Send A Musical Holiday Greeting To Your Friends And Put A Violin in the Hands of A Child

Suzuki Violin Students playing in front of a Christmas Card

We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Our Sister Suzuki Program in Santa Ana at www.occtac.org needs our help to obtain enough small violins for all of the youngest children in the SASS Program who are ready to start playing Twinkle.   We have decided to use our musical gifts during the Holidays to help them put more 1/32, 1/16, 1/10 & 1/8 size violins in the hands of under served children.

Child trying a violin

SASS student with a 1/32 size violin

Violin Students from Talent Education Center and Santa Ana Suzuki Strings are collaborating together on a community service project that brings Holiday Music  to you or your family and friends during the Holiday Season.   For a donation of $25-$30 towards the www.occtac.org SASS Violin Fund you can send a personalized “Live Holiday Musical Greeting”  of your choice via phone, video or Skype in December 2011.

Please share the link below with groups or organizations you think might find a use for such greetings.   I am sure grand parents and other friends and family members would love to receive such a unique and personal greeting.   If you own a business you might want to send a musical holiday greeting performed by our talented young Suzuki violinist to customers, clients or special employees.   Or thank a special volunteer in your organization.

Do you have a hard to impress person on your Holiday shopping list?   This is a Holiday Greeting that will keep them talking about you all week.   You can get started by going to the link below on the OCCTAC.org site.    Choose a Holiday Carol on our request list which you like and fill in the rest of the form.    A Musical team from SASS and TEC will perform the musical greeting for your recipient, live and in person if possible.

Link to Live Musical Hoiday Greetings Request page

Live Musical Holiday Greetings Request page

Send A Musical Holiday Greeting To Your Friends And Help Our Violin Program.



If you liked that wait till you hear all of the SASS children play Jingle Bells for the OCCTAC Holiday Celebration, Dec. 18th.

Please help us share.

Please use the social media you have access to, to help us get the word out while people are making their shopping list and checking them twice.    Share our Seasonal Event on Facebook

With 10-12 donations we can put a small violin in the hands of an under served child in the Santa Ana Suzuki Strings program at www.occtac.org in 2012.

We can’t wait to recieve a request from you and surprise someone you care about.

 

On behalf of our Young Volunteers, Thank you for making a contribution to the SASS Violin Fund at OCCTAC.  We want to wish you a wonderful Holiday Season.

Ms. Cynthia

Director of Talent Education Center: Suzuki Violin, Irvine

and Santa Ana Suzuki Strings at www.OCCTAC.org in Santa Ana, CA

http://sasuzukistrings.wordpress.com

Suzuki Violin Students performing at OCCTAC

Link to SASS YouTube

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEC student, Scottish Fiddler and Eagle Scout plays for Irvine City Council

Christian, our resident Eagle Scout and Scottish Fiddler recently played the National Anthem for the Irvine City Council Meeting, July 12th.   Mayor Kang recalled the young TEC student who showed up for the Irvine Day in the Park with the Talent Education Center: Suzuki Violin students in his cowboy hat and duds several years ago when Christian was much shorter.   The mayor is always pleased to add one more community service pin to an Eagle Scout sash with merit bages on both sides of his uniform.

From the age of 6, Christian has been a student at TEC with Ms. Cynthia.   Our Scottish fiddler chose the music that he performed which included "The Star Spangled Banner" and Butterfly, a Scottish Fiddle Tune.   He has so many favorite fiddle tunes that it was not easy to choose just one for such a short presentation.   He helped to start the meeting with his own interpretation of the National Anthem played with out an accompaniment.

I would like to thank Mayor Kang and the City Council for inviting students like Christian to perform on their agendas.   It is always a wonderful experience for our young people. 

 

You can see it on ICTV  on the Musical Moment at 14:45.

  http://irvine.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=22&clip_id=2865

You can also see it on TECstudio http://youtu.be/Mb9-qqxCimM

 

Official Photo with Mayor Kang

Dear Mayor Kang:

Thank you again from the Suzuki Violin students at TEC and SASS.   We very much appreciate having the opportunity to play for the Irvine City Council Meeting.  Even Dr. Suzuki looks pleased.   You make Irvine great by including young people like us.    We also had a great time at the Irvine Global Village Festival.

Ms. Cynthia

Official Photo with Mayor Kang after Sept. 8th performance for the Irvine City Council.

