Time for Three: Ask PBS to bring their music documentary to Orange County for our children

Our favorite  String Trio, Time for Three just did a documentary on PBS.  But it was in Indiana.  Help bring it to PBS in Orange County.   http://www.wfyi.org/programs/time-for-three

Contact  http://www.pbssocal.org and let them know that you would like to see this program by inspiring musicians that your children can look up to.  You just have to hear this t believe it.

 

Wouldn’t your string play be inspired by that?

Nick Kendall is the grandson of John Kendall, one of my teachers and the father of Suzuki Method in America.  He and his friends are exemplary musicians equally talented in both classical and alternative styles.

Learn more about what our favorite Trio has been up to:

Time for Three: new album, documentary and mashup | Classical Music | NUVO News | Indianapolis, IN.

 

They have been recording more videos and Albums.  Including one with Christmas music.

Check out their new website:  http://www.tf3.com

 

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 & 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

A bow hold that challenges us all

When I first saw this young man play I thought. Here is a child missing fingers looking for an instrument to make music on,  that could not be deterred. Suzuki Sensei would have just beamed. I can just hear him saying something like, ” See, even if you don’t have fingers you can hold a bow and play the violin with your elbow. See how the elbow plays the violin in front of the body. The elbow is where the tone starts with the motion of the arm.”

Right about now my students are so happy that I can’t think of an easy way to attach their bows to their elbows. It would be an innovative violin lesson they would never forget. Just one more crazy way to understand how their bow arms really work.

For now I will just have to think about how Adrian uses his whole body to move that bow and lift it to the strings without a long forearm. This is clearly an extraordinary adoption that those of us who have an arm and hands in the way are not motivated to pursue. What impresses me is that Adrian does not let lacking a full arm get between him and his music.

 

Adrian Anantawan – Intro to his Doc

 It is a challenge posed to every Suzuki Teacher and parent that every child can benefit from the enrichment of music in their lives and maybe even change the lives of the people he plays for.   We are humbled by the fact that we are the ones most likely to create the obstacles in a young

persons life if we do not appreciate Suzuki Sensei’s vision.

If you are a violin student please watch Adrian Sensei’s amazing master class.

By the way Adrian, when are you coming to Orange County, CA to play for my students at SASS and TEC. You have to come and check out our new concert hall at the Performing Arts Center in Santa Ana.

See also:

http://thestorybehindthenotes.com/

http://www.abilities.ca/people/2004/04/15/adrian_anantawan/

http://www.mississauga.com/Mississauga/Article/19791

Transcription – audio podcast Interview with violinist Adrian Anantawan http://www.bloorview.ca/about/accountability/annualreport/AdrianAnantawan_podcast.php

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrian_Anantawan

 

NOVA Musical Minds

Whether you are thinking about starting musical instruction or you just enjoy music the book,  Musicophilia by renown neurologist Oliver Sacks is a fascinating read.  It is not weighed down by technical medical  jargon but full of amazing stories about the people from his practice.   If you can’t bring yourself to read the book try to see the Nova documentary series Musical Minds.

Here is one of the a promotional videos.  

 Due to rights restrictions, this program is only available for streaming on the NOVA website for one week, from July 1-7, 2009. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/musicminds/program.html

promotional videos from YouTube

NOVA | MUSICAL MINDS | PBS

If you missed the program on PBS you can get additional supporting web links, books  and media on the Musical Minds website.   The DVD is also available.   Oliver Sacks is scheduled to answer some of your most pressing questions about music and the brain on line this summer.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/musicminds/

NOVA | NOVA Short | Inside Oliver Sacks’s Brain | PBS

 

 

If you are thinking about starting your child in music instruction this Nova series is a must see for all parents.

Ray Chen Bio

A little more personal information about Ray Chen.    What a wonderful role model for Suzuki Students around the world.   He takes time to honor some of his own role modelsEnjoy.

Ray Chen [0/8] First Prize QEC 2009 for violin

See more from tecstudio’s Ray Chen play list on You Tube

http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=2DA9EC1311AB9A84

TEC students appear on line, in OC Register, with Prelude Strings.

 

On Friday, January 16, 2009

 

It was such a nice surprise to hear that several of our TEC violin students appeared with the Prelude Strings Orchestra and  the Prelude Chambers Strings when they were featured on the Arts section in the Orange County C Register at the beginning of this year.

The Title of the article reads:

They keep time together

MORNING READ: Do Prelude music students believe in practice? Check the contract.

 

By TIMOTHY MANGAN,   714-… or tmangan@ocregister.com  

 

If you get a chance read the article and let Timothy know how much we appreciated seeing one of our favorite musical organizations covered in the press.    The article was exceptionally informative about the life and inner workings of these very special youth orchestras.

I am just as pleased that we always have a hand full of students from TEC particpating in each of the Prelude strings orchestras.   This has been a valuable and inspiring musical experience for each of them.

Yes these kids sign a contract promicing not to miss more than 2 rehearsals per semester.   Several of our TEC students have earned a button that says  ‘I can’t, I have rehearsal.’  by having perfect attendance.    See :

http://tecblog.got2twinkle.com/?page_id=26

 

I have a rehearsal

I have a rehearsal

Several of our students at TEC say they can be recognized in the video.   So far I think I have spotted Kayla and Katherine in the video.   But I am not sure because it is so dark.   I am still looking for Tienrui.   It has wonderful interviews with the director Helen Weed and founder Annette Brower.

 

I have definately spotted Arya with a beautiful bow hold looking up at Ms. Weed with real focus.    MINDY SCHAUER took the very inspiring photos which can be purchaced on line.   I especially enjoyed the one with a sign that says “No note Left behind”    Maybe Suzuki Sensei would say “No Beautiful Tone left behind”

 

I look forward to seeing more articles about the efforts of young strings players in Orange County in the future.    We can use the inspiration these days.

 

Prelude Strings and Prelude Chamber Strings will be having their Spring concert coming up on a Saturday morning April 25th from 10:00 to 10j:45.  in Samsvick Chapel at Calvary Church in Tustin.   Watch for it.   It is just the right length concert for a budding young PreTwinkler to attend.    I hope to see some TEC Pretwinklers there.

 

Remember Prelude Players.  Your task is to keep us inspired.