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We Are Suzuki: Embracing the Vision

Emma Pease-Byron’s conference nano session is a creative example of how to use humor and images to reach students with differing learning styles. Drawing upon ideas from the popular children’s book The Pout Pout Fish, this video provides effective strategies for teaching efficient body use and having a productive lesson. Her innovative thoughts are applicable to any instrument.

Be sure to watch for the upcoming American Suzuki Journal vol. 44 no. 4, which will contain more conference reports. If you are not currently an SAA member, we encourage you to join the SAA—the official organization for Suzuki education. You’ll connect to a larger community of teachers and parents, and receive the quarterly American Suzuki Journal.

2016 Minijournal Winners

Thank you to all the young artists who participated in the 2016 Minijournal Cover Design Contest! This year we received 37 entries, with categories of Best of Show, Best Suzuki Name Design, Most Colorful, Best Cartoon, Most Fun, Best Abstract, and Most Beautiful. 

We congratulate this year’s cover design winner Malaya from Minnesota. Click here to view her design, plus all the winning artwork, showcased in the 2016 gallery.

You will receive a free copy of the SAA Minijournal (featuring the artwork) if you attend an institute this summer. Starting in September, remaining copies will be on sale via the SAA Online Store.

2017 Minijournal Cover Design Contest

Guidelines: Original cover design by a Suzuki student between the ages of 4 and 14. Suzuki or music-related subject matter preferred. Please do not send computer-generated artwork. One entry per child.

Deadline: January 1, 2017

Send to: SAA Cover Contest, PO Box 17310, Boulder CO 80308


Upcoming Events: Sailing into Summer!
Suzuki Valhalla Institute

Institutes are underway, with students, parents, and teachers being inspired in more than sixty locations this summer. A complete listing of summer offerings, plus upcoming fall training, can be found on the Events Page of the SAA website.


Chapters come alive!

SAO Chapter Logo

As a longtime teacher in the Suzuki Association of Ontario, Margot Jewell’s reflections on What SAO Means to Me highlight the impact chapter membership has had on her professional development and growth.

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

Get Involved!

Suzuki Principles in Action course

What better way to kick-start your fall semester than enrolling in the Suzuki Principles in Action course? This two-day course is cross instrumental and is designed to help teachers incorporate Suzuki’s principles effectively into their teaching. SPA focuses upon how to teach, not what to teach. 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. 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. Read more about the course itself, plus learn how to host a course. Watch for fall courses being posted soon!

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The Suzuki Association of the Americas is a nonprofit organization of teachers, parents, and educators dedicated to the advancement of the Suzuki Method in the Americas.

Suzuki Association of the Americas
PO Box 17310, Boulder CO 80308