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Shaping Character From the Start

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  • Leadership Retreat
    Come learn about
    Conversational Intelligence
    with Judith Glaser and
    Michael Stabile!
    Early Bird Registration
    ends March 31.

  • Parents as Partners
    Participants have almost
    topped 5,000! Help us
    reach our goal, and be
    sure you don’t miss
    your opportunity
    to join the momentum!

Do you ever wonder how early Suzuki’s vision can begin to grow in a child? Is there such a thing as “too young?” Suzuki’s aim was always to create an environment for a child’s character to blossom with beauty, and the Suzuki Early Childhood Education Program (SECE) accomplishes just this from as early as the baby’s first heartbeat. During the early childhood years, birth through age five, every moment is an opportunity for children to learn more about the world around them, to practice social skills, and to gain critical thinking skills and knowledge. And as they begin to learn how to navigate the world around them, these moments provide opportunities for them to grow in character, laying the foundations for them to thrive and develop in all areas of life.

SECE focuses on the development of a child’s sensitivity—as a child’s ability to listen, focus, appreciate and understand advances, so does their ability to empathize, express themselves and to serve others. This development also paves the way for musical sensitivity and growth of skills necessary for making music. Watch the video above to see how Suzuki ECE is making an impact on the character development of young children at the Suzuki Talent Education Society in Calgary, Alberta. The video production  ”First Character, then Ability”  is one of  three videos which comprise an SECE series initiated and produced by Wan Tsai Chen, Artistic Director of Suzuki Talent Education Society (STES) of Calgary, Alberta Canada.  These video productions (available at reflect Wan Tsai Chen’s lifelong passion for the Suzuki philosophy and method and were made possible with the full and continued support of the Suzuki community at STES.  STES is among the pioneers of the SECE program and continues to place great focus upon the importance early childhood education.

The SAA has launched a new website page for Suzuki Early Childhood Education! Click below to visit the new webpage and view videos, articles, research, and other information about the program:



Leadership Retreat—March 31 Early Bird Deadline!

Join us May 21—24 at Deer Creek Lodge, Mt. Sterling OH for the 2015 SAA Leadership Retreat! Returning to the same beautiful location as our successful 2013 retreat, we invite you to a weekend of community, learning, and relaxation. A special feature of the retreat will be Judith Glaser and Michael Stabile’s hands-on workshop on Conversational Intelligence. Click Here to view more information and to register.

Early Bird Registration ends March 31!

Register Now

Parents as Partners Online
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Parents as Partners Online has now hit over 4950 participants! Help us reach the 5000 mark and the release of a special historic video! Registration is open through April 30, with all 61 inspirational videos being accessible through June 30.

Upcoming Events

Hartt Suzuki Institute

Hartt Suzuki Institute

The SAA supports many workshops, institutes, and other events that provide student and teacher training opportunities. Check out the list below to find Suzuki events near you!

Click Here to view all of our upcoming events!

New in the SAA Online Store!

Which Pitch? Reader

Which Pitch? Reader
by Mary Kay Waddington with Phala Tracy

A Reading Primer for Treble and Bass clefs including CDs of duets for every piece!

Which Pitch? Reader is designed to be used with the animation software Which Pitch is Which? (sold separately).  That is where you learn the pitches. This is where you put them to use! A perfect first reading book for any instrument using Treble or Bass clefs, Which Pitch? Reader starts with long notes to give students time to find them, and shortens the length as the book progresses. See More in the Online Store.



Humor from the Suzuki Studio

Rovers Place in the Suzuki Triangle Cartoon

Have a funny Suzuki-related story? We would love to hear from you! Your story may appear in a future SAA comic. Of course, please keep it clean and respectful. We’re not here to laugh at the expense of anyone involved! Please omit individuals’ last names, and change first names if you wish.

Tell us your Story

or view and add to our “Friday Funnies” on Facebook!

Help Out!

Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Suzuki Association of the Americas is scheduled for Saturday morning, May 23, 8:30 AM at Deer Creek Conference Center, Mt. Stirling, OH (2015 Retreat location). Everyone is welcome!

Host a SPA Course

Suzuki Principles in Action (SPA) is a two day, cross-instrumental course designed to help teachers incorporate Suzuki’s principles effectively in their teaching. The inspiration for SPA came from a need, identified by both Trainers and Teacher Workshop Participants, to deal with the challenges of implementing the knowledge gained from Unit courses into the reality of day-to-day studio teaching.

Are you interested in hosting a course in your area? We are now accepting applications for SPA courses to be held during Fall 2015! Click here for more information!

Article Submissions

Is there a Suzuki-related subject you wish we’d cover more in the Journal, Newsletter, or online 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 the editor at for more information.


Jane Dunbar

Jane Dunbar

Midwestern Suzuki families may remember Jane Dunbar and her children from early Suzuki institute years.  She was devoted to Suzuki education and provided a much-appreciated service through her graphic design business, Autumn Enterprises, in Farmington Hills, MI.

Jane established an SAA Teachers Scholarship in memory of the beloved Suzuki teacher, Joe Cleveland. Each year, following Jane’s request, we are able to award a scholarship in Joe’s memory, to a deserving teacher with a “good sense of humor.”

Jane recently passed away at age 82. Read her obituary.

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