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Who is a shining star in your life?

Does a dear friend light up your life? A close family member? Or maybe a generous student, an inspiring teacher, or a supportive mentor has touched you. The SAA Galaxy of Stars is an enduring celebration of the people in our Suzuki community who light up our sky. During this season of giving where we express thanks to the individuals and organizations that are important to us, consider a gift that lasts through time and supports an organization dedicated to bring more love, excellence, and music to the world.

Alumni Concert: Claremont Trio

Suzuki Alumni Project Event Jan

The Suzuki Alumni Project is excited and proud to present the finale to their 2016-2017 season. All artists are donating their time and talent in honor of their Suzuki roots.

The award-winning Claremont Trio, “one of America’s finest young chamber groups” (Strad Magazine) performs at New York’s Merkin Hall at the Kaufman Music Center in celebration of their Suzuki roots. We hope to see you there!


Have you ever wondered…

What was it really like to study with Dr. Suzuki?
How can I run a more financially successful studio?
How can I better manage, lead, and create in my group classes?
Is it possible to balance being both a Suzuki Teacher and Suzuki Parent?
What?!? Suzuki Trumpet?!

There’s something here for everyone:
practical advice, consolidated research, and inspiring stories.

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Coming Soon: Parents as Partners Online

In January 2017 you can be among the thousands of people who watch and are enriched by Parents as Partners Online. This video series provides a dose of Suzuki inspiration to both teachers and parents. Don’t have time to sit and watch a video? All content is available in auditory only “podcast” style as well. Watch for more info soon.



Chapters come alive!

Southeast Texas Suzuki Association

Why start a chapter?
Because it provides a place for your local Suzuki community to gather, educate, support, and celebrate its teachers, parents, and students. Here are notes from Darbi Green of the South Texas Suzuki Association about the birth of their chapter this year.

Teri Einfeldt’s quote of Max DePree in her September 2009 American Suzuki Journal Chair’s Column sums up our organization’s growth and development through the years: “We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.” In 2016, Southeast Texas Suzuki Association officially became a Chapter Affiliate of the SAA and was presented with an official certificate at the 2016 SAA Conference. We are proud of this accomplishment because this gives us the ability to have more widespread communication and promote Suzuki through educational events for students, parents, and teachers.

Becoming a Chapter Affiliate benefits and offers more support to local teachers and students. “Before STXSA became an SAA Chapter Affiliate and accepted all instruments, my students who learn both violin and piano needed to attend events held individually from local Suzuki string or piano organizations with extra effort, time and travel. Now they get to attend one event for both of their instruments,”said Shaochin Chien, STXSA Suzuki piano and violin teacher. As teachers, we need emotional support as well as professional support. Through STXSA, teachers have the opportunity to come to several general meetings where Suzuki topics are discussed and everyone is updated on yearly events.

Read the full article in your recent American Suzuki Journal, or Click here.

Click here for further information about Chapter Affiliates and how to become a Chapter Affiliate of the Suzuki Association of the Americas.


Humor from the Suzuki Studio

Run Far Enough Away

SAA Membership

Did you know your membership lets you access this?

Are you in a leadership position in your school, chapter, institute, or organization? Your membership in the SAA lets you register for the biennial SAA Leadership Retreat held in May. The retreat is a time to gather, connect, and problem solve with other leaders and be infused with new ideas about how you can better lead and serve your community. Plan to join us in May, and watch for more detailed announcements in 2017.

Not yet a member, or has your membership lapsed? You can fix that here!


Get Involved!

ATTENTION, Suzuki Program Directors

Including Suzuki School Administrators, Chapter Affiliate Boards, Local Suzuki Teachers Groups, and others!

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Experience hassle-free planning & fret-less hosting—who doesn’t like that?

  • See improvements in teacher/parent cooperation.

  • Watch new collegial connections develop.

  • Raise the levels of excellence achieved in your own teaching.

The SAA needs YOU to host a 2-day SPA course at your school or other program facility!

You provide the location, you help spread the word, and brew the coffee. The SAA does almost all of the planning——registrations, contracts, travel & more!

Suzuki Principles in Action © (SPA) may be offered from September through early April. SPA welcomes all Suzuki instrumental, vocal, and Early Childhood teachers who meet the minimum requirements. PLAN NOW! Click here for more about the course, or call the SAA Office for further details.

Want to attend? Upcoming SPA courses are being offered on January 14-15, 2017 (Phoenix AZ), January 28-29, 2017 (Round Rock, TX), and March 31-April 1 (no joke! Salt Lake City, UT).

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