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Congratulations to New Teacher Trainers

November 13, 2009

The SAA would like to welcome three new Teacher Trainers:Mary Hofer
Stevens Point, WIJoseph Pecoraro
Winston-Salem, NC
James Hutchins
Silver Spring, MD
These Trainer Candidates completed the final steps in the approval process following the ISA Teacher Trainer Conference in Boston last month. We look… Read more ▶

Ask the Experts 5 Guitar Technique and Repertoire

November 10, 2009 by David Madsen

Last summer, focus groups at summer Institutes were asked to submit questions for a panel of “Suzuki Experts” to answer. This is the fifth installment.
How can we maintain the joy of playing guitar without weighing the student down with technique?
The… Read more ▶

Conference Students Needed for Bass Flute Guitar and Recorder

November 5, 2009

Student participants are still needed for the following events at the 2010 SAA Conference next May:

Bass: SYOA 1, SYOA 2, Bass Choir
Flute: Masterclass, Performing Ensemble
Guitar: Masterclass, Non-Preformed Chamber
Recorder: Masterclass, Recorder Consort, Non-Preformed Chamber

Applications are being accepted until November 30.
See the… Read more ▶

SAA Guitar Committee Conference Call Notes July 26 2009

October 13, 2009

Present at this meeting:
Frank Longay, Andy Lafrienere, Seth Himmelhoch, Mary Lou Roberts, Andrea Cannon
New Teacher Trainer
Congratulations again to Joe Pecoraro who is now a Teacher Trainer.
Progress on Recordings of Volumes 8 and 9
Frank Longay traveled to Los Angeles to supervise… Read more ▶

SAA Guitar Committee Conference Call Notes March 22 2009

May 15, 2009

The entire Committee was present for the call: Andrea Cannon, Mychal Gendron, Seth Himmelhoch, Bill Kossler, Andy Lafreniere, Frank Longay, David Madsen, Mary Lou Roberts
Welcome to the Guitar Committee new members Mary Lou Roberts and Mychal Gendron!

The SAA Virtual… Read more ▶

Suzuki Guitar

April 22, 2009

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Guitar Committee Membership Expanded

February 2, 2009

We are pleased to be able to report that MaryLou Roberts, of Ann Arbor, MI and Mychal Gendron, of Cranston, RI have accepted the invitation to participate as members of the Guitar Committee of the Suzuki Association of the Americas.
Mychal… Read more ▶

Recordings for Suzuki Books 8 and 9

February 2, 2009

Guitarist William Kanengiser, Alfred Music, and the Guitar Committee of the International Suzuki Association have come to agreement on his recording of Books 8 and 9 of the Suzuki Guitar Schoo.
Recognized as one of America’s most brilliant guitarists, William Kanengiser… Read more ▶

Book 9 of the Suzuki Guitar School Released

February 2, 2009

Alfred Music has just released Book 9 of the Suzuki Guitar School and the edition should be on music store shelves by next week. The volume represents a 25 year collaborative project in the development of an effective application of… Read more ▶

Guitar Foundation Ad

January 9, 2009

Exciting news! The SAA has an ad on the Guitar Foundation website, for the months of January, February, and March. It is a revolving ad on the pages of their website. Our Summer Institute Logo ad banner link takes… Read more ▶

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If you would like to be placed on the Guitar mailing list please print this form, fill out the pertinent information and mail it in to be added to our database. Teachers on this list are sent occasional updates concerning Suzuki Guitar training opportunities.

Current Projects, Issues, and News

Interested in the latest developments in Suzuki Guitar method? The SAA Guitar Committee meets regularly via a monthly phone conference. Check back here periodically for their latest conference call notes.

Contacting Other Teachers Through the Suzuki Guitar Listserve

One of the best ways to communicate with other Suzuki Guitar teachers is through the Suzuki Guitar Listserve. The Listserve is an informal and unofficial meeting place for Suzuki Guitar teachers worldwide. It is maintained through the kind efforts of Seth Himmelhoch.

To join the Listserv, teachers can email Seth at [javascript protected email address] . Please provide the name of your teacher trainer, the unit studied, and the Institute name where you took their training.

SAA Guitar Committee

The members of the Suzuki Association of the Americas Guitar Committee welcome your communication.

Andrea Cannon

Andrea Cannon

Spring, TX
Phone: 281-320-9656
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Mychal Gendron

Mychal Gendron

Cranston, RI
Phone: 401-368-4426
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Seth Himmelhoch

Seth Himmelhoch, Chair

Teaneck, NJ
Phone: 201-928-1641
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William Kossler

William Kossler

Winston-Salem, NC
Phone: 336-682-7293
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Andrew LaFreniere

Andrew LaFreniere

Phone: 203-266-7790
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David Madsen

David Madsen

Avon, CT
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Joseph Pecoraro

Joseph Pecoraro

Winston-Salem, NC
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MaryLou Roberts

MaryLou Roberts, Representative to the ISA Guitar Committee

Ann Arbor, MI
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The International Suzuki Guitar Committee

The International Suzuki Guitar Committee (ISGC) is the official Instrument Committee of the International Suzuki Association (ISA) designated to represent the guitar community of the various regions. Currently the European Suzuki Association (ESA), Pan-Pacific Suzuki Association (PPSA) and the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) are represented by Harald Söderberg of Sweden, Zeah Riorden of Australia and MaryLou Roberts of the United States respectively. For more information on the work of the committee see the ISA website at