Parents as Partners Feedback Survey

March 16, 2015

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A Star for Kyoko

February 19, 2015 by Carey Beth Hockett

by Carey Beth Hockett You may have heard of Kyoko Selden from her translations of many articles on Talent Education, including a recent new translation of Nurtured by Love. I first met the Seldens in the late 70s when I was living… Read more ▶

Suzuki Teacher Featured in Short Documentary,

February 3, 2015 by Russ Hamilton

Danielle Turano is a New York and Connecticut based performer, artist, and Suzuki Educator. Recently, the online blog and video project Jack’s Gap featured her in a short documentary. This documentary is part of a new series called Following Heart. The… Read more ▶

Parents as Partners kicks off January 15

January 12, 2015

Parents as Partners Online is about to begin! What better way to nurture yourself and your own studio parents along the Suzuki journey than by watching a short video at your convenience!  Click here to register for the event, which… Read more ▶

Join Parents as Partners Online!

January 5, 2015

Start your new year off right by enrolling in the exciting Parents as Partners Online series!  This year’s offering will surely inspire you, with 60 beneficial talks for your Suzuki journey.  Click here to register for the event, which officially… Read more ▶

SAA Violin Committee Announces Publication of Revised Volume 7

December 19, 2014

The long wait is over! As of the first of November, the Revised Edition of Suzuki Violin School Volume 7 has been on the market from Alfred Publishing. The book is available in two formats: violin part alone with accompanying… Read more ▶

Parents as Partners Online is back!

December 18, 2014

Back by popular demand! Parents as Partners Online 2015 will offer a diverse choice of inspirational talks for both parents and teachers. Registration is now in progress, with launch of the first set of talks scheduled for January 15. Take… Read more ▶

Giving Day: A Special Message

December 15, 2014

We have a very special message from Marilyn Kesler. Read more ▶

Galaxy Closest to Our Hearts

December 12, 2014

Stories of galaxies far far away, and dreams of being able to explore the stars are a part of humanity, and inspire all of us to do great things. The same is true for music, and the Suzuki Association… Read more ▶

Scholarship Funds Make A Difference

December 4, 2014

There are many ways to make a statement with your gift. One of the many ways in which the SAA supports its Suzuki community is by helping teachers who wish to pursue additional training. SAA has a number of memorial… Read more ▶

Increasing Options for Suzuki Materials

November 25, 2014

Alfred Music, distributor of Suzuki Method materials, is excited to announce several updates to Suzuki  products: Read more ▶

We Are Suzuki: How the Suzuki Method Influenced These Grads' Creativity and Success

November 21, 2014 by Libby Felts

By now, you may be familiar with We Are Suzuki. Our aim with this campaign is to show the many faces of Suzuki education in the Americas. We often pay a lot of attention to current Suzuki students who play… Read more ▶

Support Our Suzuki Community

November 21, 2014

We Are Suzuki: We Are One We are all proud to be a part of the Suzuki Community, and to tell the world that “We Are Suzuki”. Our community is built from the love and passion of everyone involved with… Read more ▶

We Are Suzuki

November 5, 2014

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Interview with Bob Duke, Honorary Board Member

November 1, 2014 by Pat D'Ercole

Robert Duke is the Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professor and Head of Music and Human Learning at The University of Texas at Austin, where he is University Distinguished Teaching Professor, Elizabeth Shatto Massey Distinguished Fellow in Teacher Education, and… Read more ▶

International Suzuki Association Responds to False Claims against Shinichi Suzuki

October 31, 2014

The International Suzuki Association has responded to recent statements made about Shinichi Suzuki, founder of the Suzuki Method. Read more ▶

Breaking Barriers: Bringing Suzuki to Afghanistan

September 23, 2014 by Libby Felts, Jennifer Moberg, Ahmad Sarmast

The Afghan National Institute of Music is the country’s only music school. Until just over ten years ago, learning, teaching, and making music was illegal. After the fall of the Taliban, it was imperative that the country revive its cultural… Read more ▶

Student Performance Videos

August 28, 2014

Recordings of student events at the 2014 SAA Conference are now available to view and download. To purchase and download high definition videos, please visit the SAA Online Store. Read more ▶

Creating Learning Community Award: A Celebration of the Starrs

August 15, 2014 by Pam Brasch

Bill and Connie Starr were the focus of a surprise celebration for Bill’s ninety-first birthday on the evening of May 23 in Minneapolis. Students of Boulder Suzuki Strings, the Suzuki program founded by Bill Starr thirty-two years ago, remained on… Read more ▶

The Sound of Community: SAA 16th Conference Keynote

August 15, 2014 by Gabriel Pliego

Perhaps some of you have experienced the following situation: when a three- or four-year-old student comes to our studio, she and her mother frequently believe we are Heifetz or Perlman, Dorothy DeLay or Josef Gingold, or one of them .… Read more ▶

Chair's Column

August 15, 2014 by Marilyn Kesler

The 2014 summer has been wonderful. For me, it has included Suzuki Summer Institutes, meeting new colleagues, a less rigorous teaching schedule, an extended holiday to see family members, and a trip to the beautiful northwest portion of the United… Read more ▶

In Their Own Time

August 15, 2014 by Danette Schuh

The hallway conversations between parents before and after class always intrigue me. Often, after class has ended and the teachers are writing their comments in the students’ baby class journals, bits of the conversations float into the room. “Is she… Read more ▶

Doris and Bill Preucil: Inspiring a Musical Vision

August 15, 2014 by Christie Felsing

On Sunday, May 25, at the 2014 Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference in Minneapolis, the Preucils were recognized for their contribution to the Suzuki world at large. This special tribute, titled “Doris and Bill Preucil: Inspiring a Musical Vision,”… Read more ▶

Creating Learning Community Award: Sharing the Sounds of Success with the Greater Guitar Community

August 15, 2014 by Kevin Hart

Guitarists were proud to honor David Madsen with a Creating Learning Community Award at the 2014 SAA Biennial Conference. David was selected for the award because of his generosity. He has served on the SAA Board of Directors, is a… Read more ▶

Interview: Laurel Trainor, SAA Honorary Board Member

August 15, 2014 by David Gerry

Dr. Laurel Trainor is a professor in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour at McMaster University, a research scientist at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Hospital, Toronto, and the director of the McMaster Institute for Music and the… Read more ▶

A Thousand Hearts and Hands

August 15, 2014 by Susan Baer

At the 2014 SAA Conference, children from all over the Americas joined together in a celebration of music and commonality. This is a story of gratitude to the many individuals who made it possible. Read more ▶

Chair's Column: Promoting Suzuki Education

July 1, 2014 by Marilyn Kesler

Fifty years ago, Dr. Suzuki brought the first Talent Education Tour to the United States. I was teaching in Alton, Illinois, and going to school at Southern Illinois University, studying Suzuki education with Professor John Kendall. Little did I know… Read more ▶

Side by Side

July 1, 2014 by Leslie Mizrahi

Not just two pianos placed side by side, But the experience of two or more teachers learning together, Side by side. In the Suzuki method we are encouraged to teach with two pianos placed side by side so that one player can… Read more ▶

Beyond the Triangle

July 1, 2014 by Leslie Mizrahi

Translations: Español XXIX PERU SUZUKI FESTIVAL For the third time I had the opportunity to attend a Suzuki Festival in Peru last January. It was also my third time to take Piano Unit Three. On this occasion I had the honor and… Read more ▶

Margery Aber's Continuing Legacy: An Aber Suzuki Center Experience, from a First Timer's Point of View

July 1, 2014 by Iain Macpherson

Stevens Point, Wisconsin, didn’t really mean all that much to me as I boarded a plane in Ottawa, Canada, heading for a week-long Suzuki Voice teacher training course. I never expected such a “small city” to have such a “big… Read more ▶

Making Squares, Making Progress

July 1, 2014 by Kathleen Bowman

When standing two feet away from Chuck Close’s painting Robert (1997), all you can see are squares and rectangles emblazoned with color. Each square is about three-and-a-half inches wide and linked to another. The colors are richly saturated. Bright borders… Read more ▶

Suzuki Organ Down Under

July 1, 2014 by Jeremy Chesman

In January 2014, I had the opportunity to teach at and attend teacher training workshops at the Geelong Organ and Piano Summer School in Victoria, Australia. As a Suzuki organ teacher, this week opened my eyes to the potential of… Read more ▶

In Memoriam: Michele Higa George

June 4, 2014

There is no living in love without sorrow; but the greatest sorrow is not to love. —Anonymous REMEMBERING MICHELE HIGA GEORGE It is with great sadness that we share the news with the extended Suzuki Talent Education family that Michele Higa George passed… Read more ▶

Digital Downloads of Suzuki Recordings Now Available

May 9, 2014

Digital downloads of Suzuki repertoire recordings are now available through Amazon and iTunes. Read more ▶

AuntRhody.org—Free Parent Education Resource for Suzuki Programs

April 22, 2014 by Susan Sommerville

John was asleep again on my studio’s sofa as his eldest daughter took her lesson. The notebook on his lap contained only a few stokes of ink, obviously not enough to be of use at home practices. And anyway, in… Read more ▶

2014 Minijournal Cover Contest Winners

April 18, 2014

A big thank you to everybody who participated in the 2014 Minijournal Cover Design Contest! You can get a free copy of the 2014 Minijournal if you attend an Institute this summer. Copies will be on sale online for 50 cents in… Read more ▶

Reaching Out

April 17, 2014 by Ellen Kogut

Every two years, hundreds of Suzuki teachers descend upon the Minneapolis Hilton for the Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference. The Conference offers presentations, workshops, masterclasses, and performances, as well as the incredible opportunity to connect with colleagues from all… Read more ▶

AIR RACE 2014:  April 17th through April 27th

April 16, 2014

Until April 27th two virtual teams will compete in an event to raise funds for the Latin American Ensemble. Read more ▶

Live Broadcast from Japan: 50th Anniversary Concert of the Suzuki Method's 'Ten Children' Tour Group

March 28, 2014

In 1964, the first Suzuki tour group from Japan, called “10 Children,” wowed string teachers with every performance along their tour route. The performances of that group of young children from Japan were the start of everything that has led… Read more ▶

Learn, Celebrate, Empower: Connect with Your Community at the 2014 Conference

March 18, 2014 by Daina Volodka Staggs

We have a unique opportunity at the biennial SAA conferences to come together to learn, celebrate, and improve our teaching and ourselves through the power of Dr. Suzuki’s vision of educating children… Read more ▶

Conference 2014 Planning: It's Never Too Early!

February 14, 2014 by Libby Felts

We share some tips from seasoned conference goers on early-stage planning for an SAA conference. Read more ▶

Memorial Service for Dee Martz Set For May 27

February 11, 2014

To Suzuki Friends of Dee Martz: A memorial service for Dee Martz has been set for May 27  at 11 a.m. in Stevens Point, WI. The service will be held at UWSP in Michelsen Hall. Those attending the SAA Conference in Minneapolis… Read more ▶

Events Overview

February 7, 2014

It is conference registration time once again! Join your colleagues in Minneapolis May 22-26, 2014 and experience “Powered by Community”! You are an essential part of our Suzuki community, and your presence at the conference enriches the experience for all… Read more ▶

Why Support the Latin American Suzuki Ensemble?

February 1, 2014 by Rolando Freitag, Mary Halverson Waldo

Help us realize Dr. Suzuki's vision of developing understanding, tolerance, and world peace through the joy of music. Read more ▶

Repeat, and Repeat Again: Suzuki Teachers on the Value of Repeating Unit Courses

February 1, 2014

A hallmark value of the Suzuki learning community is our commitment to lifelong learning. Shinichi Suzuki believed that we become teachers at one hundred years of age, and until that point, we are all students. He was known for greeting… Read more ▶

Meet the Preucils

February 1, 2014 by William Preucil

Who are the Preucils? Bill and Doris and their four children, each of whom became a professional musician and married a professional musician, and nine grandchildren, breathing the air of music in the home and some of them coming to… Read more ▶

Chair's Column

February 1, 2014 by Marilyn Kesler

A smile is a wonderful thing for so many reasons. So is a compliment. People know when a smile or a compliment is sincere. There are friends and colleagues who we admire because they are consistently positive in their relationships… Read more ▶

Hearts That Sing in Every Language

February 1, 2014 by Susan Baer

Dr. Suzuki encouraged us to devote our efforts to educating children to have beautiful hearts and noble souls. Is there any greater calling than this? The connections within our Suzuki community give us the resources to make this task easier. Read more ▶

In Memoriam: Charlene Wilson

January 30, 2014

Charlene Wilson, musician and cello teacher, passed away on Saturday, January 4, at the age of 81. She will be fondly remembered by her daughters, Charlyn Wilson of Tualatin, OR, and Cynthia Halle of Upperco, MD; her son James Wilson… Read more ▶

Teri Einfeldt Honored at Hartt Suzuki String’s 25th Anniversary Celebration

January 20, 2014

Congratulations to the Hartt Suzuki String Program on twenty-five years of excellence in Suzuki education, and to Teri Einfeldt, who was honored at last weekend’s celebrations! At the January 18-19, 2014, weekend of celebrations, Teri Einfeldt was honored with the State… Read more ▶

Book Review: Violin Lessons!! by Katrin St. Clair

January 20, 2014 by Allen Lieb

Author and Suzuki violin teacher Katrin St. Clair has just published her first book in a series she is planning about family life in the Suzuki method. *Violin Lessons!!* is written as a twenty-one-page illustrated booklet following Jim and his mom as they begin their journey into the world of music and Suzuki violin lessons. Read more ▶

SAA Violin Teacher Trainer Joseph Kaminsky Honored as MoASTA Artist Teacher of the Year

January 20, 2014

Suzuki Violin teacher and SAA violin teacher trainer Joseph Kaminsky has been selected as the Missouri ASTA Artist Teacher of the Year, which is awarded to “a performing musician who has taught in addition to their career as a performer and has made a significant contribution to the education of string students in the State of Missouri.” Read more ▶

In Memoriam: Eleanor Allen

December 17, 2013 by Beth Titterington

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What’s what? The Latin American Suzuki Ensemble and Suzuki Americas 2014

December 16, 2013 by Libby Felts

The Latin American Suzuki Ensemble and Suzuki Americas 2014 are two incredible student events scheduled for the 2014 Conference. Read on to find out more about them. Read more ▶

Deadline Extended for Bass Student Application: Conference 2014

November 15, 2013

Application Deadline Extended for Bass Students Greetings, bass teachers! The deadline for bass student participation at the 2014 Conference (Bass Choir, Master Classes and SYOA) has been extended until November 20. We would love to have a strong showing for bass… Read more ▶

Recollections: My First Conference

November 15, 2013 by Libby Felts

Some members of the 2014 SAA Conference planning team shared their recollections of their first conference experience. Have a memory to share? Tell us in the comments. Read more ▶

One Project, Many Fruits: Latin American Suzuki Ensemble/Suzuki Americas 2014

November 15, 2013 by Fernando Pinero

When the individual dreams become a collective reality, we start to make a significant difference; we start to see the deeper meaning of our actions. In May 2008, the SAA brought together the first Latin American Suzuki Ensemble. Read more ▶

Did you know...?: Suzuki Method Recordings and Digital Downloads

November 14, 2013 by Libby Felts

Wondering what’s going on with digital downloads? Read on. Read more ▶

Twelfth International Research Symposium on Talent Education

November 1, 2013

Keynote Address by Dr. Robert Cutietta: “During the Renaissance I Want to be a Suzuki Teacher” Co-sponsored by the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the American Suzuki Institute Minneapolis Hilton Conference Center Minneapolis, MN, May 22 & 23, 2014 Call for Research Papers, Posters,… Read more ▶

Annual Fund 2013

October 30, 2013

Support the SAA! Learn more about the Suzuki Method and the Suzuki Association… Read more ▶

Suzuki E-News #63: Conference Clinicians, 2014 Institutes, Book Sale, Upcoming Events

October 11, 2013

In this issue: SAA Conference: Guest Clinicians, Student & Session Applications Due Oct 15 & 25 2014 Summer Institutes Back-to-School Suzuki Book Sale Ends Oct 31 Suzuki Principles in Action: Upcoming Courses News from Here and There In Memoriam: Dee Martz Upcoming Events There is just so much… Read more ▶

Discovering the SAA Conference

October 11, 2013 by Ian Salmon

I used to ask, “Who is going to the conference?” But, not anymore. Once you experience it, you will never miss it again. Read more ▶

In Memoriam: Dee Martz

October 11, 2013

We regret to announce the passing of Dee Martz, Director of the Aber Suzuki Center and the American Suzuki Institute 1984-2009. An active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Dee was elected to the Board of Directors in 2001… Read more ▶

Violin Master Classes and Session Proposals for the 2014 Suzuki  Conference

September 20, 2013

Greetings fellow violin teachers! Violin Student Master Classes I am happy to announce that the 2014 SAA Conference will feature a master class opportunity for students playing pieces from the suggested supplemental repertoire list for Suzuki Violin levels 6, 7 and 8, in… Read more ▶

Suzuki E-News #62: Conference: New Attendees, Student Events & Session Proposals

September 18, 2013

SAA Conference: New Attendees, Student Events & Session Proposals, SAA 101: Online Member Directory, How Your Studio Can Support Latin American Students This Fall, Suzuki Principles in Action: Upcoming Courses, News from Here and There, ASJ 41.4 Sneak Peek Never been to an… Read more ▶

A Special Send Off for WWII Veterans: Barcel Suzuki String Academy Performs for Honor Flights

September 18, 2013 by Renee Riddle

Pablo Casals, the world famous cellist, once said, “Perhaps it is music that will save the world.” The students of the Barcel Suzuki String Academy, located in the suburbs of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, are learning the impact music has on the… Read more ▶

Encuentro Mexicano: The First Mexican National Suzuki Conference

September 18, 2013 by Leslie Mizrahi

One nation, two languages: Spanish and Music. An opportunity to acknowledge one another, to listen to one another, to touch one another’s hearts, to touch one another’s lives. The Mexican Encuentro was more than a musical experience, it was a gathering of hearts and souls all under one common idea: Shinichi Suzuki’s philosophy. Read more ▶

Learning More Than the Music: The Influence of the Suzuki Method in the Life and Career of Dr. Whitney Kelley

September 18, 2013 by Libby Felts, Whitney Reagan Kelley

Flutist Whitney Kelley has worked for the Suzuki Association of the Americas for four years as administrator for chapters and institutes. In spring 2013, she graduated from the University of Colorado with her DMA in flute performance and pedagogy. We… Read more ▶

Conferences and Retreats: We Need You!

September 18, 2013 by Stacy Smith

As a first-time attendee, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I’m now convinced that planning to attend SAA events the weekend before Memorial Day for professional development is one of the best things I can do, both for myself and for my teaching. Read more ▶

Reflections on My First SAA Conference

September 18, 2013 by Christine Wilson-Goodner

I am a goal setting type of person—perhaps it’s a result of being a Suzuki violin student since the age of three. I love making goals, working to meet them, and sometimes, revising them along the way. Looking forward to… Read more ▶

Your Studio Can Still Support Our Latin American Students Traveling to Minneapolis in May!

September 6, 2013 by Cecilia Calvelo-Hopkins

As you plan for your winter concerts and special events, don’t forget to think of this project—Suzuki Americas 2014! Read more ▶

We Can Do Small

August 29, 2013 by Dorothy Jones, Sharon Jones

Early Childhood specialist Dorothy Jones and her daughter, ECE Teacher Sharon Jones, share their experiences with the value of pre-natal listening, including both listening music and speech. Their experiences with children who have been listening before birth have convinced them… Read more ▶

Ability Develops Early: Suzuki Early Childhood Education Teacher Training Slideshow

August 29, 2013 by Donald Jones

With Dorothy and Sharon Jones, Waterloo, Ontario, August 2013 Read more ▶

Timothy Durbin Receives 2013 American Suzuki Institute Suzuki Chair Award

August 22, 2013 by Timothy Durbin

Dr. Timothy Durbin was recognized with the 2013 American Suzuki Institute Suzuki Chair Award. Congratulations! Dr. Durbin is an SAA Teacher Trainer who teaches at the University of Louisville as well as travelling extensively to teach at Summer Institutes and workshops… Read more ▶

Suzuki E-News #61: Conference, Upcoming Courses, Find a Teacher, News from Here & There

August 20, 2013

SAA Conference: Call for Session Proposals and Student Applications, Suzuki Job Openings for Teachers and Administrators, Studio Memberships, Suzuki Principles in Action: Upcoming Courses, SAA 101: Find a Teacher Online, Product Highlights from our Premier Members, News from Here and There, Upcoming Events Read more ▶

SAA Guitar Committee Call Notes: March 17, 2013

August 19, 2013

Agenda Items: International Conference in Matsumoto, Revisions, Have the SAAGC on the SAA as a Discussion Board Item, Book 1 Dynamics Read more ▶

Suzuki E-News #60: Trumpet! Suzuki Principles in Action, Conference, News From Here & There

July 18, 2013

Suzuki Teacher Training for Trumpet, SAA Conference, May 22-26, 2014, Suzuki Principles in Action: Upcoming Courses, News from Here and There, Upcoming Events Read more ▶

CD Review: Jinju by Laura Larson, Flute

June 24, 2013 by Whitney Reagan Kelley

Jinju, a classical music CD featuring flutist Laura Larson, presents a delicate interweaving of culture and time through music. Read more ▶

The 16th Suzuki Method World Convention: Matsumoto, Japan

June 24, 2013

Pictures and videos! Read more ▶

Latin American Update: XXVIII International Festival, Lima, Peru, January 5–28, 2013

June 24, 2013 by Caroline Fraser

The Peru Festival continues to be a vibrant center for Suzuki teacher training in Latin America. Read more ▶

2013 Leadership Retreat Report

June 24, 2013

The value of the SAA learning community was demonstrated repeatedly throughout the weekend, the process of visioning the future of Suzuki education was experienced, and through many opportunities for small group and one-on-one exchanges, many new friendships were formed. Read more ▶

Suggested Supplementary Repertoire for Revised Violin Books 6, 7 & 8

June 24, 2013

The SAA Violin Committee is excited to report that the Revised Book 6 of the Suzuki Violin School is finally in print. Included in the mailing of the next SAA Journal is a list of Suggested Repertoire for Books 6,… Read more ▶

Interview: Vijay Iyer

June 24, 2013 by Sarah Bylander Montzka

Grammy-nominated composer-pianist Vijay Iyer was described by Pitchfork as “one of the most interesting and vital young pianists in jazz today,” by The New Yorker as one of “today’s most important pianists… extravagantly gifted… brilliantly eclectic,” and by the Los Angeles Weekly as “a boundless and deeply important young star.” Read more ▶

¡Viva Suzuki! : How Children Celebrate and Help One Another

June 24, 2013 by Laura Seay

¡Viva Suzuki! was created at the Colorado Suzuki Institute in 2001 to collect musical equipment and supplies and distribute them to teacher workshop participants who would take the instruments back to their underserved communities around the world. Read more ▶

Suzuki Teacher Training for Trumpet: European Suzuki Association Level 1

June 21, 2013

The Swedish Suzuki Association in co-operation with Västerås School of the Arts in Sweden is proud to offer the world’s first ever Suzuki Teacher Training for Trumpet Teachers: European Suzuki Association Level 1. Read more ▶

Leadership in the Suzuki Community through Empowering Others: Leadership Retreat Recap

June 19, 2013 by Marilyn Kesler

How can we lead in our Suzuki communities by empowering others? Read more ▶

Suzuki E-News #59: SAA Conference & Student Opportunities, Suzuki Americas 2014, Annual Meeting Summary

June 18, 2013

In this issue: SAA Conference, Suzuki Americas 2014 & Latin American Suzuki Ensemble, Annual Meeting & Leadership Retreat Summary, News from Here and There, Upcoming Events Read more ▶

In Memoriam: Yuko Mori

June 17, 2013

With great sadness we pass on the following message from the Talent Education Research Institute Office in Matsumoto. Many knew Ms. Mori well and will remember her wonderful teaching and strong support for Dr. Suzuki and the Suzuki Method. Read more ▶

Suzuki Voice Then and Now! 2013

June 14, 2013 by Mary Hofer

See the progress of Mary Hofer’s voice students through the years—inspiring! Read more ▶

From Pilsen to Matsumoto: The Trip of a Lifetime for Merit Students

June 12, 2013 by Libby Felts

A reminder of something that makes the Suzuki method extraordinary: its power to cross cultural and geopolitical boundaries to bring together people who share the common bond of creating beautiful music Read more ▶

Tips for Managing a Successful Studio: Leadership Retreat Recap

June 6, 2013 by Sally Gross, Carrie Walsh Erdely

Studio management tips, from recruiting to building community and more! Read more ▶

Christie Felsing Receives ISTA Leopold LaFosse Studio Teacher Award

June 5, 2013

Christie Felsing is this year’s recipient of the Iowa String Teachers Association “Leopold LaFosse Studio Teacher Award.” Congratulations! Read more ▶

Active Communication within the Suzuki Studio: Leadership Retreat Recap

May 30, 2013 by Heidi Curatolo, Christie Felsing

How do you encourage active communication in your studio? Among parents? Among students? Supporting colleagues? Read more ▶

Using Technology in Your Program: Leadership Retreat Recap

May 29, 2013 by David Madsen

What tech tools do you use in your Suzuki program? How do you address these or other concerns? Read more ▶

Suzuki E-News #58: Supplementary Violin Repertoire, Minijournal, 2014 Conference

May 21, 2013

In this issue: 2014 Conference Dates: May 22-26 in Minneapolis Suggested Supplementary Repertoire for Revised Violin Books 6-8 Suzuki Violin School Book Revisions Update Minijournal Cover Contest Winners 2014 Conference Dates: May 22-26 Plans are underway to make the SAA 2014 Conference, “Powered by Community,” a… Read more ▶

Minijournal Cover Contest Winners for 2013

May 21, 2013

A big thank you to everybody who participated in the 2013 Minijournal Cover Design Contest! Read more ▶

Suzuki Violin School Book Revisions Update

May 21, 2013

The Revised Book 6 of the Suzuki Violin School and Piano Accompaniment are finally here! While there was some delay in getting the revised Book 6 to press, the ISA Violin Committee felt the book should be thoroughly prepared before… Read more ▶

Winifred Crock named SLSO Educator of the Year

May 3, 2013

Suzuki teacher Winifred Crock received the 2013 St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Educator of the Year award. Congratulations! Read more ▶

Suzuki Concert at the Washington State Capitol

May 2, 2013 by Katrin St Clair

On an unusually sunny Saturday, March 23, in Olympia, Washington, children of all ages climbed the steep steps of our state capitol building with violin, viola and cello cases. They traveled up to three hours to participate in the second annual “Suzuki Concert at the Capitol.” Read more ▶

In Memoriam: Janos Starker, July 5, 1924 - April 28, 2013

April 30, 2013

Janos Starker, master cellist, educator, and member of the SAA Honorary Board of Directors, died Sunday in Bloomington, Indiana, at age 88. In addition to serving on the Honorary Board, Mr. Starker was a guest at the first SAA Conference,… Read more ▶

A Gold Star Birthday

April 22, 2013

On the invitation, Dan suggested that, in lieu of gifts, guests make a donation to the SAA Annual Fund. What a brilliant stroke of genius, Dan! Read more ▶

Suzuki E-News #57: World Convention, Pulitzer Prize, 101 Japanese Children's Songs

April 18, 2013

World Convention in Japan, Caroline Shaw wins Pulitzer Prize for music, New Book: 101 Japanese Children’s Songs, Leadership Retreat Registration Ends April 30, Annual Members Meeting: May 24, Deer Creek, Ohio, Parents as Partners Online Still Open. World Convention in Japan The 16th Suzuki World… Read more ▶

Guest Blog: Final Thoughts from the 16th World Convention

April 9, 2013 by Edward Kreitman

See Ed’s previous updates from the Convention, and more from Matusumoto. March 31—Sunday Today is the last day of the conference, and we begin with a slightly shortened version of our morning group class. After lunch, we are all assembled in… Read more ▶

Guest Blog: Thursday and Friday at the 16th World Convention

March 30, 2013 by Edward Kreitman

Ed Kreitman reports from Matsumoto on Thursday’s and Friday’s activities. Read more ▶

Guest Blog: More from the 16th Suzuki Method World Convention

March 29, 2013 by Jennifer Visick

Suzuki teacher Jennifer Visick blogs from Matsumoto. Read more ▶

Videos from the 16th Suzuki Method World Convention in Japan

March 29, 2013

Opening Ceremonies and Group Lessons Read more ▶

Guest Blog: Live from the 16th Suzuki Method World Convention

March 28, 2013 by Edward Kreitman

Live from the 16th Suzuki Method World Convention, guest blogger Ed Kreitman reports on the experience so far. Read more ▶

New Book: 101 Japanese Children’s Songs For Developing Note Reading Skills

March 26, 2013

Now available from the SAA store: 101 Japanese Children’s Songs For Developing Note Reading Skills by Yoko Abe. Read more ▶

Gearing Up for Institute Season

March 25, 2013

Are you attending an institute? What’s your best advice for a first-time family? Read more ▶

Suzuki E-News #56: Leadership Retreat, Board Ballot, Summer Institutes, Writing Contest

March 22, 2013

In this issue: Leadership Retreat Registration Vote on the Board Ballot by April 10 Summer Institutes: Auditions & Scholarships Student Writing Contest due April 1 Upcoming Events Join us May 23-26 at Deer Creek Lodge in Ohio for the SAA Leadership Retreat! SAA retreats provide participants an… Read more ▶

An Overture

March 19, 2013

We’ve entered the blogosphere! Check it out, and let us know in the comments: what kinds of posts would you like to read? Read more ▶

From Pilsen to Matsumoto: Members of Merit School of Music's Suzuki-Alegre Strings Ensemble tune up for 16th Suzuki Method World Convention

March 18, 2013

Eighteen talented Chicago youngsters, all students in Merit School of Music’s Suzuki-Alegre Strings program, will soon check their suitcases and string instruments and board a flight to Japan to represent Chicago at the 16th Suzuki Method World Convention, March 27-31, 2013. Read more ▶

Armena Marderosian: January 1, 1949 - November 3, 2012

March 18, 2013 by Renee Chomet Robbins

Armena Marderosian, much-beloved Suzuki piano teacher, teacher trainer, colleague, wife, mother, sister and friend, died peacefully at home on November 3, 2012 after a seven and a half month struggle with cancer. Armena was born in Providence, Rhode Island, and later… Read more ▶

Musical Tourism: Increase Your Child’s Musical Abilities While Reinforcing Your Family Bond

March 18, 2013 by Leslie Mizrahi

This school year began with a festival in Monterrey, Mexico, where Maria (six years old) and Ximena (fourteen years old) and their parents traveled from Mexico City to receive master classes from our beloved teacher trainer Caroline Fraser, which also… Read more ▶

Tales from the Peruvian Amazon

March 18, 2013 by David Evenchick, Nancy Lokken, Mary Halverson Waldo, Kelly Williamson

Two thousand ten was an exciting year for the Suzuki Association of Peru. In addition to celebrating twenty-five years of offering Suzuki festivals in Lima, for the first time in its history, a very special event was held. Read more ▶

Shaping Our Future Together

March 18, 2013 by Susan Baer

What are your strengths? How can you put those to work for the benefit of your fellow SAA members? Read more ▶

New Revised Editions Now Available: Nurtured by Love and Suzuki Violin School Volume 6

March 6, 2013

Nurtured by Love Revised Edition is now available from your local retailer and from the SAA online store. The revised edition for Suzuki Violin School Volume 6 will be in stores in early March. Read more ▶

The Suzuki Early Childhood Experience

March 4, 2013 by Lynn McCall

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Suzuki E-News #55: Shaping Our Future Together, Board Ballot, Student Writing Contest

February 21, 2013

Shaping Our Future Together, Vote on the Board Ballot by April 10, Student Writing Contest, Summer Institutes Are Approaching!, Nurtured by Love New Translation, Leadership Retreat & Parents as Partners Read more ▶

2013 Suzuki Student Writing Contest

February 20, 2013

Polish up your best poetry and nonfiction essays and send them our way. We want to see your many talents! Winning pieces will be published on the SAA website, in the Minijournal, or in other publications. Read more ▶

In Memoriam: Mineo Nakajima, TERI President

February 20, 2013

It is with deepest sadness and sorrow that we announce the passing away of the Talent Education Research Institute President, Mineo Nakajima. Read more ▶

Digital Downloads of Suzuki Recordings

January 25, 2013

We are very excited to let you know that this summer Suzuki recordings will become available at Alfred.com/downloads, and eventually on iTunes and Amazon. Read more ▶

Suzuki E-News #54: Parents as Partners Online, Scholarship Applications

January 22, 2013

Parents as Partners Online 2013, Leadership Retreat Registration Coming Soon, A Call to Action, High Notes: Getting to Know Your Horsehair, Scholarship Applications due February 5 Back by popular demand! The third season of Parents as Partners Online will launch February 18,… Read more ▶

A Call To Action

January 21, 2013 by Heather Watson Hardie

We need to become the best, highest level teachers we can possibly be. Being more involved in the Suzuki community can help you get there. Read more ▶

High Notes: Getting to Know Your Horsehair

January 17, 2013 by Susan Baer

Have you ever imagined what the horse that donated its tail for your bow hair looks like? Where does it live? Is it a mare or a stallion? Here are some interesting facts that might help you get to know your horse. Read more ▶

Novedades de Latinoamérica

December 20, 2012 by Fernando Pinero

La cafetería de la Escuela Newton y los restaurants de la zona de Miraflores en Lima, Perú, son de los mejores lugares para generar nuevas ideas y para aprender a través literalmente de horas de intercambio de ideas y de discusiones con grandes maestros que son invitados a los Festivales cada año. Read more ▶

Suzuki Violinists Perform at the Historic Maryland State House

December 19, 2012 by James Hutchins

The Perpetual Motion Suzuki Strings were honored to perform Christmas, Hanukkah and Suzuki pieces in the Capitol building rotunda for the State House by Candlelight concert. Read more ▶

Suzuki E-News #53: Leadership Retreat in Ohio, Basses, Suzuki Star Power

December 14, 2012

Leadership Retreat in Deer Creek, Ohio, High Notes: Basses are Better!, Suzuki Star Power: Annual Fund Drive, ASJ 41.1 Coming Soon!, Mini Online Conference ends Jan 31, Scholarship Applications due February 5 Read more ▶

High Notes: Basses are Better!

