Meg Lanfear, Charles Krigbaum, Daina Volodka: Certificate of Achievement recipients at the 2010 Conference
Our Suzuki community is a worldwide phenomenon, and 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 to have talent in all areas of their lives, including the talent of fine character.
Yet, there are people making a difference in the lives of parents and children every day, and they feel that the SAA conference somehow does not apply to them, that the community is not for them! As we prepare for the SAA conference, I encourage everyone to consider the ways in which we can connect with one another and join together. Ask your colleagues if they have registered for the conference. Do they know that this community includes them? Share with them about your experiences at the conference. Already registered? There is a new Powered By Community Facebook group, where you can share your excitement and enthusiasm for what you hope to get from your experience at the 2014 conference. This is a great space for asking questions and sharing concerns with our knowledgeable moderators. There is also an opportunity on this page to find a roommate for the conference, and perhaps even a ride share.
All SAA members need to know that they are a part of the community, and we all have the power to reach out and get to know one another. Especially with our theme, “Powered by Community,” I encourage all conference attendees to look for opportunities to make connections with other members, both pre-conference on social media, and at the conference, through our numerous events designed to help each and every person connect to others in the spirit of Dr. Suzuki’s vision of uniting the world through music.