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February 2013
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Shaping Our Future Together

What are your strengths?

How can you put those to work for the benefit of your fellow SAA members?

This was a birthday party to rival all others. People came from around the world to celebrate. And they brought with them gifts—immeasurable gifts. The kind that abide within each one of us. The kind that we share freely with our friends, our colleagues, our students, and all of the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

This historic moment provided us with the opportunity not only to take stock of our accomplishments, but also to seriously consider what lies ahead of us, what our goals are, and how we’re going to meet those goals in the next forty years. This is no small matter as it requires some serious introspection on the part of each individual member and the organization as a whole.

At the Annual Membership Meeting held earlier in the day, each Board member shared his or her commitment gift to SAA. At the celebration dinner, postcards were distributed on which conference participants were given the opportunity to record their commitments to provide acts of service to SAA as their birthday gift to the organization.

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Vote on the Board Ballot by April 10

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Vote on this year’s Board Ballot to elect new members of the SAA Board of Directors.

Voting is primarily online. Paper ballots will be mailed to those eligible voting members without email addresses. Current individual Active members are eligible to vote. The ballot includes a proxy option for those unable to attend the Annual Membership Meeting in person, which will be May 25 at the Leadership Retreat in Ohio.

Voting closes on April 10. Paper ballots must be postmarked by that date.

2013 Board of Directors Candidates

Rolando Freitag, IL
Frank Viola, CT


Student Writing Contest

Calling all students: Enter the
2013 Suzuki Student Writing Contest!

Polish up your best poetry and nonfiction essays and send them our way. We want to see your many talents! Winning pieces will be published on the SAA website, in the Minijournal, or in other publications.

To get started, choose one of the following topics, or come up with your own!

  • What does Dr. Suzuki’s phrase “beautiful tone, beautiful heart” mean to you?
  • What is your favorite Suzuki repertoire piece to play, and why?
  • Write about a memorable Suzuki experience.

How to submit your writing contest entry


Summer Institutes

Now is the time to enroll for a Summer Institute—many Institutes have early enrollment deadlines coming up soon.

Summer Suzuki Institutes are special camps that provide an intensive musical experience for families with children who currently study an instrument through the Suzuki Method.

For teachers, institutes offer Suzuki training for both prospective teachers who desire an introduction to the method and experienced teachers who wish to expand their knowledge and receive fresh inspiration.

See the online Summer Institute listings for summary information, then check individual Institute websites for full details.

Teachers, if you plan to start training with Unit 1 this summer, review the teacher audition guidelines and start working on your video.


Nurtured by Love New Translation

Nurtured By Love Book, Revised Edition

Nurtured By Love Revised Edition, with new translation by Kyoko & Lili Selden

Now in a new translation, this book is Shinichi Suzuki’s exploration of the concepts of his Talent Education philosophy through a personal narrative of discovery and experiences.

Taken from the original Japanese directly into English, this new work provides fascinating insight into the mind of the master. Both the original Nurtured by Love and Nurtured by Love Revised Edition are a must for any teacher, player, or devotee of Dr. Suzuki’s teaching, and promise to inspire new generations.

More about the Nurtured By Love Revised Edition

Leadership Retreat & Parents as Partners

Leadership Retreat registration and more information will be available online soon.

Parents as Partners Online started on Monday, but you can still register and not miss anything. New videos are posted once a week for the next 2 months, and everything will continue to be available until June 30.


Upcoming Events

SAA Calendar
Mar 1: Newsletter Submission Deadline
May 1: ASJ 41.4 Submission Deadline

Houston Area Suzuki Piano Association

Houston, TX Feb 26 – Mar 2
Piano 3

Ottawa Suzuki Strings-Ontario

Ottawa, ON Mar 2 – Apr 14
Every Child Can!
Violin 1

Studio of Elizabeth Stuen-Walker

Bellingham, WA Mar 9 – 13
Viola 8

University of Oregon Community Music Institute

Eugene, OR Mar 13 – 23
Violin 1

Suzuki Music Institute of Dallas

Richardson, TX Mar 14 – 18
Violin 3

Studio of Gail Lange

Guelph, ON Mar 21 – Sep 30
Piano 7

Suzuki Strings of Augusta

Augusta, GA Mar 22 – 23
A Workshop for Strings: Bass, Cello, Viola, Violin

Centro Suzuki Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina Mar 23 – 26

Suzuki Strings of Austin

Austin, TX Mar 24 – 25
Group Class Teaching

Royal Conservatory of Music

Toronto, ON Mar 24 – 28
Cello 2

16th Suzuki Method World Convention

Matsumoto, Japan Mar 27 – 31
16th Suzuki Method World Convention

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