Official Photo with Mayor Kang after Sept. 8th performance for the Irvine City Council.

TEC and SASS Violin Student Play for Irvine Global Village Festival

This last Saturday from 10-6, on Oct. 3 a number of violin students from both Talent Education Center and Santa Ana Suzuki Strings participated in the Irvine Global Village Festival at Bill Barber Park in Irvine.   I want to thank all of the parents and students that came to help us make new friends that day.

They were invited to perform and do a demonstration under the Cultural Pavilion.   They played “America the Beautiful”  as the audience sang along.   Advanced students played “Humoresque” by Dvorak.    We also played “Song of the Wind”, Lightly R0w, and all of the “Twinkles”   Ending with our favorite game “Up like a Rocket” with the audience participating with their pretend bows and gumi life savers.

Several of our Twinklers helped out at the booth and got lots of extra practicing in the process.   We were surprised how many preschoolers sat down in front of our booth while we were playing.   We had quite an audience of children when ever someone picked up the violin and started playing.   The booth provided an great opportunity for violin students to get experience playing for an informal audience.

We let them play our rhythm instruments and passed out streamers to dance with.   With 4 different stages spread around the park, it was filled with music, musicians and dancers.   Not a boring moment.

There was lots of entertainment, food and activities.    But please bring your own water.   The audience kept asking us for ours.    If you come see us at next years be sure to check where to park to catch the shuttle.

 

Our Booth at the Irvine Global Village Festival after TEC and SASS students performed

Our Booth at the Irvine Global Village Festival after TEC and SASS students performed

TEC & SASS on YouTube

 

 

Suzuki violin students play for Irvine City Council and Mayor Kang

The video we took from the back of the room. It is not as in focus as the TV version but the sound is better. Wish I could mash them together. Let me know if you got any better photos or video. We would love to see it.

See also on http://sasuzukistrings.wordpresss.com

www.occtac.org

http://www.youtube.com/user/TECstudio

TEC and SASS Violin Students play for Irvine City Council Meeting

For most students it was the first day of school but for TEC Suzuki Students and their friends from SASS at OCCTAC,  it was the day they played together for Mayor Kang and his City Council Meeting at the Irvine Civic Center.

My biggest worry was whether everyone would make it there on time with the extra craziness of the first week of school.   But everybody was there ready and tuned for the sound check.    I want to thank all of the parents that got them there calm and ready to play.

Even Dr. Jimenez made it back from her office at OCCTAC to see us play.   She was very pleased to see all of the children and parents working together for such a great purpose.

We got an applause from members of the audience just for doing a sound check.  There’s nothing like a little applause to calm down the butterflies in our stomachs.  Then they put us back in the green room for the longest 10 min. we ever had to sit through, while they started the meeting.    Everyone was so quiet with anticipation.   Finally we were led back into the hall with all of the students from age 4 and up.

It was our first time letting someone else run the volume controls on the sound system.   I don’t think they realized how big our tone was going to be so we restarted the Humoresque after they adjusted the sound levels.    When my students could hear the piano part they quickly regained their confidence and opened up their tone again.    The ensemble playing on the video is best after the first few lines  of music when we finally all begin to synchronize, including the sound guy.   Its not every day that he gets practice adjusting the sound for violins at a City Council Meeting.   Not to worry.  He picked up the violin sound with microphones so he could ballance it later.

The audience was very appreciative.   We got a wonderful applause.   The Mayor  was really great with the children.

http://irvine.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=22&clip_id=2111

Look for the    Jump To. . . .      drop down box below the screen and go to the line where it says:

 Musical Presentation just above   .2  and just below

Moment of Silence  in the jump to menu

The meeting was broadcast live within the city of Irvine on Cox Communications Channel 30.   And will continue to be available on demand using the ICTV menu:   http://cityofirvine.org/cityhall/citymanager/pio/ictv/city_council_meetings.asp

We played :

America the Beautiful, Humoresque – by Dvorak and Twinkle A

We finished Twinnkle with our traditional game of  ‘Up like a Rocket’ with our Gummy Life Savers on the tip of our bows.    It was one more chance to make the Mayor laugh.    Then we all took some pictures with  Mayor Kang.    With all of those parents in the auditorium taking pictures this took almost as long as the music.

