Scholarship Program

Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They get a beautiful heart. ― Shinichi Suzuki

​​Each year SAM awards two need-based scholarships for summer institute study. SAM alternates the scholarship recipients each year between students and teachers. Students are awarded scholarships for summer camp and teachers are awarded teacher training scholarships.

CLICK HERE to download Teacher Scholarship Guidelines, Application and Recommendation Forms

​Application Process

Applications will be accepted at any time before the deadline of April 5, 2019. Notification of awards will be sent by May 6, 2019 to those receiving the scholarship as well as to those who will not receive aid. This scholarship process is separate from and does not substitute for the application process for acceptance into an institute or any other scholarship process.

If you have any further questions, please email Christopher Becknell SAM Scholarship coordinator or call 651-283-0396.

Past Scholarship Participants

  • 2018 Students:  Oliver Kunin-Jeske and Evelyn Downs
  • 2017 Teachers: Vanamali Medina
  • 2016 Students:
  • 2015 Teachers: Carolyn Borgen and Nancy Esslinger
  • 2014 Students: No Applicants
  • 2013 Teachers: Beatriz Aguerrevere and Bethany Gonella
  • 2012 Students: Derrick Johnson and Beatrice Grant
  • 2011 Teacher: Katie Bast
  • 2010 Students: Aaron Harrelson and  Sofia Faacks
  • 2009 Teachers: Christopher Beknell and Jonathan Reaoch
  • 2008 Students: Sarah Grimes, Kyrie and Silas Sellnow, Julia Sennes
  • 2007 Teacher: Hilarie Kirby

Teacher Training Opportunities

To meet the need for trained teachers, the SAA has established a Teacher Development Program, with systematic, comprehensive professional training available from registered Teacher Trainers in violin, viola, cello, bass, piano, flute, harp, guitar, recorder, Suzuki in the Schools and and Suzuki Early Childhood Education. Both prospective and experienced teachers can benefit from the training offered through SAA’s Teacher Development Program. Recognition of training is provided by the SAA registration program for completed training credits.

If you are interested in learning more about Suzuki’s philosophy and approach and/or becoming a Suzuki teacher, you may take training courses specifically designed for your instrument. Training is offered year-round in a number of different formats: unit courses available at workshops and Summer Institutes and long-term courses at music schools and colleges.