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Newsletter March 2018FacebookTwitter

Have You Seen This?

If you haven’t been to a Suzuki Conference before, if you’re indecisive about attending, or you just want a taste of what to look forward to when you arrive, check out this video and see why conference is the place for you.

Today-March 31: Early Bird Registration
Today-May 3: Reserve Your Room at the Hilton
Today: Need a roommate? Sign up for one here.
Today: Reserve an instrument to rent during the Conference
April 1-May 12: Regular Price Registration
May 23, and Thursday, May 24: Pre-conference offerings including ECC!, Dalcroze, and International Research Symposium for Talent Education events.
May, 24, 4:30 pm to Monday, May 28, noon: Conference!

NEW! This year, we are collaborating with Schmitt Instruments and Coda Bow for instrument rentals available to all string players! Cellists are familiar with using a borrowed instrument when traveling, and now violins, violas, and basses will be available to as well! See our website for more information.

A Big Thank You to Our Conference Sponsors!

Robertson & Sons Violin Shop, Inc.
Shar Music
Alfred Music
Kawai America
Schmitt Music
Connolly Music Company
D’Addario & Co., Inc.
Super-Sensitive Musical String Co.
CodaBow International, Ltd.
Brannen Brothers Flutemakers, Inc.


Updates from the Suzuki Community in Puerto Rico

2018 Asociación Suzuki de Violin de Puerto Rico Workshop

Many members of the SAA have been in close contact with Suzuki teacher colleagues in Puerto Rico since the devastating hurricane in September 2017, providing moral and monetary support. Despite formidable odds against them, the Asociación Suzuki de Violin de Puerto Rico held its annual workshops in January 2018, inviting several mainland SAA teachers to join them.

Read about it more on our Home Page News or Here.

Sneak Peek at American Suzuki Journal 46#2, Winter

Coming to mailboxes soon! 

Interview excerpt: Martin Beaver, interviewed by Janis Wittrig

Martin Beaver

“One of my end goals with any student (apart from building technique, repertoire, artistic sensitivity and communication skills) is that they ultimately become their own teacher. Therefore, I spend quite a bit of time discussing and demonstrating practice techniques with them. I encourage slow and relaxed practice so that they can analyze a problem, make corrections and gradually speed a passage up to normal tempo. In terms of analysis, we go over the various aspects in both hands/arms that can affect any given passage and the focus of mental energies.”
Martin Beaver will perform with Montrose Trio, sponsored by Robertson and Sons Violin Shop, at the 2018 SAA Conference.

Interview excerpt: Berta Rojas, Musical Ambassador from Paraguay, interviewed by Andrea Cannon

Berta Rojas Photo

“The legacy of Agustín Barrios is one of Paraguay’s greatest cultural treasures; through playing his music I discovered what’s most essential and profound about the land I was born in and about this great homeland we call Latin America. When I acquired that meaningful understanding of the invaluable heritage Mangoré left us, that’s when my mission to share it with the people of my country began, especially with the younger generations so that they, too, may feel connected with his music.”
Berta Rojas is Guitar Clinician for the 2018 SAA Conference.

Cover Contest

Minijournal Best Abstract

Our 2017 Cover Contest winners will be announced soon! In the meantime, this 2016 entry from Clara in Ontario won “Best Abstract.” Thank you Clara!


Kinder Concert at the Bookstore

Kinder Concet at he bookstore

From Silvia Noriega Cerna:

On a May Saturday afternoon I went to the local bookstore to play with my youngest students. We played several Book 1 themes. We invited the community and gave candies to all kids. We had a lot of fun.

Have a great picture to share? We are looking for photos of students performing in their community. ShortScore wants to feature your experiences!

Do You Shop at Want to give to the SAA?

3x your impact! From March 12-31, Amazon is tripling the donation rate on your first purchase! Shop at and Amazon donates to Suzuki Association Of The Americas.


2018 Parents as Partners Online is Running!

Today: Registration Open!
Mar 19, Mar 26: New videos released
Today-Oct 15: All 2018 released videos available

Fundamental education for beginning Suzuki parents, enriching ideas for Suzuki veterans, and unique perspectives for all Suzuki teachers—this is what Parents as Partners Online 2018 is all about.

Click here for more information and registration

Attention SAA Members

Annual Membership Meeting

March 9-April 10: Vote in Board Elections HERE
May 26, 8:30am: Annual Member Meeting at the Minneapolis Hilton

Every Child Can!

Looking for an Every Child Can! course?

April 11, April 15, April 21, May 12, May 19, May 24 and beyond: Get more info here.

Suzuki Principles in Action (SPA) Logo

Hoping to enroll in a Suzuki Principles in Action course?

April 7-8: Get more info here.

Annual Cherry Blossom Giving

Cherry Buds

April 9—30: How many blossoms can we grow on the giving tree? Look for it in April!

Trumpet and Brass!

Beginning Trumpet training now serves all Brass, and is open to all brass instruments. Find Level One in Calgary, and Brazil, or see website for all events.

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