December 14, 2012 by Susan Baer

Bassists are a breed of their own, deeply committed to the low tones, the amplitude, and the life-size reflection of the human figure. The bass is intrinsic to every musical genre, from jazz to rock and roll, from country to classical. Its role in harmonic construction is the foundation upon which all else is built. Read more ▶

In Memoriam: Don G. Campbell, 1947-2012

December 14, 2012 by Victoria Vorreiter

The music world has lost an inspiring teacher and intrepid sonic explorer in Don Campbell, whose pioneering work extolling the transformative power of sound and music is now reverberating in homes, schools, universities, healing centers, and concert halls throughout the world. Read more ▶

Do Even More with the SAA Website

December 14, 2012

We’ve recently added more services to the SAA website: online audition and scholarship applications, member directory improvements, and more. Read more ▶

Revisiting 40 and Forward: Mini Online Conference 2012

December 14, 2012

Videos and Handouts from SAA’s 15th Conference, 40 and Forward—sign up now! You are sure to find inspiration, useful ideas, and thoughts to ponder and discuss with colleagues and studio families. Read more ▶

SAA is 40! : Visiting the Past, Vitalizing the Future

December 14, 2012 by William Starr

First SAA President Bill Starr speaks about the founding of the Suzuki Association of the Americas 40 years ago. Keynote address from the 2012 SAA Conference. Read more ▶

Latin American Update

December 14, 2012 by Caroline Fraser

Latin America embraces the Suzuki spirit, and programs in Latin America continue to grow and flourish. Teacher training courses have increased in the past years and more countries are organizing regular Festivals, which include children’s classes along with teacher training courses. Read more ▶

Project Beautiful Heart: Carrying out Dr. Suzuki's message in American Society

December 14, 2012 by Jennifer Mullen

We are all familiar with the many quotes from Dr. Suzuki teaching students to be thoughtful to others. The ideas of learning through listening, imitation, repetition, etc., associated with Dr. Suzuki’s mother tongue approach are really only half of his method. He gave a great deal of time and effort in his lessons working on students character development. Read more ▶

Our Incredible Journey

December 14, 2012 by Jessica Wong

My nine-year-old daughter, Natalie, and I attended the Hartt Suzuki Institute this summer for the first time. What a rewarding experience it was for both of us! Intense, but also intensely FUN. And nothing short of transformational. Read more ▶

Suzuki Star Power: Annual Fund Drive 2012

December 14, 2012 by Mark George

The Suzuki Association of the Americas builds the infrastructure that makes it possible for Suzuki Education to flourish in the Americas. The SAA is strong because of visionary and supportive people like you. Please consider making a contribution to the SAA annual fund to continue our important work. Read more ▶

Violin Books 6-8 Revision Update

December 14, 2012

The SAA Violin Committee is excited to report that the revised Book 6 of the Suzuki Violin School is finally on its way! Alfred Publishing is expecting Book 6 to be ready for printing in January 2013. Read more ▶

2012 Scholarship Recipients

December 14, 2012

Fifty-six teachers received scholarships for Teacher Development in 2012. Recipients attended courses at Institutes and workshops in North America, Latin American Festivals, and university Suzuki pedagogy degree programs. Congratulations! Read more ▶

Yasuki Nakamura Honoured for Service to Music

December 5, 2012

Yasuki Nakamura has been appointed an honorary Member of the Order of Australia. He was one of the original students of Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki in the Suzuki method of teaching and for the past 33 years has been passing on his knowledge to Australian students. Read more ▶

Suzuki E-News #52: Leadership Retreat, Dendrochronology, Scholarships, Armena Marderosian

November 15, 2012

High Notes: The Case of the Dubious Identity, Save the Dates: Leadership Retreat, May 23-27, Join Us for the Mini Online Conference, Scholarship Applications due February 5, In Memoriam: Armena Marderosian Read more ▶

High Notes: The Case of the Dubious Identity

November 8, 2012 by Susan Baer

Sometimes determining the credible identity of an instrument’s maker can seem like the plot of a detective novel full of intrigue and deception. In an age where scientific advancements are making it possible to solve crimes of yore through DNA testing, similar discoveries are taking place in the world of stringed instruments. Read more ▶

In Memoriam: Armena Marderosian

November 5, 2012

Suzuki Teachers are greatly saddened by the passing of long-time Suzuki Piano Teacher Trainer Armena Marderosian on Sunday, November 4. Read more ▶

Pre-Order Your Kaleidoscope Concert DVD

October 24, 2012

In celebration of its 40th anniversary and over 50 years of Suzuki education in the Americas, the Suzuki Association of the Americas proudly presents this special event. This concert DVD showcases a selection of young student performers representing several instrumental disciplines and stages of study. Read more ▶

Suzuki E-News #51: Mini Online Conference, Kaleidoscope Concert DVD, 2013 Summer Institutes

October 22, 2012

Mini Online Conference, Kaleidoscope Concert DVDs, Happy Birthday, Dr. Suzuki!, SAA 101: Connect on Facebook & Twitter, 2013 Summer Institutes Read more ▶

Happy Birthday, Dr. Suzuki!

October 17, 2012

Shinichi Suzuki, the man who developed the Suzuki Method, was born on October 17, 1898, in Nagoya, Japan. Read more ▶

Suzuki E-News #50: Online Auditions, Suggestion Box, Instrument Selection, Find a Teacher

September 19, 2012

Online Audition & Scholarship Applications, Our New Suggestion Box: Building the SAA Together, High Notes: Off to a Great Start, SAA 101: Find a Teacher Online Read more ▶

High Notes: Off to a Great Start

September 18, 2012 by Susan Baer

Embarking on the journey to mastery of a stringed instrument requires a certain degree of courage, even when starting firmly entrenched in the belief that every child can. Read more ▶

Canadian Suzuki Teachers: Get Involved with the SAA!

September 18, 2012

Hello Canadian Suzuki colleagues, I am writing to you as I return from my first meetings as a SAA board member. I thoroughly enjoyed sharing ideas and making decisions that will support us as we pursue our dream of enriching the… Read more ▶

Suzuki Recorder Student Named as a 2012 US Presidential Scholars in the Arts

September 1, 2012 by Kathleen Schoen

On Monday, June 28, a young recorder player named Bryan Duerfeldt performed on the stage of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, along with the other 2012 US Presidential Scholars in the Arts. Read more ▶

About the First Week of Suzuki Teacher Training and the Ninth Spring Retreat

September 1, 2012 by Fabio Dos Santos, Renata Pereira

One of the measures taken by military dictatorship that ruled Brazil between 1964 and 1985 was the withdrawal of musical training from the curricula of Brazilian schools. Read more ▶

Suzuki in the Schools Featured Parker Elementary and More!

September 1, 2012 by Loren Abramson, Patricia Purcell

The SAA 15th Biennial Conference was a huge success from many perspectives. The days of May 24-28, in Minneapolis were full and inspiring. The Keynote addresses were enlightening and inspiring for all members: Laurel Trainor reviewed research from cognitive and… Read more ▶

A True Symbiosis: Robertson and Sons Violin Shop and the SAA

September 1, 2012 by Susan Baer

A Kaleidoscope of Talent One of the highlights of the 2012 SAA Conference was the Kaleidoscope Concert. Just as the name suggests, the concert provided a colorful and diverse display of children of various ages, on a variety of instruments, and representing… Read more ▶

Creating Learning Community Awards 2012

September 1, 2012

The Suzuki Association of the Americas presented the 2012 Creating Learning Community Awards on Saturday, May 26, during a ceremony at the SAA 15th Biennial Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Recipients were Pamela Reit: “The Heart and Soul of Green Mountain Suzuki”… Read more ▶

Time for Three Concert: SAA 40th Anniversary Birthday Event

September 1, 2012 by Deborah Moench

The lights dimmed in the Grand Ballroom, and a hush fell over the audience as they anticipated the entrance of Tf3. Thunderous applause welcomed musicians Zach De Pue, Ranaan Meyer and Nick Kendall (grandson of American Suzuki pioneer John Kendall).… Read more ▶

Lansdale, Lewis and Lieb Among Violin Highlights

September 1, 2012 by Susan Baer

The conference sessions for violinists provided a menu of irresistible treats. There were so many intriguing titles that it was impossible to see everything on my list of top picks. On the flip side, no one complained of opting to… Read more ▶

Master Classes with Kirsten Docter Kick Off Viola Sessions

September 1, 2012 by Janse Vincent

At this historical conference celebrating the 40th anniversary of the SAA, the viola sessions were right in keeping with the spirit of celebration. From those focusing on Bach to the traditional viola reading session, we were honoring the past while… Read more ▶

Suzuki Youth Orchestras of the Americas: Another Fantastic Year!

September 1, 2012 by Arlette Aslanian-Townsend, James Van Reeth

Members of the Suzuki Youth Orchestras of the Americas (SYOA) presented their concert Sunday afternoon. The audience was treated to an experience rich with quintessential Suzuki tone, electrifying energy and exemplary musicianship. Outstanding conductors Emmett Drake (SYOA 1) and Kirsten… Read more ▶

Bass Rising: An Interview with Nicholas Walker

September 1, 2012 by Libby Felts

Bassist Nicholas Walker, guest clinician for bass at the 2012 SAA Conference, sat down to speak with me following Time for Three’s performance at the conference. Read more ▶

A Very Special Event: The Kaleidoscope Concert at Minnesota Orchestra Hall

September 1, 2012 by Lucy Shaw, Andrea Yun

With the beautiful hall of the Minnesota Orchestra as the setting, fourteen young musicians were featured in concert at a first-of-its-kind event for the SAA. The Kaleidoscope Concert brought together talented students from around the country performing pieces from and beyond the Suzuki repertoire. Read more ▶

Renata Pereira Featured in Recorder Sessions

September 1, 2012 by Kathleen Schoen

The recorder events at the recent SAA Biennial Conference had a very international flavour, with participants from Bermuda, Brazil, and Canada as well as the United States. Teachers and students worked together with our clinician, Renata Pereira, to perform a… Read more ▶

Piano Concerto Featured Gavin George

September 1, 2012 by Malgosia Lis

I have known of Gavin George for a while, I have heard his teacher Mary Craig Powell talk about him; I have listened to his recording on YouTube. I knew he was a very special boy, who loved piano and… Read more ▶

Piano Schedule Packed with Inspiration!

September 1, 2012 by Malgosia Lis

As of writing this, ten days have passed since the 15th SAA Conference, and I am still living on cloud nine! I seem to be talking about the conference to anybody who is eager (or seems to be eager to… Read more ▶

Growing in Strength and Enthusiasm: Suzuki Early Childhood Education

September 1, 2012 by Wan Tsai Chen, Lynn McCall

“Dr. Suzuki, you seem to be more interested in the success of the early childhood programs than anything else. Is that right?” Suzuki replied, “Yes. It is so important, the early training. It is difficult to get support for this… Read more ▶

International Ensembles Concert

September 1, 2012 by Sandra Payton, Carol Waldvogel

International Ensembles committee members Carol Waldvogel and Sandra Payton had a great time attending to the needs of the three groups chosen to perform at the International Ensembles Concert on Saturday night. Harpeth Suzuki Strings (Franklin, Tennessee), Concorde Strings (Guelph,… Read more ▶

The International Research Symposium on Talent Education: A Collaborative Space for Teachers and Researchers

September 1, 2012 by Karin Hendricks

I had no idea how cool this was going to be,” Ann Shurtz said to me during the catered snack break on Thursday afternoon. Ann was a first-time attendee at the Eleventh International Research Symposium on Talent Education, a pre-SAA… Read more ▶

Master Classes, Harp Maintenance, and Much More!

September 1, 2012 by Nikki Lemire, Jill Whitman

The Suzuki harp teachers in the Americas, though one of the smallest groups represented at the conference, were nonetheless encouraged and engaged in the several harp sessions and master classes given by the presenters. Guest clinician Karen Gottlieb, from San Francisco,… Read more ▶

Guitars Make History at the Conference

September 1, 2012 by MaryLou Roberts

There were many memorable moments at the 2012 SAA Conference, 40 and Forward! It was a great time to share our love and passion for teaching, try some new music for guitar ensemble, listen to our colleagues, and dream of… Read more ▶

General Sessions at the 2012 Conference

September 1, 2012

This year’s conference offered a veritable feast of information and inspiration, not only in rich instrument area presentations, but also in the General Sessions category. Each session was a gift from the presenter to all present. Read more ▶

Working in Harmony: Chamber Music at the Conference

September 1, 2012 by Jessica Meyer, Carlynn Savot

Chamber music at this year’s conference consisted of two groups, a harp duo, The Timpanogos Duo, and a string quintet, The Quint-Essentials. Both groups were highly polished and poised. They rehearsed on their own, had classes with members of the… Read more ▶

Flute Area Offered a Full Array of Activities

September 1, 2012 by Cynthia Man

The 2012 SAA Conference was an amazing four days for the flute teachers. We had twenty-eight teachers from nine US states and two Canadian provinces, as well as fourteen students ages 9–19 from six states and Argentina. Our session topics… Read more ▶

Creativity and Inspiration for Suzuki Bass Teachers

September 1, 2012 by Nicole Castleberry, Tracy Rowell

Summary of Bass sessions at the 2012 SAA Conference. Read more ▶

Beauty and Enrichment for Cellists

September 1, 2012 by Marilyn George

More than 110 cello teachers attended the 2012 Conference in Minneapolis. They were treated to a buffet of stimulating cello sessions. Read more ▶

S, eh, eh? Canadians meet at Minneapolis Conference

September 1, 2012 by Kathleen Schoen

A group of Canadian teachers met over lunch at the SAA Conference in May, to discuss our shared issues. We have one: distance. And we have a lot of it. Read more ▶

40 and Forward: Words from the Board

September 1, 2012 by Susan Baer, Marilyn Kesler

As teachers, we are always giving, but in return we are blessed with gifts well beyond our sacrifices. Churchill wrote, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Maybe this is the reason so many of us continue teaching well beyond a retirement age. Read more ▶

2012: Forty and Forward!

September 1, 2012 by Deborah Moench

The 2012 SAA Conference, “40 and Forward!” was a landmark event that featured quality, quantity, and a passion for learning and sharing. After two years of brainstorming and planning, it was thrilling to see and feel real people gather together in real time and a real space, ready to go forward! Read more ▶

Parents as Partners Online 2012 Wrap-Up

September 1, 2012 by Christie Felsing

From January 30 through June 30, more than 6900 parents and teachers enrolled in the 2012 Parents as Partners Online event. This SAA offering aimed to provide a dose of parent education, as well as nurture, inspire and rejuvenate participants. Read more ▶

Revisión de los libros 1 y 2

August 27, 2012

Queridos Profesores Suzuki de la Asociación Suzuki de las Américas, Esperamos que se encuentren bien y que estén disfrutando de su experiencia enseñando y tocando. Les escribimos para informarles sobre el desarrollo reciente de en el mundo de la guitarra Suzuki El comité… Read more ▶

Suzuki E-News #49: ASJ Sneak Peek, Online Member Directory, Videos, Upcoming Events

August 14, 2012

In this issue: Sneak Peek: American Suzuki Journal 40.4 SAA 101: Online Member Directory Videos: Suzuki Voice, Gavin George, Suzuki Students perform National Anthem Upcoming Suzuki Principles in Action Courses Upcoming Events 145 new members joined the SAA in July. Welcome! Sneak Peek: American Suzuki Journal 40.4 ASJ… Read more ▶

Suzuki Guitar Books 1 & 2 Revision: Your Input Wanted

August 10, 2012

Dear Suzuki Guitar Teachers of the SAA, Greetings and hoping that this finds you well and enjoying your teaching and playing. We are writing to inform of you of some recent developments in the Suzuki Guitar world. The International Suzuki Association Guitar Committee… Read more ▶

Suzuki Piano Student Gavin George Featured in New Documentary

August 6, 2012

Gavin George, nine-year-old Suzuki piano student of Mary Craig Powell, is the focus of a newly-released short documentary from the Prodigies series by THNKR. The film follows Gavin as he prepares for a major performance for the Daughters of the… Read more ▶

Buxtehude Organ Prelude

August 6, 2012

Nathan Francisco, age 10, plays a Buxtehude Organ Prelude. He has played organ since he was 4, and he is passionate about it. The organ is a mechanical action tracker, built by John Brombaugh in 1986, and is one of… Read more ▶

Suzuki Students Perform the National Anthem for St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Game

July 24, 2012

One hundred Suzuki string students from Illinois, Missouri, and Wisconsin took the field of Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Sunday, July 22, to perform the national anthem, directed by Suzuki violin teacher Joseph Kaminsky of St. Louis, before the… Read more ▶

Pictures from Suzuki Early Childhood Education Baby Class in Austin, Texas, January 2012

July 20, 2012 by Donald Jones

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Suzuki Voice: Then and Now

July 19, 2012 by Mary Hofer

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Suzuki E-News #48: Membership Meeting Video, Certificate of Achievement, Upcoming SPA & Other Events

July 18, 2012

In this issue: Annual Membership Meeting Video Certificate of Achievement Recipients Upcoming Suzuki Principles in Action Courses Suzuki Method World Convention Upcoming Events 175 new members joined the SAA in June. Welcome! Annual Membership Meeting Video The SAA Annual Membership Meeting was held at the conference in Minneapolis… Read more ▶

Suzuki Early Childhood Education Training Pictures, London, ON, 2012

July 16, 2012 by Donald Jones

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2012 Annual Membership Meeting

July 13, 2012

Certificate of Achievement Congratulations to the 2012 Certificate of Achievement Recipients: Gloria Apellaniz, piano, Colorado Daniel Gee, violin, Texas Jessica Meyer, violin, Connecticut Amy Matherly, violin, Massachusetts The SAA Certificate of Achievement recognizes teachers with a commitment to life‐long learning and self‐improvement. Check your training profile to… Read more ▶

Annual Membership Meeting 2012

July 12, 2012

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Suzuki in the Community: Nano Videos presented at the 2012 Conference

June 20, 2012 by Kathleen Schoen, Thomas Wm Schoen, Heidi Schuller, Joanna Smulakowski

These short videos presented at the conference provide a wonderful introduction to the Suzuki Method, and how it can benefit the larger community as well as individual students. The Expanded Suzuki Triangle: Nurturing the Student within the Community by Kathleen & Thomas… Read more ▶

The Expanded Suzuki Triangle: Nurturing the Student within the Community

June 20, 2012 by Kathleen Schoen, Thomas Wm Schoen

This is a video response to a parent who asked, “Why bother with an institute?” We tried to go back to the basic principles of Suzuki philosophy to explain how events like institutes, group classes, and conference opportunities provide the… Read more ▶

Turtle Bay Music School: Integrating the Suzuki Method into the Fabric of the Community

June 20, 2012 by Joanna Smulakowski

Turtle Bay Music School utilizes Dr. Suzuki’s philosophies as a cornerstone in our approach to music teaching and learning. Each year, TBMS’s highly integrated Suzuki strings program serves nearly 1,000 students and families, including children, teens and adults of all… Read more ▶

Suzuki Provides a Framework to Build a Teaching Practice

June 20, 2012 by Heidi Schuller

This presentation is an outgrowth of numerous conversations I’ve had with local traditional flute instructors questioning the value of the Suzuki method, and why they should attend teacher training and use the Suzuki books. And, to educate traditional teachers on… Read more ▶

Building the Foundation for a Lifetime: Suzuki Method for Early Childhood Education

June 18, 2012 by Lynn McCall

A closer look at the Suzuki Early Childhood Education zero to 3-year-old class: how the Suzuki triangle is applied to this foundational program, how teachers see the growth and development of children through skill layering, and how we teach parents… Read more ▶

New Canadian Suzuki Website & Discussion Forum

June 14, 2012 by Kathleen Schoen

Hello, all Canadian SAA members! At the recent SAA conference, there was an informal session where Canadian members discussed issues of mutual concern. This message is one result of our discussions. There is now a Canada page on the SAA website. (There’s… Read more ▶

Suzuki E-News #47: Conference Pictures, World Convention in Japan

June 13, 2012

In this issue: Conference Pictures! Group Class Techniques Workshops Suzuki Method World Convention 40th Anniversary ASJ Articles Due July 1 A Star for My Father Upcoming Events 192 new members joined the SAA in May. Welcome! Conference Pictures! Lots of pictures from the SAA Conference in Minneapolis are available… Read more ▶

2012 Minijournal Cover Winners

June 4, 2012

1st Place Winner Daniel Su, age 6 Lexington, KY Daniel has been studying piano one year with teacher Jennifer Brooke (J.B.) Taylor. 2nd Place Oliver Setiyadi, age 8 Broomfield, CO Oliver has been playing violin for four years. His drawing is titled “A World of Music.” 3rd Place Caera… Read more ▶

Michael Strauss, Viola Book 8 Recording Artist, Appointed to Oberlin Faculty

May 30, 2012

Oberlin Conservatory of Music announced Tuesday that violist Michael Strauss, former student of William Preucil, Sr., and Suzuki Viola Volume 8 recording artist, is newly appointed Associate Professor of Viola and Chamber Music. Dean of the Conservatory David H. Stull… Read more ▶

40 and Forward Slideshow from the Conference Birthday Bash

May 29, 2012

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Suzuki E-News #46: Online Auction, 40th Anniversary ASJ, Summer Institutes

May 17, 2012

In this issue: Going…To The Highest Bidder! Call for Submissions: 40th Anniversary ASJ Issue Upcoming Events 159 new members joined the SAA in April. Welcome! Going…To The Highest Bidder! A pre-conference online auction fund-raiser, organized by the SAA Board of Directors, has just opened for bidding! Bidding… Read more ▶

A Star for My Father

May 14, 2012 by Susan Baer

June is a month that I look forward to with special anticipation every year. June is the harbinger of all the delightful treats of summer. It promises a break from structured routine, the adventure of a vacation, and happiness ignited… Read more ▶

Early Childhood Music Research Published

May 11, 2012

Laurel Trainor and David Gerry’s research on very early musical training for babies at McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind has recently been published in Developmental Science and Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Read more from ScienceDaily: Babies’… Read more ▶

Yasuko S. Joichi: Oct. 1, 1945—Dec. 28, 2011

May 1, 2012

Mrs. Joichi was a beloved Suzuki Piano Teacher and SAA Teacher Trainer. She served on the faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago, worked on the Suzuki Piano repertoire revisions committee and taught at many institutes and workshops. She studied… Read more ▶

June Itami: June 22, 1920–January 14, 2012

May 1, 2012

A pioneer of the Suzuki violin method in North America, June’s first of many trips to Japan was in 1967. She became a close friend of Dr. Suzuki and was well known in the Japanese Suzuki community. June was especially… Read more ▶

Let’s Celebrate Doris Koppelman’s Life!

May 1, 2012 by Caroline Fraser

Doris died peacefully on September 11, 2011, accompanied by her sons, while I was on my way to Guanajuato, México, for their VI Festival Suzuki. Etna Diemecke and I dedicated the Festival to the celebration of Doris’ life. Her life inspired us to work with yet more dedication, more energy and more persistence towards the fulfillment of Dr Suzuki’s dream: a world without violence and conflicts, a world of love, peace and compassion. Read more ▶

2012, A Festival that Continues Growing Up!

May 1, 2012 by Angelica Villa

Under the slogan associated with music for a better world, in 2008, Colombia celebrated ten years of Suzuki Festivals. Since then, the organizing team has not stopped their joint efforts to continue making this wonderful experience possible. Today, in the… Read more ▶

Costa Rica Suzuki Festival 2012

May 1, 2012 by Carmen Wise

“Where love is deep, much can be accomplished.” —Shinichi Suzuki More than 110 students, representing the whole spectrum of Suzuki string playing from Twinkles to Book Ten and beyond, enjoyed a week of music, learning and fun at the Fifth Annual… Read more ▶

Latin America Update: News from Peru

May 1, 2012 by Caroline Fraser

News from Peru David Evenchick, cello teacher trainer from Canada, writes: Thanks to the Suzuki Association of Peru and the SAA I have had the honor and privilege of teaching in Latin America. As members of the Suzuki community we understand that… Read more ▶

The UWSP Suzuki Strings Mentoring Program at 1.5 Years: What It Is and How Far We've Come

May 1, 2012 by Pat D'Ercole

The UWSP Suzuki Strings Mentoring Program (SSMP) was launched September 11–12, 2010. The three brave mentees arrived on the UWSP campus from Lincoln, NE, Watertown, WI, and Monument, CO. Read more ▶

Community in Conference: The Workings of a Successful Suzuki Conference

May 1, 2012 by Janice LaMarre

What do seventy Suzuki teachers, 100 families, and the Prime Minister of Canada have in common? They all joined forces to create the 2011 Ontario Suzuki Conference, in Barrie, Canada. Read more ▶

The Rocky Mountain Strings Great Adventure: An Exchange with Suzuki Students in Turnhout, Belgium

May 1, 2012 by Deborah Moench, Ramona Stirling

The connection that began this adventure started in Turin, Italy at the Suzuki World Convention in 2006. After hearing a concert where the Rocky Mountain Strings performed, Koen Rens invited RMS students to go to Belgium for a workshop with his students. Read more ▶

Interview with Nick Kendall, Time for Three

May 1, 2012 by Libby Felts, Nick Kendall

I spoke with Nick (grandson of American Suzuki pioneer John Kendall) as he was preparing for Time for Three’s March 8 debut at Carnegie Hall as soloists with the Boston Pops Orchestra. Read more ▶

Suzuki Method World Convention in Japan, March 27-31, 2013

April 19, 2012

The 16th Suzuki Method World Convention will take place March 27-31, 2013, in Matsumoto City, Nagano, Japan. The theme this year is “The World will be One, Joined Together by Children Making Music.” Read more ▶

Suzuki E-News #45: Sound of Success, Institute Scholarships, Conference

April 11, 2012

In this issue: The Sound of Success: Suzuki Method for Guitar Conference Special Events Preview Institute Scholarships for Students & Teachers A Star for My Mother Next ASJ Sneak Peak Upcoming Events 107 new members joined the SAA in March. Welcome! The Sound of Success: Suzuki Method for… Read more ▶

A Star for My Mother

April 10, 2012 by Susan Baer

With Mother’s Day approaching, we can’t help but be reminded of how much of who we are must be credited to our mothers. It was our mothers who planted the seeds that sprouted and grew into a vision of Suzuki… Read more ▶

The Sound of Success: Suzuki Method for Guitar

April 4, 2012

Thanks to the work of the SAA Guitar Committee and producer Laura Wong Burnett, we are able to present a new, informative introduction to Suzuki Guitar. Whether you are a parent or a classical guitarist interested in teaching, the information… Read more ▶

The Suzuki Guitar Experience

April 4, 2012 by Mychal Gendron, MaryLou Roberts

Reprinted from Soundboard magazine, Volume XXXVII, No. 3, 2011, pg. 42-47, with the kind permission of the Guitar Foundation of America Angela walks confidentially to center stage, wearing her best concert clothes, carrying her prized guitar with her right hand low… Read more ▶

Unfretted/Unfettered: The Evolution of Andrew Bird

March 21, 2012 by Andrew Bird, Sarah Bylander Montzka

Chicago-based film score composer, multi-instrumentalist and lyricist Andrew Bird began his musical journey on a “box” violin at the age of four and spent his formative years as a Suzuki student. Read more ▶

The Remarkable Story of Emily, Her Cochlear Implant, and How the Suzuki Method Made a Difference in Her Life

March 21, 2012 by Irene Mitchell

At four months, her parents they noticed that Emily wasn’t cooing, babbling or responding like other babies. They had her hearing checked, and the diagnosis was profound deafness. Emily’s cochlea was non-functional, preventing any sound from being transmitted from her ears to her brain. Read more ▶

Buffalo Suzuki Strings in Argentina: A Musical Transformation

March 21, 2012 by Justice Namaste

I could not see the wand or wizards who must have been hiding nearby, but the spell that was cast was unmistakable. Somewhere in Argentina—or perhaps before we even left Buffalo—we were bewitched. We were transformed from a group of talented, well-trained, and dedicated Suzuki students into an ensemble of passionate musicians. Read more ▶

From Bribery to Musical Achievement: My Daughter and Her Violin, Fifteen Years Later

March 21, 2012 by Richard Moss, M.D.

