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September 2011
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109 new members joined the SAA in August. Welcome!

Volunteer Spotlight: Patricia & Michael Brown

SAA Volunteer Spotlight

This month’s SAA Volunteer Spotlight features Patricia and Michael Brown, Suzuki parents and active volunteers at the Blue Lake Suzuki Family Camp.

Tell us about yourselves—where you’re from, how you became involved with Suzuki, anything else you’d like to share.

We are from Haslett, Michigan. We became involved with Suzuki when our oldest two children began taking lessons twelve years ago. We had a wonderful teacher, Clarke Bonton, who truly embodied the philosophy of Suzuki. All five of our children have and still are involved with our local Suzuki program. Our oldest daughter, Hannah, is now a freshman at Michigan State University majoring in music education.

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Conference Deadlines for Students and Sessions

Student Events:

Student Participation Opportunities
Kaleidoscope Concert

  • September 30: International Ensembles
  • October 15: Chamber Music, Master Classes, Flute Performing Ensemble, Recorder Consort, Bass Choir, Guitar Ensemble, SYOA
  • November 30: Kaleidoscope Concert
  • December 15: Piano Concerto

Student Event Application

Session Proposals:

Session Proposal Guidelines

  • October 30: 50-minute session proposals
  • November 15: Nano and Mini Messages

Session Proposal Form


Weekly SAA News Emails

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Student Writing Contest Finalists

I Have a Music Family

I Have a Music Family
by Henry From, age 6

My Memorable Suzuki Moment

My Memorable Suzuki Moment
by Anna Lilly, age 9

Duet for One

Duet for One
by Grace Park, age 10

Sight Reading

Sight Reading
by Monica Pardeshi, age 12

Something More

Something More
by Katherine Lee, age 17

1st and 2nd place entries were published in the
2011 Minijournal. It can be purchased online if you didn’t get one at an Institute this summer.

3rd place entries were published in ASJ volume 39.4.


Nurtured By Love Video DVD

Produced 15 years ago, the award-winning video Nurtured by Love is still widely acclaimed as the best source for information in English about Dr. Suzuki’s life and work and the the Suzuki Method. Every Suzuki studio, program, school and family should have this wonderful DVD in their library to be viewed often, enjoyed and appreciated!

In 1929, Shinichi Suzuki made a startling discovery. Contrary to traditional theories about talent, he realized that born within every child was an extraordinary capacity to learn a universe of knowledge. This revelation led Suzuki on a life-long quest to develop the unlimited abilities of every child.

Narrated by actor Noriyuki “Pat” Morita, Nurtured by Love is an intimate journey through the life of one of the world’s most influential music educators, Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. Told in his own words and through the reflections of those closest to him, the story of Suzuki is an inspirational celebration of the life and potential within all of us.

Available on DVD in the SAA Store for $34

Nurtured by Love DVD Preview

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Upcoming Events

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SAA Calendar
Sep 25: 2012 Institute Preliminary Information Due
Sep 30: International Ensembles Applications Due
Oct 1: Newsletter Submission Deadline
Oct 15: 2012 Institute Applications Due
Oct 15: Student Conference Applications (SYOA, Masterclasses, Ensembles) Due
Oct 30: Session Proposals Due

La Plata, Argentina
Festival Internacional de Flauta Traversa Método Suzuki La Plata
Flute Book 1, Kelly Williamson, Sep 23 – 28

Cincinnati, OH
Studio of Rita Hauck in Ohio
Every Child Can!, Rita Hauck, Sep 27

Monterrey, Mexico
Guitar Book 1, MaryLou Roberts, Sep 28 – Oct 3
Piano Book 1, Caroline Fraser, Sep 28 – Oct 3

Manchester, MO
St. Louis Suzuki Piano Teachers’ Association
Every Child Can!, Edmund Sprunger, Oct 1
Piano Book 1, Cathy Williams Hargrave, Oct 7 – Nov 14

San Martín de los Andes, Argentina
San Martín de los Andes
Flute Book 2, Kelly Williamson, Oct 1 – 8

Newtonville, MA
Suzuki School of Newton
Cello Book 3, Nancy Hair, Oct 3 2011 – Jan 31
Piano Book 1, Sachiko Isihara, Oct 6 2011 – Jan 31
Piano Book 2, Sachiko Isihara, Oct 7 2011 – Jan 31

Austin, TX
Suzuki Strings of Austin
Violin Book 2, Edward Kreitman, Oct 6 – 10

Fairbanks, AK
Fairbanks School of Talent Education
Every Child Can!, Gail Johansen, Oct 7 – 8

Salem, VA
Studio of Deborah Kemper
Flute Book 2, Deborah Kemper, Oct 7 – Dec 4

Sarasota, FL
Sarasota Suzuki Workshop
Every Child Can!, Martha Shackford, Oct 8

Honolulu, HI
Suzuki Association of Hawaii
Suzuki Principles in Action, Joanne Melvin, Oct 8 – 9

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Festival Suzuki de Buenos Aires
Piano Book 1, Caroline Fraser, Oct 12 – 17

Ft. Worth, TX
Studio of Rita Hauck
Every Child Can!, Rita Hauck, Oct 15
Piano Book 1, Rita Hauck, Oct 15 – 22

Philadelphia, PA
Temple University Music Preparatory Division
Every Child Can!, Joan Krzywicki, Oct 15

Cleveland, OH
The Music Settlement
Suzuki Principles in Action, Nancy Lokken, Oct 15 – 16

Miami, FL
Suzuki Association of South Florida
Every Child Can!, Oct 21

Campinas, SP, Brazil
Centro Suzuki de Campinas
Every Child Can!, Shinobu Saito, Oct 23
Violin Book 1, Edward Kreitman, Oct 24 – Nov 1
Cello Book 1, David Evenchick, Oct 24 – Nov 1
Recorder Book 1, Mary Halverson Waldo, Oct 24 – Nov 1

Evanston, IL
Music Institute of Chicago
Every Child Can!, Michele Higa George, Oct 23

Ciudad De Guatemala, Guatemala
Festival Internacional Suzuki en Guatemala
Filosofía, Caroline Fraser, Oct 25 – 29
Violin Book 1, Eduardo Luduena, Oct 30 – Nov 5

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