by Kathleen Schoen - Edmonton, Alberta
The first Suzuki Convention of the Americas was hosted by the Association Mexicana del Método Suzuki in Cancun May 1- 5, 2019. There were participants from an estimated 27 countries, including Canada! There is not room to list all the Canadian teachers here, but a special shout out to the three Canadian students who participated in the group classes and orchestras: violinist Natalie Leung and violist Erica Rose Leung from Ontario, and flute player Maica McEachern from the Northwest Territories. Student classes ranged from Suzuki Early Childhood, through pre-Twinkle up to Book Three. Students Book Four and up participated in the orchestras, playing violin, viola, cello, flute, recorder, piano, and guitar. Piano students had a range of masterclasses and recitals, and EVERYONE sang in the choir! Teachers shared experiences and ideas in many inspirational sessions.
Hearing all the students, from babies to advanced players, coming from so many different places to make music together, really emphasized that “Every Child Can!”
For more inspiration, plan to attend the SAA Conference in Minneapolis May 21-25, 2020