I watched with my wife and three children from the pews of the old church in the small village of Dale, Indiana, a stately but modest wooden structure with a steeple, painted in white, on a quiet street, like a post card. My daughter, Arielle, eighteen years old, was readying herself for what would be her final recital as a member of “Strings,” the Suzuki organization of teachers, parents, and young students that is and has been the center of the violin universe in the area. Read more ▶

New International Edition of Suzuki Piano Volume Seven Motivates Cincinnati Teen

March 21, 2012 by Rita Hauck

Austin Wade, age fifteen, a high school sophomore in Cincinnati, Ohio, presented a Suzuki Piano Graduation Recital from Book Seven on Friday, November 11, 2011. The uniqueness of his Book Seven graduation recital is that he chose to play all the repertoire from the Revised Edition of Suzuki Volume Seven and all the repertoire from the New International Edition of Suzuki Volume Seven. Read more ▶

Be a Somebody--Bring a New Buddy to the Conference

March 21, 2012 by Susan Baer, Sarah Wilson

I’m not sure how it happened, but somehow, that cute little girl who began taking lessons with me at the age of three has become my friend and my colleague. Read more ▶

SAA Guitar Committee Conference Call Notes, January 8, 2012

March 19, 2012

Present on the Call: Andrea Cannon, Seth Himmelhoch, Andy LaFreniere, David Madsen, Joe Pecoraro, Bill Kossler, MaryLou Roberts Not Present: Mychal Gendron Agenda Items 1. Mychal—Video Vote Mychal suggests that the committee to approve, by vote, the GFA article as a companion piece to… Read more ▶

Former Suzuki Student Jason Moran Named Kennedy Center's Artistic Advisor for Jazz

March 2, 2012

Pianist Jason Moran was named Artistic Advisor for Jazz at the Kennedy Center in November 2011. In this video, he speaks with PBS News Hour’s Jeffrey Brown about promoting the arts, contemporary forms, and his beginnings as a Suzuki piano… Read more ▶

Suzuki E-News #43: Conference Sessions, PPO, SPA, St. Rafael

February 16, 2012

In this issue: Conference Sessions Parents as Partners Online Upcoming Suzuki Principles in Action Courses A Star for St. Rafael Upcoming Events 137 new members joined the SAA in January. Welcome! Conference Sessions Sessions We’ve got most of the conference session abstracts online—there are more than 130 sessions on… Read more ▶

A Star for St. Rafael

February 15, 2012 by Susan Baer

Stephen is a very special little boy. He’s cute as a button and has so much energy that it’s hard for any ordinary human being to keep up with him. He’s fascinated with elevators and, if left to his own… Read more ▶

In Memoriam: Hannah Stieg

January 18, 2012

Hannah Stieg, daughter of Linda and Roger Stieg, has passed away at the age of 23 after a 5 1/2 year battle with cancer. Hannah grew up as a Suzuki child, attending many institutes with her parents. Suzuki piano became… Read more ▶

In Memoriam: June Itami

January 18, 2012

We are sad to inform SAA members and friends of the passing of June Itami of Nampa, Idaho, on January 14, 2012. She was one of the pioneers of the Suzuki violin method in North America. June’s first of many… Read more ▶

Suzuki E-News #42: Conference Registration, Journal Submissions Wanted, Parents as Partners Online

January 17, 2012

In this issue: Parents as Partners Online Conference Registration & Highlights A Star for Victor Host a SPA Course this Spring Scholarship Applications Due February 5 Call for Submissions: 40th Anniversary ASJ Issue Call for Submissions: ASJ Grace Notes Column Upcoming Events 38 new members joined the SAA in… Read more ▶

A Star for Victor

January 16, 2012 by Susan Baer

Some years ago, following a performance of which the details have long faded, someone from the audience approached me and, among other things, said, “You’re so gifted.” Responding dutifully according to my performance etiquette training, I graciously thanked the woman.… Read more ▶

In Memoriam: Yasuko Joichi

January 3, 2012

We are saddened to learn that Yasuko Joichi passed away on December 28, 2011. A memorial service is planned as follows: Saturday, January 07, 2012 3:00 p.m.—03:45 p.m. St. James the Less Episcopal Church 550 Sunset Ridge Road Northfield, Il 60093 Mrs. Joichi was a beloved… Read more ▶

Suzuki E-News #41: Parents as Partners Online, Our Suzuki Footprints, Conference Clinicians

December 15, 2011

In this issue: Parents as Partners Online 2012 A Star for Don Conference Clinicians and Highlights Annual Fund Drive 2011: Our Suzuki Footprints Upcoming Events 150 new members joined the SAA in November. Welcome! Parents as Partners Online 2012 Parents as Partners Online will return January 30! The 2012… Read more ▶

A Star for Don

December 15, 2011 by Susan Baer

I’m a sucker for a good old American dream story. That’s the kind where somebody starts with nothing, and through determination and hard work, creates something fabulous. It makes me happy to be part of a society that values that… Read more ▶

Our Suzuki Footprints: Annual Fund Drive 2011

December 1, 2011

“Lives of great men all remind us we can make our lives sublime, and, departing, leave behind us footprints on the sands of time.”—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Read more ▶

Call for Submissions: 40th Anniversary Issue of ASJ

December 1, 2011

In celebration of its fortieth anniversary, the SAA would like to collect untold stories about the Suzuki experience and the growth and impact of the Suzuki method in the Americas that fill gaps in our story and contribute to a richer and fuller understanding of our history. Read more ▶

The School for Strings Celebrates 40th Anniversary

December 1, 2011 by Alexander Yudkovsky

The last week of May was a week of 40th Anniversary Celebrations at Carnegie Hall for The School for Strings, the path-breaking Manhattan Suzuki school and teacher training center founded by Louise Behrend. Read more ▶

In Memoriam: Louise Behrend, 1916-2011

December 1, 2011 by Sheila Keats, Alexander Yudkovsky

It is with great sadness we share with you the news that The School for Strings’ founder, Louise Behrend, has passed away. Miss Behrend was one of the pioneer musicians who introduced the educational philosophy and teaching concepts of the violinist Shinichi Suzuki to the United States. Read more ▶

In Memoriam: Kristi Knecht

December 1, 2011 by Jean Dexter

Kristi Ann Rassmussen Knecht, 61, of Gladstone, Missouri, passed away September 12, 2011. Kristi was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and was the second of seven children. At age five, her family moved to Northfield, Minnesota, where Kristi graduated from high… Read more ▶

Book Review: The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace

December 1, 2011 by Merry Bing Pruitt

We teachers and parents are in charge of much of the motivation of students, so learning the best ways to show appreciation for the efforts of the students and parents we teach is vital. Read more ▶

Behind the Suzuki Method: The Cultural and Educational Background of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki’s Talent Education

December 1, 2011 by Masayuki Oshima, Satoko Umaoka Oshima

I have been fortunate to be involved with the Suzuki method, as a student and a teacher, for more than thirty years, working in Japan and the US, and I had a feeling that I knew the Suzuki method very well. Read more ▶

Songs of Memory: The Music of the Golden Triangle

December 1, 2011 by Victoria Vorreiter

The genius of Shinichi Suzuki was not in creating a new way of learning and teaching music, but rather in listening and remembering. Read more ▶

From Warsaw: A New Perspective on Suzuki Listening

December 1, 2011 by Joan Krzywicki

Have you ever imagined that given the opportunity, you would sit in an auditorium in a foreign country, for perhaps ten hours a day, listening to young musicians play compositions by only one composer, sometimes the same composition repeatedly? Read more ▶

A Weekend at the SPA with Friends

December 1, 2011 by Sheryl Shohet

Living in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii residents are very aware of the high cost of bringing in experts and professionals for workshops. Read more ▶

Legacy of Love: Principal Sharon Goulet Retires After 25 Years

December 1, 2011 by Suzuki Charter School Society

We appreciate all the hard work and visionary thinking of retired principal Sharon Goulet that inspired the unique Suzuki Charter School learning environment in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Read more ▶

What’s New at the Aber Suzuki Center? : The Aber Suzuki Vocal Performance Troupe

December 1, 2011 by Mary Hofer

The Voice Program at the Aber Suzuki Center in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, has started an exciting new program offering for its students called the Aber Suzuki Vocal Performance Troupe. Read more ▶

Elizabeth Stuen-Walker, Outgoing Board Member

December 1, 2011 by Elizabeth Stuen-Walker

Outgoing SAA Board of Directors member Elizabeth Stuen-Walker served from August 2008-August 2011, serving as secretary from 2009-2011. Tell us about yourself—your studio, your background, and how you became involved with the Suzuki Method. I have maintained a private a studio… Read more ▶

Interview with Past SAA Board Chair Teri Einfeldt

December 1, 2011 by Teri Einfeldt, Karen-Michele Kimmett

How long did you serve on the SAA board before becoming Chair? I served for six years, two of them as chair elect. What aspects of the Chair office surprised you the most? Probably what surprised me the most was beginning to understand… Read more ▶

In Memoriam: Doris Koppelman

December 1, 2011

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Doris Koppelman, Piano Teacher and Trainer from San Diego. Doris was beloved by thousands of students, parents and teachers. Read more ▶

Suzuki E-News #40: Time for Three at the Conference

November 10, 2011

In this issue: Time for Three to Perform at the Conference Thank You for Supporting the Power of Community Conference Deadlines: Nano & Mini Messages, Kaleidoscope Concert Upcoming Events 138 new members joined the SAA in October. Welcome! Time for Three to Perform at the Conference The… Read more ▶

Louise Behrend & The School For Strings: A New York Story from ASJ 21.4

November 2, 2011 by Allen Lieb

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Time for Three to Perform at Conference 2012

October 31, 2011

The 2012 Conference Team is excited to announce very special guest performers for the 15th Biennial Conference, 40 and Forward. Time for Three (Nicolas Kendall, Ranaan Meyer, Zachary DePue) will be the featured performers at the SAA conference on Sunday… Read more ▶

Thank You for Supporting the Power of Community!

October 24, 2011

THANK YOU! to everyone who supported the Power of Community campaign. Even though the week-long campaign is at its end, the donations are still rolling in and the word is still spreading. We couldn’t have done it without you! Read more ▶

El Poder de la Comunidad

October 21, 2011

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Talent Is For Everyone

October 19, 2011

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Suzuki E-News #39: The Power of Community -- Special Birthday Edition

October 17, 2011

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Power of Community

October 16, 2011

Support the Power of Community To donate by check, please make checks out to “Suzuki Association of the Americas”, and put “Power of Community” on the memo line. PO Box 17310, Boulder CO 80308 The “Power of Community” is a week-long campaign… Read more ▶

Suzuki E-News #38: Math Fun, Conference Deadlines, Latin America

October 11, 2011

In this issue: Math Fun for Suzuki Families Conference Deadlines for Students and Sessions Most student applications due this Saturday! Latin American Suzuki Programs Call for Board Nominations Two Books Added to the SAA Store SAA Volunteer Spotlight: Nominations Wanted ASJ Fall 2011: Coming Soon! Upcoming Events 153 new… Read more ▶

Math Fun for Suzuki Families

October 7, 2011

The newly re-released book Math Fun for Suzuki Families by Andy J. Felt and George Kung is now available in the SAA Online Store. Using principles of Dr. Suzuki’s approach to education applied to mathematics, Math Fun features more than… Read more ▶

Latin American Suzuki Programs

October 6, 2011 by Marilyn O'Boyle

Translations: Español, Português So what does it mean for the SAA to be the Suzuki Association of the Americas, plural? When the SAA was established in 1972, it was charged with the responsibility to care for and nurture the development of… Read more ▶

Minnesota Orchestra names Erin Keefe, former Suzuki student, as new concertmaster

September 27, 2011

The Minnesota Orchestra announced Thursday the appointment of American violinist Erin Keefe, 31, as concertmaster. Keefe was a Suzuki student of SAA violin teacher and teacher trainer Teri Einfeldt for eight years. The announcement praised Erin’s “depth, refinement, and exquisite… Read more ▶

Two Books Added to the SAA Store

September 21, 2011

Group Lessons for Suzuki Violin and Viola By Carolyn McCall Book, 84 pages, $12.95 Group lesson ideas for violin and viola, organized by book level and technique/skill. Focus on Suzuki Piano: Creative and Effective Ideas for Teachers and Parents By Mary Craig Powell Book, 76 pages,… Read more ▶

Board Meeting Minutes, September 15-18, 2011

September 19, 2011

September 15—18, 2011, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada Members present: Susan Baer, Ellen Berry, Dan Browning, Mark George, chair, Frances Green, Marilyn Kesler, Sarah Bylander Montzka, Marilyn O’Boyle, Patricia Purcell, MaryLou Roberts, Lucy Shaw, and Pam Brasch, ex officio. The meeting was called to… Read more ▶

Suzuki Student Gavin George will be on From the Top on September 25

September 16, 2011

Gavin George, 8-year-old Suzuki piano student of Mary Craig Powell will be performing on From the Top on Sunday, September 25 at 7PM. He is the youngest student ever chosen for this prestigious show and he is truly something for… Read more ▶

Congratulations to New Teacher Trainers

September 15, 2011

The SAA would like to welcome five new Teacher Trainers: Amy Matherly Charlton, MA Violin Nightingale Chen Powell, OH Piano Priscilla Jones Bainbridge Island, WA Cello Sharon Jones London, ON Suzuki Early Childhood Education Haukur Hannesson Uppsala, Sweden Cello ESA Level V Trainer, added to SAA Registry We look forward to their service in this new and… Read more ▶

Suzuki E-News #37: Volunteer Spotlight, Conference Deadlines, Student Writing Contest Finalists, Weekly News Email

September 14, 2011

In this issue: Volunteer Spotlight: Patricia & Michael Brown Conference Deadlines for Students and Sessions Weekly SAA News Emails Student Writing Contest Finalists Nurtured By Love Video DVD Upcoming Events 109 new members joined the SAA in August. Welcome! Volunteer Spotlight: Patricia & Michael Brown This month’s SAA Volunteer… Read more ▶

SAA Volunteer Spotlight: Patricia & Michael Brown

September 14, 2011 by Michael Brown, Patricia Brown

This month’s SAA Volunteer Spotlight features Patricia and Michael Brown, Suzuki parents and active volunteers at the Blue Lake Suzuki Family Camp. Tell us about yourselves—where you’re from, how you became involved with Suzuki, anything else you’d like to share. We… Read more ▶

Sight Reading

September 14, 2011 by Monica Pardeshi

Student Writing Contest Finalist, 12-14 age group I started taking violin lessons at the age of five. Since I played my first piece of sight reading, I knew that it was not going to be easy for me. Sight reading has always… Read more ▶

Something More

September 13, 2011 by Katherine Lee

Student Writing Contest Finalist, 15+ age group Sing for the sake of singing Form the thought of something more. Your strings are there for you to play To grow, to learn, to love. Music is forever, rhythm universal. We can touch the world with simple words. To… Read more ▶

I Have a Music Family

September 13, 2011 by Henry From

Student Writing Contest Finalist, 6-8 age group I have a music family: My mama plays violin and my papa plays violin and piano, and my sister plays piano and violin. But my family is bigger than that! In piano I have Mrs.… Read more ▶

Duet for One

September 12, 2011 by Grace Park

Student Writing Contest Finalist, 9-11 age group When I was eight, my mom asked me and my little sister if we wanted to learn how to play the violin. I was a little nervous, but at the same time I was… Read more ▶

My Memorable Suzuki Moment

September 9, 2011 by Anna Lilly

Student Writing Contest Finalist, 9-11 age group One of my most memorable Suzuki moments happened at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Suzuki Institute. On a sunny afternoon during repertoire class in the Pavane, we had a very special visitor. The… Read more ▶

See SAA Board Chair Dr. Mark George with Suzuki Students on Windy City Live

August 26, 2011

SAA Board of Directors Chair Dr. Mark George appeared with students of the Music Institute of Chicago on Windy City Live on Thursday, August 25. The performance can be seen here: http://windycitylive.com/episodes/Learning-with-the-Suzuki-Method/8326125 Read more ▶

Suzuki E-News #36: 2012 Conference, Halloween Recitals, Teacher Searches, SPA & Upcoming Events

August 16, 2011

164 new members joined the SAA in July. Welcome! We have 8,138 members as of July 31. In this issue: 2012 Conference Tips for a Halloween Musical Bash Host a SPA Course in Your Area Online Teacher Search Service Upcoming Events 2012 Conference Be sure to mark your calendar… Read more ▶

Tips for a Halloween Musical Bash

August 16, 2011 by Reagan Brasch, Nancy Modell

It’s August. All my students know what that means—it’s time to plan for the Halloween group recital. It wasn’t always this way—my violin teacher friend, Danielle Charboneau, deserves all the credit. When she moved to California to start a new… Read more ▶

Profile: Marilyn Kesler, Board of Directors Chair-Elect

August 11, 2011 by Marilyn Kesler

Meet newly-appointed SAA Board of Directors Chair-elect Marilyn Kesler. Kesler begins her two-year term as chair-elect on August 1, after which she will become board chair. Read more ▶

Leadership Retreat Wrap-Up

August 11, 2011 by Susan Baer, Sally Gross, Gail Lange, Deborah Moench, Patricia Purcell, MaryLou Roberts

S—T—R—E—T—C—H It’s been a long time coming. I hadn’t even considered the possibility that I might be one until relatively recently. And to actually take on the role and don the mantel, to embrace the responsibility was like diving into the… Read more ▶

Strings in Kenya

August 11, 2011 by Libby Felts

Growing up in the rural Kithoka community in central Kenya, Bishop Lawi Imathiu didn’t have the opportunity to go to high school. Until 2005, when the bishop founded the Bishop Lawi Imathiu Secondary School, a step in fulfilling the bishop’s vision of bringing education back home in Kenya. Read more ▶

If My Violin Could Talk…

August 11, 2011 by Sara Kuhns

It is dusty. There is a strong smell of pine coming from the rosin lying next to me. My velvet blanket covers me as I wait for my owner to take me out of this dark, musty coffin. Read more ▶

My Instrument Case

August 11, 2011 by Nicky Williams

When someone asks me what is in my instrument case, they would think I would say my violin, but I answer, something I love to do. Read more ▶

Why More People Should Listen to Music

August 11, 2011 by Ellis Miskell

It was late when I got home, and I knew I would stay up late trying to finish my mountains of homework. But, if I could redo the events of that evening, choose a different path that would have allowed me to get home earlier, and complete my work by eight o’clock, I wouldn’t. Read more ▶

If My Violin Could Speak…

August 11, 2011 by Kennedy Munn

If my violin could speak it would say, “My Kennedy you make lovely music when you focus and play. When my strings are in tune with rosin on my bow, I’m ready to perform with you at your recital show. Please be gentle and try not to… Read more ▶

Practicum: A Great Way to Sharpen Your Teaching Tools

August 11, 2011 by Leslie Mizrahi

Practicum Un gran medio para afilar tus herramientas de enseñanza. Con comentarios de Etna Diemecke y Fabiola Sigala Este extraordinario taller nos ha llevado a apreciar aún más el arte de enseñar. Este arte involucra el instrumento, la música, el alumno y los padres… Read more ▶

Senior Strings

August 11, 2011 by Jentry Barrett

The title of Kay Collier Sloan’s fantastic book They’re Rarely Too Young and Never Too Old to Twinkle was put to the test in January 2009. I was working as an administrative assistant at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of… Read more ▶

Side by Side in Harmony: Inner-city school strings in Ireland

August 11, 2011 by Joanne Martin

When I arrived at St. Joseph’s National School in the north of Dublin, Ireland, early one morning about five years ago, I had very little idea what to expect. Dorothy Conaghan, whom I had met a few years earlier while… Read more ▶

Courage at the Hitz Home

August 11, 2011 by Carolyn McCall

For thirty-four years, I spent hours each day teaching children to play the violin. The violin lessons were more than music; we worked with one another’s spirits. Read more ▶

Honoring Carolyn McCall: A Creative Suzuki Spirit

August 11, 2011 by Christie Felsing, Linda Perry

The SAA would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Carolyn McCall for her many years of service to the organization and Suzuki community at large. Read more ▶

In Memoriam: Louise Behrend

August 5, 2011

With sadness we are sharing the news that Louise Behrend passed away August 3, 2011. In the fall a memorial concert will be planned by the 40-year-old music school Miss Behrend founded, The School for Strings in New York. We will… Read more ▶

Suzuki E-News #35: Volunteer Spotlight, Articles Wanted!

July 19, 2011

156 new members joined the SAA in June. Welcome! In this issue: SAA Volunteer Spotlight: Gabriel Villasurda Japan Relief Benefit News Briefs Call for Articles Is the SAA on your mailing list? August Events SAA Volunteer Spotlight: Gabriel Villasurda This new Suzuki E-News feature will spotlight a different… Read more ▶

In Memoriam: Dr. Masaaki Honda

July 15, 2011

Dr. Masaaki Honda, long a respected supporter and leader in the Suzuki movement, passed away on June 8, 2011. A memorial service and concert are scheduled on Monday, July 18, 2011. Memorial Service: 16:00—17:00 Memorial Concert: 18:00—19:00 Fujisawa Catholic Church 1-1-17 Ishigami Kugenuma Fujisawa-shi Kanagawa-ken Japan Tel:… Read more ▶

SAA Volunteer Spotlight: Gabriel Villasurda

July 14, 2011 by Gabriel Villasurda

This new Suzuki E-News feature will spotlight a different SAA volunteer or group of volunteers each month. We’re grateful for their contributions to the organization, and they deserve recognition! This month’s SAA Volunteer Spotlight features Gabriel Villasurda, a moderator of the… Read more ▶

New! Bio and Website on Your Teacher Search Profile

June 23, 2011 by Jenny Ferenc Lindberg

Since you have a profile on the SAA Teacher Search, I thought you’d like to know about some new features we’ve added. Full Profile Page Your full profile page (part of our improved online member directory) can be linked from your short… Read more ▶

Suzuki E-News #34: Upgraded Forums & Directory, Volunteer Spotlight, Conference on a Budget, Ask the Experts, New Chopin Book

June 14, 2011

168 new members joined the SAA in May. Welcome! In this issue: Upgraded Discussion Forums Upgraded Online Member Directory Suzuki Voice Training Available in Wisconsin SAA Volunteer Spotlight: Susan Gagnon Attending a Conference on a Budget Ask the Experts #24: Suzuki Method in Canada New Book: The Life… Read more ▶

Suzuki Voice Training Available in Wisconsin

June 14, 2011

The American Suzuki Institute is currently the only institute in North America to offer teacher training in voice. This year’s Voice Level One Teaching Training will take place July 30 to August 6 at the American Suzuki Institute in Stevens… Read more ▶

SAA Volunteer Spotlight: Susan Gagnon

June 14, 2011 by Susan Gagnon

This new Suzuki E-News feature will spotlight a different SAA volunteer or group of volunteers each month. We’re grateful for their contributions to the organization, and they deserve recognition! To nominate a volunteer to be featured in the SAA Volunteer… Read more ▶

Attending a Conference on a Budget

June 13, 2011 by MaryLou Roberts

I have to admit that before I attended my first conference, I wasn’t sure why everyone was so excited about it. My colleagues thought it was one of the most important Suzuki events for a teacher to attend, saying you… Read more ▶

Ask the Experts #24: Suzuki Method in Canada

June 10, 2011 by Karen-Michele Kimmett

What are the goals or plans for strategic development or promotion of the Suzuki Method for Canada? Quebec? Rural communities? Academic communities? The SAA keeps an ongoing dialogue with its Canadian teacher trainers as well as with member teachers. Last May… Read more ▶

New Discussion Forums

June 7, 2011 by Jenny Ferenc Lindberg

Hello forum users, We have new discussion forums! I’ve rewritten the forum software to make the forums easier to use, better handle the growing spam problem, and allow for adding special features in the future. Here are a few of the new features… Read more ▶

2011 Minijournal Cover Winners

June 7, 2011

1st Place Winner Joseph M. Evans, “Max”, age 14 Downers Grove, IL Max has been playing violin for 9 years and his teacher is Daina Volodka.2nd Place Caera Ozawa Burns, age 5 Sunnyvale, CA Caera plays cello with Barbara Wampner.3rd Place Simona Sulminas, age 5 1/2 Riverside, IL Simona… Read more ▶

New Book: The Life and Letters of Frédéric Chopin

June 2, 2011

Four-part series on Chopin by Malgosia Lis, which features original translations of Chopin’s letters by the author and was originally published in the American Suzuki Journal. Now conveniently bound together in a single volume. The 41-page book is spiral bound… Read more ▶

Los “Cubos” de “Estudio”

May 31, 2011 by Barbara Balatero

Es cierto que todos los maestros de Suzuki han trabajado con alumnos que, a pesar de practicar y escuchar, todavía tienen problemas tocando “Estudio” sin que se pierden. Como maestros, necesitamos tener muchas maneras de atacar el problema… Read more ▶

Latin American Update: News from Peru

May 25, 2011 by Caroline Fraser

The 26th International Suzuki Festival and 5th Latin American Suzuki Teachers’ Conference were held in Lima, Peru, in January 2011. Read more ▶

Book Review: Frederico, The Mouse Violinist by Mayra Calvani

May 25, 2011 by Andrew Blankenship, Benjamin Blankenship, Jennifer Blankenship

With help from their mother, Jennifer Blankenship, Suzuki piano students and brothers Andrew and Benjamin Blankenship reviewed the newest release from children’s book author Mayra Calvani, *Frederico, the Mouse Violinist*, a charming and educational story about a mouse who lives in Antonio Stradivari’s workshop. Read more ▶

SYOA: Students, Parents and Teacher Share Their Experiences

May 25, 2011 by Isabelle Aboaf, McCall Andersen, Sally Gross, Leah Keane, Deborah Moench

I attended as a first violinist in SYOA 2 this past year, the fourteenth biennial conference. SYOA was the best experience I have had throughout my musical education. Read more ▶

A Joyful Journey: Suzuki Association of Utah's Celebration VIII

May 25, 2011 by Libby Felts

The sheer scope of the Suzuki Association of Utah’s Celebration concerts is difficult to imagine—two thousand Suzuki students playing together in one venue. But then, one sees it: the LDS Conference Center stage overflows with student musicians. Read more ▶

Book Review: Teaching With an Open Heart by Edward Kreitman

May 25, 2011 by Carol Dallinger

I never sit down with a book and read it cover to cover, but when I opened *Teaching with an Open Heart* to the first page, I could not put it down until I had finished the epilogue! Read more ▶

Book Review: Repertoire for Intermediate Pianists Vol. A and B by Christopher Liccardo

May 25, 2011 by Catherine McMichael

Repertoire for Intermediate Pianists Volumes A and B, with CD recordings, selected and performed by Christopher Liccardo, with additional performances by Joseph Liccardo. Published by Liccardo Music, www.liccardomusic.com. Piano teachers, both Suzuki and traditional in approach, will find an excellent… Read more ▶

Remembering Frank Longay

May 25, 2011 by Andrea Cannon, Mychal Gendron, Seth Himmelhoch, William Kossler, Andrew LaFreniere, David Madsen, Joseph Pecoraro, MaryLou Roberts

It is with difficulty and great sadness that the SAA Guitar Committee has attempted to put into words our sense of loss over the recent passing of Frank Longay. Read more ▶

Montessori and Suzuki: A Comparison

May 25, 2011 by Wee Ling Sim

As a Suzuki teacher, I often hear of the similarities between the Suzuki Method and Montessori education. I wondered about it myself until September 2009, when I became an assistant teacher at the Marquette Montessori Academy. I experienced the method—specifically, the preschool level, where I teach—first-hand, and gained insight into these similarities in philosophy. Read more ▶

Parents as Partners Online 2011 Acknowledgments

May 25, 2011 by Christie Felsing

Parents as Partners Online (PPO) was a six week event that featured over fifty inspirational talks on various parent education and Suzuki related topics. This unique program was intended to nurture parents, whether new or veterans to the Suzuki Method. Response… Read more ▶

Suzuki E-News #33: Conference 2012 Students, Writing Contest Winners, Volunteer Spotlight

May 20, 2011

134 new members joined the SAA in April. Welcome! In this issue: SAA Volunteer Spotlight: Jennifer Visick Suzuki Student Writing Contest Results American Suzuki Journal Call for Submissions Student 2012 Conference Opportunities SAA Volunteer Spotlight: Jennifer Visick This new Suzuki E-News feature will spotlight a different SAA… Read more ▶

SAA Volunteer Spotlight: Jennifer Visick

May 20, 2011 by Jennifer Visick

This new Suzuki E-News feature will spotlight a different SAA volunteer or group of volunteers each month. We’re grateful for their contributions to the organization, and they deserve recognition! To nominate a volunteer to be featured in the SAA Volunteer… Read more ▶

Suzuki Student Writing Contest Results

May 18, 2011

Thank you to all who participated and entered the Suzuki Student Writing Contest. We received more than 50 entries, and each one was a joy to read. It’s magnificent to see some of the many talents of Suzuki students on… Read more ▶

Desarrolla Tu Habilidad Con una Pieza que Puedas Tocar

May 5, 2011 by Shinichi Suzuki

Este extracto de Cuando el amor es profundo se tradujo en el Festival de Lima, Perú, 2011. No solo en la música, sino en todas las áreas, el éxito o el fracaso de la educación dependen de si cumples o no… Read more ▶

2011 Annual General Meeting

April 13, 2011

The SAA’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday, May 28, 5 PM, at the American Airlines Conference Center’s Flagship Auditorium during the SAA’s 2011 Leadership Retreat. All members are encouraged to attend. (Registration for the Retreat is not… Read more ▶

Suzuki E-News #32: Leadership Retreat, Japan, Making the Most of Summer Institutes

April 12, 2011

118 new members joined the SAA in March. Welcome! In this issue: Student Writing Contest: Deadline Friday Leadership Registration Due April 30 How You Can Help in Japan A Magical, Musical Experience: Suzuki Philosophy in Puebla, Mexico Making the Most of Summer Institutes Ask the Experts #23: Redefining… Read more ▶

Triangle Area Suzuki Japan Relief Benefit Concert in Durham, NC

April 12, 2011 by Wilinda Atchley

Greetings from Raleigh, NC. My name is Wilinda Atchley and I am a Suzuki violin teacher in Raleigh, NC. I know many of you and hope you will take a moment to read this invitation. Recently we were all shocked to… Read more ▶

Making the Most of Summer Institutes

April 12, 2011

Summer Institutes are just around the corner—time to get ready! Here are a few articles to help you make the most of your time at an Institute this summer: Summer Suzuki Institutes: Planning for a Positive Experience Be Prepared for Summer Institutes Lead with… Read more ▶

Board Meeting Minutes, April 8-10, 2011

April 11, 2011

Friday April 8th, 2011, Boulder, CO The meeting was called to order at 9:06 a.m, by Teri Einfeldt, chair. Members present: Sue Baer, Ellen Berry, Dan Browning, Teri Einfeldt, Chair, Mark George, Chair-Elect, Marilyn Kesler, Sarah Montzka, Patricia Purcell, MaryLou Roberts, Marilyn… Read more ▶

Ask the Experts #23: Redefining Parent Goals

April 11, 2011 by Sarah Bylander Montzka

Patience. Generosity. Empathy. Determination. Joyfulness. Problem-solving skills. Kindness. Dependability. Creativity. Attentiveness. Flexibility. Resourcefulness. A lifelong love of learning… These are just some of the character qualities that can be shaped through study of a musical instrument. Dr. Suzuki emphasized developing “good… Read more ▶

SAA Guitar Committee Conference Call Notes, October 17, 2010

April 1, 2011

Present: Mary Lou Roberts, Andrea Cannon, Seth Himmelhoch, Mychal Gendron, Frank Longay, David Madsen, Joe Pecoraro SAA Conference Video Updates Dave reports that the video is not done yet, we are also waiting for the SAA office to send him some transcripts… Read more ▶

Suzuki Flute Update

March 31, 2011

Dear Suzuki Flute colleagues, We have work to do! Many of us have longed for updated recordings… some of us for a very long time. We would like to be able to make that happen, but there is a… Read more ▶

In Memorial: Merna M. Thomas, 1925 - 2010

March 25, 2011

Merna M. Thomas, a long-time Suzuki Teacher Trainer and pioneer of Suzuki piano education in northern California, passed away on Saturday, August 28, 2010. She was 85. Read more ▶

SAA Galaxy of Stars

March 25, 2011 by Susan Baer

Have you visited the SAA Galaxy of Stars recently? It has brightened, well, astronomically! The members of SAA have embraced this opportunity to honor friends, mentors, teachers, parents, children, programs and organizations. Over 170 stars have been dedicated. We’ve had… Read more ▶

Concerto Competition for Montréal Suzuki Students

March 25, 2011 by Maude Durand

After conducting Suzuki orchestras and participating in an exchange program between Montreal and Edmonton, Cristian Gort had a great idea of having a concerto competition for Suzuki students. Cristian Gort is a conductor who has worked with several ensembles, in Amsterdam,… Read more ▶

Cello Poems

March 25, 2011 by Alice Ann O'Neill

Cello By Grace Robinson I will be a hundred cellos, all in one. I will play – I will sing, I’ll have fun. I’ll describe a murky rainforest, with the rhythm in my soul. I’ll be a thunderous storm, It’s my only goal. And when I’m done with my few… Read more ▶

Building Community Through Performance

March 25, 2011 by Katherine White

Parents of Suzuki students are familiar with the time frame for preparation that goes into a performance. It is the culmination of listening, private and group lessons, practicing, and more listening and practicing. Read more ▶

An Exciting Extra: Recollections on an International Suzuki Exchange

March 25, 2011 by Kathleen Spring

Why do we as Suzuki teachers plan those extra activities for our students? Activities that may range from holiday cookies after group lessons to a group outing to a concert of the local symphony. Occasionally the extra grows to be… Read more ▶

A Magical, Musical Experience: Suzuki Philosophy in Puebla, Mexico

March 25, 2011 by Leslie Mizrahi

It has become the custom in Mexico that wherever a Suzuki philosophy course is taught, piano students travel to participate in demonstration lessons, sometimes within the same city and at other times to a different state. Etna Diemecke has brought… Read more ▶

Suzuki Student Writing Contest

March 25, 2011

The SAA would like your students’ nonfiction and poetry submissions for upcoming publications! Winning selections may appear in the SAA Minijournal, on the SAA website, or in other SAA publications. Entries are due April 15, 2011. Submissions may address, but are… Read more ▶

Frank Longay, 1948-2011

March 25, 2011

It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the passing of Frank Longay on Wednesday, January 19. Frank was a founding member and chairman of both the Guitar Committee of the International Suzuki Association and the Guitar Committee for the… Read more ▶

Suzuki Community Mourns the Loss of Leader and Mentor, John Kendall

March 25, 2011

John D. Kendall August 30, 1917 – January 6, 2011 John Kendall, 93, a violin pedagogue widely known for his role in introducing the Suzuki method of music education in the United States, died at Arbor Hospice in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on… Read more ▶

Book Review: Recollections of a Peripatetic Pedagogue by John Kendall

March 25, 2011 by Susan Kempter

This much anticipated book is a candid and honest account of the life of John Kendall. It is written in simple language, almost understated, and photographs are informative and plentiful. Read more ▶

Una Experiencia Musical Mágica: Curso de Filosofía Suzuki en Puebla

March 24, 2011 by Leslie Mizrahi

En México se ha hecho costumbre que, en donde sea que se de un curso de Filosofía, hay alumnos de piano que viajan para participar en clases de demostración; algunas veces dentro de la misma ciudad y algunos otras a… Read more ▶

News Brief - Japan

March 18, 2011

In the wake of the earthquake and tsunami, conditions continue to change in Japan from day to day. Earlier this week, the Talent Education Research Institute in Matsumoto (TERI) (the Suzuki Association in Japan) was able to determine that… Read more ▶

Suzuki E-News #31: Leadership Retreat, Articles for Parents, Writing Contest, 2012 Conference, Board Ballot

March 11, 2011

In this issue: Articles for Parents Leadership Retreat Registration Open Parents as Partners 2011 Acknowledgments Student Writing Contest 2012 SAA Conference: May 25-28 Music Teacher Email Scams Teacher Training Auditions Board Ballot Vote Due April 1st Ask the Experts #22 Upcoming SPA Courses Upcoming ECC Courses Articles for Parents We’ve pulled some of… Read more ▶

Ask the Experts #22: SAA Board

March 11, 2011 by Pam Brasch

Why do we have an appointed board and not an elected board? The Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) does not have an appointed board as you suggest. Our by-laws state that, “At least two of the vacancies created by the… Read more ▶

Suzuki Articles for Parents

February 21, 2011

We’ve pulled some of the best articles for parents from past issues of the Minijournal. Topics include tone, practicing ideas, listening, note taking at lessons, getting the most out of Institutes, and more. A Quest for More Resonance Ann Montzka-Smelser Making Tone a Priority Hannah… Read more ▶

Suzuki E-News #30: Board Ballot, Student Writing Contest, Stay Connected, Frank Longay

February 8, 2011

In this issue: Board Ballot (Active Members Only) Suzuki Student Writing Contest Launch a Valentine Star Leadership Retreat Invitation Board Corner: Stay Connected Ask the Experts #21 Frank Longay, 1948-2011 John Kendall Memorial Observance Upcoming SPA Courses Board Ballot (Active Members Only) Active members can now vote on the 2011 board… Read more ▶

Ask the Experts #21: Summer Focus Groups

February 8, 2011 by Ellen Berry

What is the purpose of the SAA “focus group” meeting at Institutes? The SAA is a huge organization with about 8,000 members in North, Central, South America, and beyond. While the membership consists primarily of Suzuki teachers, it also includes parents,… Read more ▶

Scholarship Deadline Extended to Feb 7

February 4, 2011

Due to adverse weather throughout the country, the postmark deadline for teacher scholarships has been extended to Monday, February 7th. More on teacher scholarships Read more ▶

Stay Connected

January 12, 2011 by Ellen Berry

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Suzuki E-News #29: Parents as Partners, John Kendall, Board Corner, Ask the Experts

January 11, 2011

In this issue: Parents as Partners Online Suzuki Community Mourns the Loss of Leader and Mentor, John Kendall SAA Board Corner SAA: A Communication Center Why the SAA? 2011 Summer Institutes Newsletter Naming Contest Winner Thanking Our Lucky Stars Ask the Experts 19 & 20 Upcoming SPA Courses Calling all teachers… Read more ▶

Ask the Experts #20: Marketing

January 11, 2011 by Dan Browning

Can you give advice on marketing for newer teachers trying to build a program or studio? Marketing your new studio or music program is similar to marketing any other business that focuses on personal and professional services. In essence, you are… Read more ▶

Ask the Experts #19: Awareness

January 10, 2011 by Susan Baer

How can SAA raise awareness about the association? In order to answer this question, I think it is necessary to make two clarifications. First of all, the SAA is its membership. Secondly, I think recognition of the SAA as an organization… Read more ▶

Board Meeting Minutes, January 6-8, 2011

January 9, 2011

Thursday, January 6, 2011, Chicago, Illinois The meeting was called to order at 4:07 p.m. by Teri Einfeldt, chair. Members present: Sue Baer, Ellen Berry, Dan Browning, Teri Einfeldt, Chair, Mark George, Chair-Elect, Marilyn Kesler, Sarah Montzka, Patricia Purcell, MaryLou Roberts, Marilyn… Read more ▶

Suzuki Community Mourns the Loss of Leader and Mentor, John Kendall

January 7, 2011

Mr. John Kendall passed away on January 6, 2011 at the age of 93. John’s life’s work as an educator has influenced thousands of students and teachers. The SAA will forever be grateful to him for his contribution to music… Read more ▶

Why the SAA?

