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Aber Suzuki Singers—Jingle Bells

From the students of Mary Hofer.


Suzuki Musica Alegria

On 12/19/20 (Saturday) at 7 pm, the Hipnótico Filmes channel on Youtube kindly offered the Suzuki community the screening of the documentary “Suzuki, Música com Alegria” (25 ‘in length).

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AMSBrasil, in partnership with Hipnótico Filmes, invites you to watch “Suzuki, Música com Alegria”. Watch the trailer:

The Producer has been sharing the incredible response it has received in thedocumentaryscreenings so far. At the end of a year as challenging as this 2020 due to Covid-19, we would like to give a Christmas present to the entire Suzuki community in the Americas.

Happy with the circulation of thedocumentary, we want to provide:

  • a moment of fraternization, gratitude, exchange of experiences and smiles
  • exchanges between teachers, parents, Suzuki students from other countries;
  • an opportunity to share the Suzuki Methodology with friends / close people (involved or not in the music field)
  • reinforcing the importance of Education and Art;
  • a meeting to resume contacts and remember why we like music!

The video has subtitles in Spanish and English, which makes it accessible to anyone interested in watching it.

Screening date: December 19, 2020, at 7 pm (Brasília time).

Produtora Hipnótico Filmes will raise funds during the exhibition in order to generate scholarships for teachers in training. This money will be used by AMSBrasil.


What is new in Canada?

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The Canadian Suzuki e-Newsletter/Infolettre Suzuki canadienne is now in its third year of publication and has proved to be a very significant first step in improving communication in both English and French amongst Canadian Suzuki teachers, and we thank the SAA, and CEO Pam Brasch in particular, for their support in this endeavour. Other significant milestones since the beginning of the pandemic:

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  • The e-Newsletter Steering Committee has expanded to include teachers literally from coast to coast, holding bi-weekly meetings.
  • The e-Newsletter now has a website: Please visit us!
  • Two Canadian Leadership meetings have included Canadian Institute Directors and Teacher Trainers brainstorming about ways to connect with Canadian Suzuki teachers both during and after COVID.
  • All-Canadian meetings have brought more and more Canadians together to share ideas and perspectives in ‘person’, thanks to Zoom.
  • Canadian Suzuki teachers are addressing and learning more about how to address DEIA issues specific to Canadians.
  • A bilingual questionnaire developed by the e-Newsletter Steering Committee was sent to all Suzuki teachers in an effort to better understand the unique needs of our teachers as well as to receive feedback on how we can better communicate and support each other.
  • Canada’s only long term University program at WLU under the direction of Paule Barsalou has grown this year with teachers enrolled from Toronto,ON to Brandon, MB to Vancouver, BC on the west coast.
  • Suzuki Association of Ontario, Canada’s only Chapter Affiliate, continues to thrive under a committed and dedicated leadership.

Katie Avery, YT, Paule Barsalou, ON, Carole Bestvater, NL, Erin Dorfer, BC, Karen Kimmett, ON, Gail Lange, ON, Nadia Petriw, BC, Rob Richardson, MB, Kathleen Schoen, AB

Board News

You can read the latest post from December 8th, at the following link:

For general information go to

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Communication Committee of Latin American Teachers Trainers

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The twelve Latin American teacher trainers have formed a committee to work together and in close coordination with the SAA office. Since May 2020 we have had regular meetings in order to prepare and present the SOS (Suzuki Online Seminars) and then the Teacher Training Courses. In recent years, the growing enthusiasm and interest for the Suzuki Method approach in different countries from Mexico to Patagonia, poses the challenge of being able to offer courses for teachers while maintaining high standards for the good of all children and their families. In a recent meeting, we evaluated the impact of the excellent reception that the online courses had in these months of 2020, evaluating the advantages, as well as thinking about what we could improve for the future if we continue with this online format.

That is why we have formed this amazing team. Some of its objectives:

  • Facilitate communication between countries and teachers in Latin America
  • Promote teacher training
  • Help, support, answer questions
  • Inform the SAA office, make specific recommendations and suggestions according to the very diverse realities in our countries, publicize news or decisions.

If you wish to contact the committee, please write to:

Winter Online Learning Labs

The second SAA Suzuki in the Schools Learning Lab was held on December 13th. Over 50 Suzuki teachers joined the online session with a continued focus on “Best Practices of Online Teaching.” and an introduction of literacy in the Suzuki classroom. This evening’s lecture focused on preparing literacy online through ear training, aural skill development and fingerboard geography. The focus of these labs continue to be group instruction for both school and private student teachers.We hope to continue to share information and ideas with each other as well as build our community. Future dates in January and February have been scheduled. Please mark your calendars and join us.

