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Newsletter September 2016FacebookTwitter

Nurturing Thinking Minds

How can music lessons turn our students into lifetime thought leaders? Jane Reed shows us how in this engaging, inspiring, and universally applicable talk. Prepare to stand, shout, and learn with her videos. Feel free to forward this newsletter on to families, teachers, or students.

Have only 2 minutes? Start with the Preview Video.
Want the full experience? We highly recommend the Full Video.

Here is a set of worksheet notes for you to accompany the video. Enjoy!


Upcoming Suzuki Journal

The American Suzuki Journal, Vol. 44 #4, is coming out soon. Here is a sneak peek at just a few of the many interesting articles.

  • Yumi Kendall reports on the inception of The Suzuki Alumni Project, their first inaugural recital, and exciting plans for the upcoming year.

  • A summary of the SAA’s 17th Biennial Conference, with specifics from the areas of bass, cello, viola, violin, flute, guitar, harp, recorder, piano, voice, Early Childhood Education, and Suzuki in the Schools.

  • Memories from an archived interview with cellist Gilda Barston, a beloved pillar of the Suzuki community, who passed away in June.

Don’t get the Journal? Join the SAA to receive more great news and ideas with the full American Suzuki Journal.

Thanks to SAA Staff Members

Chris Davis, our publications designer for 13 years, has moved on to other artistic endeavors. We miss her, but she remains involved as our newsletter cartoonist and as an enthusiastic Suzuki mom.

Christie Felsing completed a two-year staff position recently. We appreciated her excellent work on Parents as Partners Online and our newsletter Short Score and her support for the Retreat and the Conference. She is now teaching and doing teacher training at the Hartt Community Music School. We wish to thank both Chris and Christie for sharing their talents with the SAA.

The staff has welcomed Cheryl Armstrong as the new designer. She comes to us from a career in association publications design in the Denver area. We also welcome Margaret Watts Romney, whom many know as a Suzuki Cello Teacher in Salt Lake and a Suzuki alumni. We look forward to her addition to the staff as well.

Wanting more training?

Did you know there are Every Child Can! courses and instrument unit training courses available all during the year? Look up your instrument here to see what’s being offered.



Chapters come alive!

Suzuki Association of Washington State (SAWS)

Each month we will be featuring news from one of our chapter affiliates. For September, we get to know Suzuki Association of Washington State. Click here for an introduction to SAWS from President Priscilla Jones, and read more in the current SAA journal, Volume 44, #4.

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

Q: Why did the guitarist keep rubbing the side of her head on her guitar?
A: Because she was playing by ear!

Get Involved!

ATTENTION, Suzuki Program Directors

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

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 November 4-5, 2016 (Ottawa, ON), and January 28-29, 2017 (Austin, TX).

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