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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 ▶

Parents As Partners Registration

January 3, 2018

Registration for Parents as Partners 2018 is now open. Get in now to per-register. 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 ▶

GivingTuesday

November 28, 2017

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We, the Board members of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, are very grateful for all the gifts that music, the Suzuki Method, and childhood music education have brought to our lives. We… 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 ▶

Happy Birthday Dr Suzuki

October 10, 2017

Happy Birthday, Sensei! On October 17, 2017, we commemorate Dr. Suzuki’s 119th birthday and remember the extraordinary man at the heart of our Suzuki world. Please join us in celebrating Dr. Suzuki, our beloved Suzuki community and future generations of teachers by… 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 ▶

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 ▶

Spotlight Matt Jefferson Bass Trombone

August 1, 2017

I think what the Suzuki program helped me to do is not to look at musical skill like a “talent” or a “special ability.” I was a part of the community and the strong musical environment enabled me to unlock elements within myself that most people can’t/don’t access. Read more ▶

Suzuki Hurricane Relief Fund

September 1, 2017

The Suzuki Association of the Americas, in coordination with the Texas SAA Chapter Affiliates, North Texas Suzuki Association and Southeast Texas Suzuki Association, would like to invite you to participate in our campaign to support the teachers and families in… Read more ▶

TERIs Grand Concert to Take Place Spring 2018

September 17, 2017

2018 is the 120th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. On April 4 of this special year, TERI will hold the 54th Grand Concert. It has been nine years since the last Grand Concert took place. In 2011,… Read more ▶

Matsumoto Memoir  Mark Bjork

September 1, 2017 by Mark Bjork, Margaret Watts Romney

Our story starts in the 60’s, in Minnesota, when Mark Bjork was heading to an intriguing concert. He was going to see a tour group of very young Japanese children playing complex concertos brought to North America by Shinichi Suzuki. Welcome to this Matsumoto Memoir from Mark Bjork. Read more ▶

Session Proposals

July 18, 2017

If you’ve already attended an SAA Conference, you know that one of the best things is the sharing of ideas over several days of well-planned sessions. Topics are varied, speakers are well-versed and dynamic, and handouts abound. Conferences give you… Read more ▶

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