SASS and TEC Suzuki Violin with Mayor Kang at Irvine City council Meet

SASS and TEC Suzuki Violin students with Mayor Kang at Irvine City Council Meeting

 Official Photo from Mayor Kang

Councilmember BETH KROM  was right.  It would be really cool if Mayor Kang picked up his bow again to play Twinkle with us.   Maybe next time he’ll remember to bring his violin.  He has a standing invitation to join us for any of our sessions.    Group  Lesson is every Saturday at 3pm @ OCCTAC and our next joint public performance with the TEC students is going to be at the Irvine Global Village Festival on Sat. Oct. 3rd.

It all went by very fast.   And the children had such a wonderful experience.   They were so excited when we got back to the green room to put everything away.   What a wonderful story they have to tell their friends and family members.   It was even more wonderful to see children from both the Irvine Suzuki program and the Santa Ana Suzuki program playing together for such an audience.   I think they are fired up to do it again some time.

You may wonder how did we get an invitation to play for such an auspicious occasion as the first meeting of the school year.

Last April our Suzuki Studio participated Irvine’s Day In the Park.    It was early in the morning and it wasn’t very crowded yet.   Only two Twinklers, Jacob and Sophie were there to help me with our booth which we moved under a tree.    That was because my advanced students were all at orchestra rehearsal and some students were on Spring Break.

Mayor Kang was expected to open the event and afterward he always circles the booths and visits with everyone.   When he got to our tree he saw the children playing their violins and asked if he could play on my  violin.  How could I couldn’t resist?   Before you know it he and the kids were playing all the Suzuki songs that they knew.

My students discovered that this Mayor was not only an education mayor and a culture mayor.   He  was also a Suzuki Violin kid at heart.     We are very lucky to have a Mayor of Irvine who grew up playing the violin.

I want to thank Mayor Kang for inviting us, as well as  the City Council Members and everyone that  came to hear the children play.   You were a wonderful audience.   Thank you for giving our students so much encouragement and allowing them to share their abilities and enthusiasm with the local community  at your meeting and on your media service.   It was a privilege.

Mayor Kang is always welcome to come by and borrow my violin anytime he needs a break from the office.     We are just down the block from the Civic Center between the District and the Diamond Malls.

Ms. Cynthia

SASS and TEC students invited to perform for more Fall Events in Orange County

Just as their video with Mayor Kang and the City Council meeting was being made other organizations in Orange County were making plans to invite Suzuki Violin Students from TEC and SASS to play for their events.

They are planning to have a booth in the Irvine Global Village Festival  on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 10:00 to 4:00 in the Kids Village.    But now they have been invited to play for the  Cultural Demonstration Pavilion at 4:00that day for 20 minutes.   This will be located near the Cultural Exhibits in the front of the Park.   Now we can play all of the other Twinkles  and Book One pieces that we didn’t have enough time to play for Mayor Kang.   There will be a sound system so we can play our accompaniments and talk about the Suzuki Method with the audience.    See Calendar Events for details.

This Festival will be lots of Fun for the Whole Family, with Exhibits, Entertainment, International Marketplace, Children’s Activities and International Cuisine.    Admission is Free.    Food tasting tickets will be available for purchase at the event.     See the link above for parking and shuttle information or bike parking.

We also plan to make an appearance for a Hoag Hospital Foundation fundraiser at a private party on Balboa Island in November.  We are going to bring some special guests from SASS to help us.  More details later.

We will also be signing up Violin Students  in Sept. for Suzuki Festival which will occur on November 7th.

Stay tuned.   This is going to be a busy year.

TEC and SASS can be engaged to do community service activities for occasional non profit events.    Please contact Ms. Cynthia at TEC or OCCTAC.

Who stands behind every Volunteer

Featured

Recently I was invited by Dr. Jimenez, the Executive Director of  OCCTAC to attend a banquette called the ‘Spirit of Volunteerism’ held  at the Disney Land Hotel to honor  volunteers in the OC area.    It was sponsored by the OC Register and the Volunteer Center of Orange County, organizations I often drive by on the way to OCCTAC on Fridays to teach the Santa Ana Suzuki Strings.    I got to meet and have lunch at one of many tables with about 7 other volunteers at OCCTAC which Dr. Jimenez wanted to recognize that day.     We were treated to entertainment by dancers from the OC High School of the Arts and a slide show of all of the 250 volunteers who were being honored that day.

