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Newsletter December 2015FacebookTwitter

Now open! Parents as Partners registration

Are you curious as to what Parents as Partners Online (PPO) is like? Check out this special clip for a preview of this year’s videos!

We are pleased to announce the exciting line-up of titles and presenters that will be featured in 2016. Parents and teachers will have access 24-7 to more than 60 short talks, which aim to nurture one’s Suzuki journey. 

Consider planning a PPO Parent Gathering! Read how various programs have structured get-togethers and consider incorporating one of the PPO Studio Ideas into your second semester offerings.

Download this flyer for promotion in your studio or via a school bulletin board!

SAA Conference: May 26-30, 2016

This month the violas invite you to join “Bill’s Bunch” in Minneapolis in May! And, watch for the opening of conference registration on January 15.

Galaxy of Stars

Looking for a meaningful way to celebrate a loved one during this holiday season? Brighten someone’s day by honoring them with a heart-warming tribute in the Galaxy of Stars. The SAA Giving Galaxy is an opportunity to publicly express appreciation for our colleagues, mentors, friends, and family; those influential individuals who helped shape our lives. This holiday season, give the gift of gratitude!

Calendar of Events

December 15 Launch of Parents as Partners Online registration
December 31 Last day for 2015 year-end donations (tax-exempt)
January 15 SAA Conference registration opens
January 25 Kick-off of Parents as Partners Online series
February 5 SAA Scholarship Applications due


Upcoming Events

Start making plans for second semester and the summer months! The events page has frequent news on upcoming teacher training courses, Suzuki Principles in Action courses, and institutes.


Chapters come alive!
SAI chapter logo

Each month we will be featuring news from one of our chapter affiliates. For December, we have updates from the Suzuki Association of Indiana. Read more from SAI President Liz Efroymson-Brooks and also click here for information about Chapter Affiliates and how to become a Chapter Affiliate of the Suzuki Association of the Americas.


Humor from the Suzuki Studio  

Will I Know All the Violin Repertoire

Have a funny Suzuki-related story? We would love to hear from you! Tell us your story or view and add to our “Friday Funnies” on Facebook, and your story may appear in a future SAA comic. Of course, please keep it clean and respectful. We’re not here to laugh at the expense of anyone involved! Please omit individuals’ last names, and change first names if you wish.

Get Involved!

Suzuki Principles in Action (SPA) Course

This two day, cross-instrumental course is designed to help teachers incorporate Suzuki’s principles effectively in their teaching. The inspiration for SPA came from a need, identified by both Trainers and Teacher Workshop Participants, to deal with the challenges of implementing the knowledge gained from unit courses into the reality of day-to-day studio teaching. Consider hosting a course or make plans to attend one currently scheduled: January 9-10 (Eastern Mennonite University, VA), January 17-18 (Loma Linda, CA), February 4-5 (Milwaukee, WI), March 4-5 (Holland, MI), and March 5-6 (Chicago, IL).

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