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Chapter Round Table Session from Conference 2018

June 20, 2018

Transcript for Website At the 2018 Conference, all Affiliated Chapters were invited to a session to connect and hear news of each other’s recent successful projects. The comments from each of the Chapters were audio recorded. Here is an edited (for… Read more ▶

Greater Than We Would Be on Our Own  Season 2 Episode 2

June 17, 2018 by Daniela Gongora, Gail Johansen, Margaret Watts Romney

Margaret Watts Romney: Gail Johansen and Daniela Gongora are both violinists and teachers, but they’ve made music in vastly different areas. Gail Johansen lives in Fairbanks, Alaska… Gail Johansen: Right now since it is almost the winter solstice, we have less… Read more ▶

Were All Performers of One Kind or Another  Season 2 Episode1

May 28, 2018 by Margaret Watts Romney

Welcome back to season two of Building Noble Hearts. I’m Margaret Watts Romney. Here, we take a look at the learning environments in which children, parents, and teachers gain new knowledge, and are also encouraged to become fine individuals. Throughout… Read more ▶

1st Suzuki Convention of the Americas

January 8, 2018

Inspired by the Biennial Conferences of the SAA, the Suzuki World Conventions, the conventions in Peru and Mexico, and hundreds of institutes and festivals throughout the Americas, we are pleased to invite you to the 1st Suzuki… Read more ▶

It Transcended Us to Another World  Episode 3

May 23, 2017 by Joan Krzywicki, Margaret Watts Romney

Subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes Also on Stitcher and other popular podcast apps. Feed URL: https://suzukiassociation.org/podcasts/building-noble-hearts/ Music & Clips Radiolab “Sound as Touch” episode Sun Up by Stephen Katz and Derek Snyder Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky played by Alexander Ghindin. Comments… Read more ▶

Skills I didnt know my child had  Episode 5

July 7, 2017 by Dorothy Jones, Margaret Watts Romney

When is the ideal age to start a music education? Many teachers start students as young as 3 and 4 years old, but Dorothy Jones took to heart Dr. Suzuki’s admonition to focus on the babies. In this episode, we… Read more ▶

Noticias de la comunidad Suzuki en Puerto Rico y del Taller 2018 de la Asociacin Suzuki de Violin de Puerto Rico

March 9, 2018 by Marta Hernandez, Irene Mitchell

Desde el mes de Septiembre de 2107 varios miembros de la SAA han estado en contacto con los maestros Suzuki de Puerto Rico prestando apoyo tanto moral como económico desde que los  huracanes Irma y María y devastaran la isla.… Read more ▶

Conference Session Spotlight Kay Collier McLaughlin

April 2, 2018

Talking Together: How to Get Beyond Polarization and See and Hear Each Other Through Civil Dialogue Kay Collier McLaughlin (formerly Kay Collier-Slone) describes herself as a Suzuki teacher specializing in social change. The author of the Talent Education classic, They’re Rarely… Read more ▶

Conference Session Spotlight Carnival of the Animals

March 22, 2018

Arranging Carnival of the Animals for students! Camille Saint -Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals was written for children, but have you felt the desire to have your students play it as well? At the 2018 Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference,… Read more ▶

Updates from the Suzuki Community in Puerto RicoAnd the 2018 Asociacin Suzuki de Violin de Puerto Rico Workshop

March 9, 2018 by Marta Hernandez, Irene Mitchell

Many members of the SAA have been in close contact with Suzuki teacher colleagues in Puerto Rico since the devastating hurricane in September 2017, providing moral and monetary support.[i] Despite formidable odds against them, the Asociación Suzuki de Violin de… Read more ▶

Curious About Conference

February 21, 2018 by Margaret Watts Romney

Have you been to a conference before? Wondering how the days are filled? Or what people learn there? Whether you have been to a conference or not, watch this video about the many reasons people attend, and see the endorsements… Read more ▶

Interview Berta Rojas

February 2, 2018 by Andrea Cannon

Guitarist Berta Rojas, originally from Paraguay, will be our guest clinician at this year’s SAA Conference. We guitarists could not be more excited to visit with Berta and watch her work with our students. This interview offers us a closer… Read more ▶

Interview Martin Beaver

February 2, 2018 by Janis Wittrig

Attendees at the upcoming 2018 SAA Conference will have the pleasure and privilege of meeting and observing renowned Canadian violinist Martin Beaver, who will be conducting a violin masterclass. Martin was first violin of the world-renowned Tokyo String Quartet from June… Read more ▶

Encouragement Inspiration Excitement SAA Conferences are for you

November 9, 2017 by Rebekah Hanson

The SAA Conference in 2016 was my first, and I continually ask myself why it took me so long to attend! I have been a member of the SAA since 2001 and have gone to institutes for teacher training almost… Read more ▶

Music in Recovery The Amazing Story of Audrey Self

February 2, 2018 by Irene Mitchell

Paul Landefeld and Audrey Self play the first section of Vivaldi in a minor Read more ▶

David Gerry Recognized for Unique Contributions to Suzuki Teaching

December 4, 2017 by Kelly Williamson

On Thursday November 30, 2017, a celebration was held in Hamilton, Ontario, in honor of David Gerry’s receipt of a Creating Learning Community award for his many contributions to the Suzuki community.  During his 25 years as a teacher trainer… Read more ▶

From Chicago to Cuba

November 9, 2017 by Edward Kreitman

When President Obama opened the doors to Cuba in December of 2014, Chicago Consort Music Director Thomas Wermuth and I immediately started making plans to bring the Chicago Consort there for a cultural and musical exchange concert tour. The Chicago Consort… Read more ▶

Practical and Personal An Inquiry into What Teachers Do

November 9, 2017 by Merlin Thompson

Editor’s Note This article first appeared in the American Suzuki Journal volume 46, no. 1, Fall 2017, but a section of more than 600 words was omitted during the publishing process. It is reproduced here in a printable format. We… Read more ▶

Dr Suzuki Birthday Testimonials

October 17, 2017

Dr,Suzuki’s profound philosophy and approach to pedagogy changed my life. The SAA was and continues to be the vehicle for my education. Thank you, SAA.   —Deanna Badgett In honor of Dr. Suzuki’s Birthday, I feel it’s my responsibility to give back… Read more ▶

Matsumoto Memoir  Sarah Hersh

October 3, 2017 by Sarah Hersh, Margaret Watts Romney

We are dipping back to a series of recordings—interviews made a number of years ago with people who studied with Shinichi Suzuki in Japan in decades past. In their voices, hear their curiosity and admiration as they remember their experiences. Also, you can hear the inspiration, wisdom, and gratitude that they’ve kept with them since they left. We’ve heard similar stories from Winifred Crock, Helen Higa, and Mark Bjork about their time studying in Matsumoto with Shinichi Suzuki. So while we are working on the full episodes for Season Two, we will occasionally release these Matsumoto Memoires: simple storytelling, straight from the people who were there… Lightly edited for clarity, without narration. Our story starts in the 70’s, in Ohio where Sarah Hersh was studying music. She loved playing violin, was curious about teaching, and happened to have a lucky locker assignment. Welcome to this Matsumoto Memoir from Sarah Hersh. Read more ▶

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