January 4, 2011 by Patricia Purcell

Board member Patty Purcell describes SAA membership benefits. Support the SAA Annual Fund here Read more ▶

Update on John Kendall

January 3, 2011

Dear Suzuki friends, We apologize if you have received this previously, We suggest you send it to others who may not know of Mr. Kendall’s condition. We will send on any further updates as they are made available from the family. —Marilyn… Read more ▶

2011 Minijournal Cover Design Contest

December 21, 2010

Design the cover for next year’s Minijournal! Submissions are due by January 17, 2011. Criteria and Requirements Students who wish to enter their artwork must study with an SAA Teacher member. Students must be between 4 and 14 years of age. Material submitted must… Read more ▶

Suzuki Voice Student Mikaela Schneider Performs with Marvin Hamlisch

December 20, 2010

Mikaela Schneider, a sixteen-year-old Suzuki student from the Milwaukee area, performed in four concerts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. with Marvin Hamlisch, December 9-12. She also performed with Hamlisch and the Dallas Symphony December 4th and 5th. Mr. Hamlisch… Read more ▶

Thanking Our Lucky Stars: Honor someone special in our SAA Galaxy of Stars

December 17, 2010

We all enjoy the good fortune of having the ability to share the gift of music. We are also fortunate to be surrounded by people who deserve to be recognized for their contributions to our journey. This year’s Annual Fund Drive… Read more ▶

Latin American Update: News from Peru

December 17, 2010 by Caroline Fraser

X National Workshop, Iquitos May 10-15 Iquitos is a city in the Amazon jungle. It is accessible only by plane or by river. This was the first Suzuki event ever held in the jungle region of Peru. Everything began in July 2009… Read more ▶

Toward Self-Regulated Learning: Scaffolding Deep Practice Habits in Suzuki Violin Students

December 17, 2010 by Lisa Toner

My interest in getting students to practice effectively was born in 2006 when I was an undergraduate and new studio teacher. Read more ▶

Play Your Music Like You Live Your Life

December 17, 2010 by Cecilia McDonnell

We’ve witnessed it hundreds of times over and over and never cease to marvel at the wonder. Within three notes introduced by the piano, forty children from four to eight years old fall into three perfect lines, rest position, eyes on the leader. Read more ▶

Annual Fund Drive 2010

December 17, 2010 by William Preucil

To all my colleagues in the SAA: Thanking Our Lucky Stars—what a wonderful sentiment to contemplate for the SAA’s Annual Fund Drive 2010. We each have had the good fortune to know many people, whose lives having touched ours, have left… Read more ▶

A Tribute to Nellie Novak

December 17, 2010 by Gilda Barston

December 19, 1924 – September 6, 2010 Presented at the Memorial Service by Gilda Barston My first encounter with Nellie Robin Novak was in 1973. I had met her husband, Kal, at an informal chamber music gathering, and we discussed the emergence… Read more ▶

Suzuki News #28: Parents As Partners Online, Newsletter Contest, Ask the Experts, Kendall Book

December 14, 2010

In this issue: Parents as Partners Online Newsletter Naming Contest Book Review: Recollections of a Peripatetic Pedagogue by John Kendall Ask the Experts 17 & 18 Annual Fund Upcoming SPA Courses Email Problems Fixed Registration for both teachers and parents is now open for 2011 Parents as Partners… Read more ▶

Ask the Experts #18: Diversity

December 13, 2010 by MaryLou Roberts

How can the SAA help increase the racial and ethnic diversity of students and teachers attending institutes and conferences? Diversity begins in the studio of each teacher. Encouraging families that are less fortunate or with different cultural backgrounds can be handled… Read more ▶

Ask the Experts #17: Community

December 6, 2010 by MaryLou Roberts

How can the SAA help us to create a community in our home programs primarily among teachers? One of the most wonderful features among Suzuki teachers is the sense of community. I am always received positively by the teachers I meet… Read more ▶

Update on John Kendall from Marilyn Kesler

November 30, 2010 by Marilyn Kesler

Dear Friends of John Kendall, As many of your know, last Tuesday, November 23rd, John Kendall suffered a stroke at his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I am happy to report that he is doing quite well and his condition has… Read more ▶

Suzuki News #27: Parents As Partners Online, Thanking Our Lucky Stars, Ask the Experts, 2011 Institutes & Retreat

November 18, 2010

In this issue: Parents As Partners Online Thanking Our Lucky Stars Ask the Experts part 16: Grant Writing New Books by Kendall and Kreitman Upcoming SPA Courses 2011 Summer Institutes Leadership Retreat: May 26-29, Ft Worth, TX A Tribute to Nellie Novak We are excited to invite Suzuki Parents… Read more ▶

Ask the Experts #16: Grant Writing

November 15, 2010 by Susan Baer

How can the SAA connect teachers with grant-writing classes to find funding? How does one go about finding philanthropic sources? Grant writing is an art. But just like playing a musical instrument, anybody can do it if they are willing… Read more ▶

Ask the Experts #15: Cost of Teacher Training

October 18, 2010 by MaryLou Roberts

In this troubled economy, how can teachers be expected to afford the high cost of teacher training? Every business expects to re-invest some of the profits back into that business. The percentage can vary, from 10% to 50%, with newer businesses… Read more ▶

Suzuki News #26: Flute Dreams, Ask the Experts, The Poor Nobodies, Upcoming Events

October 18, 2010

In this issue: Leadership Retreat: May 27-30, 2011 Flute Dreams Take Flight Board Nominations Upcoming SPA Courses in Ontario Ask the Experts, part 16 The Poor Nobodys Early Childhood Training in TX ECC Grant: The Concession and Paying It Forward Leadership Retreat: May 27-30, 2011 The next SAA Leadership Retreat… Read more ▶

Board Nominations

October 15, 2010 by Mark George

Dear Friends and Colleagues: The Board of Directors of the SAA is seeking nominees for board service. We would like to ask you to consider who among your colleagues and associates you like to see involved in shaping the future of… Read more ▶

Flute Dreams Take Flight

October 14, 2010 by Kelly Williamson

The excellent quality and affordability of Di Zhao flutes have made dreams come true for a number of students in Latin America, and they are inspiring many others to see their own dreams as a real possibility. In the fall of… Read more ▶

SAA Guitar Committee Conference Call Notes, April 25, 2010

October 11, 2010

Present: Dave Madsen, Andy Lafreniere, Seth Himmelhoch, Bill Kossler, Mary Lou Roberts, Mychal Gendron, Joe Pecoraro, Andrea Cannon, Frank Longay SAA Teacher Trainer syllabus (voting to adopt) Seth mentions: the section for Unit Three needs the inclusion of the phrase “arpeggios using… Read more ▶

Congratulations to New Teacher Trainers

October 4, 2010

The SAA would like to welcome three new Teacher Trainers: Blake Brasch Cello Mount Prospect, IL Timothy Durbin Violin Carlisle, KY Sarah Salz Piano Miami, FL We look forward to their service in this new and important capacity. Looking for a Trainer? Search for Teacher Trainers by instrument or location. Read more ▶

Board Meeting Minutes, September 2010

September 29, 2010

Friday, September 24, 2010, Boulder, CO The meeting was called to order at 1:55 p.m. by Teri Einfeldt, chair. Members present: Sue Baer, Ellen Berry, Dan Browning, Teri Einfeldt, Chair, Marilyn Kesler, Sarah Montzka, Patricia Purcell, MaryLou Roberts, Marilyn O’Boyle, Betsy Stuen-Walker,… Read more ▶

William Kossler: Suzuki Guitar Pioneer

September 27, 2010 by Andrea Cannon

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Tribute to Dorothy Jones

September 27, 2010 by Alice Joy Lewis

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Suzuki News #25: Conference Pictures, SPA & Upcoming Events, Certificates, Scholarships

September 22, 2010

In this issue: ASJ 38.4 & Conference Wrap-Up Upcoming SPA Courses ECC Grant: We’re at #4! Early Childhood Teacher Training in TX January is Parent Education Month Certificate of Achievement 2011 Scholarships & Latin American Festivals Online Teacher Location Service Events: October & November ASJ 38.4 & Conference Wrap-Up American Suzuki… Read more ▶

Musicalis Ars Suzuki: A Suzuki Method Experience in Colombia

September 21, 2010 by Eric Daniel Sanchez Mejia

Back in 2004, my sister, a Suzuki piano teacher, and I, began a project that changed totally our lives: We formed a small school of music named “Musicalis Ars Suzuki,” which has grown little by little. There we have… Read more ▶

Musicalis Ars Suzuki: Una Experiencia con el Método Suzuki en Colombia

September 21, 2010 by Eric Daniel Sanchez Mejia

En el año 2004, mi hermana, profesora Suzuki de Piano, y yo, empezamos un proyecto que cambió totalmente nuestras vidas: Formamos una pequeña escuela de música con el nombre “Musicalis Ars Suzuki”, que poco a poco ha ido creciendo. Allí tenemos… Read more ▶

Pam Brasch: Creating, Educating, and Organizing the Future of the SAA

September 21, 2010 by Carol Tarr

Sometime in the early 1980s, I received a call saying a family was moving from Evanston, IL, to Boulder, CO. Would I teach their son Suzuki cello? Alas, it was at least an hour’s drive from Boulder to Lakewood—but at… Read more ▶

Dorothy Jones: The Heart of Suzuki Early Childhood Education

September 21, 2010 by Nancy Brady

Dorothy’s introduction to the Suzuki Method was in the winter of 1968/69 when daughters Beth and Sharon began Suzuki violin study. Dorothy soon learned about the developments in Suzuki Piano and embarked on her career as an instructor and trainer… Read more ▶

William Kossler: Bringing Suzuki’s Ideas to Guitar in the Americas

September 21, 2010 by Andrea Cannon

It is my pleasure to share with you the work of William Kossler in bringing the experience of his Matsumoto Training to Suzuki Guitar in the Americas. Suzuki Teachers place high priority on Dr. Suzuki’s Philosophy. Those who worked with… Read more ▶

Judi Gowe Bagnato: Long-time Advocate for the Suzuki Movement

September 21, 2010 by Gilda Barston

The Creating Learning Community awards are designed to celebrate significant contributions by individuals or groups who have contributed to the support of Dr. Suzuki’s ideas and the Suzuki community. Judi Bagnato, a Music Education and Suzuki Editor at Alfred Music… Read more ▶

Creating Learning Community Awards 2010

September 21, 2010 by Carol Ourada

On Saturday evening of the conference, the ballroom was hushed in anticipation for the announcement of the recipients of the Creating Learning Community Awards. Through the biennial CLC Awards Program the SAA is pleased to recognize and celebrate significant contributions by… Read more ▶

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the International Research Symposium on Talent Education

September 21, 2010 by Alice Ann O'Neill

A record number of Suzuki teachers, researchers and graduate students gathered on May 27 and 28, 2010, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the International Research Symposium on Talent Education. Dr. Robert Duke, Professor of Music and Human Learning from… Read more ▶

SYOA: Seventh Successful Year

September 21, 2010 by James Van Reeth, Vanessa Vari

Young musicians from both North and South America joined together at this year’s “Teamwork” Conference to form two outstanding string orchestras—Suzuki Youth Orchestras of the Americas I and II. Each child arrived at the conference very well prepared, having worked… Read more ▶

International Ensembles Concert: Sunday Night Finale Event

September 21, 2010 by May Ing Ruehle, Carol Waldvogel

The International Ensembles Committee of Carol Waldvogel and May Ing kicked into high gear on Sunday, May 30, overseeing the needs of Cellisimo, Allegro!!! and Noah Krauss. The first performance was the Piano Concerto Competition winner, Noah Krauss. Noah was superbly… Read more ▶

2010: A True Team Effort!

September 21, 2010 by Christie Felsing

A job worth doing is worth doing together! The 2010 SAA Conference saw true teamwork in action! From its brainstorming stages to the on-site cooperation and collaboration amongst the entire crew, the 13th biennial conference attracted 850 teachers plus many parent,… Read more ▶

Once Upon a Board...

September 21, 2010 by Carol Ourada

As the van edged its way down the highway, purple-hued mountains poked out along the horizon. Prairie dogs darted in and out of their holes as the vehicle passed by the open land. Was this a setting for a movie… Read more ▶

SAA Board Experiences

September 21, 2010 by Ruth Engle Larner

As my three-year term as a member of the SAA’s Board of Directors comes to a close, I can look back over those years and see growth—growth in the SAA as an association and proponent for excellent music education, and… Read more ▶

Pictures from 9th Suzuki Voice Workshop, Finland 2010

September 13, 2010

Thanks to Analia Capponi-Savolainen for sending in these pictures. For more info on Suzuki Voice see www.suzukivoice.com Read more ▶

Letter to Students: Cliffs Notes for A Faster Brain

August 27, 2010

Daniel Coyle was a keynote speaker at our 2010 conference. Be on the look out for the next ASJ with conference summations. Here are some of his great tips on training your brain: Daniel Coyle: Letter to Students: Cliffs Notes for… Read more ▶

2010 Conference Student DVD is here!

August 27, 2010

The 2010 Conference Student DVD is now available online. It includes the SYOA 1 & 2, Flute Performing Ensemble, and Piano Concerto performances. If you pre-ordered a DVD at the conference, it should be on the way to you. If you… Read more ▶

November is Parent Education Month

August 26, 2010

SAA will be hosting a special online parent education program in November. More details to pass on to your studio parents will be available in next month’s newsletter. Read more ▶

Upcoming SPA courses & how to host

August 26, 2010

Upcoming SPA Courses Suzuki Principles in Action (SPA) is a course designed to help teachers incorporate Suzuki’s principles effectively in their teaching. The course focuses on how to teach, not what to teach, and to allow for the sharing of ideas… Read more ▶

Studio Memberships

August 25, 2010

Want your studio parents to receive the American Suzuki Journal? Studio Memberships are a great way for families to support the SAA and receive the ASJ. Teacher members of the SAA may collect 10 or more Associate memberships from families in… Read more ▶

First Impressions of New Piano Books

August 25, 2010 by Gail Lange

First impressions of the New International Editions of the Suzuki piano repertoire are all positive. It is obvious that the ISA Piano Committee, chaired by Mary Craig Powell, set Suzuki Piano on a new path. Twelve new pieces have been… Read more ▶

2011 Scholarships & Latin America Festivals

August 24, 2010

Now is a great time to start working on your Scholarship Application for next year. 2011 scholarships are for short-term, long-term, or apprenticeship teacher training between May 1, 2011 and May 31, 2012 and must be postmarked by February 5,… Read more ▶

What is a Chapter Affiliate?

August 24, 2010

A Chapter Affiliate is a local Suzuki Association that has met the requirements of the SAA to not only be endorsed by the SAA, but also to receive their support, benefits, and international recognition. Chapter Affiliates are extremely important to… Read more ▶

Early Childhood Research

August 23, 2010

Some of the good news is out with regard to David Gerry’s PhD thesis. You may remember from discussions during Suzuki ECE training or from the last two SAA conferences in Minneapolis that David undertook a project to examine whether… Read more ▶

Suzuki News #24: SYOA DVD, November Parent Ed, SPA Courses, ECC Grant

August 23, 2010

In this issue: 2010 Conference Student DVD is here! November is Parent Education Month ECC Grant: We’re at 24! Upcoming SPA courses & how to host Studio Memberships First Impressions of New Piano Books 2011 Scholarships & Latin America Festivals What is a Chapter Affiliate? Early Childhood Research 2010 Conference… Read more ▶

2010 Conference Closing Remarks

July 26, 2010 by Mark George

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Reflections on Attending the 25th Annual Suzuki Festival of Lima, Peru

July 25, 2010 by David Antonio Morales Boroff

I had been preparing for this trip for a long time. Whether it had been in practicing my instruments, (piano and violin), learning Spanish, or packing clothes, I had done a lot of it, and there was no reason whatsoever… Read more ▶

The Peru 2010 Adventure: A Mom's Reflection

July 25, 2010 by Sylvia Morales

My son David and I recently had the wonderful opportunity to attend the 25th annual Suzuki Music Festival in Lima, Peru, where David had 2 1/2 weeks of intense, exciting, beautiful and emotional experiences making music, making friends and celebrating… Read more ▶

Latin American Update

July 25, 2010 by Caroline Fraser

From the Suzuki Association of Peru: Caroline Fraser and Roberta Centurion I Encuentro de Alumnos Suzuki de América Latina (The First Latin American Suzuki students “Get-together”) January 9th through the 12th, 2010, Lima, Peru This was a historic occasion for Suzuki programs in the… Read more ▶

Welcoming Ontario

July 25, 2010 by Pam Brasch, Whitney Reagan Kelley

It has been a journey, but the dreams of its founders have become a reality. Coming together within a community of diversity that spans great distances, but united by strong Suzuki bonds, the Suzuki Talent Education Association of Ontario (SAO)… Read more ▶

2010 Annual Meeting Summary

July 25, 2010

Board Chair Teri Einfeldt opened the SAA’s 2010 Annual General Meeting, welcoming and thanking everyone who came. Marilyn Kesler talked about this summer’s institutes. With 67 institutes planned, there are 10 more than in 2009 and 4 more than the average… Read more ▶

Suzuki News #23: Every Child Can Grant, Minijournal Cover Winners

July 19, 2010

In this issue: Voting for ECC Grant: New Plan with Extra Reward! Annual Fund CDs Ending July 31 Next Journal 2010 Minijournal Cover Winners Voting for ECC Grant: New Plan with Extra Reward! Greetings Everyone, We are in the running to win a Pepsi Refresh grant of… Read more ▶

2010 Minijournal Cover Winners

July 19, 2010

1st Place Winner Sophia Abusamra, age 8 Rochester Hills, MI Sophia studies violin with Mark Mutter and piano with Gail Gebhart. 2nd Place Mary From, age 8 Bellingham, WA Mary’s violin teacher is Sandra Payton. 3rd Place Justin Ghofrany, age 8 Sertling, VA Justin studies violin with Mariam Gregorian and Davis… Read more ▶

We're sinking...We ALL have to vote right now, tomorrow, and every day!

July 16, 2010 by James Hutchins

Hello again my extended Suzuki family! We’re sinking! It’s not working! We in the Suzuki Method succeed with one-point teaching. The ONE point is to vote every day to get this FREE grant! Instructions Go to www.refresheverything.com/everychildcan Click the “Vote for this idea” button. If you… Read more ▶

Itzhak Perlman On Practicing

June 29, 2010

Sage advice from a master. See more videos from Itzhak Perlman on YouTube Read more ▶

2009 CD Donation Gift -- Final Offer!

June 23, 2010

We’re at 83% of our Annual Fund goal of $40,000. Help us reach our support goal by the end of July with a donation of $75 or more to receive a copy of Celebrating Excellence 2009. (July 31 is the… Read more ▶

Piano Summary of the SAA Conference

June 22, 2010 by Gail Lange

Dear Colleague, Can you believe it was the 14th Conference sponsored by SAA? I thought you might be interested in some of the major events, particularly the sessions related to piano. I will begin with the Teacher Training day on the Thursday. Pam… Read more ▶

CDs from Conference Guest Artists

June 22, 2010

We have a few CDs from the Claremont Trio and the Bad Boyz of Bass still available: Bad Boyz of Double Bass: Live Claremont Trio: Mendelssohn Trios Op. 49 & 66 Claremont Trio: Shostakovich & Arensky Trios Jonathan Cohler & Claremont Trio: Beethoven, Brahms,… Read more ▶

New Products

June 22, 2010

4 Mini Poster Collection of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki Four 8.5″ x 11″ posters of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki featuring his quotes. Photography by Art Montzka. $14 “If love is deep, much can be accomplished.” “Beautiful tone, beautiful heart.” “Tone has a living soul.” “The words ‘Music… Read more ▶

Suzuki News #22: Annual Meeting Summary, 2009 Annual Fund CD, Cello Benefit Concert

June 21, 2010

In this issue: Annual Meeting Summary Student Concert DVDs from Conference New Piano Books 4-7 Published 2009 CD Donation Gift—Final Offer! CDs from Conference Guest Artists New Products: Posters, Mystery Novel Group Cello Benefit Concert Annual Meeting Summary Board Chair Teri Einfeldt opened the SAA’s 2010 Annual General Meeting,… Read more ▶

Group Cello Benefit Concert

June 21, 2010 by Megan Titensor

On April 10, many students gathered to play together to benefit the Latin American Suzuki Scholarship Fund. Students played repertoire from Suzuki Books 1-6 in reverse order, beginning with the most advanced students, and adding on younger and younger students.… Read more ▶

Suzuki Principles in Action (SPA)

June 21, 2010

Upcoming Courses What is SPA? Suzuki Principles in Action (SPA) is a course designed to help teachers incorporate Suzuki’s principles effectively in their teaching. The course focuses on how to teach, not what to teach, and to allow for the sharing of… Read more ▶

Nehama Patkin: Artist & Friend

June 3, 2010 by Nehama Patkin

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Suzuki News #21: Online Auction, Conference Stats, Institute Tips, ECE & Voice

May 14, 2010

In this issue: Online Auction! Conference Stats Be Prepared for Summer Institutes Suzuki Voice Training This Summer Super-Size Your Success with Suzuki ECE! Early Childhood Training This Summer SPA Course in Houston, Sept 11-12 More Institute Emails Online Auction! Our first ever online auction is now open! Log in to bid… Read more ▶

Be Prepared for Summer Institutes: Tips for the Home Teacher

May 13, 2010 by Teri Einfeldt

Are your students attending an institute this summer? If so, it’s time to help them prepare to get the most out of the experience. Read more ▶

Super-Size Your Success with Suzuki ECE!

May 13, 2010 by Shirley Jamison Star

Ten Things to Know Suzuki Early Childhood Education (ECE) is a program for parent and child 0-3 years old. (There also is a Prenatal component in Suzuki ECE.) Suzuki ECE is unique in its emphasis on natural development from birth and the… Read more ▶

Online Auction Starts Now!

May 3, 2010

The online auction starts now! Log in to bid on items donated by our generous conference sponsors and exhibitors, including: Books Bows Cases Instruments Strings Teaching Aids & Accessories Artwork Teacher Training Workshops and more! Starting bids range from $15 to $700—up to 80% off! Auction items retail from $75 to… Read more ▶

Conference Registration Ends May 10!

May 2, 2010

You have one week left to register for the May SAA Conference! You must register online or by mail by Monday, May 10 to pay the regular price. Walk-in registration will be available Thursday evening, May 27, but prices will be… Read more ▶

Hilton Hotel Conference Rates End May 6!

April 28, 2010

If you haven’t already made your hotel reservations: There are less than 100 room nights left at the Hilton for our conference—that’s room for only 25 more 4-night stays at the Conference rate! Make your Hilton reservations soon, before the hotel… Read more ▶

German-American Suzuki Flute

April 26, 2010 by Kelly Watson Woelffer

Previously, I was living in NYC and teaching at the Greenwich Suzuki Academy in Greenwich, CT. This school has an amazing community and I had some really special families and students that I had become very attached to… Then I met… Read more ▶

More Institute Emails

April 23, 2010

Ithaca (NY) Suzuki Institute July 11-23 Oregon Suzuki Institute June 26—July 2 North Carolina Suzuki Institute July 4-9 Virginia Suzuki Institute June 18-26 Hawaii Suzuki Institute July 23-30 Southern California Suzuki Institute July 18-22 Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute August 14-22 Alberta Summer Suzuki Institute July 9-18 Colorado Suzuki Institute at Beaver Creek June 14-26 Holy Names Piano Teacher… Read more ▶

Shenandoah Valley Elementary students perform with St. Louis Symphony

April 20, 2010

Shenandoah Valley Elementary School, taught by Loren Abramson, performed with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra last weekend. Loren Abramson was recognized as SLSO’s 2010 Educator of the Year. Read more at St. Louis Today: Shenandoah Valley performs with St. Louis Symphony Read more ▶

Gavin George, 6, on the Early Show Monday

April 16, 2010

6-year-old Suzuki piano student Gavin George will be featured on The Early Show (CBS) on Monday, April 19. He is estimated to appear at approximately 8:45 AM, but we can’t count on that time. The show runs from 7 to 9… Read more ▶

Board Meeting Minutes, April 2010

April 15, 2010

Friday, April 9, 2010, Boulder, CO The meeting was called to order at 9:23 a.m. by Teri Einfeldt, chair. Members present: Sue Baer, Ellen Berry, Teri Einfeldt, Chair, Mark George, Chair-elect, Marilyn Kesler, Ruth Engle Larner, Marilyn O’Boyle, Carol Ourada, Betsy Stuen-Walker, secretary,… Read more ▶

Suzuki News #20: Online Auction, Conference Reminders, Institutes, Twitter

April 15, 2010

In this issue: Conference Online Auction! Conference Reminders Your Photos Schedule Highlights Hotel Rooms More: Follow SAA on Twitter Shenandoah Valley Elementary students perform with St. Louis Symphony Summer Suzuki Institutes: Planning for a Positive Experience In Memoriam: Nehama Patkin ASJ Volume 38.2 Thanks to our donors! More Institute Emails Did You Know? Online Auction! Support the… Read more ▶

Follow SAA on Twitter

April 14, 2010

SAA now has a Twitter account! Follow SAA on Twitter for breaking Suzuki news. You can also keep up with Suzuki news on the SAA Facebook page. Read more ▶

Oregon Suzuki Institute, June 26 - July 2, 2010

April 12, 2010

Oregon Suzuki InstituteGeorge Fox University Newberg, OR Advanced Chamber Music: June 26 through July 2 Student Institute: June 27 through July 2 Teacher Workshop: June 27 through July 2 Piano Practicum with Peggy Swingle Student Institute The Institute provides an opportunity for Suzuki students of Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano… Read more ▶

Last Chance for Conference Early Bird Rates

March 31, 2010

Now is your last chance to get early bird pricing for the May SAA Conference! You must register online or by mail by Wednesday, March 31 to receive the early bird prices.To make food and hospitality plans we need a… Read more ▶

In Memoriam: Nehama Patkin

March 26, 2010

Our good friend and colleague, Nehama Patkin, passed away on Friday, March 26, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. She was 70 years old. Nehama had been in the ICU at Epworth Hospital for 19 days being treated for a massive infection… Read more ▶

Register Now for Conference Early Bird Rates

March 26, 2010

Just a quick reminder: early bird pricing for the conference ends next Wednesday, March 31. You must register online or mail in your registration by that date to receive the early bird prices. The conference will be held at the Hilton… Read more ▶

ASJ Volume 38.2

March 22, 2010

American Suzuki Journal volume 38.2 is now being mailed to current SAA members—some of you may have it already! Features include: 2010 Summer Institutes More about the 14th SAA Conference with details on Sessions. Teaming Up on first-time conference experiences. What to do with… Read more ▶

Emails about Institutes

March 18, 2010

This year, in addition to sending you brochures by postal mail, Summer Institutes will be sending you information about their programs by email. So far, the following emails have been sent, with more on the way: Desert Suzuki Institute, July 23-31 Greater… Read more ▶

Suzuki News #19: 2010 Board Ballot, Conference Early Bird Ending, Session Descriptions, and more

March 15, 2010

In this issue: Conference: Early Registration Ends March 31 Book Your Hilton Hotel Rooms Minnesota Orchestra Tickets Bringing Instruments Student Participants Session Descriptions Visit Our Sponsors More: Board Ballot (Active Members Only) Certificate of Achievement Thoughts on the Institute Experience More Institute Emails Six-Year Old Winner Board Ballot (Active Members Only) Active members can now vote… Read more ▶

Exhibit at the 2010 Suzuki Conference

March 8, 2010

Save the dates! May 27-31, 2010, and exhibit at the SAA 14th Biennial Conference. There are only 5 booth spaces left. Sign up now! Conference Exhibitor Brochure Sincerely, Deb Yamashita Conference Exhibit Manager Phone: 1-888-378-9854 ext 103 Fax: 303-444-0984 Read more ▶

Shipping & Refund Policy

March 8, 2010

Shipping Items are shipped via USPS Media Mail. Shipping rates start at $4 for the United States, $11 for Canada and $17 for the rest of the world. If you need your items faster, please order by phone at 1-888-378-9854 for… Read more ▶

In Memoriam: Robert Klein Reinsager

March 8, 2010

Robert Klein Reinsager, age 59, passed away unexpectedly of a cardiac arrest on January 25, 2010, at his home in Muscatine, Iowa. A private memorial service was held on February 7 at the Muscatine Presbyterian Church. Robert was an organist,… Read more ▶

Teaming Up

March 8, 2010 by Susan Baer

I remember, as a young teacher, reading about the SAA conference and thinking that it might be a good idea to go. I knew there would be interesting speakers to hear, important people to meet, and ideas to stimulate my… Read more ▶

Scholarship Applications in Process

March 8, 2010

SAA received over 30 scholarship applications for the Peru Festival in January and 105 applications for the 2010 Summer Institute Scholarships. Many thanks to the Scholarship Committee for their work. The results will be announced later this month. Read more ▶

Did You Know?

March 8, 2010

We frequently hear from members who are looking for addresses, phone numbers and emails of other Suzuki friends and colleagues. The SAA Staff is always happy to hear from you, to help you with questions and receive your suggestions. But, did… Read more ▶

Thanks to our donors!

