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What opportunities do we have

to strengthen families?

During the 2016 SAA Conference in Minneapolis, Ed Sprunger gave a talk on the opportunities we have as parents and teachers to strengthen family ties through Suzuki music study.

“As Suzuki teachers, we work with the same children week after week, year after year. We also work with their parents over time. The long-term nature of our work—combined with our value of educating and enriching the whole child—means that we have many opportunities to fortify the families we work with by giving them experiences that they would be hard-pressed to find in other places. This session is about how to notice and use these opportunities.”



Parents as Partners Online 2017

is Rolling!

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What a strong start to Parents as Partners Online 2017! We are getting closer to our first goal of 2,500 participants! When we do, we will release a very special video: the Keynote speech of Winifred Crock from the 2016 SAA Conference.

Her talk, “More than a Method; Reflections on the Vision of Dr. Suzuki” is a deep, personal, and entertaining remembrance of her times studying in Japan with Dr. Suzuki. What was Dr. Suzuki like? What is Talent Education really about and how can it affect our families, education, and society in general? What does his definition of talent and ability mean in today’s world?

Want to view this inspiring talk?

“Wait, what is Parents as Partners Online 2017?”

Parents as Partners is an online program for Suzuki parents and teachers with talks on practice tips, schedules, motivation, and more! Parents and teachers will have access 24/7 to more than 45 short talks in various formats:
- Video: Talks average 10 minutes each, with some under 3 minutes!
- Audio: Got car time? How about a “podcast” format from your phone?
- Print: Transcripts available for our newest talks as well.

Whether you are a parent or teacher, Parents as Partners Online is a way to strengthen interactions and practicing with students through an infusion of new ideas.

Join us at the Leadership Retreat

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Join us May 22—26 at Deer Creek Lodge, Mt. Sterling, OH, for the 2017 SAA Leadership Retreat! We are returning to the same beautiful location as our successful 2015 retreat, with some new updates to enhance our stay.  We invite you to a weekend of community, learning, and relaxation.

Early Bird Registration ends March 5. Registration closes April 10.

Suzuki Summer Institutes:

Connecting Musical with Magical

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Reflections from Whitney Kelley

Growing up as a Suzuki kid, the memories I formed at summer institutes made some of the most lasting impressions on me. You see, as Ed Kreitman once expressed, “when we attend a summer institute, we connect the musical with the magical. And within this magical context lies opportunity.” In my own magical experiences at institutes, I was intrinsically motivated to learn, grow, and connect and was touched by countless intangible emotions in addition to the more tangible musical benefits. I have carried many of these emotional connections with me as a professional musician.

If you are registered for PPO 2017, you can click here to see a video on a the experience and benefits of attending an institute.

Are you interested in attending a Suzuki Institute this summer?

View a map of our Summer Institutes or Read More about what Suzuki Institutes have to offer you!

Upcoming opportunities

Our Global SAA Community

From Marilyn O’Boyle:

Lima, Peru was the site of the Seventh “Encuentro de Profesores Suzuki de America Latina’ (Latin American Suzuki Teachers Meeting), from January 11—13. These meetings take place every three years and give Latin American Suzuki teachers a chance to report to each other about their programs, share ideas and knowledge, and make plans. This year there were reports from 17 countries, spanning the distance from Mexico down to Chile and from Bolivia over to Brazil.

Interspersed between the excellent country reports, there were breakout groups dealing with instrument specific issues, several panel presentations and other special presentations such as

  • Motivation as a part of the Suzuki Method—a dissertation by Marina Maugeri
  • The world is changing! Music education too? by Gabriel Pleigo
  • Suzuki Trumpet presented by Pedro Azevedo
  • How to form a Suzuki program in economically disadvantaged areas by Andrea Raza
  • We are the SAA!! presented by Marilyn O’Boyle and Kelly Williamson

Watch for a complete report in the next SAA Journal!

Peru Festival photos—recorder teachers

Peru Festival —recorder teachers

SAA Affiliated Chapters

NEW! Chapter logo featured on member’s SAA pages!

Suzuki Association of Ontario
North Carolina Suzuki Association
Suzuki Association of Georgia
Suzuki Association of Utah logo
Suzuki Association of Washington State (SAWS)
Suzuki Association of Massachusetts
Suzuki Association of Minnesota
Greater Philadelphia Suzuki Association
Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area
Heart of America Suzuki Association
Southeast Texas Suzuki Association
North Texas Suzuki Association
Suzuki Association of Colorado
Suzuki Association of Indiana

Guess what! If you are a teacher who is a member of your local Affiliated Chapter, your chapter logo is now displayed on your member page! This is a great way to feature those who have access to the rich resources offered by the Chapters.

Families who are looking for a new teacher, or colleagues researching peers can clearly see who is a member of a local chapter with the chapter logo prominently displayed on member’s pages.

Are you a member of an Affiliated Chapter but don’t see the logo on your member page? Contact your Chapter leadership to learn how.

Click here for further information about Chapter Affiliates, how to create a Chapter Affiliate, or how to reach your local Chapter to inquire about joining.

Helping each other

Helping Each Other

Vana and Mohammed are Suzuki violin students in Erbil, Iraq at Bilkent Erbil College.
They have been learning violin for four years.

Hey there, Suzuki fans! 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 concerts? Have you played in an assisted living facility, street fair, or mall? Send a picture our way and we will share favorites in this monthly newsletter!

Your SAA Membership Supports…

Your membership supports the expansion of Suzuki teacher training programs from northern Canada to Argentina!

Violin Unit 4 teachers in Puerto Rico

Violin Unit 4 teachers in Puerto Rico

Not a member yet? Has your membership lapsed? You can fix that here!

Get Involved!

There’s a conversation waiting for you

in the SAA Forums.

Teacher’s Corner
Have you had a question about students with a collapsing thumb joint? Do you have a solution to share? Join us in the member’s teacher corner for this recent discussion.

Suzuki Forum.
Or… There’s an interesting discussion happening in the general Suzuki forum started by family who is traveling the world for a year! How would you recommend keeping up newly gained violin skills? Or perhaps ask for tips on how to accomplish such a feat!

Membership Pages

Have you looked at your own Suzuki Association of the Americas member page lately? Perhaps it’s time to update your bio, you’ve moved, or you have a new favorite picture. See a record of your training, your declared teaching availability status, and the next steps waiting for you in your teaching education. Update your membership page today!

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