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August 2012
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145 new members joined the SAA in July. Welcome!

Sneak Peek: American Suzuki Journal 40.4

American Suzuki Journal volume 40.4

ASJ Summer 2012 issue is coming to your mailbox soon!

Practical articles for parents and teachers on:

  • Practicing
  • Ensembles
  • Public school programs
  • And more!

Interview with Double Bassist Nicholas Walker
We talk about the future of bass, creativity and improvisation, and teaching young bassists.

Chair’s Column: The Other Suzuki Triangle
A reflection on Suzuki values.

Exciting new product features from our premier business members.

15th Biennial Conference Recap
If you missed the conference, are new to the SAA and don’t know what our conferences are all about, or came to the conference, but found there was too much for one person to take in, don’t miss this issue! Recaps from every instrument area represented at the conference, plus concert reviews, photos, words from board members, and much, much more!

ASJ subscription is included with SAA membership.

Make sure your membership is up-to-date today!


SAA 101: Online Member Directory

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Find your friends and colleagues in the Online Member Directory.

Every Active SAA member has a full profile page in the online member directory with their contact information, including email addresses. You can add your picture and professional biography to your page, and opt to show your registered SAA training, too. Check out Board Chair Mark George’s page for an example.

Member profiles can also be found through the general website search when you’re logged in (in the top right of every page), making finding your colleagues even easier.

You can change your website privacy settings to customize your online experience and control what information you share with whom. Log in and review your web profile settings.

And don’t forget to add a picture and bio for your member profile page, if you haven’t already!

To protect your privacy, the online member directory is only accessible to other SAA members, not the general public.


Videos: Suzuki Voice, Gavin George, Suzuki Students perform National Anthem

We’ve got a lot of great videos for you this month!

Suzuki Voice: Then and Now

See how some Suzuki voice students have progressed from twinkles to teens.

Suzuki Voice: Then and Now

Suzuki Students Perform the National Anthem for St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Game

One hundred Suzuki string students from Illinois, Missouri, and Wisconsin took the field of Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Sunday, July 22, to perform the national anthem, directed by Suzuki violin teacher Joseph Kaminsky of St. Louis, before the last match of a three-game series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs, who have a 127-year-old rivalry.

National Anthem Baseball Video

Click to watch online

Suzuki Piano Student Gavin George Featured in New Documentary

Gavin George, nine-year-old Suzuki piano student of Mary Craig Powell and performer at the SAA Conference, is the focus of a newly-released short documentary from the Prodigies series by THNKR.

Gavin George Documentary

Click to watch online


Upcoming Suzuki Principles in Action Courses

What is SPA?
Suzuki Principles in Action (SPA) is a course designed to help teachers incorporate Suzuki’s principles effectively in their teaching. The course focuses on how to teach, not what to teach, and to allow for the sharing of ideas among all instrument areas. It is based on Dr. Suzuki’s belief that knowledge is an important first step, but “knowledge plus 10,000 times” is what produces ability.

SPA is a prerequisite for the Certificate of Achievement.

Find out more about SPA

Now is the time to plan SPA courses!
Would you like to have SPA offered in your area?
We need your help!

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Upcoming Events

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SAA Calendar
Sep 1: Newsletter Submission Deadline
Nov 1: ASJ 41.2 Submission Deadline


Monterrey, NL, Mexico Aug 18 – Sep 15
Piano Book 2
El Arte de la Enseñanza: Piano & Violin

Centro Suzuki Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina Aug 18 – Nov 20
Introduction to Kodaly
Violin Book 1 & 2

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ Aug 19 – Dec 13
Every Child Can!
Cello Book 1

Heart of Texas Suzuki Association

San Marcos, TX Aug 20 – 21
How to Introduce Music Reading

Festival Suzuki de Rosario

Rosario, Argentina Aug 21 – 31
Guitar Book 1 & 4

Amarillo College Suzuki String Program

Amarillo, TX Aug 25
Every Child Can!

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY Aug 25 – Dec 7
Every Child Can!
Violin Book 1, 5, 6, 7

DePaul Community Music Division

Chicago, IL Sep 2
Every Child Can!

University of Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN Sep 5 – Dec 12
Violin Book 1, 5, 6

Suzuki School of Newton

Newtonville, MA Sep 9 – Jan 28
Every Child Can!
Cello Book 3
Piano Book 2
Violin Book 1

Colburn School of Performing Arts

Los Angeles, CA Sep 12 – Dec 12
Cello Book 1

Denison University Suzuki Program

Granville, OH Sep 22 – 23
Suzuki Principles in Action

Pakachoag Community Music School of Greater Worcester

Auburn, MA Sep 22 – Nov 17
Violin Book 1

South Shore Conservatory

Hingham, MA Sep 23
Every Child Can!

Fundación Gisela

Caguas, PR Sep 23 – 30
Piano Book 1

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