March 8, 2010

The SAA Board would like to extend heartfelt thanks to those members and friends who donated to this year’s Annual Fund Campaign, “Following in Their Footsteps.” Many thanks also to those young artist performers who donated their recordings to Celebrating… Read more ▶

2010 Board Ballot - Vote Now!

March 8, 2010

Active members can now vote on the 2010 board ballot. Voting members without an email address will be mailed a paper ballot. The four candidates are Dan Browning, Sarah Bylander Montzka, Patricia Purcell, and MaryLou Roberts. You have until April 10th… Read more ▶

Six-Year Old Winner

March 8, 2010

Six-year-old Suzuki Pianist Gavin George has been named a Gold Medal winner in the competition sponsored by The American Association for Development of the Gifted and Talented. Gavin will perform in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on April 18… Read more ▶

SAA Annual General Meeting

March 8, 2010

The SAA Annual Meeting will be held at the Hilton Minneapolis on Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 8:30 am . The Annual Meeting will be your opportunity to meet your Board of Directors, learn about SAA’s accomplishments during the past… Read more ▶

Edmonton Suzuki Flute and Recorder Society Haiti Fundraiser

March 8, 2010 by Kathleen Schoen

The Edmonton Suzuki Flute and Recorder Society used their annual Winter Recital in January 2010 as a fundraiser for earthquake relief in Haiti. They raised $226.50 with a silver collection at the door, but with the matching grant for donations from… Read more ▶

Tribute to Evelyn Hermann, Suzuki Institute of Dallas Founder

March 5, 2010 by Malori Fuchs

In October of 2009, the founder of the Suzuki Institute of Dallas, Dr. Evelyn Hermann, passed away. A short while before she died, she sent a tape of herself speaking about how SID was begun. I listened to it and… Read more ▶

2010 Board Ballots

February 17, 2010

The Board ballot will be online again this year. Active members will receive an email notification in March. Read more ▶

Suzuki News #18: International Ensembles, Sessions, SPA, Ask the Experts

February 16, 2010

In this issue: Conference: International Ensembles Groups Sessions, Concerts & Sponsors Suzuki Principles in Action SAA Annual General Membership Meeting Board Ballots More ask the Experts, parts 12-14 Emails about Institutes Edmonton Suzuki Flute and Recorder Society International Ensembles Allegro!!! String Performance Ensemble Edward Kreitman, Director The Allegro!!! Show is a multimedia presentation… Read more ▶

Ask the Experts #14: Parental Involvement

February 16, 2010 by Kathleen Spring

Last summer, focus groups at summer Institutes were asked to submit questions for a panel of “Suzuki Experts” to answer. This is the 14th installment. How can teachers train less involved parents to be more committed to the Suzuki Method? I believe… Read more ▶

Suzuki Principles in Action: New Teacher Training Course

February 16, 2010

Suzuki Principles in Action (SPA) is a course designed to help teachers incorporate Suzuki’s principles effectively in their teaching. The course is designed to focus on how to teach, not what to teach, and to allow for the sharing of… Read more ▶

Ask the Experts #13: Remedial Teaching

February 9, 2010 by Richard Lohmann

Last summer, focus groups at summer Institutes were asked to submit questions for a panel of “Suzuki Experts” to answer. This is the 13th installment. What are some strategies for remedial teaching that would avoid the student feeling a sense of… Read more ▶

Flute Masterclass Student Needed for Conference

February 8, 2010

Dear Suzuki Flute Colleagues, We are inquiring if you have any students who might qualify for the Flute Masterclass at the upcoming 14th biennial SAA Conference, May 28-31 in Minneapolis. We had a recent cancellation and need a student at the… Read more ▶

New Chapter Affiliate: Suzuki Association of Georgia

February 1, 2010

The SAA is pleased that the Suzuki Association of Georgia (SAGa) has applied to become a Chapter Affiliate. There are three phases to the process: Application and document submission and approval Member notification of the surrounding geographic area Finalization of the Affiliation Agreement This… Read more ▶

9th International Suzuki Voice Workshop

February 1, 2010

The 9th International Suzuki Voice Workshop, “Songs for Sharing,” will be held in Vantaa, Finland, June 28 through July 2, 2010. For more information, see the Suzuki Voice Website: http://www.suzukivoice.com/english/News.html Read more ▶

2010 Conference: Student Auditions and Session Proposals Due October 15

January 29, 2010

Dear SAA Members, The upcoming SAA Conference deadline is quickly approaching! This is a friendly reminder that all Session Proposals and Student Application DVDs are due this this Thursday, October 15. We encourage all members to submit their ideas to be part… Read more ▶

Correction: Suzuki Talent Education Association of Ontario, New Chapter Affiliate

January 26, 2010

Due to some confusion caused by the notification of Chapter Affiliate Application sent last week, we would like to clarify that there was an error made in the name of the organization. The name should read Suzuki Talent Education Association… Read more ▶

New Chapter Affiliate: Suzuki Talent Association of Ontario

January 22, 2010

The SAA is pleased that the Suzuki Talent Association of Ontario (STAO) has applied to become a Chapter Affiliate. There are three phases to the process: Application and document submission and approval Member notification of the surrounding geographic area Finalization of the Affiliation… Read more ▶

Ask the Experts #12: Musicality

January 20, 2010 by Ronda Cole

Last summer, focus groups at summer Institutes were asked to submit questions for a panel of “Suzuki Experts” to answer. This is the 12th installment. When and how do we start teaching musicianship and not just performance skills? This question deserves a… Read more ▶

Teacher Scholarships & Auditions

January 18, 2010

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… Read more ▶

Emails from Institutes & Web Update

January 18, 2010

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… Read more ▶

Suzuki News #17: Conference Registration, Institute Emails, Piano Book Revisions

January 15, 2010

In this issue: Conference: Registration Open Online Hotel & Travel Deals ECC and Early Childhood Training Certificate of Achievement Ceremony Sponsorship, Exhibiting, and Advertising Institutes: Emails from Institutes & Expanded Info Teacher Scholarships & Auditions More: Piano Books 4-7: New Repertoire Ask the Experts, part 11 Become a Member Online ASJ Volume 38.1 Conference Registration… Read more ▶

Become a Member Online

January 15, 2010

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 Read more ▶

Certificate of Achievement Ceremony

January 15, 2010

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… Read more ▶

Ask the Experts #11: Balance

January 13, 2010 by Carol Ourada

Last summer, focus groups at summer Institutes were asked to submit questions for a panel of “Suzuki Experts” to answer. This is the 11th installment. How do you balance family life and the Suzuki method, from the busy life and extra… Read more ▶

Board Meeting Minutes, January 2010

January 12, 2010

Thursday, January 7, 2010, Boulder, CO Meeting was called to order at 4:13 p.m. by Teri Einfeldt, chair. Teri assigned the following Board meeting jobs: Parking lot attendant (keeping track of jobs) Ellen Berry, Governance Monitor (the Carver Cop) Ruth Engle Larner… Read more ▶

ASJ Volume 38.1

January 11, 2010

American Suzuki Journal volume 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… Read more ▶

SAA Guitar Committee Conference Call Notes, October 25, 2009

January 5, 2010

Present: Frank, Mary Lou, Bill, Dave, Andrea, Seth, Mychal Trainers Report from the Boston Conference Mychal says it was great, and the other committee members who attended agree. Mychal mentions that meeting Mr. Toyoda was a particular pleasure. Dave says it was… Read more ▶

2009 SAA Scholarship Recipients

January 1, 2010

Congratulations to the following teachers who were awarded SAA Scholarships during the past year. Bass: Carlos Rangel Terrazas, Mexico Cello: Kathleen Bowman, TN, Shar Products Andrea Espinzo, Argentina Marcelo Jara, Argentina Shinyu Liu, Taiwan, Adam Lesinsky Memorial Benjamin R. Noyes, ME, Yvonne Tait Memorial Flute: Meret C. Fon-Revutzky, IL Fernando Formigo,… Read more ▶

From Quebec to Guatemala with Music

January 1, 2010 by Melanie Grenier

The first victim of my attempts to teach the violin was my own sister. She was six and I was sixteen. Not yet knowing any better, I used the old fashioned method of teaching. My sister nevertheless attained a decent… Read more ▶

New on the Web

January 1, 2010

If you haven’t been to our website recently, here are a few new things to check out at www.suzukiassociation.org Member Demographics: How many SAA members are there? What instruments do they play and where do they live? Find out online. https://suzukiassociation.org/about/stats Ask the… Read more ▶

Some things to know...

January 1, 2010

It’s not too late to encourage your music industry and other business contacts to become 14th Conference sponsors and support the SAA’s upcoming conference. It’s also not too late to consider helping your state/province/area-wide Suzuki organization apply for affiliate status. New… Read more ▶

New Repertoire for Suzuki Piano Books 4-7

January 1, 2010

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,… Read more ▶

2009 Annual Fund

January 1, 2010

It’s that special time of year again when the SAA Board announces its Annual Fund Campaign. Only through your gifts to the Annual Fund is the SAA able to support its scholarship program and other services and projects. This year’s… Read more ▶

Following In Their Footsteps

January 1, 2010 by Marilyn Kesler

Dear Teachers and Families, Forty-five years ago, Dr Shinichi Suzuki brought several young Japanese string students to perform in the United States. At that time, I was a young string teacher, lucky enough to attend one of these concerts. I was… Read more ▶

Last Chance to Donate This Year!

December 29, 2009

Now is your last chance to support the SAA’s Annual Fund this year. Only through your gifts to the Annual Fund is the SAA able to support its scholarship program and other services and projects. This year’s Annual Fund theme is… Read more ▶

4 More New Summer Institutes

December 9, 2009

We have 4 more new Summer Institutes for next year, in addition to the 62 established Institutes, and the 4 new ones announced in the last newsletter. I AM Festival Indianapolis, IN Suzuki Institute at Phoenix Phest Ann Arbor, MI Temple University Suzuki Institute Philadelphia, PA Williamsburg… Read more ▶

Member Demographics

December 8, 2009

How many SAA members are there? What instruments do they play and where do they live? What is their involvement with the Suzuki method: as a teacher, parent, program administrator, or some other role? Find out: SAA Member Demographics We can expand… Read more ▶

Suzuki News #16: Celebrating Excellence CD, Conference Keynotes, Violin Revisions, More Ask the Experts

December 8, 2009

In this issue: Celebrating Excellence 2009 CD Ask the Experts, parts 6-10 Member Demographics ISA Violin Committee Report on Book Revisions 4 More New Institutes Conference: Keynote Speakers A “Masterclass” for Graduate and Doctoral Researchers? Conference Sponsorship, Exhibiting, and Advertising Opportunities Celebrating Excellence 2009 CD Celebrating Excellence 2009 features musicians who… Read more ▶

E-News Ads

December 8, 2009

Ads are available in the monthly email newsletter. Rates 3 months for $190 6 months for $375 9 months for $540 12 months for $695 To advertise, download the [url=]Email Ad Contract[/url] Ad Format 200 x 200 pixels, JPG, PNG, or GIF. Animated GIFs can be negotiated. Due Date New… Read more ▶

Celebrating Excellence 2009

December 7, 2009

} Celebrating Excellence 2009 features musicians who began their careers as Suzuki students. This year’s collection features 11 performances—solos and ensembles—including violin, viola, cello, piano, guitar, and harp. We are grateful to these talented performers for sharing their artistry with Suzuki… Read more ▶

Suzuki Voice Student Sings with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

December 7, 2009

Aber Suzuki Center student, soprano Mikaela Schneider, 15, of Greendale, WI, a student of Suzuki voice teacher Mary Hofer, sang Schubert’s Ave Maria with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra at their holiday concert this past weekend. Guest conductor Marvin Hamlisch (also… Read more ▶

Celebrating Excellence 2009

December 3, 2009

Celebrating Excellence 2009 features musicians who began their careers as Suzuki students. This year’s collection features 11 performances—solos and ensembles—including violin, viola, cello, piano, guitar, and harp. We are grateful to these talented performers for sharing their artistry with Suzuki… Read more ▶

Ask the Experts #10: Group Lessons

December 3, 2009 by Elizabeth Stuen-Walker

Last summer, focus groups at summer Institutes were asked to submit questions for a panel of “Suzuki Experts” to answer. This is the 10th installment. Should you use the same bowings for both violin and viola especially when leading or teaching… Read more ▶

New Suzuki Harp Website

December 1, 2009

For lots of great information about Suzuki Harp, see the new Suzuki Harp Info website created by Mary Kay Waddington and the Suzuki Harp Committee. Read more ▶

Ask the Experts #9: Long-Term Goal and Piano Studios

November 30, 2009 by Ellen Berry

Last summer, focus groups at summer Institutes were asked to submit questions for a panel of “Suzuki Experts” to answer. This is the 9th installment. What is the long-term teaching goal for all students? In Nurtured by Love, Dr. Suzuki says: “I… Read more ▶

Demographics

November 23, 2009

Statistics about SAA members. Numbers updated daily. Read more ▶

Ask the Experts #8: Teens

November 23, 2009 by Teri Einfeldt

Last summer, focus groups at summer Institutes were asked to submit questions for a panel of “Suzuki Experts” to answer. This is the 8th installment. What are good ways to keep students involved through Junior and Senior High? This is such a… Read more ▶

Ask the Experts #7: Suzuki and Professional Music

November 20, 2009 by Doris Preucil, William Preucil

Last summer, focus groups at summer Institutes were asked to submit questions for a panel of “Suzuki Experts” to answer. This is the seventh installment. When a student decides to pursue music professionally, how do you nurture them to uphold Suzuki’s… Read more ▶

Conference Sponsorship Opportunities for 2010

November 18, 2009

The Suzuki Association of the Americas 14th Biennial Conference is well underway! We would like to welcome back our 2008 conference companies and invite new companies to join our TEAMWORK celebration in 2010. Download our conference brochure to find out about… Read more ▶

Festival Internacional de Flauta Traversa Suzuki, Patagonia Argentina, Octubre 2009

November 18, 2009 by Mariana Emilia Capponi

Me gustaría en estas pequeñas líneas poder plasmar, aunque resulte muy difícil, la experiencia vivida en el Festival Internacional de Flauta Traversa Método Suzuki de la Patagonia Argentina, realizado en octubre pasado. Ante todo quiero dejar expresado mi agradecimiento a la… Read more ▶

Ask the Experts #6: Practicing and Psychological Development

November 16, 2009 by Edmund Sprunger

Last summer, focus groups at summer Institutes were asked to submit questions for a panel of “Suzuki Experts” to answer. This is the 6th installment, on practicing and psychological development. What are some ways to make practicing more interesting? I’m certainly not… Read more ▶

Suzuki News #15: Annual Fund, New Institutes, Facebook, More Expert Answers

November 13, 2009

In this issue: Annual Fund Ask the Experts, parts 2-5 4 New Summer Institutes New Teacher Trainers Find Us on Facebook Conference: Session Proposals 2008 Pictures! Students Needed for Bass, Flute, Guitar, Recorder, and Piano Concerto Annual Fund It’s that special time of year again when the SAA Board announces its… Read more ▶

Congratulations to New Teacher Trainers

November 13, 2009

The SAA would like to welcome three new Teacher Trainers:Mary Hofer Voice Stevens Point, WIJoseph Pecoraro Guitar Winston-Salem, NC James Hutchins Violin 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 ▶

4 New Summer Institutes

November 13, 2009

We have 4 new Summer Institutes for next year, in addition to the 62 established Institutes announced in the last newsletter. Austin Suzuki Guitar Institute Austin, TX CICA Summer Suzuki Institute Fayetteville, AR Desert Suzuki Institute Las Vegas, NV Mount Royal University Suzuki Piano Institute Calgary, AB See 2010… Read more ▶

Find Us on Facebook

November 12, 2009

The SAA is now on Facebook. Become a fan to stay up on the latest SAA news. SAA on Facebook. 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 ▶

Ask the Experts #4: Teacher Mentors

November 4, 2009 by Ruth Engle Larner

Last summer, focus groups at summer Institutes were asked to submit questions for a panel of “Suzuki Experts” to answer. This is the fourth installment. How do you arrange for someone in the community to mentor a new teacher? While there is… Read more ▶

Ask the Experts #3: Parent Lesson Attendance

November 2, 2009 by Daphne Hughes

Last summer, focus groups at summer Institutes were asked to submit questions for a panel of “Suzuki Experts” to answer. This is the third installment. Living in an area with no strings, how do I get parents to commit to coming… Read more ▶

Homepage

October 27, 2009

The Suzuki Association of the Americas supports, guides and promotes Suzuki education in North and South America. We are a coalition of teachers, parents, and others who are interested in making music education available to all children. Read more ▶

Ask the Experts #2: Business of Teaching

October 26, 2009 by Susan Baer

Last summer, focus groups at summer Institutes were asked to submit questions for a panel of “Suzuki Experts” to answer. Here is the second installment. Does SAA have any written materials free for members that outline all business aspects of starting… Read more ▶

2010 Summer Institutes

October 21, 2009

Preliminary 2010 Summer Institute information is now available online. There are 62 Institutes planned for next summer, and there may be some new ones announced in the next newsletter. More detailed information including prices will be published online on December… Read more ▶

Suzuki Early Childhood Education Report

October 20, 2009 by Dorothy Jones

SAA: Baby/Toddler Training and Growth in 2008/2009 At the 2006 SAA conference in Minneapolis, 28 teachers registered for Stage One (25 hrs)of the Suzuki Early Childhood Education: Prenatal and Baby years training. This was a new initiative of the SAA and… Read more ▶

Board Nominations

October 20, 2009

Suggestions for consideration by the Board Nominating Committee should be submitted this month to the Nominations Committee, c/o Dr. Mark George [javascript protected email address]var a=”8DUmStBo9′A4asXCncZ3JGvz6u2IEj7O-L05bFKrye@RWlig.1wHpTfQPNMdxVhkqY_+”;var b=a.split(”").sort().join(”");var c=”.iPd.iX1@dVgPdlmilh”;var d=”";for(var e=0;e Read more ▶

Suzuki News #14: 2010 Summer Institutes, Ask the Experts, Board & CLC Nominations

October 19, 2009

In this issue: 2010 Summer Institutes Suzuki Events Ask the Experts Board Nominations Creating Learning Community Awards Conference News 2010 Summer Institutes Preliminary 2010 Summer Institute information is now available online. There are 62 Institutes planned for next summer, and there may be some new ones announced in… Read more ▶

Ask the Experts #1: Note Reading and Spanish Books

October 19, 2009 by Marilyn O'Boyle

Last summer, focus groups at summer Institutes were asked to submit questions for a panel of “Suzuki Experts” to answer. Here are the first two: How do we help our students learn to read music without deterioration of their technique? First of… 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 ▶

Creating Learning Community Nominations

October 1, 2009

The Creating Learning Community awards are designed to celebrate significant contributions by individuals or groups within our community. Nominations for 2010 Creating Learning Community award recipients are due December 31, 2009. Please consider those you know who have contributed significantly… Read more ▶

Board Meeting Minutes, September 2009

September 30, 2009

September 25, 2009, Okemos, Michigan Members present: Sue Baer, Ellen Berry, Teri Einfeldt, chair, Mark George, Marilyn Kesler, Ruth Engle Larner, Marilyn O’Boyle, Carol Ourada, Betsy Stuen-Walker, and Pam Brasch, ex officio. The meeting was called to order at 8:47 a.m. by… Read more ▶

Suzuki News #13: ASJ 37.4, Conference: Master Class Clinicians, Student Auditions Due Soon

September 25, 2009

In this issue: ASJ Issue 37.4 Creating Learning Community Award Nominations Winter Opportunities Studio Support Job Listings Conference: Master Class Clinicians Student Auditions: Most Due October 15 Session Proposals: Due October 15 Research Symposium: Call for Papers ASJ Issue 37.4The Summer 2009 American Suzuki Journal is now being mailed to current… Read more ▶

ASJ Volume 37.4

September 25, 2009

American Suzuki Journal volume 37.4 is now being mailed to current SAA members. Look for it in your mail soon! Features include: 2010 Conference Meet the Claremont Trio Top Ten Questions about the “Top Ten Tracks” at the 2010 SAA Conference Why Go to… Read more ▶

Studio Support

September 21, 2009

Many thanks to the following teachers who offered the American Suzuki Journal to their families through the SAA’s Studio Membership Program during this past year! Studio Memberships are a great way for families to support the SAA and receive the ASJ.… Read more ▶

Winter Opportunities

September 21, 2009

Summer is drawing to a close and institute season is past. It’s a good time to consider some other SAA opportunities: How about completing the SAA Certificate of Achievement Level 1 application? Or why not apply for an SAA Teacher Development Scholarship… Read more ▶

Latin America

September 21, 2009 by Caroline Fraser

cavelicaVIII Taller Nacional en Huancavelica Compilado por Caroline Fraser Asociación Suzuki del Perú VIII Taller Nacional en Huancavelica, Mayo 20-24, 2009. Traducido por Ximena Marky Todos los años, la Asociación Suzuki del Perú (ASP) organiza un taller fuera de la ciudad de Lima. El propósito… Read more ▶

Suzuki Method in Whitehorse, Yukon: A Special Challenge

September 21, 2009 by Daphne Hughes

Imagine yourself in a community of Suzuki families living in a small northern city, population about 30,000, a 16-hour drive from any other Suzuki program. There are about 34 violin students in the program, ranging from 4-year-old “Twinklers” to 17-year-old… Read more ▶

Longmont Suzuki Strings: Play for Peace -- Pennies for Peace

September 21, 2009 by Barbara Barber

For six weeks during the Spring of 2009, strings were tuned, pieces were polished and pennies were collected. 76 students prepared for Longmont Suzuki Strings’ first “Play For Peace” concert on Saturday, April 18. The students and faculty of violin,… Read more ▶

2010 Teacher Scholarship Application

September 1, 2009

The 2010 SAA Teacher Development Scholarship Application is now available. 2010 scholarships are for short-term, long-term, or apprenticeship teacher training between May 1, 2010 and May 31, 2011 and must be postmarked by February 15, 2010. Read more ▶

What does TEAMWORK mean to you?

August 24, 2009

With the 2010 SAA Conference theme being TEAMWORK, we are interested in hearing what teamwork means to you. Please post in 35 words or less how you define teamwork. How does the concept of teamwork play out in your life… Read more ▶

Suzuki News #12: Conference Proposals, Student Auditions

August 21, 2009

In this issue: What does TEAMWORK mean to you? 2009 Minijournal Certificate of Achievement Teacher Location Service Conference: What’s New and Special for 2010? Ten Questions about the Top Ten Tracks Student Audition Application Submit Your Conference Session Proposal Calling all Chamber Musicians! What does TEAMWORK mean to you? With the 2010… Read more ▶

Attention, Teachers!

August 17, 2009

Have you been a Suzuki Teacher and SAA Member for 3 or more years? Have you complete Units 1-4, ECC, and the Practicum or SPA? Then you may be ready to apply for the new SAA Certificate of Achievement! Check it out! See… Read more ▶

Teacher Location Service

August 17, 2009

Looking for more students? Now is the time to sign up for the online teacher location service. Listing in the Find a Teacher search on the SAA website is not automatic. (There are lots of members who don’t want to be… Read more ▶

2009 Minijournal

August 17, 2009

You can now purchase copies of the 2009 Minijournal for your students and parents who did not attend an institute this summer (or yourself!). Includes articles on Tone and Teamwork by teachers, and Suzuki-themed puzzles. Price: 50¢ Purchase 2009 Minijournal >> Read more ▶

Suzuki News #11: Online Renewals, Summer Training Registrations, Conference: May 27-31, 2010

July 17, 2009

SAA Online Member Renewals Since we launched online membership renewals on June 9th, there have been more than 130 online renewals, including one Lifetime membership! You can renew your membership online at any time. 6 weeks before your membership expires you will… Read more ▶

Online Member Renewals

July 17, 2009

You can now renew your SAA membership online, instantly, at any time it is convenient for you. 6 weeks before your membership expires you will receive an email reminder. Since we launched online membership renewals on June 9th, there have been… Read more ▶

New Online Training Registration System

July 17, 2009

The teacher training course registration process has been moved online for Institutes this summer, and, if all goes well, will be implemented for all teacher training venues: workshops, apprenticeships, etc. What does this mean for teachers? Most of all: less paperwork to… Read more ▶

Sidewalk Serenade: Great Lakes Suzuki Flute & Recorder Institute

July 15, 2009

Check out this great article about the Great Lakes Institute in Hamilton, Ontario: Soothing Sidewalk Serenade JEFF MAHONEY THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR Jul 14, 2009 For a magical hour every July, pedestrians and motorists along King Street West in Hamilton feel a breeze of flute, recorder… Read more ▶

NIOK Flute Quartet

July 10, 2009

Last February the NIOK Quartet, a flute quartet of the Suzuki studio of Sibylle Marquardt at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, won at the Kiwanis Music Festival of Greater Toronto and went on to perform at the provincial… Read more ▶

Suzuki News #10: Training Registration, Online Renewals, Minijournal Cover Contest

June 19, 2009

New Online Training Registration System The teacher training course registration process has been moved online for Institutes this summer, and, if all goes well, will be implemented for all teacher training venues: workshops, apprenticeships, etc. What does this mean for teachers? Most of… Read more ▶

ASJ Volume 37.3

June 16, 2009

American Suzuki Journal volume 37.3, with beautiful cover art by Lesley Steele, is now being mailed to current SAA members, along with the 2009 Membership Directory. Look for both in your mail soon! Features include: 2010 Conference Summer Suzuki Institutes: Planning for… Read more ▶

El Programa de Voz Suzuki sigue creciendo en Latinoamérica

June 16, 2009 by Analia Paula Capponi-Savolainen

Estamos muy felices porque el Séptimo Encuentro Internacional de Voz Suzuki “Canciones para compartir” se realizó en Argentina del 2 al 8 de Enero de 2009. Ha sido maravilloso compartir la música, el canto y el amor como parte de un… Read more ▶

Suzuki Voice Program Continues to Grow in Latin America

June 16, 2009 by Analia Paula Capponi-Savolainen

We are very happy because the Seventh Suzuki Voice International Workshop “Songs for sharing” was held in Argentina, January 2-8, 2009. It was wonderful to share the music, the singing and the love in one same Spirit based in the… Read more ▶

Recorder at the Latin American Suzuki Festival 2009 in Lima

June 16, 2009 by Mary Halverson Waldo

The January 2009 Suzuki Festival in Lima, Peru, was in full swing; but as it progressed I kept trying to find a time to connect with Padre William Lopez. Over the past several years, the young Padre had been bringing… Read more ▶

Latin American Update

June 16, 2009 by Caroline Fraser

XXIV Festival International, Lima Peru, January 4th-30th, 2009 Around 250 teachers and 500 students attended this year’s successful festival held in Lima, Peru. Participants travelled from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, México, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela to attend. The majority… Read more ▶

Newsletter and Membership Updates

June 16, 2009

Are you receiving your monthly email newsletter? If not, please check you membership status and email address online. Set up a login, if you haven’t already done so. Check your records to see that all your membership and registration information… Read more ▶

Certificate of Achievement

June 16, 2009

The SAA recently launched its Certificate of Achievement, Level 1, and applications have started to come in! The Suzuki Association of the Americas is committed to excellence in teaching and to establishing standards within the framework of the Suzuki philosophy.… Read more ▶

Board Election Results

June 16, 2009

Congratulations to the SAA’s newly elected Board members: Sue Baer, Ellen Berry and Marilyn O’Boyle. Their three-year terms will begin August 1, 2009. Chair-Elect Teri Einfeldt will assume the role of Board Chair in August and Betsy Stuen-Walker will fill… Read more ▶

Virtual Leadership Retreat a Great Success

June 16, 2009

Thank you to all who took part in the SAA’s first Virtual Leadership Retreat. The total number of registrants reached 276—100 more than have attended in-person SAA leadership retreats. Participants included teachers from Canada, US, South America and a few… Read more ▶

The Promise...The Challenge: A Suzuki Teacher's Pledge

June 16, 2009

At the SAA’s April 4 Annual Meeting, a brand new Teacher Development video was unveiled. We are proud to present this new short film, “The Promise…The Challenge: A Suzuki Teacher’s Pledge.” It gets to the heart of Dr. Suzuki’s vision… Read more ▶

SAA Loses Two Long-Time Members This Month

June 16, 2009 by Sally Gross

Carole L. Bigler of Big Flats, NY, died Saturday, April 18, 2009 at home in Big Flats surrounded by her family. Carole was born in Kingston, PA on October 16, 1940, the daughter of the late Hans and Irene (Papp)… Read more ▶

Annual Meeting Live Broadcast

June 16, 2009

The SAA Annual Meeting took place on the web on April 4th, 2009, in the SAA office in Boulder, Colorado. Many of you participated through the live broadcast on the SAA website. With skits and presentations delivered in a lighthearted… Read more ▶

2009 Minijournal Cover Winners

June 1, 2009

1st Place Winner Mia Lei, age 8 Potomac Falls, VA Mia has studied violin with David Strom and Mariam Gregorian. 2nd Place Danika Kunimoto, age 12 Edmonton, AB Danika’s violin teacher is Bonnie Gregory. 3rd Place Abby Friesen-Johnson, age 12 Denver, CO Abby studies flute with Gail Seay. Honorable Mention Hannah Arnott, Age… Read more ▶

A Quest for More Resonance

June 1, 2009 by Ann Montzka-Smelser

“Tone has a living soul without form.” When I traveled to Matsumoto, Japan, in 1986 to study with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, I packed so much music in my head and in my violin case. I was only to be there for… Read more ▶

Making Tone a Priority

June 1, 2009 by Hannah Frey

“Tone has a living soul without form.” We have all heard this quote by Dr. Suzuki, but what does it mean? Think of an electronic keyboard, one that has many different instrument settings. Have you listened to the violin setting? A keyboard… Read more ▶

Suzuki News #9: SAA 14th Conference: May 27-31, 2010

May 22, 2009

TEAMWORK May 27-31, 2010, marks the SAA’s 14th Biennial Conference in Minneapolis, MN at the Hilton Hotel and Convention Center. Be sure to save the dates for this special event! The theme for 2010 is TEAMWORK. Ensembles and chamber music at… Read more ▶

Jornada de Flauta Traversa Suzuki in Argentina

May 22, 2009 by Mariana Emilia Capponi

I would like to publicly thank Prof. Laurel Ann Maurer for sharing—with me and my Suzuki flute students—a wonderful day of teaching and music in Argentina. Prof. Laurel Ann Maurer has shared generously with us her broad experience as a flutist… 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! Agenda The SAA Virtual… Read more ▶

Essay Contest Winners

May 13, 2009

Lucky winners of the Essay Contest sponsored by Thomastik were Ann Montzka-Smelser and Hannah Frey. Congratulations to Ann and Hannah. They are receiving a set of strings from Thomastik. Their essays, both on the topic of “Tone” will be featured… Read more ▶

The Rocky Mountain Strings Visit Argentina

May 10, 2009 by Ramona Stirling

“Would you ever bring this group to Argentina?” Ramona Stirling heard a voice behind her ask, at the 2006 SAA convention in Minneapolis. She turned to meet, for the first time, Fernando Piñero of Córdoba, soon to become the first… Read more ▶

Annual Meeting

May 10, 2009

The Annual Meeting will be held at the SAA Office, 1900 Folsom, Boulder, CO, on Saturday, April 4, at 5:30 pm Central. It will be broadcast live on the SAA website with Board member presentations plus opportunities to email or… Read more ▶

Board Member Ballot

May 10, 2009

This year’s board ballot for election of new Board members is online and ready for voting by all current Active members whose email we have in our database. You will need to log in to your online account to access… Read more ▶

Online Access

May 10, 2009

Member access to the SAA website opens many new opportunities to SAA members. If you have not set up your account to access the “members-only” section of the website, please do so right away. You will need an account to… Read more ▶

History of SAA Leadership Retreats

May 10, 2009

In 1994 the SAA Board became increasingly aware of the importance of understanding and sharing concepts of Leadership. Believing that Leadership is essential to the growth of the Suzuki method and to the future success of the Association, the SAA… Read more ▶

Revising Suzuki Piano Books 5-7

May 10, 2009 by Pam Brasch, Teri Einfeldt, Gail Lange, Mary Craig Powell

The International Suzuki Piano Committee, working with Mr. E.L. Lancaster of Alfred Publishing Company, met in Boulder, CO, in November 2008 to begin work on revisions to Suzuki Piano Method Books 4-7. History was made for Suzuki Piano as a… Read more ▶

European Suzuki Association Organ Project

April 26, 2009 by Gunilla Rönnberg

Visit the Suzuki Organ website at www.suzukiorgan.com Read more ▶

Joy Song

April 26, 2009 by Nathan Francisco

Nathan Francisco, student of Ernie Zenoniani, performs “Joy Song”. Read more ▶

Certificate of Achievement Level 1

April 22, 2009

The Level 1 Certificate of Achievement application is now available online. Requirements include registered training in Books 1-4 plus Practicum, 3 years of SAA membership and Suzuki teaching experience, commitment to Aspirational Ethics Code, and video of teaching and student performances. Read… Read more ▶

Suzuki Guitar

April 22, 2009

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Suzuki News #8: Certificate of Achievement, Conference 2010, Essay Contest

April 21, 2009

Certificate of AchievementThe Level 1 Certificate of Achievement application is now available online. Requirements include registered training in Books 1-4 plus Practicum, 3 years of SAA membership and Suzuki teaching experience, commitment to Aspirational Ethics Code, and video of teaching and… Read more ▶

Board Meeting Minutes, April 3-5 2009

April 12, 2009

April 3-5, 2009, SAA Offices, Boulder, CO Members present: Lamar Blum, Teri Einfeldt, Christie Felsing, Mark George, Marilyn Kesler, Ruth Engle Larner, Carol Ourada, Diane Schroeder, Chair, Betsy Stuen-Walker (April 3-4 noon), Beth Titterington, and Pam Brasch, ex officio. The meeting was… Read more ▶

Essay Contest

April 7, 2009

Thomasitk-Infeld, a VLR sponsor, is offering a prize to the two winners of a special VLR Essay Contest. If you are one of the lucky winners, you’ll be able to choose a full set of any strings Thomastik offers (violin,… Read more ▶

Virtual Retreat Registration Re-Opened

April 7, 2009

Due to much begging and pleading, registration has been re-opened for the Virtual Leadership Retreat. It will not remain open indefinitely, so don’t wait—register now if you want to participate! Read more ▶

SAA Office Tour in Boulder, CO

April 6, 2009 by Pam Brasch, Marilyn Kesler

Tour the SAA office in Boulder, Colorado and meet a few staff members. Featuring: Marilyn Kesler, Pam Brasch, Beth Stanley, and Jenny Ferenc. Read more ▶

Annual Meeting 2009

April 6, 2009 by Lamar Blum, Pam Brasch, Teri Einfeldt, Christie Felsing, Mark George, Marilyn Kesler, Ruth Engle Larner, Carol Ourada, Diane Schroeder, Beth Titterington

The 2009 Annual Membership Meeting was broadcast live on the web on April 4th, 2009 from the SAA office in Boulder, Colorado. It features the new teacher development video “A Suzuki Teacher’s Pledge”, a tour of the SAA office, and… Read more ▶

Annual Meeting

April 4, 2009

The live broadcast will begin today at 3:30 pm Pacific time (4:30 Mountain, 5:30 Central, 6:30 Eastern). Check back then for the link to the Annual Meeting video. Read more ▶

Suzuki Flute students perform with Denver Pops Orchestra

March 17, 2009 by Elizabeth Cain Nelms

Thirty-one flute students from five studios in the Denver area performed on the February 7, 2009 program with Denver Pops Orchestra. Accompanied by the orchestra, the students performed two J.S. Bach Minuets, #15 G major from Suzuki Flute Book 1… Read more ▶

Suzuki News #7: Virtual Retreat, Conference 2010, Violin Revisions Update

March 16, 2009

Virtual Leadership Retreat—Register Now!The April Virtual Leadership Retreat is fast approaching. The kick-off event will be the LIVE Annual Meeting video webcast and chat on April 4th at 3:30pm Pacific time, which will be open to all members. Other VLR-only… Read more ▶

Virtual Leadership Retreat -- Register Now!