The people being recognized had many different kinds of motivations and resources for their desire to volunteer.     Many of them expressed an interest and value they already had in animals, culture or the environment.    Some had gifts financial or spiritual and had  time on their hands to go out into the community and work with other people.    Some like Ms. Cynthia were blessed by a sense of gratitude for opportunities they received in life and felt driven by an obligation to make the world a better place for future generations.

I couldn’t help but wonder who supported these volunteers when they were out there burning the candle at both ends?   Who was there waiting patiently in the wings for them to come home to do family things?   Who believed in them and appreciated the value of the gift that they insisted on pursuing?   Who was willing to share the indulgences that these generous volunteers had for the need to share with strangers in their community that they might not ever meet?

If they could all fit on the back of the certificate,  there would be quite an extensive  list of family, friends and students who put up with this Suzuki teacher and tolerated her audacious and outrageous vision that all of our children have access to the best possible education that music can provide.    I appreciate both the financial and emotional support that all of you have provided over the years.

 

Spirit of Volunteersim Awards, Certificute

Spirit of Volunteerism Awards, Certificate

Irvine Day in the Park, April 09′

TEC Booth at Day in the Park

TEC Booth at Day in the Park

 

The Irvine ‘Day in the Park’  is held every spring to Celebrate the national week of the Young Child.  This year TEC plans to have a booth there on the lawn.

  • Saturday, April 18  10:00-1:00.  
  •  Heritage Community Park.  

 

  Ms. Cynthia will be teaching some demonstration PreTwinkle classes with her Saturday morning PreTwinklers from 10:00-10:45.     If you are 3 or 4 years of ages we invite you and your parent to come and sit  in for a session.   Well we won’t exactly be doing a lot of sitting.   But you’ll get the picture.    We will be tapping our Twinkles, playing some finger games, dancing with streamers and moving to the music with our beach balls.    We also plan to do our game with the pencil bow and the life savers.   I know that will be a hit.

We will have a booth so that our Book I and II students can take turns serenading with the pieces they are practicing through out the morning for guest.    We will be on hand to pass out postcards with our website and answer questions.

By 1:oo we are hoping that some of our more advanced students will drop by after a busy morning with Prelude Strings Orchestra rehearsal for Lunch at the picnic tables  next to the pond.    It will be a Brown Bag Serenade with all the Suzuki Violin students we can round up for lunch.     Bring your own Sandwich and you can hang out with the musicians. 

If you would like to learn more about what we do in our Suzuki Violin program this is a very enjoyable way to spend the morning.   There will be many activities for children and performances by local organizations on stage.   This event happens to be sponsored by the Irvine  Child Resource Center and the City of Irvine.

 

TEC Fiddler at Day in the Park

TEC Fiddler at Day in the Park

Graduations 09′

International Graduation

Every year in March the SMAC/LA regional teachers send in Graduation recordings of students who have mastered an International Book level of playing.   In order to qualify for IG one must not only complete the Book but also be about half way through the next book while polishing and reviewing the pieces from the last book.    A recording is made of the graduation piece from each book.

At TEC we have started making DVD recordings of the students graduation pieces which they send in to a teacher in the LA Branch who takes the time to review all of the recordings from one book level.    Each graduate will receive feed back from the teacher on another recording.    Much care and preparation must go into recording these DVDs and sending them in with registration and each student’s fees.    Graduates also have the opportunity to hear the Graduates of other book levels, including the advanced Post Graduates who play pieces beyond book 10.

Each student who graduates is invited to an Annual Graduation Concert usually held in the Spring at Zipper Hall in the Colburn School of Music, near Disney Hall.  The concert is admission free and open to the public.   After playing the piece with all of the other Graduates they also receive a pin and certificate along with their reviewers feed back.   This year the Concert will be on  Sunday April 5th.

This year the following TEC students sent in Graduation recording on the following pieces:

  • Arya              Book III Bourree, Bach
  • Kayla             Book III Bourree, Bach
  • Tianrui          Book III Bourree, Bach
  • Katherine     Book I, Gossec Gavotte
  • Marrisa         Book I, Gossec Gavotte
  • Mariana        Twinkle
  • Sydney          Twinkle
  • Sophie           Twinkle

After all that hard work these students sound even better on their pieces than they did when we recorded them.    Anyone want to record their graduation pieces again?

I would love to have our graduates make their graduation recordings available on our YouTube site so that the other students and even prospective students can hear what TEC students are capable of when they really polish their pieces.    Thank you for all of your hard work.   We are all very proud of you.