I hope that you're all having good Memorial Day remembrances & celebrations!
This is just a reminder that tomorrow, Tuesday May 27th, there are no regularly scheduled private lessons (unless you have made separate arrangements with your private teacher, for example to begin your summer lessons this Tuesday. Students with Friday private lessons DO have their last private lesson scheduled for this Friday May 30th.)
However, even though there are no regular Tuesday private lessons this week, at 3:15-4:15 in the orchestra room, (our regular group class time and place), we will be holding a masterclass. Everyone is invited to come watch and learn from the masterclass, even if you are not playing in the masterclass!
What is a masterclass?
A masterclass is a series of mini "open" private lessons (usually between 10-20 minutes, depending on the age and experience of the student and the number of students playing during the masterclass hour). It is an opportunity for students who are playing in the masterclass to share something that they have been working on in their regular private lessons, and receive brief feedback and instruction, usually from a teacher who is not their regular private lesson teacher.
Most importantly, students get to watch the other students in the masterclass so that they can both support (applaud) their peers' performances and learn from the instruction that the other students receive. If a student is not playing in the masterclass, they are still able to come and watch, support their peers and get ideas from the masterclass teacher to try at home!
Who is playing in tomorrow's masterclass?
Any student who has missed a private lesson due to a St. Margaret's event (play rehearsals, etc.) is eligible to play in the masterclass. If this is not you, but you'd like to play for the masterclass, please let us know!
If I am playing in the masterclass, what should I play?
You should play something that you have been working on in your private lessons with your private lesson teacher. Choose something that you can perform all the way through from beginning to end. If you have not already spoken to your private teacher about playing something in the masterclass, please feel free to consult your teacher!
If I am not playing in the masterclass, should I still come?
Yes, a masterclass is designed to give you ideas and inspiration for practicing at home, even if you are watching and not playing! Often a student can learn more from watching a masterclass than from playing in a masterclass!
What should I do before/after my time to play in the masterclass, or if I am not playing in the masterclass?
Watch the other students, applaud and support their performances, and listen and watch what the teacher says to them, to find out if there is anything you can apply to your own practicing at home!
I know that a couple of you will not be able to attend tomorrow. If you cannot attend and haven't already told me, please let me know!
Any other questions, please get in touch with me by email, voicemail or text message (my cell phone number is 626-824-2836).
See (most of) you tomorrow!
“It is in our power to educate all the children of the world to become a little better as people, a little happier.”
― Shinichi Suzuki, Nurtured by Love: The Classic Approach to Talent Education
Summer Schedule & Registration
We will offer 6 weeks of Suzuki violin group classes with an option to sign up for either 4, 5, or 6 half hour private lessons.
Group classes will be Tuesdays at 3:30pm on June 17th and 24th, and on July 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th. Private lessons will be scheduled separately (time slots will be available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and possibly one other day such as Saturdays if we have enough interest).
How to register for Summer Suzuki Violin:
1) Go to the SMES Extension Classes Registration Website: http://reg125.imperisoft.com/SMES/Search/Registration.aspx
2) In the "Program" drop-down menu, select "Suzuki Violin"
3) In the "Class Type" drop-down menu, select "Group + Private"
4) Click the "Search" button
5) Choose the class with the number of private lessons you want and click the "Begin Registration" link for that class. Follow the login instructions from there!
Summer Suzuki Institute opportunities:
Summer Suzuki Institutes are usually 4-6 days long and are an intensive, immersive musical experience designed for parent and child to attend together. They are a great way to boost your child's violin playing skills and motivation to practice! Daily activities include small (3-5 student) masterclasses, group classes, recitals, enrichment classes. Institutes usually conclude with a large group concert. There are opportunities to practice every day and receive daily feedback on your practicing; meet lots of other Suzuki students and parents, and be inspired!
If you are in town between June 29th - July 4th (note that we don't have SMES group classes nor private lessons during that week), I strongly encourage you to consider attending the Los Angeles Suzuki Institue (located in Pomona). More info can be found on their website: http://www.suzukimusiclosangeles.com/lasi/
Our next-closest Summer Suzuki Institute is in San Diego, "Strings by the Sea", August 4-8: http://www.stringsbythesea.org/Other Suzuki institues at different times and locations can be found on the SAA website: https://suzukiassociation.org/events/institutes/
"When love is deep, much can be accomplished." - Shinichi Suzuki
The Suzuki recordings are now available for download from Amazon, and on iTunes. A friend and colleague of mine, Laurie Niles, has created a list of Amazon links to all the available recordings - take a look at her blog post for the links:
Download all the Suzuki Violin Book recordings -- for when you can't find the CD!
Note: For books 1 and 4 especially, please be sure to use the Revised Versions (William Preucil is the recording artist). For book 1, the Preucil recording is the only one containing the triplet "eat ice cream eat cook-ies" Twinkle Variation, and for book 4, the Preucil recording has a piece of music, Böhm's Perpetual Motion from his Little Suite 6, which the other recordings lack.
It's not a bad idea for book 1 students to listen to book 4 recordings to give you an idea of where you're headed in the not-too-distant future!
"Have the child listen daily to the recording of the pieces he is studying -- the more frequently the better ... Listen and practice -- through this approach, children will certainly grow. Then every child will make smooth and rapid progress. You already know from observing your own that children make smooth and proper progress in Japanese [or their own native language] which they learn by listening. ... If ... without even letting the child listen to the records, you try to get him started by saying 'Now, let's practice', the child has no desire, no incentive. There is no way he can make smooth progress." - Shinichi Suzuki (International Suzuki Journal, 1994).
Suzuki Class Announcements
Suzuki String Academy