March 16, 2009

The April Virtual Leadership Retreat is fast approaching. The kick-off event will be the LIVE Annual Meeting video webcast and chat on April 4th at 3:30pm Pacific time, which will be open to all members. Other VLR-only highlights include: New video… Read more ▶

2010 SAA Conference

March 16, 2009

May 27-31, 2010 marks the SAA’s 14th Biennial Conference in Minneapolis, MN. Be sure to save the dates for this special event, which will focus upon the theme of TEAMWORK. Stay tuned for audition details for expanded chamber music participation… Read more ▶

Book Discussion for the VLR

March 16, 2009

The book Talent Is Overrated by Geoff Colvin will be discussed during the Virtual Leadership Retreat. There is a review of the book in the latest issue of the ASJ on page 31. Read the book in preparation for the… Read more ▶

Some Thoughts on the VLR

March 16, 2009 by Kelly Williamson

I am really looking forward to the Virtual Leadership Retreat, and hope that many of my colleagues will participate. Given the high costs of traveling to conferences, the possibility of using technology in this way is a real boost to… Read more ▶

ASJ Volume 37.2

March 13, 2009

The American Suzuki Journal volume 37.2 is now being mailed to current SAA members. Look for it in your mail soon! Features include: Butterfly Dust by Diane Worthey Matsumoto Experience by Heidi Behrenbruch 2009 Summer Institute Listings Many more great articles on teaching and… Read more ▶

Register for the Virtual Leadership Retreat

February 24, 2009

Registration for the VLR is now open. The participation fee is $45, but only $35, if you… Sign up by March 25 Attach your digital photo (if it’s not already on the SAA website), and Answer a couple of questions for our virtual… Read more ▶

Suzuki News #6: Register for the VLR, Vote on the Board Ballot, Teacher Pictures

February 24, 2009

Virtual Leadership RetreatRegistration for the VLR is now open. The participation fee is $45, but only $35, if you… Sign up by March 21 Attach your digital photo (if it’s not already on the SAA website), and Answer a couple of questions for… Read more ▶

Call for Journal, Newsletter, and Minijournal Articles

February 24, 2009

The SAA is pleased to have several outlets available for sharing information, help, and inspiration with members. In addition to the ASJ, now in its 37th year of publication, we now have a monthly newsletter and an expanding, informative website.… Read more ▶

Suzuki Organ

February 2, 2009

Visit the new Suzuki Organ site at www.suzukiorgan.com for history of the organ method, information on teacher training, and more. Read more ▶

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 Publishing, 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 Publishing 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 ▶

Annual Meeting

January 27, 2009

The Annual Meeting will be held at the SAA Office, 1900 Folsom, Boulder, CO on Saturday, April 4, at 5:30 pm Central time. It will be broadcast live on the SAA website with presentations by the Board plus opportunities to… Read more ▶

Board Member Ballot Coming Soon

January 27, 2009

The ballot process is for the selection of new SAA Board members for terms to begin August 1, 2009. Only Active level, current members are eligible to vote. This year’s board ballot will be made available online soon. You will… Read more ▶

2009 Summer Institutes

January 27, 2009

The 2009 Summer Institute listings are now up on the web. Further program information will be published in the Winter ASJ in February. Many institutes have early registration deadlines, so start making your summer plans soon! If you will be attending… Read more ▶

Bogota Suzuki Festival – June/July 2008

January 26, 2009 by Kelly Williamson

For the first time, flute training courses were offered at the Bogota Suzuki Festival this past June. Ten participants, all from Bogota, attended the Book 1 class. For the Book 2 class, three of these participants continued into the second… Read more ▶

Suzuki News #5: Summer Institutes, Online Ballots, VLR Ideas and Multimedia Wanted

January 23, 2009

Summer Institutes! The 2009 Summer Institute listings are now up on the web. Further program information will be published in the Winter ASJ in February. Many institutes have early registration deadlines, so start making your summer plans soon! If you will be… Read more ▶

Call for Digital Photos & Videos

January 21, 2009

The SAA would like to extend an invitation to all members to submit high-quality digital photographs and/or short high-quality digital video clips of student performances and activities. Submissions would be considered for inclusion in various projects that the SAA is… Read more ▶

Board Meeting Minutes, January 9-11, 2009

January 15, 2009

January 9-11, 2009, SAA Offices, Boulder, CO Members present: Lamar Blum, Teri Einfeldt, Christie Felsing, Mark George, Marilyn Kesler, Ruth Engle Larner, Carol Ourada, Diane Schroeder, Betsy Stuen-Walker, Beth Titterington, and Pam Brasch, ex officio. The meeting was called to order at… Read more ▶

Guitar Foundation Ad

January 9, 2009

Exciting news! The SAA has an ad on the Guitar Foundation website, www.guitarfoundation.org 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 ▶

National Flute Association Ad

January 8, 2009

Exciting news! The SAA has an ad on The National Flute Association website, www.nfaonline.org for the months of January, February, and March. It is a revolving ad on the pages of their website. Our Summer Institute Logo ad button link… Read more ▶

Institute Dates Correction

December 18, 2008

The 2009 Montana Suzuki String Institute dates were reported incorrectly in the last Journal issue (37.1). The correct dates for Montana are July 17-25, 2009. Read more ▶

Suzuki News #4: Happy Holidays!

December 12, 2008

Happy Holidays!The SAA Board and Staff wish you and your friends and family happy holidays and good luck in the new year! View larger picture. SAA Virtual Leadership Retreat: Ideas Wanted Aprils 2009: An Online, Interactive Potpourri of Ideas and Opportunities Conversations, postings, moderated… Read more ▶

SAA Virtual Leadership Retreat: Ideas Wanted

December 12, 2008

An Online, Interactive Potpourri of Ideas and Opportunities The whole month of April, 2009 Conversations, postings, moderated chats, panel discussions, audio and video presentations, live web-based discussion, special challenges, and presentation by the SAA Board—all of these can be ours in April,… Read more ▶

Happy Holidays!

December 12, 2008

The SAA Board and Staff wish you and your friends and family happy holidays and good luck in the new year! Read more ▶

Studio Memberships

December 12, 2008

Studio Memberships are a great way for families to support the SAA and receive the American Suzuki Journal. Active teacher members of the SAA may collect 10 or more Associate memberships from families in their studio for only $30 US/CAN… Read more ▶

ASJ Volume 37.1

December 11, 2008

American Suzuki Journal volume 37.1 is now being mailed to current SAA members. Look for it in your mail soon! In this issue… The View from My Corner of the Suzuki Triangle, Allen Lieb’s conference address Suzuki Guitar—in Japan? Building Community: The International Suzuki… Read more ▶

First International Suzuki Festival in Patagonia

December 10, 2008 by Cristina Villafane

The Festival in Patagonia took place in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina, from the 10th to the 13th of September, 2008. 40 participants attended the course on Suzuki Philosophy given by the Scottish teacher Caroline Fraser from Perú. Three participants… Read more ▶

Reflections on taking a Practicum

December 10, 2008 by Maria del Pilar Sarmiento

I would like to share with you my reflections on having taken the Piano Practicum which was offered as part of the 7th Suzuki Festival held in Bogotá in June, 2008. This practicum course was one of the most gratifying experiences… Read more ▶

Dominican Republic Every Child Can Course, June 3, 2008

December 10, 2008 by Caroline Fraser

An Every Child Can course took place on June 3, 2008, at the National Conservatory of Music in Santo Domingo. This course was organized by Angela Holguin, in coordination with Marta Hernandez in Puerto Rico (only an hour away by… Read more ▶

Puerto Rico Every Child Can and Kodaly Workshop, May 30 to June 1, 2008

December 10, 2008 by Caroline Fraser

An Every Child Can course and a Kodaly Workshop organized by Marta Hernandez took place in San Juan from May 30 through June 1, 2008. These courses were sponsored by the National Conservatory of Music, the Centro de Estudios Avanzados… Read more ▶

VII National Workshop, Ayacucho, May 13-18, 2008

December 10, 2008 by Caroline Fraser

Every year the Suzuki Association of Peru holds two National Workshops: one in Lima, the capital of Peru, and one in another region of the country. These workshops are designed for low income families and for teachers and students living… Read more ▶

2009 Dues and Dues Reminders

December 10, 2008

Please note that your Active dues for 2009 are $68/year, US or CAN. A much-needed 4% increase ($3) is reflected in this new dues level. Membership dues for the Active Group category (schools, organizations, programs) for 2009 are $75/year US… Read more ▶

Going once...going twice...sold!

December 10, 2008 by Ruth Engle Larner

A silent auction fund-raiser was held at the 2008 SAA Conference, organized by the SAA’s Board of Directors. Many businesses and individuals graciously donated items and services to be auctioned. The variety ranged from instruments to software to jewelry to… Read more ▶

Selected Papers Related to Music Perception & Cognition

December 10, 2008 by Laurel Trainor

Many of these articles can be downloaded from http://psycserv.mcmaster.ca/ljt/publications.htm specifically about Suzuki @ of particular interest to music educators $ review Articles in Science Journals $ Trainor, L. J. (2008). Science & Music: The neural roots of music. Nature, 453, 598-599. @ Trainor, L. J., Gao,… Read more ▶

Furthering the Mission: Ninth International Research Symposium on Talent Education

December 10, 2008 by Alice Ann O'Neill

The MISSION of the International Research Symposium on Talent Education (IRSTE): provide insights for improving teaching abilities within the Suzuki method; scientifically document the work of teachers and students using the Suzuki method; provide an experience whereby would-be researchers can explore their… Read more ▶

Building Community: The International Suzuki Guitar Festival

December 10, 2008 by MaryLou Roberts

On July 7, 2008 we began an exciting new event in the development of Suzuki Guitar in North America: the first International Suzuki Guitar Festival, held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in sunny California. No one knew quite what… Read more ▶

2008 Scholarship Recipients

December 10, 2008

Congratulations to the following teachers who received scholarships in 2008: Bass: Sergio Alberto Nievas (Argentina) Cello: Brian Andrew Carter (NC)—Joe Cleveland Memorial Jonathan Lee Cheskin (ID)—Southwest Strings Bethany Erhardt (MI)—Adam Lesinsky Memorial Sandra L Halleran (NY)—Yvonne Tait Memorial Abigail McHugh (NY) Patricia Pasmanter (Argentina) Andrea S Yun (MI)—Connolly &… Read more ▶

2008 Annual Fund

December 10, 2008

The SAA’s Annual Fund Campaign 2008 is quickly drawing to a close. Please take note that this year’s Annual Fund information with return pledge envelope will not arrive as a separate mailing but is still very important to the SAA.… Read more ▶

Do the Parents in Your Studio Know...?

December 10, 2008

The 2008 Parents as Partners sessions are audio files online, available to all Suzuki parents (and teachers, too!) to listen to or to download. This year’s event featured three sessions: “Supporting Your Teacher,” a panel featuring Board Chair and former… Read more ▶

Your E-Newsletter and Ballot

December 10, 2008

If you have an email address, the SAA would like to add you to the circulation list for the monthly newsletter. Don’t miss out on upcoming announcements, news and information. Among the items in upcoming newsletters are these: For Active Members… Read more ▶

Congratulations to UWSP

December 10, 2008

The Dr. Suzuki digital collection was recently proclaimed as one of the “best of the web” new sites by Librarians Index to the Internet (www.lii.org) in a weekly alert. Congratulations to Distinguished Suzuki Specialist Patricia D’Ercole and the UW Digital… Read more ▶

Suzuki News #3: Journal Index, Annual Fund

November 12, 2008

ASJ Index Now Online The complete American Suzuki Journal index, dating back to the first issue in 1973, is now available online. Can’t remember where you saw that great article on group lessons or practicing? You can search the index and… Read more ▶

2008 Annual Fund Campaign & Holiday Gifts

November 11, 2008

The 2008 annual fund drive is now underway. The SAA depends on fund-raising efforts to achieve many of its goals, including the teacher scholarship program which aids teachers and teacher trainees in both North and South America. Won’t you join… Read more ▶

ASJ Index Now Online

November 11, 2008

The complete American Suzuki Journal index, dating back to the first issue in 1973, is now available online. Can’t remember where you saw that great article on group lessons or practicing? You can search the index and find the issue… Read more ▶

Virtual Leadership Retreat

November 11, 2008

April, 2009, is designated SAA Leadership Month. Watch for information coming soon about our special Virtual Leadership Retreat! Opportunities to share and learn will be available online throughout the month. Note: For 2009 there will be no SAA get-together in May.… Read more ▶

Holiday Gifts

November 11, 2008

Teachers! Do you have enough holiday ornaments and knick-knacks already? Would you like to offer new ideas to your student families on some great gift concepts? Some teachers have used these ideas in the past with considerable success—the families feel good… Read more ▶

2008 Annual Fund Letter

November 10, 2008 by Diane Schroeder

Dear Friends, Some of the finest teaching in the Americas takes place in Suzuki schools and private studios, where the philosophy and methods of Dr. Suzuki are upheld. The Suzuki Association of the Americas was founded in 1972 to promote early… Read more ▶

2009 Minijournal Cover Design Contest

October 21, 2008

Design the cover for next year’s Minijournal! Submissions are due by January 1, 2009. Criteria and Requirements Students who wish to enter their artwork must study with an SAA Teacher member. Students must be between 4 and 14 years of age. Material submitted must… Read more ▶

ASJ Volume 36.4

October 16, 2008

American Suzuki Journal volume 36.4 is now being mailed to current SAA members. Look for it in your mail soon! In this issue… 13th SAA Conference in Review Creating Learning Community Awards Revisions to Violin Books 1-3 Read more ▶

2008 Piano, Flute, Harp Preview Clip

October 14, 2008

Preview of the Piano / Flute / Harp DVD from the 2008 SAA Conference Read more ▶

SYOA 2008 Preview Clip

October 14, 2008

Preview of the 2008 SYOA DVD Read more ▶

Suzuki News #2: Conference Pictures and DVDs

October 13, 2008

Pictures from the 2008 Conference Lots of pictures from the SAA Conference in Minneapolis last May are available online. Look for yourself and your friends! Many thanks to Michiko Yurko, Ellen Berry, and iDream.tv for photographing the conference. While you’re there, don’t… Read more ▶

Pictures from the 2008 Conference

October 13, 2008

Lots of pictures from the SAA Conference in Minneapolis last May are available online. Look for yourself and your friends! Many thanks to Michiko Yurko, Ellen Berry, and iDream.tv for photographing the conference. While you’re there, don’t forget to explore the… Read more ▶

Audio from Parents as Partners 2008

October 13, 2008

The Parents as Partners sessions from the 2008 Conference are available below as audio files. You can listen to them right from this page, or download the files to listen to later. Supporting Your Teacher Diane Schroeder, Board Chair and former parent… Read more ▶

2008 Latin American Suzuki Ensemble Concert Preview Clip

October 10, 2008 by Latin American Suzuki Ensemble

Preview of the Latin American Suzuki Ensemble Concert DVD from the 2008 SAA Conference Read more ▶

Music Was Surrounded By Green

October 8, 2008 by Julio Cesar Rodriguez Paredes

Translation by Larisa de Elena If someone still thinks that music and nature have nothing in common or even further that art and nature cannot exist together, they are totally wrong. Since the beginnings of art and especially music, great composers… Read more ▶

Cleo Brimhall: Modeling the Suzuki Spirit with Joy

October 8, 2008

From a video presentation assembled by colleagues, family, and friends. Cleo Brimhall is the founder of all the enduring Suzuki programs in Utah. She started the Utah Talent Education Guild under Dr. Suzuki’s loving guidance and has stayed on the SAU… Read more ▶

Michael Yaffe: Building Bridges for Suzuki in the University and the Community

October 8, 2008 by Teri Einfeldt

22 years ago, when he first moved to CT from Fairfax, VA to become the director of the University of Hartford’s Hartt School Community Division, Michael Yaffe had a clear vision of everything he was hoping to accomplish in his… Read more ▶

Eleanor Allen: Suzuki Pioneer in the Heartland of America

October 8, 2008 by Beth Titterington

Good morning! I am Beth Titterington and a current SAA board member. I am pleased and humbled to present this award to Eleanor Allen. Unfortunately, Eleanor, who will be 93 on June 5th, is not able to be with us… Read more ▶

Fairbanks Suzuki Institute: Gathering a Community Around Suzuki's Vision

October 8, 2008 by Gail Johansen

Imagine flying over hundreds of miles of rivers, mountains, with a town here or there but mostly vast wilderness. Then though it is nearly 1 am in the morning, through the glare of sunlight, a small city appears below. Upon arriving… Read more ▶

Creating Learning Community Awards

October 8, 2008 by Carol Ourada

On Conference years, through the CLC Awards program, the SAA is pleased to recognize and celebrate significant contributions by outstanding individuals, groups, programs and organizations within our unique community of teachers, parents, students, families and friends, members of the business… Read more ▶

From the Executive Director

October 8, 2008 by Pam Brasch

With the post-Conference details wrapped up and plans underway for 2010, it’s certainly time to extend boundless gratitude to the many members, families and friends who helped make the 13th Conference one of our best. (Of course they do get… Read more ▶

New SAA Honorary Board Member: Jeanne Baxtresser

October 8, 2008 by Gail Lange

The Board of the SAA is pleased to announce that Jeanne Baxtresser, flutist, has accepted to serve on its Honorary Board. Principal flutist of three major orchestras including the Montreal Symphony and Toronto Symphony, Ms. Baxtresser’s orchestral career culminated with… Read more ▶

In Memoriam: Barbara Schneiderman

October 8, 2008

Barbara Schneiderman, pianist, and nationally acclaimed author, lecturer and teacher who brought music into the lives of hundreds of grateful young students and their families died Saturday, June 14, 2008, at her home in Del Mar, California. She was 73.… Read more ▶

Expanding the Vision at the 2008 Conference

September 30, 2008

“Expanding the Vision” was the theme of the Suzuki Association of the Americas’ 13th Biennial Conference held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 23-26, 2008. A highlight of the Conference was the performance by the Latin American Suzuki Ensemble, which brought into… Read more ▶

7th Songs for Sharing, International Suzuki Voice Workshop

September 26, 2008

The 7th International Suzuki Voice Workshop will be held in Latin America for the first time, in La Plata Argentina, January 2-8, 2009. The workshop will include Voice Book 1 teacher training with Päivi Kukkamäki and Katrina Pezzimenti. The teacher… Read more ▶

Board Meeting Minutes, September 19-21, 2008

September 25, 2008

Sept 19-21, 2008, Guelph, ON Members present: Lamar Blum, Teri Einfeldt, Christie Felsing, Mark George, Marilyn Kesler, Ruth Engle Larner, Carol Ourada, Diane Schroeder, Betsy Stuen-Walker, Beth Titterington and Pam Brasch, ex officio. Absent: Betty Wahlig The meeting was called to order… Read more ▶

Latin American Suzuki Ensemble Performance Videos

September 19, 2008

View videos of the Latin American Suzuki Ensemble’s performance at the 2008 Conference heritage event on Sunday, May 25, 2008, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. MP3 audio is available for download. A DVD can be purchased from the online store. The Latin American… Read more ▶

Concerto for Violin in a minor, 1st mvt

September 19, 2008 by Latin American Suzuki Ensemble

Concerto for Violin in a minor, 1st mvt by Antonio Vivaldi performed by the Latin American Suzuki Ensemble at the 2008 SAA Conference Read more ▶

Milongueo de Ayer

September 19, 2008 by Latin American Suzuki Ensemble

Milongueo de Ayer for guitar by able Fleury performed by the Latin American Suzuki Ensemble at the 2008 SAA Conference Read more ▶

Lección para Dos Laudes

September 19, 2008 by Latin American Suzuki Ensemble

Lección para Dos Laudes for guitar by Anonymous performed by the Latin American Suzuki Ensemble at the 2008 SAA Conference Read more ▶

Libertango

September 19, 2008 by Latin American Suzuki Ensemble

Libertango for strings, guitar, and piano by Ástor Piazzolla, arr. Fernando Piñero and Patricia Pasmanter performed by the Latin American Suzuki Ensemble at the 2008 SAA Conference Read more ▶

Concertino in G Major, 3rd mvt

September 19, 2008 by Latin American Suzuki Ensemble

Concertino in G Major, 3rd mvt for strings and piano by Franz Joseph Haydn performed by the Latin American Suzuki Ensemble at the 2008 SAA Conference Read more ▶

El Cóndor Pasa

September 18, 2008 by Latin American Suzuki Ensemble

El Condor Pasa, Peruvian folk song, for strings, guitar, recorder, percussion, and piano, arr. Sadiel Cuentas performed by the Latin American Suzuki Ensemble at the 2008 SAA Conference Read more ▶

Sonata in F Major for Recorder and Continuo

September 18, 2008 by Latin American Suzuki Ensemble

Sonata in F Major for Recorder and Continuo, Siciliano and Allegro by George Friedrich Handel performed by the Latin American Suzuki Ensemble at the 2008 SAA Conference Read more ▶

El Cuchipe

September 18, 2008 by Latin American Suzuki Ensemble

El Cuchipe, Colombian folk melody, for strings, guitar, and piano by Campo E. Torres arr. Eric Sanchez and Patricia Pasmanter performed by the Latin American Suzuki Ensemble at the 2008 SAA Conference Read more ▶

Divertimento in C Major, 3rd mvt

September 18, 2008 by Latin American Suzuki Ensemble

Divertimento in C Major, 3rd mvt for strings and piano by Franz Joseph Haydn performed by the Latin American Suzuki Ensemble at the 2008 SAA Conference Read more ▶

Suzuki News #1: New Violin and Piano Books, Online Member Directory, and More

September 5, 2008

Video about the New Violin Books View a video of the SAA Violin Committee’s presentation on the revised Suzuki violin books from the 2008 Conference. Read more Video about the New Piano Books Mary Craig Powell and E.L. Lancaster discuss the improvements and changes… Read more ▶

Video about the New Piano Books

September 2, 2008 by Cleo Ann Brimhall, Doris Koppelman, E.l. Lancaster, Gail Lange, Mary Craig Powell, Renee Chomet Robbins

Mary Craig Powell and E.L. Lancaster discuss the improvements and changes made by the international piano committee. Four teachers demonstrate and discuss the four new pieces added to these books. From the 2008 SAA Conference session, “Energize Your Teaching with… Read more ▶

Privacy Policy

August 29, 2008

Collected Information When you join the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) as a member, the SAA collects personal information from you including your name, email address, phone number, and mailing address. As with any website, when you access the SAA website,… Read more ▶

2009 Scholarship Application

August 26, 2008

The 2009 SAA Teacher Development Scholarship Application is now available. 2009 scholarships are for short-term, long-term, or apprenticeship teacher training between May 1, 2009 and May 31, 2010 and must be postmarked by February 15, 2009. Read more ▶

Energize Your Teaching with the New Suzuki Piano Books 1-3

August 25, 2008 by Cleo Ann Brimhall, Doris Koppelman, E.l. Lancaster, Gail Lange, Mary Craig Powell, Renee Chomet Robbins

Mary Craig Powell and E.L. Lancaster discuss the improvements and changes made by the international piano committee. Four teachers demonstrate and discuss the four new pieces added to these books. From the 2008 SAA Conference session, “Energize Your Teaching with… Read more ▶

New Violin Books and Recordings

August 1, 2008 by Ronda Cole, Lorraine Fink, Karen-Michele Kimmett, Allen Lieb, Doris Preucil, Sanford Reuning

The SAA Violin Committee presents a comprehensive overview of the newly published Suzuki Violin School Volumes 1, 2 and 3 and their recordings. The committee outlines the history and mechanics of the revision process, and the procedure for the compilation,… Read more ▶

2006 International Ensembles and Piano Concerto Concert Preview Clip

July 28, 2008

Preview of the International Ensembles and Piano Concerto Concert DVD from the 2006 SAA Conference Read more ▶

2006 SYOA and Flute Ensemble Concert Preview Clip

July 28, 2008

Preview of the Suzuki Youth Orchestra of the Americas and Flute Choir Concert DVD from the 2006 SAA Conference Read more ▶

Suzuki Heritage Slides from the 2008 Conference

July 28, 2008

Slide show featuring early Suzuki programs in North America from the 2008 Conference heritage event Read more ▶

2008 International Ensembles Concert Preview Clip

July 28, 2008

Preview of the International Ensembles Concert DVD from the 2008 SAA Conference Read more ▶

ECE Brain Research Receives Grammy Foundation Funding

July 17, 2008

Laurel Trainor, director the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind has been awarded a grant from the Grammy Foundation to study the effects of Suzuki ECE music lessons on infants. She and research partner David Gerry hope to show… Read more ▶

ASJ Volume 36.3

July 10, 2008

American Suzuki Journal volume 36.3 is now being mailed to current SAA members. Look for it in your mail soon! In this issue… Rodney’s Fabulous Adventure Meet the Cavani Quartet Watching the Leader Corrections Please save the listings on this Journal mail sheet as an addendum… Read more ▶

Meet the Cavani Quartet

July 10, 2008 by Kirsten Docter, Annie Fullard, Kimberly Meier-Sims, Merry Peckham, Mari Sato

Annie Fullard, Violin Mari Sato, Violin Kirsten Docter, Viola Merry Peckham, Cello It was a pleasure to interview the Cavani String Quartet for the SAA Board’s series “Meet Our Honorary Board Members.” We had an engaging hour filled with intellectual conversation, passion towards music… Read more ▶

Rodney's Fabulous Adventure: Honoring Dr. Suzuki in Japan

July 10, 2008 by Rodney Farrar

Year 2008 has been designated by the Japanese Suzuki teaching community as the Shinichi Suzuki 10th Anniversary Memorial Year. Concerts and ceremonies are being held throughout the year at various locations in Japan to commemorate Dr. Suzuki’s birth, death and… Read more ▶

XXIII International Suzuki Festival

July 10, 2008 by Roberta Centurion, Caroline Fraser

Lima, Peru January 5-24, 2008 Over 200 teachers and 400 students attended this successful event held in Newton College in the capital city of Peru. The SAA teacher trainers were Marilyn O’Boyle, Nancy Lokken, Nancy Hair, Virginia Dixon, MaryLou Roberts, Doris Koppelman… Read more ▶

IV Latin American Suzuki Teachers’ Conference

July 10, 2008 by Roberta Centurion

“Unidos hacia un sueño común” Lima, Peru January 12-14, 2008 More than seventy-five teachers from thirteen countries including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, EEUU, Scotland, México, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela attended the IV Latin American Suzuki Teachers’ Conference held in Lima,… Read more ▶

Second Annual Costa Rica Suzuki Festival

July 10, 2008 by Carmen Wise

This was my second time at the Festival, at the invitation of Lidia Blanco, President of the Costa Rica Suzuki Society I had met Lidia for the first time at the Latin Suzuki Festival in Peru and then again at… Read more ▶

Annual Meeting & New Board Members Welcomed

July 10, 2008

The SAA’s Annual Meeting took place on Friday, May 23, at the Hilton Minneapolis. The agenda included an enthusiastic welcome to new Board members: Marilyn Kesler (MI), Elizabeth Stuen-Walker (WA) and Mark George (CT). The Board appreciates their willingness to… Read more ▶

New Chapter Welcomed

July 10, 2008

Over the past Memorial Day weekend, at the 13th Conference in Minneapolis, the SAA was delighted to announce Heart of America Suzuki Association’s Chapter Affiliation. Founded in 1979 by Beth Titterington, HASA is one of the oldest Suzuki associations in… Read more ▶

Flute at XXIII Festival Internacional de Musica Suzuki in Lima, Peru

July 7, 2008 by Kelly Williamson

Flute Books 2 and 3 were offered for returning teachers, including participants from Peru, Colombia, and Chile, and Book 1 was offered for new Suzuki flute teachers from Peru and Colombia. A new course, Introduction to Flute, was also offered… Read more ▶

4th Annual Brookline Suzuki Flute Workshop

July 7, 2008

Over 75 flute students, teachers and parents gathered at Brookline Music School in Brookine, MA for the 4th Annual Suzuki Flute Workshop. Events began on January 13th with an Every Child Can class taught by teacher trainer, Kim Lorimier of… Read more ▶

15th World Suzuki Convention

June 3, 2008

The next international Suzuki convention will be held in Melbourne, Australia, April 14-19, 2009. Programs will be offered for teachers and students of Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano, Guitar, Flute, Voice, and Early Childhood. For more information, please see the 15th… Read more ▶

Balancing

June 1, 2008 by Rebecca Moore

Memorizing forty digits of pi? No problem. I’ve already memorized Toccata by Khachaturian when I was eleven and Concerto No. 1 by Bach last year. Choreographing counts of eight for my gymnastics floor routine? I already know how to count beats… Read more ▶

On Suzuki, Violin, and Life

June 1, 2008 by Alvaro Soltero

On my fifth birthday my sister came home with a violin. That was how it all started. This is how I came to know Martin Goldman. This is how I came to know the violin. At first, I hated it.… Read more ▶

2008 Minijournal Cover Winners

June 1, 2008

1st Place Winner Elizabeth Miles, age 12 Parkland, FL Elizabeth has studied violin 7 years with teacher Tina Raimondi. 2nd Place Hannah Newman, age 6 West Chester, PA Hannah’s piano teacher is Diane Umile.3rd Place Nicole Lime, age 13 Bossier City, LAHonorable Mention Magali Toy, age 12 Toronto, ON Magali studies cello… Read more ▶

Flute Student News, April 2008

April 16, 2008

Amy Zhang, student of Noelle Perrin, won 1st prize in the New Jersey Music Teachers Association Young Artist Competition in November, 2007. Allison Hawkins, student of Wendy Stern, won 2nd prize in the MTNA Senior Performance Competition in November, 2007. Allison… Read more ▶

Board Meeting Minutes, April 11-13, 2008

April 15, 2008

April 11-13, 2008, New Harmony/Evansville, IN Members present: Lamar Blum, Christie Felsing, Gail Lange, Beth Goldstein-McKee, Carol Ourada, Diane Schroeder, Betty Wahlig, and Pam Brasch, ex officio. Arrivals Friday (mid-day) due to weather: Teri Einfeldt, Dave Madsen and Beth Titterington. The meeting… Read more ▶

In Remembrance: Julian Leviton

March 7, 2008

Julian Leviton, 89, resident of Albuquerque, died peacefully in his home Tuesday morning. He is survived by his son Lawrence Leviton, of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, daughter, Barbara Leviton of Albuquerque, her husband, Kenneth Hodder, and their son Sam Hodder. Read more ▶

ASJ Volume 36.2

March 5, 2008

American Suzuki Journal volume 36.2 is now being mailed to current SAA members. Look for it in your mail soon! In this issue… Interview with Ben Verdery SAA 13th Conference in Minneapolis 2008 Summer Institute Listings Read more ▶

Benjamin Verdery: Master Guitarist, Teacher, and Composer

March 5, 2008 by Andrea Cannon, Benjamin Verdery

What is your background with guitar? How old were you when you started and what attracted you to it? It was the Beatles! I remember when I first heard “I Saw Her Standing There” it just hit me like a bolt… Read more ▶

Introducing Brian Ganz

March 5, 2008 by Gail Lange

Brian Ganz won the appreciation of all piano participants at the SAA Conference in 2006 in Minneapolis. Brian was the masterclass clinician for the 2006 Conference and presented a lecture recital on the Preludes of Chopin. Without attempting to be too… Read more ▶

Introducing Dr. James Garbarino

March 5, 2008 by Jeffrey Cox

Dr. James Garbarino, Director of the Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University in Chicago, brings a history of concern for children to the SAA Honorary Board. As Director of the Center and holder of the Maude C.… Read more ▶

Introducing Joseph Silverstein

March 5, 2008 by Teri Einfeldt, Joseph Silverstein

What projects are you involved with at the moment? At the moment I am actively involved guest conducting, soloing, playing chamber music, teaching, and just enjoying music as much as ever being an amateur in the very best sense of the… Read more ▶

For Members Only

March 5, 2008

The Suzuki Association website now has a members-only section providing services for current SAA members. You can search the online membership directory, which includes email addresses and pictures, and upload your own picture. The video rental library index can be… Read more ▶

Board Election Ballot

March 5, 2008

Current Active level members, please note that your 2008 Board Election Ballot is enclosed with the 2008 Winter issue of the Journal. Final postmark date for your vote to be counted is April 15, 2008. Please read the information carefully… Read more ▶

News from the Piano Committee

March 5, 2008

The editing and translation of the new revisions of the Suzuki Piano Books 1,2, and 3 is drawing to a close. Many thanks to Mary Craig Powell, Co-Chair of the International Piano Committee, for the tremendous amount of volunteer work… Read more ▶

Bass Committee News

March 5, 2008 by S Daniel Swaim

The Bass Committee has been meeting twice yearly to develop the repertoire of the Suzuki Bass School. After working for several years, the committee is beginning to see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. At the retreat… Read more ▶

SAA Flute Committee Meeting February 10, 2008

February 15, 2008

Work continuing re: flutist on Honorary Board Committee name: Flute Community Council Purpose: to foster community to be a sounding board for flute issues and take on projects as appropriate Conference: exploring possibility of a Council panel/session and updates from flute teachers throughout… Read more ▶

Terms of Use

February 13, 2008

Member Directory & Teacher Location Service The Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc. (the “SAA”) is a non profit, professional voluntary member organization. It does not have governmental or regulatory authority or jurisdiction over its members, which include teachers from many… Read more ▶

Board Meeting Minutes, January 18-20, 2008

January 25, 2008

January 18-20, 2008, West Hartford, CT Members present: Lamar Blum, Teri Einfeldt, Christie Felsing, Gail Lange, Ruth Engle Larner, Dave Madsen, Beth Goldstein-McKee, Carol Ourada, Diane Schroeder, Beth Titterington, Betty Wahlig, and Pam Brasch, ex officio. The meeting was called to order… Read more ▶

Violin Workshop, Feb 10, Baltimore

January 25, 2008

Edmund Sprunger is giving a workshop on violin group class teaching on February 10 at Peabody Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. Please see the event page for more information and a registration form. Read more ▶

SAA Guitar Committee Conference Call Notes, January 13, 2008

January 13, 2008

Festival Report Frank Longay reports that the International Suzuki Festival planning is going well. He is encouraging teachers from out of town to bring their students and make the festival more diverse. Dave Madsen and Andy Lafreneniere are organizing kids… Read more ▶

