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Dear Suzuki Community:

This time of year tends to be rather busy—regardless of where you are in the region! I hope that you are taking good care and that there is at least some time for you to breathe and find rejuvenation as May comes to a close. Perhaps you might be willing to let us in on how you rejuvenate your work and your teaching, as our upcoming quarterly American Suzuki Journal focuses on the theme of Rejuvenation.

In the last month, the Suzuki Training Committee (STC) gathered together and began its work. For the next two months, we are focused on building community and connection, understanding our roles and responsibilities, and determining our areas of focus for the 2024 fiscal year, which begins in August. I am humbled to work alongside the committee, as I am humbled to be connected with you all as part of our Suzuki community. We will continue to provide updates as we work! Expect open STC office hours to begin in the fall.

Finally—save the date! Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 26th from 4:30p-6:00p PST via Zoom. It will be recorded for any members who are unable to attend. A Zoom link will be sent out to members in advance of the session. We look forward to sharing updates from our Board of Directors, updates from our Executive Director, and sharing space with our members. Wishing you a wonderful month ahead!


Angelica Cortez
Executive Director
Suzuki Association of the Americas

We Are Suzuki 2023 Mini-Retreat!

The SAA is hosting a day of learning and connection! Join us for a mini-retreat day together on June 2nd, 2023. Sessions will begin at 9a PT and end at 5p PT. The mini-retreat will offer a three-hour training session titled Connecting Noble Hearts & Music Learning, along with opportunities for members to connect with each other. We have a wonderful group of members speaking, which you can learn more about at the link below. This will be a pay-what-you-can event, and all sessions will be translated. Below is the schedule, which we will continue to add to in the coming days.

We know some may be busy with Institutes, Festivals, or several other amazing opportunities, so if you can’t make it, don’t worry, we’ll be sure to record sessions! Thank you all so much for your support and community! We’ll look forward to seeing you there!

Step 1: Register Now

Step 2: View the Schedule after you’ve registered!

Step 3: Sign up for any Zoom links you’d like to attend via the Schedule page linked above!

Write for the ASJ!

Call for papers—Volume 51, Number 4

For our upcoming issue, we are seeking articles based around the theme of Rejuvenation. Our lives and our teaching flow in cycles. At times we’re fresh and excited, bubbling with creative ideas, performances, and vigor. At other times, we’re at a low point: burned out, spread too thin, and fresh out of ideas. We need a reset and time to recharge. For this issue of the ASJ, we are examining strategies of renewal from many perspectives.

  • Pedagogy: How do you refresh your teaching? What resources, repertoire, and techniques do you rely on to spur your creative teaching energies?

  • Balance: How do you structure your life to create space for musical renewal? How do you “pump the brakes”?

  • Students: How do we guide young people–who might not be aware of their own burnout–to reflect on the cycles in their lives?

  • Inspiration: What ideas, musical or otherwise, are your creative touchstones that you return to for renewal?

  • Relationships: Who supports you when you need rejuvenation? How do you gather strength from your mentors, family, and friends?

Submissions are due July 1, 2023. Further information and the submission form can be found here. To share ideas, general inquiries, or just to say hi, please contact Andrew Braddock at .

Sale Alert—Suzuki Materials!

Alfred Music is hosting a SALE for our members based in the U.S. & Canada! Be sure to take a look!

Conference Page!

Keep an eye on the SAA Website for updates about the conference! Be sure to save the dates March 20-23, 2024 in Louisville, Kentucky for a co-located conference with the American String Teacher Association (ASTA). We are pleased to share space with another music-centered organization. Each organization will host its own conference in the same venue, with opportunities for members to overlap.

Check this page for updates regarding a call for proposals. We expect to launch our call for proposals on June 15th, and to accept proposals through August 15th. We will also provide details about any student and ensemble opportunities on the page linked above! Student and ensemble opportunities will have a separate timeline and audition process. We can’t wait to see you there!

Communication & Feedback

We love hearing from our members! If you have feedback for us, a question to ask, or an idea for us to consider, please either (1) fill out this form, (2) attend a community gathering, (3) sign up for virtual coffee with our Executive Director, or (4) email us at

Board News

The Board of Directors is preparing for the end of the fiscal year. We are beginning to prepare for our Annual General Meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, July 25th from 4:30p-6p PST and held virtually via Zoom. Please mark your calendars and save the date! Our nominating committee is currently finalizing the ballot of nominees to the Board of Directors, for you to vote on. Please keep an eye out for an email specifically about the ballot. View our next Board Member video at the link below!

Watch the latest get to know the Board Video!

Translation options available in the settings of the video!

News from the ISA

The Teacher Trainers Conference registration page is now available at this link! Please note that the Conference is only for Teacher Trainers. You can learn more via the ISA webpage.

New to the ISA Video Archive. Now available:

The Suzuki Method Video Guidance Series

Use the following link to access these newly posted videos of Dr. Suzuki speaking about the philosophy of Talent Education and the pedagogy of the Suzuki Method.

The Suzuki Method Video Guidance Series

This series was produced in the mid-1970’s under sponsorship of the Sony Corporation. The videos were made on the recital hall stage of the Talent Education Research Institute, at the National Concert in Tokyo and in venues around Matsumoto used for the TERI Summer School. View more at the link above!

News from Canada

The Great Canadian Patio is returning!

Suzuki Music/Musique Canada (SMMC) is now officially incorporated as a not-for-profit national organization.

In June, we are hosting three different sessions accommodating three general time zones across Canada to visit with each other and field questions and answers about where we are now and where we could go from here. Three different sessions, three different hosts in three different parts of Canada to visit and discuss/dream of what we can do together.

Sunday, June 4th, 12:00 pm EDT
Robert Richardson
Meeting ID: 424 198 0186 Passcode: Carmen

Friday, June 9th, 10:00pm EDT
Genevieve Schirm-Joyce

Saturday, June 17th, 7:00 pm EDT
Paule Barsalou
Meeting ID: 260 390 2932 Passcode: Panther55

Le grand patio canadien est de retour!

Suzuki Music/Musique Canada (SMMC) est officiellement incorporée en tant qu’organisme national sans but lucratif.

En juin, nous organisons trois rencontres dans trois fuseaux horaires différents à travers le Canada. Nous répondrons à des questions sur notre situation actuelle et sur l’avenir. Trois réunions différentes, trois hôtes différents dans trois parties différentes du Canada pour visiter, discuter et rêver de ce que nous pouvons faire ensemble.

dimanche 4 juin, 12 h HAE (heure avancée de l’Est)
Robert Richardson
ID de la réunion : 424 198 0186 Code secret: Carmen

vendredi 9 juin, 22 h HAE (heure avancée de l’Est)
Geneviève Schirm-Joyce

samedi 17 juin, 19 h HAE (heure avancée de l’Est)
Paule Barsalou
ID de la réunion : 260 390 2932 Code secret: Panther55

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