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A Season of Gifts, Gratitude, and Resolutions

SAA 2017

This year was filled with joys, accomplishments and for some, unanticipated challenges. Throughout the year, the resilience, support, and generosity of our Suzuki community has been rewarding and empowering. Through your gifts, the SAA is supporting families and teachers affected by major hurricanes. Through your support for the annual “Dr. Suzuki Birthday Campaign,” the numbers of teachers receiving teacher development scholarships is continuing to grow.

According to the Josephson Institute of Ethics, “character-based decisions must take into account and reflect a concern for the interests and well-being of all affected individuals.” In our community, we treasure Dr. Suzuki’s words “character first, ability second” as a core principle which defines us and sets us apart. Your financial support to the SAA demonstrates a clear commitment to that principle of character development. It also shows that you walk the talk. The SAA Board of Directors extends a heartfelt thank you to all who supported our fundraising efforts in 2017.

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If you have not donated to the SAA Annual Fund yet this year, please consider doing so here . Your support makes a positive impact throughout our community.

With gratitude,
SAA Board of Directors

SAA 2018
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SO … what’s in store for the new year?

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Gifts to you of new and informative Parents as Partners Online sessions made by SAA teachers and parents especially for parents and teachers. Explore subjects like What does a successful teen look like? Why is Nobody Clapping: Classical Concert Manners 101 and Guiding Parents to Great Note Taking. Registration opens January 3.

Building Noble Hearts Podcast

Gratitude for our listener’s ratings, reviews, and media shares of our first season of Building Noble Hearts! Season Two will bring more stories of fascinating people, intriguing ideas, and great music from our Suzuki community and beyond. Consider sharing one of our most popular episodes from Season One with a friend.

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Resolutions to attend the SAA’s 18th Biennial Conference – HAPPENING in 2018!
A Collaborating Community, May 24-28, 2018, Minneapolis, MN

SAA Conferences are planned by SAA members and feature SAA members as well as special guests. In every way, SAA conferences represent our “Learning and Collaborating Community” at its very best!

Over 250 students have been selected to participate in a great variety of model activities that will inspire and motivate you.

Our 48-member conference team is hard at work selecting sessions from your proposals to create 4 days filled with events. The Montrose Trio sponsored by Robertson and Sons Violin Shop is occupying a special place in the lineup of performances. Don’t miss it!

Plus, our business friends are preparing outstanding displays for your shopping enjoyment.

Online registration opens January 2.

For your choice of rooms at the Hilton Minneapolis, please use this link. Book now!


A Celebration with Gratitude

David Gerry

On Thursday, November 30, 2017, a celebration was held in Hamilton, Ontario, in honor of David Gerry’s receipt of an SAA Creating Learning Community award for his many contributions to the Suzuki community.

Read more about his accomplishments and passing here.

We will celebrate David’s Suzuki career and accomplishments in the upcoming ASJ and at the May Conference.


Upcoming Opportunities

Every Child Can!

Looking for an Every Child Can! course?

Upcoming classes start on Jan 3, Jan 7, Jan 12, Jan 15, Jan 21, Jan 25, Jan 26, Jan 28, Feb 3, Feb 4, Feb 10, Feb 17, Feb 24, and beyond!

Hoping to enroll in a Suzuki Principles in Action course?

Upcoming classes start on Jan 6 and on March 22!

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

Our Global Suzuki Community
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From Chicago to Cuba

When President Obama opened the doors to Cuba in December of 2014, Chicago Consort Music Director Thomas Wermuth and Ed Kreitman immediately started making plans to bring the Chicago Consort there for a cultural and musical exchange concert tour. Their tour experiences are detailed in the latest American Suzuki Journal, and on our website as well.

SAA Chapter Affiliates
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At least once a year in October the Affiliated Chapters connect with the SAA to communicate about leadership, activities, members, and finances. What dynamic local organizations! Memorable play-ins, inspiring weekend workshops, excellence-building festivals, enriching teacher and parent activities, supportive student scholarship programs, and celebratory student concerts.

Click here for further information about how to join your local chapter or start one in your area for a chance to build your Suzuki community, practice leadership, and enrich the families in your studios!


Chain Reaction.

What festive paper chains! Here’s a great listening idea for New Year’s resolutions around the corner.

Chain Reaction

From Jill Thomas: “My students weren’t listening enough to their piano songs on their Suzuki CD so I told them that for every day of listening, they could add, on the day of their lesson, a loop to the paper chain in my studio. I wound it around my stairway banister, my ficus benjamina tree, the cactus in the adjacent dining room, the chandelier in the same room and down the banister on the opposite side of the stairway, until it had come full circle. As the chain grew, so did the number of times that my students listened per week. Below is a photo of us with our 542 loop listening chain.”

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!


Amazon Smile

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Do you shop on Easily turn a portion of your purchase into a donation to the SAA through Amazon Smile! Just click this link, log into your account, and shop like you normally do. Remember to log into Amazon Smile whenever you shop on

When you support the SAA, you support the entire Suzuki Community.

Thank you!

Get Involved


Wondering how to react to a memory slip in a recital? Have great Pretwinkle activities for 2.5 year old to share? How do you know when to rehair your bow?Join in the discussion in the Suzuki Forum!

Have questions about building your home studio after you’ve been with a school? Have suggestions about when is it time to move onto another piece? Join the conversation in the Teacher’s Corner!

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