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
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 ▶
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
Caera plays cello with Barbara Wampner.3rd Place
Simona Sulminas, age 5 1/2
Simona… Read more ▶
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 ▶
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 ▶
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 ▶
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 ▶
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 ▶
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 ▶
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 ▶
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 ▶
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 ▶
1st Place Winner
Sophia Abusamra, age 8
Rochester Hills, MI
Sophia studies violin with Mark Mutter and piano with Gail Gebhart.
Mary From, age 8
Mary’s violin teacher is Sandra Payton.
Justin Ghofrany, age 8
Justin studies violin with Mariam Gregorian and Davis… Read more ▶
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 ▶
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 ▶
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 ▶
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 ▶
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 ▶
Jul11-29HNU Suzuki Teacher Training Institute Oakland, CA Every Child Can! Piano Unit 1 Piano Unit 2 Piano Unit 4 Piano Practicum Piano Revisiting Unit 1 Advanced Teaching Music Reading Beginning Teaching Music Reading Nurturing your Suzuki Studio The Art of Teaching
Jul17-30American Suzuki Institute Stevens Point, WI Every Child Can! Bass Unit 3 Students Chamber Music Cello Revisiting Unit 1 Harp Unit 4 Students Suzuki Early Childhood Education Prenatal and Early Years, Stage 1 Suzuki Early Childhood Education Prenatal and Early Years, Stage 2 Viola Unit 5 Violin Unit 1 Violin Unit 2 Violin Unit 3 Violin Unit 4 Violin Unit 5 Violin Unit 6 Violin Unit 7 Violin Unit 8 Violin Practicum Violin Revisiting Unit 1 Before the Mozarts Teaching Improvisation (Incorporating Improvisation into Your Suzuki Lesson Plan) Voice Unit 2 Voice Unit 3
Jul22-31Greater Austin Suzuki Institute Austin, TX Every Child Can! Cello Unit 2 Cello Unit 3 Greater Austin Suzuki Institute Greater Austin Suzuki Advanced Student Program Bow Development from Twinkle to Mendelssohn Violin Unit 1 Violin Unit 2 Violin Unit 3 Violin Unit 7
Jul22-29MacPhail Center for Music Minneapolis, MN Guitar Unit 4 Full Day Institute for Piano and Guitar Students Partial Day Institute for Advanced Piano and Guitar Students Partial Day Institute for Young Piano and Guitar Students Piano Unit 4 Piano Revisiting Unit 1