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A Collaborating Community

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Have ideas to share with the
Suzuki community at the 2018 Conference?
The session deadline is approaching soon!

The theme “A Collaborating Community” invites us to explore the many different forms collaboration can take, both within and outside the SAA community. Presentations may be specific to an instrument area or fall into a broader category like outreach, studio management, Suzuki heritage and history, workshop logistics, health and wellness, teaching tools, communication, rhythm, and reading, or technology. Topics with a focus on collaboration are particularly encouraged this year.

Sending students to the conference?
Applications are due soon!

Conference student events offer unique observation experiences for participating teachers and great coaching and performing experiences for students.  Students may apply to participate in instrument-specific masterclasses coached by distinguished guest clinicians and/or they may apply to participate in coached ensembles.  

Suzuki Hurricane Relief Fund Logo

The Suzuki Association of the Americas, in coordination with the Texas SAA Chapter Affiliates, North Texas Suzuki Association and Southeast Texas Suzuki Association, would like to invite you to participate in our campaign to support the teachers and families in the Greater Houston area who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Please consider donating directly to the Suzuki Hurricane Relief Fund to benefit Huston area Suzuki teachers and families.

Or, you may wish to consider the following Practice-a-Thon idea for your program or studio, as donated by Dallas Suzuki Teacher, Irene Mitchell. See packet below.

Practice-a-Thon Packet
(Adapt your own instructional letter, p. 1.)

A great way to help with the recovery efforts in Southeast Texas, while setting into motion a focused practice routine!


Matsumoto Memoir

Mark Bjork

What was it like to study with Shinichi Suzuki in the 1970’s? In this episode of the podcast, we hear in Mark Bjork’s voice his initial curiosity and admiration as he remembers his experiences encountering Suzuki teaching as well as the inspiration, wisdom, and gratitude that he brought back from his time in Japan.

Click Here to listen to this and all the other episodes.

Thanks to our listeners for the great response! Want to help out?

- Leave a review on iTunes! This promotes the podcast to a larger audience.

- Tell teachers, parents, students, friends, or family what you’ve enjoyed.

- If you have professional personal recordings, we are looking for more background music for season two. It’s enriching to feature music from our community. We give credit verbally and through links in our show notes.

Parents As Partners 2017 Icon

PPO 2017 is closing on October 15,

but will be coming again in 2018!

Here are some things to look forward to:

* More practice tips for parents
* New ideas for teachers
* Options for newcomers or veterans
* Transcripts including translations
* Nano videos
…and More!

Want to chime in with your suggestions for 2018?

Take the Teacher Survey

Take the Parent Survey

Upcoming opportunities

Every Child Can!

Looking for an Every Child Can course?
Upcoming classes start on Sept 24, Sept 30, Oct 1, Jan 7, and beyond!

Needing a Suzuki Principles in Action course?
Upcoming classes start on Oct 20, Nov 11, Nov 18, and beyond!

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

Our Global SAA Community

From the Talent Education Research Institute in Japan:

2018 is the 120th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. On April 4th of this special year, Talent Education Research Institute will hold the 54th Grand Concert. It has been 9 years since the last Grand Concert took place. In 2011, we suspended the 53rd Grand Concert because of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami on March 11th. This time, we are planning to perform with Children’s Orchestra of El Sistema Japan, which was founded in 2012 to support the children affected by the disaster.

The 52nd Grand Concert
SAA Chapter Affiliates

Bach to School with SAU

Suzuki Association of Utah logo

In early September, Suzuki Association of Utah held a unique concert devoted to music written by any Bach composer. They had individuals and groups perform on cello, flute, violin, viola and piano. They had a cello sextet, a violin quartet, a violin studio group, one violin duo, and many solos. One student played music by C.P.E. Bach, and the rest were by J.S. Bach. The concert was held in an art studio, so participants were enriched visually as well as aurally. What a great way to kick off the fall season!

SAU Bach Concert 2017

PMA at the SLB. The Saturday Light Brigade is a weekly radio show broadcast for children in Pittsburgh. One regular segment is the Youth Expressions Showcase which features music students from the area. These students of The Pittsburgh Music Academy performed and were interviewed in July, 2017. Archives can be found at

PMA at the SLB

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

Presenting at the 2018 Conference!

2016 Conference Presenter Violin

What are your ideas for collaboration within the Suzuki studio and/or for making connections within the wider Suzuki community, and beyond? Members can propose and present sessions for the 2018 Suzuki Conference in Minneapolis.

Get Involved

There’s a conversation waiting for you

in the SAA Forums.

Have experience with being a teacher-parent? Have favorite theory or flash card tips to share? Join in the Teacher’s Corner Forum!
Teacher’s Corner

Have a question about university auditions, or changing teachers? Join the discussion in the General Forum!
Suzuki Forum

The Time is Now

to start planning for a SPA course!

Spa Email

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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