Communication Committee of Latin American Teachers Trainers

December 17, 2020

Leer en español | Leia em Português | en français The twelve Latin American teacher trainers have formed a committee to work together and in close coordination with the SAA office. Since May 2020 we have had regular meetings in… Read more ▶

Reflections on the Advancement of the Suzuki Method in Santiago de CubaHow the dream of two violin teachers became reality

December 19, 2018 by Cecilia Dayana Rosales Prieto

Santiago de Cuba is a city known for its rich history and its distinctive cultural influence. Located in southeast Cuba, with more than five centuries since its founding, this eclectic city is known as the “capital of the Caribbean.” A musical… 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 ▶

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 ▶

I Brazilian Meeting of Suzuki Teachers and Students Building Communities

May 23, 2016 by Fabio Dos Santos, Araceli Hackbarth

Music teaching with Suzuki method has been spreading rapidly in all regions of Brazil. Today, there are SAA registered teachers in all regions of the country. As a result, a large number of students and families are involved in the… Read more ▶

Suzuki Teachers Honored by Michigan ASTA

March 10, 2016

Gabriel Villasurda and Wendy Azrak were honored in January by Michigan ASTA with a Lifetime Achievement Award and Teacher of the Year, respectively. SAA and ASTA in Michigan  Suzuki teachers love to collaborate and there is no greater show of that… Read more ▶

The Gift of a Teacher

April 22, 2015 by Erica Wood

“Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.”—Plato In my life I have been a student, a parent and a teacher. I have seen this… 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 ▶

Suzuki ENews 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 ▶

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 ▶

Creativity and Inspiration for Suzuki Bass Teachers

September 1, 2012 by Nicole Castleberry Clouser, Tracy Rowell

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

Profile Marilyn Kesler Board of Directors ChairElect

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 ▶

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 ▶

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 ▶

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 ▶

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 ▶

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 ▶

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 ▶

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 ▶

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 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 ▶

In MemoriamTwo 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 ▶


June 21, 2005

Suggested Reading Nurtured By Love Now in a new translation, Nurtured by Love is Shinichi Suzuki’s exploration of the concepts of his Talent Education philosophy through a personal narrative of discovery and experiences. Tips for Parents The SAA has published two books for parents,… 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 ▶

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 ▶

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