Save the Dates!

Fall Workshop will bring in Teri Einfeldt and other fantastic clinicians for Piano, Harp, Guitar, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Flute!
When: November 21st - 23rd, 2014
Where: MacPhail and De La Salle High school in downtown Minneapolis
How: New on-line registration will become available on our new website coming soon!

Suzuki Graduation (all instruments except piano)
Deadline (registration & recording): January 16th NEW on-line registration and on-line recording submission.
When: Saturday, March 14th, 2015
Where: Great Benson Hall at Bethel University
How: One deadline & all on-line (instructions will arrive in your Graduation Handbook)

Piano Suzuki Graduation
When: Saturday, March 7th, 2015
Where: University Lutheran Church of Hope, Minneapolis

Looking forward to a great year! If you have any further questions or comments, please contact: 

Emily Rolka, President
Suzuki Association of Minnesota

Important Graduation Information
Click Here to download campus maps, directions, instructions, special notices for harps, room schedules and concert etiquette.

The History of the Suzuki Graduation
Dr. Suzuki would wake up around 5:00 AM every morning and listen to hundreds of tape recordings sent to him from all over Japan. He incorporated a Suzuki Graduation System where students, when they reached certain playing levels, would record several polished review pieces and in return receive Dr. Suzuki’s constructive comments about their playing. This was a celebration of accomplishment. It was never a ‘pass or fail’ situation since Dr. Suzuki trusted that a teacher would only have a student prepare and submit a recording when they were musically ready. Dr. Suzuki also knew it was the process of preparing these recordings where the real learning and progress took place. 

SAM Graduation
The teachers of the Suzuki Association of Minnesota wish to continue Dr. Suzuki’s vision of excellence and create a graduation system that strengthens our program collectively and individually.

We hope that Graduation will: 

Make Review Relevant
We do not always realize the benefits of review until we do the work! 
Offer Another Opportunity for Performance
Both for a video camera and at the graduation recital. 
Foster Self Evaluation
Our goal is to give each student skills to eventually practice and learn independently. This begins with self-evaluation. 
Begin an Organized Collection of Recordings
To celebrate and benchmark progress from level to level and uphold a high standard for each level as a group and individually.