related article, please see the Manuscript Guidelines or email us at for more information.


Do you need some Twinkle Rhythm words in Mandarin? Have some insight to share about levels of Orchestra music? Join the discussion in the General Forum!
Suzuki Forum

Have a question about center chin rests? Have fine motor skill exercises to share for little fingers? Join and share in the Teacher’s Corner Forum!
Teacher’s Corner

The Time is Now

to start planning for a SPA course!

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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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