Hello Suzuki String Academy families,
I'm glad we're off to a great start in our Suzuki music classes this year, with both new and returning students playing music together!
Over the past two weeks we've noticed a few things that will help our group classes run smoother, which we might not have told new families yet, and which returning families might have forgotten. Please help us with these things!
1) When you arrive, please walk in the room and...
2) Siblings or other family members are welcome to quietly observe the group class or private lesson, but...
3) If you need to leave class early...
4) If you need to miss a group class...
Thanks for your help & cooperation in this! As always, please let us know if you have any questions about classes, lessons, or practicing and listening to music at home.
-Jennifer Visick & Kania Gandasetiawan-
“To make a resolution and act accordingly is to live with hope. There may be difficulties and hardships, but not disappointment or despair if you follow the path steadily. Do not hurry. This is a fundamental rule. If you hurry and collapse or tumble down, nothing is achieved. Do not rest in your efforts; this is another fundamental rule. Without stopping, without haste, carefully taking a step at a time forward will surely get you there.”
-Shinichi Suzuki, 'Nurtured by Love'
Hello SMES Suzuki Academy families,
You can now register & pay for Fall 2015 here.
If you are new to the program and have not already been in touch with our instructors, or if you have a special situation (taking private lessons from a different Suzuki instructor outside the SMES Suzuki Academy program, or taking Suzuki group classes outside the SMES Suzuki program), please email firstname.lastname@example.org for how to register.
New this year: all families and their SMES private lesson instructor will sign a private & group class lesson agreement (in accordance with SMES private lesson policies) at their first class of the year. You can download and read a copy of the agreement here.
Hello SMES Suzuki Violin families!
I hope by now you've all had a chance to settle into your new school year routines and have gotten off to a good start in your new classes. We will begin weekly violin group classes and private lessons at St. Margaret's next Tuesday, September 15.
If you haven't already arranged a time and day for private lessons this year, please contact us with your top 3 preferred time slots (see our Calendar section for available times).
This semester's group class schedule will be:
Tuition for this year will be: $665 per semester which will include the group classes listed below and a total of 25 scheduled time slots for private lessons throughout the school year (12 in one semester and 13 in the other semester).
I will send out a link to register & pay in a separate email.
1st semester Group Classes will meet on:
September 15, 22, 29
October 6, 13, 20 (no class Oct 27)
November 3, 10, 17, (no class Nov 24)
December 1, 8 (no classes/lessons Dec. 9 through Jan 6)
January 12, 19, 26, *30*
**Saturday January 30 - Winter Recital** This recital date is not yet set in stone, so if you have a strong preference for a different day or week, or if you have a Saturday that you definitely are NOT available, please let me know!
2nd semester Group Classes will meet on:
February 2, 9, 23, (no classes/lessons Feb 15-19),
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29,
April 12, 19, 26, (no classes/lessons April 4-8),
May 3, 10, *17*(May 17 group class will be a short rehearsal in preparation for the evening concert)
**We will be performing as a group on the 6pm concert on May 17th**
Looking ahead - Summer 2016:
In the works: The Wie family and I are in the beginning stages of planning a trip to Matsumoto, Japan, and would like to invite any of our students who are able to join us! Shinichi Suzuki honed his teaching method in Matsumoto and it is still the place to find the heart of Suzuki music instruction.
Attending a summer Suzuki music workshop in Matsumoto is an amazing multi-cultural musical experience (that can also be combined with family vacation/sight-seeing in Japan either before or after the music workshop). You don't have to be fluent in Japanese in order to learn something from these summer classes: you can play music together with other people - and learn from how they play - no matter what language you speak!
For those families interested in coming with us, I'll be updating you with more specific dates, costs, and options, as the details fall into place. This is not an SMES event.
We will also be offering summer group classes & private lessons at SMES for part of the summer, dates TBA; and as usual, there are always good options for children's summer music institutes right here in California such as the Los Angeles Suzuki Institute, San Diego's "Strings by the Sea", the Santa Barbara Suzuki Institute, and our own music institute week here at St. Margaret's.
Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have about this year's Suzuki string classes. I look forward to seeing you all soon,
"Children learn to smile from their parents." -Shinichi Suzuki
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