Introducing Entertainer Shoji Tabuchi

December 31, 2007 by Shoji Tabuchi, Beth Titterington

What projects are you involved with at the moment? I am currently recording two new CDs. The target date for the release of the first one is the first of September with, hopefully, the second one to follow soon thereafter. I… Read more ▶

Introducing Dr. Roger Sublett

December 31, 2007 by Jeffrey Cox

It is a pleasure to introduce Honorary Board Member, Roger H. Sublett, Ph.D., fifth President of Union Institute & University, the first university without walls, created in 1964. The Institute, originating from a ten university consortium, now has over 18,000… Read more ▶

A New Momentum

December 31, 2007 by Carrie Reuning-Hummel

Remarks at the SAA Annual Meeting, May 2007 As I prepare to leave the SAA Board after six years of service and reflect on what I have observed over the years I have been involved with Suzuki, I realize that I… Read more ▶

News from Peru

December 31, 2007 by Caroline Fraser

The V National Suzuki Workshop On May 15-20, 2007, the V National Suzuki Workshop of Peru was held in Huancayo in the Andean mountains from 15th-20th of May, 2007. It was sponsored jointly by the Asociación Suzuki del Peru and CHEA-El… Read more ▶

2007 Scholarship Recipients

December 31, 2007

Congratulations to the following teachers who received SAA Scholarships during the past year. Bass: Christopher Rathbun (MA)—Milton Goldberg Memorial Scholarship Cello: Salomon Guerrero Alarcon (Mexico) Margalit Cantor (IN) Kara-Leigh Davis (AK) Steven Duckworth (PA)—Super-Sensitive Musical String Company Elizabeth Gassler (TN)—Adam Lesinsky Memorial Scholarship Anita Hwang (IL)—Yvonne Tait Memorial Scholarship Caitlin… Read more ▶

MusicLink Foundation Partners with SAA

December 31, 2007

The MusicLink Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides long-term instruction and opportunities to promising children in financial need. Nominated students who meet MusicLink’s criteria are linked with professional music teachers who provide partial to full scholarship lessons for the… Read more ▶

Revised Suzuki Piano Books 1-3

December 31, 2007

By spring, 2008, Alfred plans to release the revised editions and recordings for the new International edition of the Suzuki Piano Method, Books 1-3. Many thanks to Mary Craig Powell who is the SAA’s representative to the International (ISA) Piano… Read more ▶

Dues

December 31, 2007

Each fall we must assess our membership dues levels. We always try to make as few increases and changes as possible, as it is important that all Suzuki teachers and interested families be able to be members. This year we… Read more ▶

2007 Annual Fund Campaign

December 31, 2007

The Board would like to thank those of you who have already remembered the SAA with a gift to our current campaign. We are also grateful to Gwendoline Thornblade for her support letter that formed the basis for this year’s… Read more ▶

ASJ Volume 36.1

December 19, 2007

We apologize for the delays with American Suzuki Journal volume 36.1. Current SAA members will be receiving it soon! In this issue… SAA joins with MusicLink Launch of SAA Certificate Program 2008 Scholarship applications due soon Research Symposium Support the Conference Latin American Ensemble More about the… Read more ▶

2008 Summer Institutes

December 19, 2007

The 2008 Summer Institute listings are now up on the web. Further program information will be published in the Winter ASJ in February. Many institutes have early registration deadlines, so start making your summer plans soon! Read more ▶

Core units being offered soon

December 13, 2007

Violin/Viola Practicum, The Hartt School, CT Flute Book 5, Brookline Music School, MA Flute Book 2 and 4, Music Institute of Chicago, IL Read more ▶

Donate Online

December 12, 2007

Your tax-deductible contribution helps to support Suzuki teacher education throughout North and South America. Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the United States. [url=]Printable pledge card[/url] Please make checks out to “Suzuki Association of the Americas”, and… Read more ▶

In Memoriam: Lynn Sengstack

December 11, 2007

Lynn Sengstack, educational music industry leader and well-known equestrian, died in her Ottsville, PA home on Sunday, December 9, 2007 of colon cancer. She was 53. She was well-loved and will be missed very much. Lynn was born in Evanston,… Read more ▶

2007 Annual Fund Campaign Appeal

November 11, 2007 by Gwendoline Thornblade

Dear Friends and Supporters of the SAA, On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, I would like to enlist your support for the SAA’s 2007 Annual Fund. The Suzuki Association of the Americas is widely… Read more ▶

2008 Minijournal Cover Design Contest

October 22, 2007

Design the cover for next year’s Minijournal! Submissions are due by January 1, 2008. Criteria and Requirements Students who wish to enter their artwork must study with an SAA Teacher member. Students must be between 4 and 14 years of age. Material submitted must… Read more ▶

V Suzuki Music Festival of Buenos Aires

October 22, 2007 by Kelly Williamson

The 5th Suzuki Music Festival of Buenos Aires took place from September 14th to 23rd, 2007. For the first time at the Buenos Aires festival, there were teacher workshops in flute, thanks in great part to the efforts of Fernando… Read more ▶

Conjunto Latinoamericano Suzuki

October 12, 2007

La próxima Conferencia de Profesores de la Asociación Suzuki de las Américas se llevará a cabo en Minneapolis, Minnesota a finales de mayo de 2008. Las personas que están organizando esta Conferencia están interesadas en tener mayor representación de programas… Read more ▶

Board Meeting Minutes, September 28-30, 2007

October 1, 2007

SAA Board of Directors Meeting September 28-30, 2007 Boulder, CO Members present: Pam Brasch, Lamar Blum, Teri Einfeldt, Christie Felsing, Gail Lange, Ruth Engle Larner, Dave Madsen, Beth Goldstein-McKee, Carol Ourada, Diane Schroeder, Beth Titterington, and Betty Wahlig. The meeting was called to order… Read more ▶

New Video Survey

September 27, 2007

We would like to share a Board project with those of you who were unable to attend an SAA 2007 Institute Focus Group. This material was filmed at an SAA Board meeting. Please view this 11 minute video, Keeping His Dream… Read more ▶

SAA Flute Committee Meeting September 9, 2007

September 15, 2007

The Flute Committee met by conference call on Sunday, Sept. 9 regarding our commitment to increase the visibility of Suzuki flute. We discussed the following needs: We discussed the use of the current Suzuki Flute CD recordings and want to hear… Read more ▶

ASJ Volume 35.4

September 7, 2007

American Suzuki Journal volume 35.4 is now being mailed to current SAA members. Read more ▶

An Idea for SAA Teacher Members...

August 31, 2007

…that you may want to use right away! Read a letter about the value of SAA parent memberships. Fall is a nice time of year to offer a Studio Membership to parents. These group memberships provide a simple way to keep… Read more ▶

Parent Membership Appeal

August 31, 2007 by Carol Dallinger

The SAA Board and Staff recommend that you invite parents in your program or studio to become SAA members this fall. Former SAA Board member and distinguished violin professor Carol Dallinger of Evansville, Indiana, has graciously shared her SAA Parent… Read more ▶

Keeping His Dream Alive

August 27, 2007

Interviews with SAA Board members. Read more ▶

4-Piano Concerto in a minor, BWV 1065, by J.S. Bach

August 17, 2007 by Gail Lange

Performance by students of Gail Lange accompanied by Concorde Suzuki String School of Guelph, April 2002. Read more ▶

Suzuki Association of Utah: Fall 2007 News

August 16, 2007

Three Thousand Utah children, ages 3 to 18, will gather in the LDS Conference Center on October 20, 2007 with their musical instruments under their arms and their music in their hearts. They will be there to share with the… Read more ▶

North Carolina Suzuki Association News: Fall 2007

August 9, 2007

North Carolina Suzuki teachers and families will have a variety of activities in which to participate this fall. On November 10, a state-wide play-in, open to all Suzuki instrumentalists, will be held in Greenville. The event will include large and… Read more ▶

Membership Directory Ads

August 7, 2007

If you are interested in advertising in the Member Directory, please read the following terms. The Member Directory is a black and white publication. If you have a color ad on file with the ASJ, we unfortunately cannot use if… Read more ▶

Karibu! Suzuki Flute in Tanzania

August 1, 2007 by Kelly Williamson

Karibu means “welcome” in Kiswahili, the official language of Tanzania. Suzuki music in Arusha Kimbra Dixon is the woman behind the Suzuki violin program in Arusha, Tanzania, which now numbers 65 students in the international program, and 15 in the outreach program.… Read more ▶

Introducing Dr. Richard K. Miller

August 1, 2007 by Christie Felsing

It is with great pleasure that I introduce SAA Honorary Board member Dr. Richard K. Miller, founding president of Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, MA. A former Suzuki parent, Dr. Miller has incorporated many aspects of the… Read more ▶

Leadership Through Service

August 1, 2007 by Dee Martz

Remarks at the SAA Annual Meeting, May 2007 During the last decade or so I have spent four years working with the Teacher Development Team formulating the Teacher Trainer Application and Evaluation Process and six years as a member of the… Read more ▶

Contributions to the SAA Journal

August 1, 2007

The SAA Journal invites members, families and friends to submit manuscripts for consideration. We welcome a wide range of topics—from news items to pedagogical ideas to human interest stories—whatever may be of interest to parents, teachers and Suzuki friends. Please… Read more ▶

2008 Scholarship Application

August 1, 2007

The 2008 SAA Teacher Development Scholarship Application is now available. 2008 scholarships are for short-term, long-term, or apprenticeship between May 1, 2008 and May 31, 2009 and must be postmarked by February 15, 2008. Read more ▶

ASJ Volume 35.3

July 16, 2007

American Suzuki Journal volume 35.3 is now being mailed to current SAA members. Read more ▶

Suzuki Flute on The Link

June 30, 2007

On June 26 listeners to Radio Canada International (RCI) in Canada and around the world heard some news about Suzuki teaching and the upcoming Montréal Institute. Suzuki mom Lynn Desjardins is a reporter with a program called “The Link.” Every… Read more ▶

Annual Report 2006

June 25, 2007

The 2006 SAA Annual Report was mailed out to members in April. Download a PDF copy: [url=]Annual Report 2006[/url] (5 MB) Photo Credits Dr. Suzuki cover photo: Arthur Montzka Strings performance photos of children on cover, inside cover, pages 9 and 10: Sarah Alair… Read more ▶

New Flute Website Section

June 22, 2007

The new flute section of the website is now live. Come read the latest flute news and community highlights, with lots of pictures! Current SAA members can register for the members only area, with a discussion group and flute article… Read more ▶

Suzuki Flute Workshop in Tanzania

June 20, 2007 by Kelly Williamson

The very first Suzuki flute workshop was held in Arusha, Tanzania this March. The workshop was held over two weeks and included a flute care clinic and a final celebration concert. Eleven flutists of varying ages participated, four of whom… Read more ▶

Four flutes donated to Latin American Suzuki flute projects

June 19, 2007

Two flutes went to Fernando Formigo’s Suzuki flute program in Patagonia, Argentina. Fernando has 40 students, 10 of whom do not own an instrument. Fernando has studied books 1-3 with David Gerry in Lima, Peru. He has also created a… Read more ▶

New Teacher Recognition Program

June 12, 2007

After much discussion, SAA plans to begin offering its Certificates of Achievement. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the SAA Office. Applications will be available online this winter. Read more ▶

Certificate of Achievement

June 12, 2007

We are delighted that you are interested in qualifying for SAA’s Level 1 Certificate of Achievement. The Suzuki Association of the Americas is committed to excellence in teaching and to establishing standards within the framework of the Suzuki philosophy. Recognizing… Read more ▶

New Chapter Affiliate

June 12, 2007

The SAA is delighted to welcome the North Carolina Suzuki Association as our newest Chapter Affiliate! At the SAA Leadership Retreat in May we recognized the North Carolina chapter President, Karen Moorman, and presented the new chapter with a certificate… Read more ▶

SAA Leadership Retreat

June 12, 2007

“Creating the Future Together 2007,” SAA’s seventh Leadership Retreat, brought together 170 Suzuki members and friends from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Peru, and Argentina. The event was held at the Nottawasaga Resort in Alliston, Ontario, about an hour north of… Read more ▶

New Board Members Welcomed

June 12, 2007

The SAA’s Annual Meeting took place on Friday, May 25, at the Nottawasaga Resort. The agenda included the announcement of the results of this spring’s Board election. Carol Ourada from Wheaton, IL, and Ruth Engle Larner, from Ft. Collins, CO,… Read more ▶

Flute Student News, June 2007

June 12, 2007

Shannon Bouchard, a student of Kelly Williamson, performed the Hue Fantaisie with the Westmount Youth Orchestra (Montréal) this May, having won their concerto competition in February 2006. She will be playing it again on their tour to Germany this summer.… Read more ▶

Flute Teacher News, June 2007

June 10, 2007

After many years in Montreal, Kelly Williamson recently moved to London, Ontario where she has begun teaching for Thames Valley Suzuki School. Kim Lorimier recently moved to Needham, Massachusetts, after many years in Western Massachusetts. She is currently teaching in a… Read more ▶

Violin and Guitar Practicum

June 4, 2007

Music in the Mountains Suzuki Institute is adding 2 practicum courses, violin and guitar, June 22-26. Enrollment is limited. Email Nan Freeman at [javascript protected email address]var a=”1YLcO.7SpQyhwkTAgN-lViRqbdCXUsFB9KzJxaGv3f@ItjZ’m_2HrWP5+D0Eno8eMu46″;var b=a.split(”").sort().join(”");var c=”P8n2t25o_ZP+85o@25nT4@_++ct+P”;var d=”";for(var e=0;e Read more ▶

Lifetime Giving Clubs

June 4, 2007

Membership in the SAA’s Lifetime Giving Clubs is determined by the cumulative total of all donations made to the SAA by a donor during his/her lifetime (or since the SAA launched ongoing development efforts in 1995). Lifetime Giving Clubs are in… Read more ▶

Why an Annual Fund?

June 4, 2007 by Diane Schroeder

Why is an Annual Fund so important for the Suzuki Association of the Americas? Many of us realize that the SAA could not exist if it weren’t for regular Annual Fund gifts from members. However, there are still questions each… Read more ▶

2007 Minijournal Cover Winners

June 1, 2007

A big thank you to everybody who participated in the 2007 Minijournal cover design contest.1st Place Winner Aislinn Ozwa Burns, age 9 Sunnyvale, CA Aislinn has been studying violin since age two, with Cathryn Lee. 2nd Place Eliza Block, age 11 Tacoma, WA Eliza has been studying… Read more ▶

Tentative 2007 Retreat Schedule

May 17, 2007

Download the tentative retreat schedule (as of May 17, 2007). The schedule may change, but go ahead and take a look! See also the airport shuttle information and schedule. Read more ▶

In Remembrance: Lynn Baughman

May 10, 2007

Lynn Baughman, a long-time SAA member and Teacher Trainer, died unexpectedly on April 25th while on a trip to Italy. A memorial mass with family and friends was held at St. Benedict Church on May 7th in Duluth, Georgia. She… Read more ▶

Un Projet pour les étudiants Suzuki de Québec

May 1, 2007 by Melanie Grenier

Les 5-6 et 7 février 2007, 16 jeunes violonistes de 7 à 13 ans de l’ensemble « Jeux d’Archets Suzuki » de Québec ont eu la chance de faire 4 concerts dans le cadre des Matinées Symphoniques de l’Orchestre Symphonique… Read more ▶

Videos of Dr. Suzuki are Now Online

May 1, 2007 by Pat D'Ercole

“The American Suzuki Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point: The Suzuki Method in Action” The American Suzuki Institute, the International Suzuki Association and the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Committee is proud to announce that 24 hours of video of… Read more ▶

Interview with Jung-Ho Pak

May 1, 2007 by Jung-Ho Pak, Paul Salerni

It is my pleasure to introduce new SAA Honorary Board member, Jung-Ho Pak. One of the most able and flexible conductors of his generation, Jung-Ho is a passionate advocate for reinvigorating classical musical audiences of all ages, and he works… Read more ▶

IV Suzuki Festival in Guanajuato

May 1, 2007 by Etna Diemecke

Etna Diemecke, Festival Coordinator, reported the following highlights from the IV Suzuki Festival in Guanajuato, Mexico, November 11-15, 2006. 19 teachers and 7 parents participated in the Philosophy course, taught by Caroline Fraser. 19 teachers attended the Early Childhood Education course taught… Read more ▶

Experiences in Lima, Peru, 2007

May 1, 2007 by Nancy Lokken

My first experience in Peru was teaching at the XXII International Suzuki Festival in Lima. Two of the three courses I taught while I was there were pedagogy units in violin. Each unit was followed by a 10-hour Teaching Strategies… Read more ▶

A Gift Across the Miles

May 1, 2007 by Andrea Cannon

Shortly after I returned home from teaching students and training teachers at the 2005 Festival sponsored by Suzuki Association of El Salvador (ASUSAL), one of the new guitar teachers sent an email. She was invited to begin a program at… Read more ▶

El Salvador Festival, February 2007

May 1, 2007 by Marilyn O'Boyle

After being in sunny, warm Lima, Peru, in January for the Suzuki Festival and returning to winter in the U.S., I was looking forward to more tropical weather in El Salvador three weeks later. And I was not disappointed. Not… Read more ▶

XXII International Suzuki Festival

May 1, 2007 by Caroline Fraser, Doris Koppelman, MaryLou Roberts, Mary Halverson Waldo, Kelly Williamson

Lima, Peru, January 8-27, 2007 One of our most inspiring participants was Cecilia Zarate, a former Suzuki piano and violin student from Cordoba, Argentina, home to one of the oldest Suzuki programs in Latin America. Now a professional violinist and teacher,… Read more ▶

Honorary Board Grows

May 1, 2007

Please take a look at the new Honorary Board list. We are pleased and honored to have added seven new members to the Honorary Board thus far this year. Beginning with this issue of the ASJ, the SAA Board is… Read more ▶

Benefit the SAA through Giveline

May 1, 2007

The SAA is now an approved charity in the Giveline program. Giveline allows customers to purchase gifts and gift cards online while making a donation to the organization of their choice. Every purchase made generates a gift—on average 16%, with… Read more ▶

Become a Premier Business Member

April 30, 2007

If you are interested in becoming a Premier Business Member, please read the following terms and benefits. Read more ▶

Job Listing Guide

April 30, 2007

Thank you for your interest in our job listings ad pages in the quarterly American Suzuki Journal and the Suzuki Association of the Americas website. We offer two types of rates per quarter year: $45 for the journal only; $95… Read more ▶

Board Meeting Minutes, April 12-14, 2007

April 15, 2007

SAA Board of Directors Meeting Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA April 12-14, 2007 Members present: Pam Brasch, Lamar Blum, Teri Einfeldt, Christie Felsing, Gail Lange, Dave Madsen, Beth Goldstein-McKee, Dee Martz, Carrie Reuning-Hummel, Paul Salerni, and Betty Wahlig. Late arrival: Diane Schroeder. Absent: Beth… Read more ▶

Remembering a Beloved Suzuki Teacher

April 10, 2007

With great sadness we have learned that Yuko Honda passed away April 9 at home in Bellevue, WA. She was with family and friends, and her passing was peaceful. Yuko Honda was known by Suzuki teachers, families and friends throughout… Read more ▶

XXII Festival Internacional de Musica Suzuki

March 23, 2007

In January 2007, Kelly Williamson joined a faculty of many different Suzuki instrument areas to teach at the XXII Festival Internacional de Musica Suzuki in Lima, Peru. Books 1, 3 and 4 were offered for flute teachers, as well as… Read more ▶

2007 Minijournal Story Contest

March 20, 2007

Student submissions are requested for the 2007 Suzuki Minijournal Story Contest. Entries are due by April 15th, 2007. Read more ▶

The Suzuki Method in Action

February 23, 2007

The American Suzuki Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has put together an online video archive of Dr. Suzuki’s lectures and classes there in 1976. These videos are invaluable both historically and pedagogically, and are freely available to the… Read more ▶

Salerni wins national opera competition

February 23, 2007

Read about honors received by SAA Board Chair Paul Salerni. Read more ▶

III Festival Suzuki, Guanjuato

February 1, 2007

September 14th-23rd 2005 Pre Festival course, Doris Koppelman writes: This summer, I was invited by the Suzuki Association of Mexico, to give a workshop for teachers at the University of Guanajuato. The subject was “Technic Through the Repertoire,” which follows the development… Read more ▶

2006 Annual Fund Campaign

February 1, 2007

The SAA Board and Staff wish to thank all who have contributed to the Annual Fund Campaign in the past few months. This year’s campaign ends March 1. While donations are welcome and greatly appreciated throughout the year, your gifts… Read more ▶

Suzuki Teachers Recognized

February 1, 2007

Alice Joy Lewis, beloved Suzuki Teacher and founder of Ottawa [KS] Suzuki Strings, has been named the recipient of a 2007 Governor’s Arts Award. The Governor’s Arts Awards is an honor given annually to distinguished Kansas artists and arts educators;… Read more ▶

2007 Leadership Retreat

January 30, 2007

Information about the SAA’s biennial Leadership Retreat, Creating the Future Together 2007 “Enhancing Our Professional Image Internationally,” is available on the SAA website. This year’s Retreat is the first SAA-sponsored event to take place in Canada. We are pleased to… Read more ▶

2007 Summer Institute Dates Available

January 23, 2007

The 2007 Summer Institute dates are now posted on the web. Please see the search pages for teacher training courses and parents/student sessions. If attending for training, please see the teacher training section of our website for background and audition… Read more ▶

Attention, SAA Active Members

January 20, 2007

If you were a current Active Member as of February 1, 2007, your 2007 Board Election ballot was included with your Journal and must be returned (postmark date) by April 15, 2007. Results of the election will be announced at… Read more ▶

Board Meeting Minutes, January 12-14, 2007

January 15, 2007

SAA Board of Directors Meeting SAA Headquarters, Boulder, CO January 12-14, 2007 Members present: Pam Brasch, Lamar Blum, Teri Einfeldt, Christie Felsing, Gail Lange, Beth Goldstein-McKee, Dee Martz, Carrie Reuning-Hummel, Paul Salerni, Diane Schroeder, Beth Titterington and Betty Wahlig. Late arrival: Dave Madsen The… Read more ▶

SAA Guitar Committee Conference Call Notes, December 3, 2006

December 3, 2006

All members were present. The first topic was a publication update. It is reported that Book 8 is going into production. It should be on the shelves in a couple of weeks. The Bach minuets have been fixed according to our… Read more ▶

2006 Annual Fund Campaign Appeal

November 11, 2006

Dear Suzuki Friend, You have an important role to play in the future of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. You are vital to the survival and expansion of a vision Dr. Suzuki created over 60 years ago. Once again this fall… Read more ▶

Longay Conservatory of Guitar: Suzuki Vision and Leadership

November 1, 2006 by David Madsen

It is my great honor to present Frank Longay with the SAA Creating Community Learning Award for his accomplishments in developing the Longay Conservatory of Guitar. I first met Frank in the summer of 1991 when I took Suzuki Book… Read more ▶

Douglas Turpin: Establishment of the Parkway Schools Suzuki String Orchestra Program

November 1, 2006 by Winifred Crock

Dr. Douglas L. Turpin, Director of the E. Desmond Lee Fine Arts Education Collaborative, received his doctorate from Washington University in Saint Louis and B.S. from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. He served as Director of the Whitaker Music Education… Read more ▶

Yuko Honda: Treasured Voice for Dr. Suzuki in the Americas

November 1, 2006 by Barbara Balatero, Sandra Payton

Undoubtedly most of us have read about Yuko’s childhood in her father’s memoir Suzuki Changed My Life. She began her violin studies at age four with Yamamura sensei. During her early childhood, her parents took her to Matsumoto to study… Read more ▶

Aurora Suzuki Violins: A Model of Effective Leadership in the Suzuki Community

November 1, 2006 by Carol Waldvogel

The Creating Learning Community awards are designed, in part, to celebrate significant contributions by individuals. This particular award recognizes a person who has worked for the development and expansion of the Suzuki learning community. Stan Smith is an ideal example… Read more ▶

Fundación Gisela: Assisting the Children of the Dominican Republic

November 1, 2006 by Irene Mitchell

This summer, Suzuki students from Puerto Rico performed an outreach mission to give the gift of music to children of the Dominican Republic. This was the dream of Gisela Garcia, a young Suzuki teacher in Puerto Rico who lost her… Read more ▶

Spreading the word!

November 1, 2006 by Caroline Fraser

4th National Suzuki Workshop September 30-October 1st Lima, Peru Eric Escalaya, guitarist from Ayacucho had traveled over 12 hours by bus to participate in this two-day workshop which was sponsored by the Suzuki Association of Peru. He had been the only participant from… Read more ▶

Now I can read music!

November 1, 2006 by Amy Tai

Apulli, seven years old and bright-eyed with excitement, ran home to take out his older brother Llalliq’s music for Book 2, and gleefully exclaimed, “Now I can read music!” He had just returned from participating in Carolina Fraser’s class, “How to… Read more ▶

Suzuki Festival: Great things are happening!

November 1, 2006 by Marilyn O'Boyle

It is amazing what can happen in a country when a whole team of violinists decides to work together for the happiness and growth of the children. I have been honored to be a part of this kind of work… Read more ▶

2006 Scholarship Recipients

November 1, 2006

Congratulations to the following teachers who received SAA Teacher Development Scholarships during 2006. Bass: Nicoline Asberg (Holland)—The String Centre Carlos Bisurgi (Argentina) Cello: Maria Eugenia Basili (Argentina) Nicolas Basualdo (Argentina) Anita Hwang (IL)—Adam Lesinsky Memorial Scholarship Patricia Pasmanter (Argentina) Daniela Fernanda Schuster (Argentina) Edward Stone (Paraguay) Allison Warrian (Canada) Isaac Watras (OH)—Morris… Read more ▶

New Materials

November 1, 2006

Please note that there are a number of valuable new materials available on the SAA website. Several new books were recently added: SAA’s newest collection of parent articles, Winning Ways, William Starr’s I Know a Fox with Dirty Socks, Ed… Read more ▶

Thank you!

October 25, 2006

Thanks to all our Conference attendees—including teachers, presenters, students, parents, sponsors and exhibitors for helping the SAA to make the 12th Biennial Conference one of the best ever! Read more about the conference highlights! Read more ▶

New Study on the Benefits of Suzuki Education

September 20, 2006

There is a short write-up in the Washington Post about an interesting new study of Suzuki education and development of mental ability. “The study of children 4 to 6 years old is the first to show specific cognitive benefits from musical… Read more ▶

Board Meeting Minutes, September 14-16, 2006

September 17, 2006

SAA Board of Directors Meeting The Hampton Inn, Ithaca, NY September 14-16, 2006 Members present: Pam Brasch, Lamar Blum, Christie Felsing, Gail Lange, Beth Goldstein-McKee, Dave Madsen, Dee Martz, Carrie Reuning-Hummel, Paul Salerni, Diane Schroeder, Beth Titterington and Betty Wahlig The meeting was called… Read more ▶

2006 Conference

September 7, 2006

Wrapping up a Conference of the size and richness of the 12th Conference is an impossible task when it comes to thanking all those who contributed their time and talents, but here’s a list of many who played key roles… Read more ▶

Every Child Can!

September 3, 2006

945 people have participated in an Every Child Can! course so far in 2006. Perhaps you’d like to take the course or recommend it to others? Allen Lieb shared feedback from a participant in his recent ECC course in New York: “Thank… Read more ▶

2007 Leadership Retreat

September 3, 2006

Dates for the next SAA Leadership Retreat are May 25-28, 2007. “Creating the Future Together 2007” will bring together SAA Teacher Trainers, Institute Directors, Board members, ’08 Conference Team members, Chapter Affiliate representatives and many others who are interested in… Read more ▶

SAA Partnerships

September 3, 2006

Many of the teachers who attended the May Conference took home firsthand information about the discounts available to members through SmartMusic and Sibelius. Both companies provide innovative computer aides that will be of interest to teachers and students. If you… Read more ▶

Philosophy Course, Huanuco, Peru July 26-29, 2006

August 1, 2006 by Caroline Fraser

“I can state without being afraid of being wrong that instead of understanding the Mother Tongue Approach, we have to feel it, talk about it and live it, until it becomes part of our very being.” —Marcos Santiago, philosophy class participant I… Read more ▶

2006 Annual Fund

August 1, 2006

The SAA Board is pleased to report that FY’06 (August 1, 2005-July 31, 2006) was our most successful year ever in receiving charitable gifts from members and friends. In addition to the $31,000+ received specifically for Gulf Coast Relief, a… Read more ▶

Katrina Update

August 1, 2006

SAA teachers and families can be proud of the difference they are making in the lives of Gulf Coast Suzuki teachers, students and families who were victims of Katrina. A total of $31,349 was collected and distributed to Suzuki programs… Read more ▶

2007 Scholarship Application

August 1, 2006

The [url=]2007 teacher scholarship application[/url] is now available. SAA teacher members may apply for support to continue their unit training at institutes and workshops or through long-term training programs. Decisions are based upon the required portfolio materials submitted and the… Read more ▶

Flute Student News, June 2006

June 23, 2006

Shannon Bouchard won the WYO’s concerto competition in February (competing against thirteen other performers on violin, cello, piano, flute, and clarinet). As preparation, Shannon and Kelly performed an evening concert at Place Kensington including works by Hue, Bolling, Doppler, Ravel,… Read more ▶

2006 Summer Institute Map

June 22, 2006

Thanks to geographic information systems engineer and Suzuki parent Beth Cartwright, you can now see a map of all the 2006 summer institutes. Read more ▶

Baby Songs

June 1, 2006 by Pamela DeWall

Most of us have had the experience of our older children and students referring to the earliest Suzuki pieces as “baby songs.” They consider themselves too grown up to play or review these pieces. When I hear this phrase or… Read more ▶

The Ins and Outs of Progress

June 1, 2006 by Lamar Blum

Our recent Recital Week gave all who attended a glimpse of music students in action. Pieces had been polished and rehearsed. Students dressed up. Parents provided tempting treats. The excitement of wanting to hear each student play buzzed through the… Read more ▶

SAA Guitar Committee Conference Call Notes, May 7, 2006

May 7, 2006

The subject of committee function and organization is discussed and it is decided that the committee does not need to change now. According to SAA, we can do what we want to within reason. William Kossler submits these points concerning committee… Read more ▶

XXI International Suzuki Festival held in Lima, Peru

May 1, 2006 by Caroline Fraser

January 10th-25th, 2006 The Suzuki Association of Peru is very grateful to the SAA and to those who donated to the Latin American Suzuki Scholarship fund. The results of this generosity of spirit are immeasurable and far-reaching. Over sixty foreign scholarship… Read more ▶

Suzuki Festival, Santiago Chile

May 1, 2006 by Cecilia Ruiz Franco

This past February from the 2nd to 7th, a small Suzuki Festival took place in Santiago de Chile. Its location was the Conservatorio de Música de la Universidad Mayor, which is run by the famous Chilean pianist Roberto Bravo. The… Read more ▶

2006 Conference Schedules

April 24, 2006

You can now download the general conference schedule, the masterclass program schedule and the Parents as Partners schedule. Read more ▶

In Remembrance: Rudolph Hazucha

April 19, 2006

Rudolph “Rudy” Albin Hazucha, 63, accomplished musician, teacher, avid golfer and great humorist passed away peacefully Friday, April 14, 2006. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Nov. 19, 1942, he was a son of Albin Hazucha of Columbus, Ohio, and the… Read more ▶

Board Meeting Minutes, April 7-9, 2006

April 10, 2006

SAA Board of Directors Meeting Courtyard by Marriott, Arlington Heights, IL April 7-9, 2006 The meeting was called to order at 8:59 a.m. by Paul Salerni, Chair. Members present: Pam Brasch, Teri Einfeldt, Christie Felsing, Gail Lange, Beth Goldstein-McKee, Dave Madsen, Dee Martz, Carrie… Read more ▶

Suzuki Flutists Win High Honors

March 30, 2006

Congratulations! Two Utah flute students won the National MTNA Woodwinds Competition Finals in Austin: Helen McGarr, student of Laurel Ann Maurer, won the Junior Division; Gabriella Roderer, student of Cindy Henderson, won the Senior Division. Read more ▶

XXI Festival Suzuki del Perú comentarios de los participantes

February 8, 2006

Paso a contarte del festival de Lima, Perú, en cuanto a mi experiencia es sumamente rica dado que el nivel encontrado en mis compañeros y en el profesor de capacitación es un nivel alto…muy conforme con todo…creo que volveré el… Read more ▶

Insurance for Members

February 8, 2006

Great news! TEIGIT has just added long term care insurance through John Hancock. Insurance for members is found under services > membership. Please contact the companies for policy info and enrollment with your member number. Read more ▶

In Memoriam: Christina Hayakawa

February 5, 2006

Chris Hayakawa, Suzuki cello teacher in Wayne, PA, passed away on January 25, 2006. Chris taught Suzuki cello privately in the Philadelphia area and was a respected teacher and a beloved friend to all who knew her. She was a… Read more ▶

Acerca del Método Suzuki

February 2, 2006

Cada niño puede aprender Hace más de 40 años, Suzuki se dio cuenta de las implicaciones del hecho de que los niños en todas partes del mundo aprenden a hablar su lengua materna con facilidad. Comenzó a aplicar los principios de… Read more ▶

Proyecto Buenos Aires

February 1, 2006 by Robin Erickson

Frecuentemente en nuestras vidas plantamos una semilla sin saber si o cómo va crecer, esperando ver en ella prosperidad y belleza. Hacemos lo que sabemos para nutrirla atentamente y con paciencia, pero también hay cosas que debemos dejar libradas a… Read more ▶

