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January 2010

In this issue:


  • Registration Open Online
  • Hotel & Travel Deals
  • ECC and Early Childhood Training
  • Certificate of Achievement Ceremony
  • Sponsorship, Exhibiting, and Advertising


  • Emails from Institutes & Expanded Info
  • Teacher Scholarships & Auditions


  • Piano Books 4-7: New Repertoire
  • Ask the Experts, part 11
  • Become a Member Online
  • ASJ Volume 38.1

Conference Registration Open Online

Register by March 31 and save. Basic full Conference fee for members staying at the Minneapolis Hilton Hotel is $190, plus $20 tickets to the SAA Gala Benefit Concert. (Conference fees remain at the 2008 rate!) Register and pay online for a 5% discount. Prices go up after March 31.

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Conference Hotel & Travel Deals

The conference is being held at the Hilton Minneapolis hotel in downtown Minneapolis, MN. Special discounted hotel rates are available from May 25 to June 2. Singles and doubles are $103/night, plus tax. Children 18 and under may stay with parent/chaperone at no additional charge. Register early to reserve your preferred accommodations. Suzuki discount rates end May 6.

Hilton booking info

Airline Discounts

Discounts with Delta/Northwest Airlines vary from 2-5% and are applicable to base fares greater than $120 each way. Round trip travel is required.

Airline discount instructions

ECC and Early Childhood Training

Every Child Can! Intro to Suzuki Education

Wednesday, May 26, 6:30-9:30 pm, continuing on Thursday, May 27, 8:30-11:30 am.

Suzuki Early Childhood Education

Two special course opportunities available only to experienced (5 years) Suzuki teachers with courses registered through Book 3 or beyond (including Unit 1A or ECE).

  1. Short Introduction to Suzuki ECE: 2 hour introduction, Thursday, May 27, 1-3 pm.

  2. Suzuki Early Childhood Stage 1: Prenatal and Baby Years. 1st third of the course can be taken in May at the Conference and completed either in Ottawa, Kansas at the Ottawa Suzuki Institute in June or in July in London, Ontario. Times for the first part of the course to be offered in Minneapolis: Thursday, May 27, 1-7 pm and Friday 8:30-10:30 am. For information about completing the course and possibly taking Stage 2 as well, contact Shirley Koch (Ottawa) at or Dorothy Jones (London, ON) at .

Certificate of Achievement Ceremony

The first SAA Certificates of Achievement will be awarded at a special ceremony at the Conference in May. If you would like to be among the first to complete the Certificate and receive it at this ceremony, you must have all your application materials postmarked by March 25. You have just 70 days to get your application ready!

Please note: Instructions for application have been revised for clarity. Requirements are unchanged. If you have previously downloaded the Certificate instructions document, we recommend that you use the revised version as your guide in applying for the Certificate.

Certificate of Achievement application

Conference Sponsorship, Exhibiting, and Advertising Opportunities

If you or your company is interested in exhibiting at the SAA Conference, advertising in the program booklet, or sponsoring a Conference event, package information and contract forms are now available. All contracts are due February 15.

Booklet Advertising
Sponsorship Opportunities

Emails from Institutes & Web Update

This year, in addition to sending you brochures by postal mail, Summer Institutes will be sending you information about their programs by email.

If you don’t want to receive Institute info via email from the SAA, update your email preferences and change “Institute Info” to No.

Expanded Summer Institute Info Online

Details on Summer Institute pricing, housing, meals, recreation opportunities, and more are now included in the institute listings.

Institutes in the Journal

Want to read about institutes offline? Look for the Summer Institutes feature in the next American Suzuki Journal coming out in March.

Teacher Scholarships & Auditions

Now is the perfect time to send in your video audition or scholarship application for teacher training this summer.

Teacher Scholarship Applications are due February 15. Fifty teacher scholarships were awarded in 2009.

Teacher Video Auditions are due at least 8 weeks prior to the start of your training course. Auditions results can take two months or more—get it in before March 31 for quicker results.

Piano Books 4-7: New Repertoire

Suzuki Piano Book 1, Revised International Edition

The Suzuki International Piano Committee is currently completing its work on the newly revised and edited International Editions of Suzuki Piano Books 4-7. These books are projected to be released at the SAA Conference in May, 2010. The accompanying CDs, performed by Seizo Azuma, will be released approximately mid-summer 2010.

Piano training at 2010 Institutes will be based upon the new volumes, which include some exciting new repertoire, along with new edits for many of the pieces being retained in the new editions.

Several opportunities to enhance your teaching of the new repertoire are being offered at summer institutes. A special 10-hour course is being offered to introduce teachers to the new pieces. It will be offered at the Chicago and Hartt Institutes by Mary Craig Powell and at the Greater Pittsburgh Institute by Kiki Barley. Prerequisites are Piano Books 1-5 or 5 completed units.

In addition, the Greater Washington Suzuki Piano Institute is offering an Overview of Suzuki Piano Books 4-7, a full five-day course especially suitable for those who have completed Books 4-7 previously. It will be taught by Fay Adams.

See the new Piano Books 4-7 repertoire list, which includes new pieces, and pieces moved to another book.

Ask the Experts, part 11

In this installment Carol Ourada has some great ideas:

How do you balance family life and the Suzuki method, from the busy life and extra activities, to the time spent, to the growth of the child and parent?

Read Carol’s thoughts on balance

View all Ask the Experts columns

Become a Member Online

You’re already an SAA member, but if your friends want to know: you can now join the SAA online. Don’t forget, you can also renew your membership online at any time.

More about SAA Membership

ASJ Volume 38.1

ASJ volume 38.1

American Suzuki Journal 38.1 is now being mailed to current SAA members—some of you may have it already!

Features include:

14th SAA Biennial Conference with details on the Research Symposium and Clinicians.

Celebration Excellence 2009 CD, the annual fund incentive gift—it’s not too late to contribute!

Lots of articles on local Suzuki student programs putting on exciting workshops in their communities and traveling the world.

Look for the quotes about TEAMWORK throughout the issue!

167 new members have joined the SAA in the last month. Welcome!

Events: March

Wheaton, IL
Student Cello Workshop

Ciudad de México, Mexico
Filosofia, Book 1: Violin, Cello, Piano, Flute, Guitar

February events

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