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November 2009

In this issue:

  • Annual Fund
  • Ask the Experts, parts 2-5
  • 4 New Summer Institutes
  • New Teacher Trainers
  • Find Us on Facebook


  • Session Proposals
  • 2008 Pictures!
  • Students Needed for Bass, Flute, Guitar, Recorder, and Piano Concerto

Annual Fund

It’s that special time of year again when the SAA Board announces its Annual Fund Campaign. Only through your gifts to the Annual Fund is the SAA able to support its scholarship program and other services and projects. This year’s theme is “Following in their Footsteps.”

Read the letter from Marilyn Kesler, new Board member.

The Board is proud to introduce a special gift available to this year’s donors at the $75 level or beyond: Celebrating Excellence II, a beautiful collection of performances by former Suzuki students. The performers have donated their recordings to make this special gift possible and to honor the Suzuki Method which helped start them on their path as accomplished musicians.

More about Celebrating Excellence II.

Ask the Experts, parts 2-5

Part 2: Business aspects of starting and administering a studio?

Part 3: Living in an area with no strings, how do I get parents to commit to coming to lessons?

Part 4: How do you arrange for someone in the community to mentor a new teacher?

Part 5: Suzuki Guitar technique and composers?

View all Ask the Experts answers.

4 New Summer Institutes

We have 4 new Summer Institutes for next year, in addition to the 62 established Institutes announced in the last newsletter.

Austin Suzuki Guitar Institute
Austin, TX

CICA Summer Suzuki Institute
Fayetteville, AR

Desert Suzuki Institute
Las Vegas, NV

Mount Royal University Suzuki Piano Institute
Calgary, AB

See 2010 Summer Institute information.

Other new Institutes may be approved and added soon. Watch the website for further updates.

New Teacher Trainers

The SAA would like to welcome three new Teacher Trainers:

Mary Hofer
Stevens Point, WIJoseph Pecoraro
Winston-Salem, NC


James Hutchins
Silver Spring, MD

These Trainer Candidates completed the final steps in the approval process following the ISA Teacher Trainer Conference in Boston last month. We look forward to their service in this new and important capacity.

Find Us on Facebook

Suzuki Association on Facebook

The SAA is now on Facebook. Become a fan to stay up on the latest SAA news.

SAA on Facebook.

Session Proposals

The Conference Team is busily reviewing the 175 session proposals for the 2010 Conference in May. We expect to have the final decisions made by the first week of January. You will be notified regarding the status of your proposal by email. Thank you for your patience. The array of proposals is truly outstanding!

2008 Conference Pictures

Take a peek at our last Conference with pictures and videos.

Are you getting excited for next spring?

See 2008 Conference picture gallery.

Students Needed for Bass, Flute, Guitar, Recorder, and Piano Concerto

Student participants are still needed for the following events at the 2010 SAA Conference next May:

Bass: SYOA 1, SYOA 2, Bass Choir
Flute: Masterclass, Performing Ensemble
Guitar: Masterclass, Non-Preformed Chamber
Recorder: Masterclass, Recorder Consort, Non-Preformed Chamber
Piano: Concerto performance (due December 15)

Applications are due November 30.

See the student participation criteria and online student application.

169 new members have joined the SAA in the last month. Welcome!

Events: January

Festival Suzuki de Peru
Filosofia, Violin, Cello, Bass, Piano, Flute, Recorder, Guitar, Enrichments, and Conference

Bedford, TX
Teaching Group Lessons

Brookline, MA
Every Child Can!, Flute Book 3, Student Flute Workshop

Cincinnati, OH
Piano Book 3

Events: January, cont.

Grand Rapids, MI
Every Child Can!

Pittsburgh, PA
Every Child Can!

Madison, WI
Every Child Can!

Campinas, Brazil
Every Child Can!, Violin Book 1

San Salvador, El Salvador
Filosofia, Violin, Cello, Guitar

All upcoming events

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