Project Buenos Aires

February 1, 2006 by Robin Erickson

Frequently in our lives, we plant a seed not knowing if or how it will grow, hoping for bounty and beauty. We do what we know to nurture its growth, but must leave much to chance and contingency, and wait… Read more ▶

III National Workshop, Lima

February 1, 2006 by Caroline Fraser

November 12 and 13, 2005 The Suzuki Association of Peru is committed to spreading the Suzuki philosophy throughout the country, including those regions where people are geographically and economically disadvantaged. Our Association sponsors two national workshops during the year, in addition… Read more ▶

III Suzuki Festival, Buenos Aires

February 1, 2006 by Tanya Carey

7th-18th October, 2005 28 Cello Teachers in Argentina! The first Suzuki cello teacher training course in Argentina was held in Buenos Aires from October 10-16 in beautiful spring weather. Twenty-seven cellists were enrolled: 25 in Book 1 and two in Book 9.… Read more ▶

VII Suzuki Festival, Bogota

February 1, 2006

June 20th-July 5th, 2005 Dilva Sanchez, Vice President, Suzuki Association of Colombia writes: The VII Suzuki Festival of Colombia ended and, as happens every year, we are left feeling satisfied after seeing new teachers taking courses and new students participating in the… Read more ▶

Bolivia Update

February 1, 2006

Magali Pinto, President of the Suzuki Association of Santa Cruz writes: We are profoundly thankful for the unselfishness, which the students, families and Pat D’Ercole demonstrated through the fund raising project to benefit the Suzuki Association of Santa Cruz, Bolivia. This… Read more ▶

More Than a Teacher: A Tribute to Gwen Runyon

January 29, 2006

Gwen Runyon, a Suzuki violin teacher, passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2006. In honor of Gwen Runyon, a scholarship fund to benefit young music students has been established at Young Musicians, Inc. P.O. Box 2407, Keller, TX 76244. Please… Read more ▶

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January 18, 2006

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Suzuki in the Schools

January 18, 2006

Philosophy The Suzuki Association of the Americas, Suzuki in the Schools Committee recommends and encourages the utilization of the following aspects of the Suzuki method and philosophy for any elementary or secondary, public or private school program wishing to incorporate Suzuki… Read more ▶

2006 Institutes & Training

January 16, 2006

For institute and training information, please see the teachers’ institute search and parents’ (students) institute search. If attending for training, please see the teacher training section of our website for background and audition info. Recent Program Changes Santa Fe Suzuki Institute has… Read more ▶

Board Meeting Minutes, January 13-15, 2006

January 16, 2006

SAA Board of Directors Meeting Homewood Suites, Boulder, CO January 13-15, 2006 Present: Pam Brasch, Teri Einfeldt, Christie Felsing, Beth Goldstein-McKee, Dave Madsen, Dee Martz, Carrie Reuning-Hummel, Paul Salerni, Betty Wahlig, Carol Waldvogel The meeting was called to order on Friday January 13… Read more ▶

Flute Student News, December 2005

December 20, 2005

Seven current students, two alumni, and two parents participated in the Voices for Hospices world-wide concert event on October 8th. Kelly Williamson’s studio contributed the Doppler Andante for two flutes and piano, a movement from a concerto for five flutes… Read more ▶

Site Map

December 15, 2005

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Celebrating Excellence 2005

November 22, 2005

Celebrating Excellence 2005 features musicians who began their careers as Suzuki students. Our thanks to these gracious and talented performers who were willing to share their artistry with Suzuki supporters and friends. What an inspiring tribute to the legacy Dr.… Read more ▶

2005 Annual Fund Drive

November 14, 2005

We’re excited to be able to offer a premium gift with this year’s Annual Fund Campaign! Donors of $75 or more will receive Celebrating Excellence, a very special CD of outstanding musical performances. The CD was created for the… Read more ▶

Book Review: The Adventures of a Harp Mouse by Diane E. Dunn

November 1, 2005 by Kathleen Spring

One of the benefits of being a teacher of young children is having a good reason to indulge in a weakness for attractive children’s books. The waiting students need books to look at and/or read, right? Of course being a… Read more ▶

Book Review: Hannah Waters and the Daughter of Johann Sebastian Bach by Barbara Nickel

November 1, 2005 by Kaitlin Phelan

This is a great book whether music interests you or not. It revolves around the story of two girls who are very different in time, personality and some of their interests. What they have in common is their passion for… Read more ▶

Suzuki Hurricane Relief Fund

October 25, 2005

Suzuki teachers, students and parents throughout the Americas reached out to those affected by the destruction of Hurricane Katrina and Rita. Thank you to everyone who contributed donations to the Suzuki Hurricane Relief Fund by holding Practice-A-Thons and Benefit Concerts.… Read more ▶

SAA 12th Biennial Conference

October 25, 2005

Ready, set…play! The SAA Conference, “Always with Excellence,” May 26-29, 2006 in Minneapolis promises to capture the best the Suzuki community has to offer—featuring highly regarded master clinicians, International Ensembles Concert, Suzuki Youth Orchestra of the Americas, Parent Day sessions,… Read more ▶

In Memoriam—Two Beloved Suzuki Teachers

October 25, 2005

Jerilee Taverniti Kechley, Suzuki flute teacher, died on Monday, August 23, 2005 in Williamstown, MA at the age of 56 from breast cancer. Her influence was wide spread and includes all the friends she made in her travels, the teachers… Read more ▶

Hurricane Katrina Relief

October 19, 2005

The Suzuki Association of the Americas extends concern and prayers to those affected by the destruction of Hurricane Katrina. We have received many emails and phone calls regarding efforts underway to provide support for Suzuki families, teachers and schools. The… Read more ▶

Flute Student News, Summer 2005

August 23, 2005

Shannon Bouchard and Arielle Lewis Weigens performed Gary Schocker’s Tapestry Sonata, which was likely a Montreal premiere—the piece was written in 2004 and has not yet been recorded (except by the Trio Electric Schockers, composed of Shannon and Arielle, and… Read more ▶

Bylaws

August 18, 2005

Article 1: Organization Section 1.1 The name of the Corporation is Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc. The right to use the name “Suzuki” is granted by the International Suzuki Association. Section 1.2 The Corporation shall adopt a seal to be designated by the… Read more ▶

Chapter Affiliates

August 2, 2005

The Suzuki Association of the Americas offers the Chapter Affiliate Program to Suzuki organizations across North, Central and South America who serve a specified, contiguous geographic area and strive to promote Suzuki through student activities, parent education, and teacher networking… Read more ▶

El milagro se produjo de nuevo de El Salvador

August 1, 2005 by Ana Marin Figueroa

Después de haber realizado dos Festivales Suzuki en El Salvador, el primero en el 2001 con solamente la participación de dos magnificas profesoras de violín, Carolina McCall y Louita Clothier, 20 niños y 5 profesores, así como el segundo en… Read more ▶

A Happy Adventure!

August 1, 2005 by Rosario Kong Minaya

Huánuco, “the city with the best climate in the world,” was the setting for several days of intense musical study. When the Director of the Instituto Superior de Música “Daniel Alomia Robles” first made contact with the Suzuki teachers in… Read more ▶

Experiences in San Marcos

August 1, 2005 by Naomi Heindel

Vanesa’s arm was just too short to reach first position on my full-sized violin, but as she wanted to play so badly, and because it was the only instrument available, I came up with a million things for her to… Read more ▶

Early Childhood Education Report

August 1, 2005 by Maria Luisa Del Rio

On May 10, 2005, I traveled to Huánuco to present the research on Early Childhood development that Roxana and I have been working on. I was very lucky to have Caroline Fraser traveling with me. She was going to give… Read more ▶

Report from Peru, June 2005

August 1, 2005 by Caroline Fraser

“I’d rather be a sparrow than a snail…” made famous by Simon and Garfunkel, is actually a Peruvian composition, “El condor pasa” written by Daniel Alomia Robles from Huánuco. The Second National Suzuki Workshop in Peru was held in the… Read more ▶

Another Miracle Report from El Salvador

August 1, 2005 by Ana Marin Figueroa

The Suzuki Association of El Salvador, had hosted two Suzuki Festivals: the first one in 2001, with a very modest participation of 20 children and five music teachers, but with two wonderful Suzuki violin teachers, Caroline McCall and Louita Clothier,… Read more ▶

Suzuki Marks Its 40th Year in Edmonton

August 1, 2005 by Cherie Larson

“In the early 1960’s, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and the Western World was a relatively lonely place to be a serious string player. As a violinist, teacher and concert-master I too felt the strong need to be part of a living… Read more ▶

Suzuki World Loses Pioneer Teacher, Anastasia Jempelis

July 11, 2005

We were saddened at the passing of Anastasia Jempelis, July 7, 2005. Jempelis was a beloved long-time faculty member at the Eastman School of Music and a pioneer of the Suzuki method in the United States. Read more ▶

Informe sobre Estimulacion Temprana en Colombia

July 2, 2005 by Roxana del Barco Herrera, Maria Luisa Del Rio

Arribamos a Colombia el día viernes 24 de junio para dar inicio al programa de capacitación de Estimulación Temprana Musical en los niveles I y II. Tuvimos la participación de 11 profesores en el curso 1 durante la mañana y 12… Read more ▶

SAA Conference 06—Always With Excellence!

June 27, 2005

The conference team and the SAA staff are setting the stage for our 2006 Conference. We invite you to be a part of this too. You may submit a conference session proposal electronically over the web or download the session… Read more ▶

Suzuki Voice Teacher Training

June 24, 2005

Interested in Suzuki Voice teaching? The first officially sanctioned SAA Teacher Training in Voice is taking place at the American Suzuki Institute in Stevens Point, WI, July 31-August 12, 2005. The instructor is ESA-approved Suzuki Voice Trainer, Paiivi Kukkamaki from… Read more ▶

Aspirational Code of Ethics

June 22, 2005

As Suzuki teachers and members of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, we should commit ourselves to Dr. Suzuki’s philosophy and his approach to education. The following SAA aspirational Code of Ethics deals with six broad areas of commitment: our… Read more ▶

Scholarships

June 21, 2005

En español Beca para Professores Latinoamericanos More Scholarships Many Summer Institutes and local Suzuki organizations offer scholarships for students and/or teachers as well. See other scholarship opportunities SAA Teacher Development scholarships provide tuition assistance for pedagogy study at approved Summer Institutes, Latin American Festivals, workshops,… Read more ▶

Teacher Trainers

June 21, 2005

Teacher Trainers can provide training on an individual, apprenticeship basis. Study can be tailored to your needs and schedule, and is arranged directly by you with the teacher trainer. SAA members can look up trainers in the member directory or… Read more ▶

Teacher Training

June 21, 2005

Application Forms Teacher Training Video Audition Scholarship Application Membership Form Upcoming Training Every Child Can! Courses Summer Institutes Workshops (year round) How to Become a Suzuki Teacher Take the Every Child Can! (ECC) course, an introduction to the Suzuki Philosophy and Method. Submit your teacher training video audition at least… Read more ▶

Find a Suzuki Teacher

June 21, 2005

The Suzuki Teacher Location Service database contains only teachers that are interested in adding students to their studio—not all SAA members. Many teachers have not opted in to this listing service. The information presented in the Directory is not verified by… Read more ▶

Giving

June 21, 2005

Make A Difference The SAA is a charitable nonprofit organization serving over 8,000 members and over 200,000 students, parents, and other professionals. As tax-exempt 501-C3 organization, the SAA can accept charitable gifts so that we may add value to our programs… Read more ▶

How to Choose a Teacher

June 21, 2005

Find a Teacher Locate a Suzuki teacher in your area with the Find a Teacher search. When you have determined that you would like your child to learn an instrument through the Suzuki Method, you will want to find a teacher to… Read more ▶

Become a Chapter Affiliate

June 21, 2005

What is a Chapter Affiliate? A Chapter Affiliate is a local Suzuki Association that has met the requirements of the SAA to not only be endorsed by the SAA, but also to receive their support, benefits, and international recognition. Chapter Affiliates… Read more ▶

Membership

June 21, 2005

Address Changes Log in to your account to change your address, email, or other contact details. Business Members More information about Premier Business Membership. The SAA provides programs and services to members throughout North and South America. With the International Suzuki Association (ISA) and… Read more ▶

Regional Associations

June 21, 2005

The International Suzuki Association The International Suzuki Association (ISA) was officially established in 1983 at the Sixth International Conference held in Matsumoto, Japan. Dr. Suzuki had long wished to set up an international organization to unite all teachers and parents interested… Read more ▶

About the Suzuki Method

June 21, 2005

Traducción al español Every Child Can Learn More than fifty years ago, Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki realized the implications of the fact that children the world over learn to speak their native language with ease. He began to apply the basic principles… Read more ▶

Teachers & Parents

June 21, 2005

New to the Suzuki Method? Learn more about: Suzuki Method Dr. Shinichi Suzuki Suzuki Association of the Americas Benefits of SAA membership Parents: Find a Suzuki Program Find a Suzuki teacher in your area Summer Camps Articles for Parents Teachers: Learn About Teacher Training How to Become a Suzuki Teacher Further Reading The… Read more ▶

Bibliography

June 21, 2005

Texts by Shinichi Suzuki Ability Development From Age Zero Miami, FL: Summy-Birchard, Inc. Dr. Suzuki addresses all parents on their responsibility to create an environment for nurturing young children. Contains his thoughts and anecdotes from his life and work in Talent Education. Man and… Read more ▶

Contact Us

June 21, 2005

Looking for a Suzuki teacher? Visit our teacher location service. Address change? Log in to your online account to change your address, email, or other details. Address Suzuki Association of the Americas PO Box 17310 Boulder CO 80308 United States For courier deliveries (UPS, FedEx, etc.): 1900 Folsom St Suite… Read more ▶

About

June 21, 2005

Our Mission The Suzuki Association of the Americas aspires to improve the quality of life in the Americas through Suzuki education. We seek to create a learning community, which embraces excellence and nurtures the human spirit. The Suzuki Method Are you new to… Read more ▶

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June 21, 2005

Download Documents [url=]ASJ Ad Rate Card[/url] [url=]ASJ Advertising Contract[/url] Business Memberships More information about Premier Business Members. If you are interested in advertising in the American Suzuki Journal, please read the following terms, then download the application at the end of this page. About the SAA The… Read more ▶

Waltraud Suzuki

June 20, 2005 by Michele Higa George

Nurtured By Love: A True Story As with many notable figures in history, Shinichi Suzuki rose to public consciousness in an unobtrusive manner. The children who motivated his life’s work grew in both numbers and were able to show the world… Read more ▶

Shinichi Suzuki

June 20, 2005

Shinichi Suzuki, the man who developed the Suzuki Method, was born on October 17, 1898, in Nagoya, Japan. He was one of twelve children and his father owned a violin factory. Shinichi and his brothers and sisters played near the… Read more ▶

Instilling the Desire to Learn

June 20, 2005 by Shinichi Suzuki

Excerpted from Nurtured by Love, pp 95-96. We encourage them to think of violin training as fun We begin by training the parent rather than the child. Although we accept infants, at first we do not have them play the violin. First… Read more ▶

New Instrument Insurance Option Now Available!

June 20, 2005

SAA is pleased to announce a new alliance with Clarion Associates, Inc. to provide instrument insurance at special rates to our US members. This means we now offer 2 options of companies with excellent instrument policies for you to choose… Read more ▶

14th World Suzuki Convention

June 20, 2005

The 14th Suzuki Method World Convention in Turin, Italy, April 12-17, 2006 will be held eight years after the death of Maestro Shinichi Suzuki. The mission of the convention is to carry on Suzuki’s legacy and message, pursuing an objective… Read more ▶

Shinichi Suzuki: A Living Legacy

June 1, 2005 by Michele Higa George

As I reflect upon the continued influence of Suzuki-sensei (honored teacher) in my life, there are moments when I am keenly aware that seven long years have passed since he last walked among us. At other times it seems only… Read more ▶

El 3er Encuentro de Profesores de America Latina

May 1, 2005 by Marilyn O'Boyle

Este año, la ciudad de Lima fue anfitriona del III Encuentro de Profesores de América Latina organizado por Roberta Centurion y Caroline Fraser. El crecimiento y desarrollo de estos Encuentros ha sido fenomenal. El Primer Encuentro se llevó a cabo… Read more ▶

Novedades de America Latina

May 1, 2005 by Caroline Fraser, Margarita Troetsch, Claudia Woll

Compilado por Caroline Fraser; traducido por Caroline Fraser y Claudia Woll, Perú y Margarita Troetsch, Panamá Taller de Lectura Musical, Santiago, Chile; 3-6 de enero del 2005 Por Blancamaria Montecinos, Presidenta, Asociación Suzuki de Chile En esta oportunidad invitamos a Caroline Fraser a… Read more ▶

The 3rd Latin American Teachers' Conference

May 1, 2005 by Marilyn O'Boyle

This year Lima hosted the Third Latin American Suzuki Teachers Conference, directed by Roberta Centurion and Caroline Fraser. The growth and development of these Encuentros has also been phenomenal. The first Encuentro was held in 1999 and the second in… Read more ▶

Inspiration & Creativity: Mind-Body Integration

May 1, 2005

“Music is the only source of energy that I have know in my life that gives humans a chance to be instantly transformed into spirit.” —David Darling Inspiration in music, inspiration through music, inspiration with music, inspiration from music… It has to… Read more ▶

XX International Suzuki Festival, Peru 2005

May 1, 2005 by Carmen Wise

Introduction One minute I’m home, playing gigs, teaching, getting ready for Christmas, the next I find myself on a midnight flight to Lima, Peru, on my way to take part in the XX International Suzuki Festival. For the last two years, I… Read more ▶

January Events in Latin America

May 1, 2005 by Caroline Fraser

Translated by Caroline Fraser and Claudia Woll, Peru and Margarita Troetsch, Panama Music Reading Worskshop in Santiago, Chile; January 3-6, 2005 By Blancamaria Montecinos, President, Suzuki Association of Chile We invited Caroline Fraser to teach. We had been missing her, as we had… Read more ▶

Rainbow Suzuki Strings Revisited

May 1, 2005 by Diane Slone

The experience at the SAA 11th Conference in Minneapolis will continue to shape the lives of the young students with East Cleveland Rainbow Suzuki Strings. From traveling via bus to another state, to performing for an enthusiastic audience at the… Read more ▶

SAA Guitar Committee Conference Call Notes, November 7, 2004

November 7, 2004

Refer by last names; all present except Andy. Book 5 Update Longay wants to get started updating Book 5. He will send materials to the committee to get the ball rolling. Guitars—finding better small instruments Longay is getting advanced youngsters who need higher quality… Read more ▶

Tom Rolston Honored in Edmonton

November 1, 2004 by Joanne Melvin

Canadian violinist, conductor, teacher and pioneer in music education, Tom Rolston, was recently presented with The Orpheus Award, Music Alberta’s highest award, at the Alberta Music Conference. At a dinner held in his honour several guests thanked Tom publicly for… Read more ▶

50th Annual Concert: A Grand Celebration

November 1, 2004

The 50th Suzuki Method Grand Concert was held in Tokyo, March 30, 2004, at the Nippon Budokon. 3,300 violin, cello, flute and piano students participated. In addition, 100 teachers and students from America, Germany, Korea, Taiwan, Australia and other countries… Read more ▶

Latin American Update

August 1, 2004 by Caroline Fraser

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The Parent as Mentor

June 1, 2004 by Tamara Linn

The Suzuki parent is a powerful mentor. Well, that’s a rather obvious fact, but perhaps one worth pondering for a moment. Our actions often reach farther than we realize. First of all, the parent is a mentor to his/her child. As… Read more ▶

Daily “Chore” or “Joy?” Why Listen?

June 1, 2004 by Janice Peters

Our lives are all so busy so it is easy fall prey to the temptation of skipping daily listening or daily practice or both. So think of what happens when we skip? Why do we need to be faithful to… Read more ▶

Latin American Update

February 1, 2004 by Caroline Fraser

Compiled by Caroline Fraser Guanajuato, Mexico Etna Diemecke, attended the January 2003 Suzuki International Festival in Lima, Peru, as a scholarship recipient. She returned to Guanajuato, Mexico, determined to organize a similar event there and she did it! Thanks to the seeds… Read more ▶

101 Ways to Practice One Note, One Measure, One Line...

June 1, 2003 by Sue Evans

Play it your age. Tape it. Pick an UNO Card. Throw the dice or die. Wear a funny hat. Wear funny glasses. Left foot in the air. Right foot in the air. Eyes on the ceiling. Eyes closed. With toothbrush in mouth. With gloves on. With Kleenex on keys. Write a story to… Read more ▶

My Suzuki Training Get-Away Vacation

February 1, 2003 by Becky Mitchum

I love my husband, my daughter, my students, my dog, my garden and my home, but not always in that order. As dear as these are to me, my idea of a vacation is time away from “wife-ing,” mothering, cooking,… Read more ▶

Latin American Update

November 1, 2002 by Caroline Fraser

Caroline Fraser and Roberta Centurion, translators Despite the economic crisis which Latin America is experiencing, Suzuki programs continue to grow and flourish. Due to this crisis many places have had to cancel plans for offering teacher training courses, while other courses… Read more ▶

Creating a Parent Education Program

November 1, 2002 by Mark Marston, Cynara Pierzina

As Suzuki teachers, we all recognize the importance of providing our students’ parents with education in the Suzuki method, preferably before the child starts lessons. Just as parents should be certain that their child’s teacher has received adequate training, teachers… Read more ▶

Suzuki Plus, a Parent Group Supreme

November 1, 2002 by Lamar Blum

“You need some help!” is what a new parent said to me when she saw all of the activities available in the Suzuki program I was running in Elgin, IL. It just seemed to evolve, and before I knew it,… Read more ▶

XVII International Suzuki Festival

August 1, 2002 by Caroline Fraser

The XVI Festival Suzuki, held in Lima, Peru, was a resounding success by all accounts. Teachers, students and parents left the festival full of energy, resolve, and renewed dedication. All were impressed by the spirit of friendship, cooperation and support… Read more ▶

Second Latin American Suzuki Teachers Conference

August 1, 2002 by Caroline Fraser

From Roberta Centurion, International Representative, Suzuki Association of Peru, SAA Latin American Liaison More than forty Suzuki Teachers from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Peru, Uruguay and the United States came together for the Second Latin American Suzuki Teachers’… Read more ▶

Concert Manners

June 1, 2002 by Carolyn McCall

Listen regularly to the type of music your child is studying. Include recordings of pieces on upcoming concerts. Attend concerts to learn standard concert behavior. Seek out free concerts with open seating, at least at first. Sit quietly in the back.… Read more ▶

Ogontz Institute: A Suzuki Community

May 1, 2002 by Susan Reed

It is the first night at Ogontz Suzuki Institute. The families have just settled into their outdoor cabins, shared a wonderful home cooked meal together with the faculty, and we have all helped with the dishes. It is now time… Read more ▶

Taking Notes at Lessons: Practical Tips for Parents

June 1, 2001 by Heidi Ehle

Continuity is a crucial part of learning an instrument, and the link that provides continuity between lessons and practice is your precious notes! Having been a Suzuki parent, I know that in a busy day sometimes you sink into the… Read more ▶

The XVI Suzuki International Festival

May 1, 2001 by Caroline Fraser

Translations by Marcial BF, Roberta Centurion, Grace Carvajal Mulatti In January of this year, the XVI Suzuki International Festival was held in Lima, Peru. A total of 83 teachers and 204 students attended. Teachers arrived from Bolivia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador,… Read more ▶

Latin American Update

February 1, 2001 by Caroline Fraser

In November I was notified of the passing of a pioneer of the Suzuki movement in Latin America, Dolores Olivia Soaje Bermann. I had met Mrs. Bermann personally at the International Suzuki Conference in Edmonton, Canada in 1985. Mrs. Bermann… Read more ▶

Guitar News

November 1, 2000

Repertoire Development News The ISGC and Warner Bros. Publications is pleased to announce the publication of Books 5, 6 and 7 of the Suzuki Guitar School which is now available at Warner Bros. as well as from most music outlets. Book… Read more ▶

Latin American Update

November 1, 2000 by Caroline Fraser

Commitment to ongoing teacher training in Latin America This summer while teaching at some Institutes in the U.S., I made a plea for donations to help make it possible for the Suzuki Association of Peru to offer its annual Suzuki Festival… Read more ▶

I Love to Practice!

June 1, 2000 by Joanne Bath

“I love to practice!” That’s what we all want our children to say. Here are some ideas for how parents can get there without resorting to things they wish they hadn’t! These suggestions can keep you motivated so that you… Read more ▶

Note Reading Ideas

June 1, 2000 by Ramona Stirling

Is your child frustrated when playing in orchestra at a Suzuki Institute? The note reading skills of some Suzuki students do not match their wonderful playing skills. Since students have different ways of learning, some will learn to read music… Read more ▶

What is happening with the Suzuki Method in Chile

May 1, 2000 by Blancamaria Montecinos Valdivia

by Blancamaria Montecinos, President, Suzuki Association of Chile Translated by Caroline Fraser This past January we were fortunate enough to host a marvelous faculty composed of teachers from different countries who came to be part of our XII International Suzuki Festival, held… Read more ▶

First Latin American Teachers Conference

May 1, 1999 by Marilyn O'Boyle

Several months have passed since the first SAA conference of Latin American Suzuki teachers (also known as PEPSAL—Primer Encuentro de Profesores Suzuki de America Latina). Most of you probably saw the wonderful photos and read the words of many of… Read more ▶

First Latin American Conference: PEPSAL

February 1, 1999 by Caroline Fraser

I am very happy to be able to share with you the following reports. They have been submitted by several representatives of Latin American countries which participated in the Primer Encuentro de Profesores Suzuki de America Latina, PEPSAL. Annika Petrozzi, Presidenta… Read more ▶

Latin American Update

November 1, 1998 by Caroline Fraser

Actualidades Latino Americanas Por Caroline Fraser Traduccion: A. Centurion y M. Blondet Roberta Centurion, Marilyn O’Boyle y yo tenemos el placer de anunciar 1Primer Encuentro de Profesores Suzuki de America Latina (PEPSAL), auspiciado por la Asociacion Suzuki de las Americas, que se realizara… Read more ▶

Lead with a Smile! Making the Most of a Suzuki Institute

June 1, 1998 by Joanne Bath, Pamela Bath Kelly

With the proper attitude and preparation, an institute can be, a powerful investment in your child’s musical process, and can be a pivotal point in your family’s musical year. Just as important as your musical preparation is your approach to… Read more ▶

Latin American Update

May 1, 1998 by Caroline Fraser

Thanks to the Internet, I have been in communication with Liliana Arboleda, a Suzuki violin teacher from Cali, Colombia. She plays with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Cali, and attended Ithaca Suzuki Institute last summer. She plans to return this year… Read more ▶

Report from Latin America

February 1, 1998 by Marilyn O'Boyle

Festival and Association News The January ‘98 Suzuki Festival in Lima, Peru, brought together students and teachers of violin, cello, guitar, piano and recorder. The pace was intense for the teachers, many of whom taught eight to nine hours each day.… Read more ▶

Viewing Teaching Through a Different Lens: A Report of the First Research Project by the International Suzuki Research Symposium

November 1, 1997 by Robert Duke

1 All of us form impressions of the world around us based on our own personal experiences, observations, perceptions, and our interpretations of what we know. Of course, such a capacity serves us well in much of what we do. Our… Read more ▶

Latin American Update

November 1, 1997 by Caroline Fraser

Profile of Suzuki programs in Latin America The table below is a compilation of information gathered from questionnaires sent to numerous Latin American Suzuki programs in May, 1997. The response was overwhelming! I am very grateful to all who participated in… Read more ▶

Bridges: Variations on a Theme

August 1, 1997 by Joseph McSpadden

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The ABC’s of Group Experience

June 1, 1997 by Jacqueline Maurer

Arrival Arrive early with time for unpacking and tuning and time to catch your breath! Help the class to start on time! Behaviors Loving, courteous and respectful behaviors are cultivated. We try to respect each other and others’ feelings. Community People working on common goals… Read more ▶

South American Summer, Suzuki Style!

May 1, 1996 by Marilyn O'Boyle

On January 1st, violinist/violist Dee Martz, guitarist Alan Johnston and I met in the Chicago airport on the first leg of our journey to Peru and then Chile for the Latin American Suzuki Festivals. In Miami, we connected with pianist… Read more ▶

Latin American Update

November 1, 1995 by Marilyn O'Boyle

Plans for the South American Summer Suzuki Festivals are going well. The dates for the Festival in Lima, Peru, are January 3rd to January 10th and the Festival in Santiago, Chile, will take place from January 13th to 20th. These… Read more ▶

Summer Festival in Chile

May 1, 1995 by Odina Lestani de Medina

In January, the VII Festival Internacional Suzuki was held in Santiago, Chile. In addition to teachers and students from Chile, 18 teachers and advanced students from Argentina participated in the annual festival. The festival training sessions, auditions, and recitals were… Read more ▶

Suzuki Guitar in South America

May 1, 1995 by Alan Johnston

On January 1, 1995 I got up at 4:00 a.m. to catch a shuttle bus to the airport. The temperature was around 2 degrees below zero in Minneapolis. About twelve hours later I was standing, for the first time in… Read more ▶

From South America With Love!

May 1, 1995 by Susan Grilli

During the SAA Conference last June, Marilyn O’Boyle asked if I’d like to do workshops in Chile and Peru in January of 1995. I was excited at the prospect, thinking of places like Machu Picchu that I’d always wanted to… Read more ▶

The Feldenkrais Method

February 1, 1995 by Linda Case, Paul Rubin

The Feldenkrais Method has been very helpful to me as a teacher and as a performer. My first exposure to it was in 1985, where I attended two sessions given by Feldenkrais Teacher Trainers Anat Baniel and Mark Reese at… Read more ▶

My Father and the Talent Education Tour

November 1, 1994 by Yuko Honda

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An Angel in the Outfield

November 1, 1994 by Joseph McSpadden

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Adopt a Country

November 1, 1994 by Marilyn O'Boyle

A wonderful opportunity to experience the international aspect of Suzuki study in your local program or area association! As the SAA Liaison to Latin American Countries, I have talked to many SAA members who would like to be able to… Read more ▶

Sony Supports Suzuki Development in Chile

August 1, 1994

The faculty of the Santiago Festival includes three of the five recipients of an annual scholarship given by Sony Chile to send a Chilean violinist to train with Dr. Suzuki for one year. 1991 and 1992 winners are Claudio Nazar… Read more ▶

American Team Teaches in Chile

August 1, 1994

Four Americans were guest teachers and teacher trainers at the sixth Festival Suzuki de Musica (Institute) in Santiago, Chile. They are Bruce Anderson (Florida) and Caroline Fraser-Blondet (California), piano, and Marilyn O’Boyle (Minnesota) and Louita Clothier (Iowa), violin. Caroline, Marilyn,… Read more ▶

25 Nonviolent Discipline Options

June 1, 1994 by Pam Kemp

Discipline, related to the word “disciple,” implies learning from a master teacher. Like it or not, we parents are our children’s primary master teachers. Read more ▶

Traditional & Suzuki Teaching: A Comparison

November 1, 1993 by Barbara Barber

Reprinted by permission, American String Teacher, Autumn, 1991 I recently had a conversation with a friend, a violinist in a major symphony orchestra, who also teaches privately: S.P.: “You’re a Suzuki teacher, right?” B.B.: “No, I am a violin teacher.” S.P.: “But, don’t you… Read more ▶

In Memoriam: Yvonne Tait

November 1, 1993

[url=]Tait Memorial ASJ 22#1[/url] Read more ▶

Louise Behrend & The School For Strings: A New York Story

August 1, 1993 by Louise Behrend, Allen Lieb

[url=]Louise Behrend & The School For Strings: A New York Story[/url] Read more ▶

Current Suzuki Program Statistics

November 1, 1992

[url=]Program Stats ASJ 21[/url] Read more ▶

1993 South American Suzuki Festivals

November 1, 1992

January 3 through 10, 1993, Santiago College in Santiago, Chile will be the site of the first part of the 1993 South American Suzuki Festival. The event is sponsored and coordinated by the Suzuki Association of Chile, Concepcion Martorell, President,… Read more ▶

Bravo

November 1, 1992 by Laurie Scott

When I heard that my long term teacher trainer, Marilyn O’Boyle, had returned to the United States from South America. I was eager to speak with her and invite her to teach at our institute in Austin. I was proud… Read more ▶

A Visit With Manuel

November 1, 1992 by Marilyn O'Boyle

On September 26 and 27, 1992, I was in Austin, Texas, and I spent an hour with my former student, Manuel Bravo, listening to him play and talking about his new life here in Austin. I also used the opportunity… Read more ▶

The Suzuki Method in South America

November 1, 1992 by Joseph McSpadden, Marilyn O'Boyle

This report is a composite of information from Suzuki programs in Peru, Chile and Bolivia. Marilyn O’Boyle, South American Liaison for the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and Roberta Centurion provided the information from Chile and Peru. Martha Shackford contributed… Read more ▶

Listo, Ya!

June 1, 1990 by Barbara Wampner

“‘Listo, ya!” “San, hai!” “Ready, go!” Spanish, Japanese or English-the result is the same for the Suzuki teacher-a signal to begin. I had the need to add some Spanish to my teaching vocabulary last January when I had the opportunity… Read more ▶

Starting Again In Chile

December 1, 1986 by Marilyn O'Boyle

Here I am in the southern hemisphere again! Our family enjoyed living and working in Lima, Peru for two years (1984-86) where I started a Suzuki program and trained teachers and my husband started a band program at the American… Read more ▶

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