Beginning with this December lab, we will be offering professional development credit hours to those who attend the labs. These hours can be used in for P.D. credit in most school districts.

Winter Online Learning Labs Future Dates
Dates: January 24 & February 21
Times: 5 PST. 6 MST. 7 CST. 8 EST. (90 minutes)
Register: Email one week in advance of each lab.
Discussion topics will vary. We welcome input on desired topics as well!

Replacement repertoire for “Chicken on a Fencepost”.
“Chicken on a Fencepost” is often used as a first pre-twinkle tune.
Unfortunately, it has been discovered to have an inappropriate history.
A new piece is available to replace “Chicken on a Fencepost and Chicken Variations”.
Please email the above email address and we will send you the new pre-twinkle tune, “Froggie in the Meadow.”

Dates for Summer for Suzuki in the Schools (SIS) Courses Summer 2021

  • June 13-17 SIS Unit 1 Intermountain Suzuki String Institute (Online)
  • July 8-12 SIS Unit 1 South Wales, NY Buffalo Niagara Institute (Online)
  • July 13-18 SIS Unit 2 South Wales, NY Buffalo Niagara Institute (Online)
  • July 30-Aug 3 SIS Unit 1 Hartt Suzuki Institute (Online)

Ensembles Arrangements from Music by Black Composers
If any Suzuki string or piano teacher would like copies of string arrangements based on melodies from Music by Black Composers Vol 1, please send a request to for pdfs of these arrangements.Four melodies have been arranged in melody, harmony and bass line structure. They are compatible arrangements in that they can be played by like instruments or any combination of string instruments.Rachel Barton Pine has graciously allowed us to arrange these melodies without charge but would welcome donations to her foundation.

Mentorship Invitation from Institute Leadership Team

Have you organized weekend workshops for your students? Are you collaborating with other teachers and feeling the joy of shared ideas and learning spaces? Are you thriving in the space of virtual teaching and learning? Do you want to expand on your collaborative ideas?

The Institute Leadership Team would like to invite Suzuki teachers who are interested in knowing more about Institute development to contact us and join the discussion about the future of Suzuki Institutes!

We are interested in identifying “young” and “young at heart” Suzuki teachers who would like to be part of mentoring relationships with Institute Directors and/or Teacher Trainers with the goal of carrying Institutes into the future with a growth mindset and new ideas!

If you are interested, please send an email to We invite you to the table to discuss your ideas and to offer you resources and encouragement! Collaboration is the future, and we’re committed to collaborating as a diverse and inclusive network of Suzuki leaders. We look forward to moving together into a bright future, starting with all the possibilities of 2021!

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Parents as Partners Online 2021 Launches January 27th

We’re excited to announce that Parents as Partners Online 2021 will launch late January. This offering includes a series of videos created with the creativity and wisdom of our own Suzuki community.

Short, insightful videos will be released each week of the ten-week series that support home practice and the relationship between parents and caregivers, and the Suzuki students they support.

This series will include new videos as well as must-see videos from our archives. Topics will include motivation (for both parents and students), pep talks for Suzuki parents, and practice tips & strategies.

Look for registration information in the coming weeks!


American Suzuki Journal – Call for Submissions

We want to hear from you!

As a part of the wider SAA learning community, the American Suzuki Journal relies on volunteer article submissions. We invite you to engage in your learning community by sharing your experiences and knowledge in articles and interviews for ASJ!

As we look toward new horizons in 2021, let’s take the best of what we learned from 2020 to enrich our teaching. Support your colleagues by sharing what you have learned! We welcome submissions on all Suzuki-related topics, but articles about how you navigate current events in your studio are especially welcome. Have you shifted your focus more toward character development in 2020? Found a way to teach advanced technique through Zoom? Authentically connected with teachers or families with different backgrounds from your own? And of course, we can all appreciate uplifting stories of generosity and community building through music.

Additionally, ASJ is looking for individuals to serve on a support committee. These volunteers will help generate articles by making connections among their own peers. Contact us at the email below for more information.

Let us share, listen, and help one another through this!

Please see for article guidelines.
Submit articles and questions to

Communications Updates:

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Autumn Group Lesson


Submitted by: Nancy Lokken
Some teachers in Augsburg University Suzuki Talent Education took advantage of the beautiful fall weather and scheduled group lessons outside. The students took turns going to one another’s back yards for weekly groups. Just being together with safe distance learning was uplifting not only for the students, but the parents as well.

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? Or the general public to a group concert? Have you played in an assisted living facility, street fair, or mall? Submit your own picture today!

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