TEC Students play for the Musical Moments of the Irvine City Council Meeting this Oct, 2015

Three of our Book I & IV students will be playing Minuet II for the Musical Moment of the Irvine City Council Meeting this Tue., Oct. 27th.  It is fitting that the Irvine City Council begins all of its public meeting with a patriotic selection.  This allows the students to share a piece of their own choosing.  What a wonderful way to remind council members what their work in the chambers is all about before the begin the serious business of running a city.  We commend the City of Irvine for this tradition.

Our high school student will be joined by 3 more of her book IV peers from our Sister program Santa Ana Suzuki Strings/OCCTAC to play the ‘Star Spangled Banner”.  You can learn more about www.occtac.org here.

The Irvine City Council Meeting is brought to you live, at 5:00 pm on Irvine TV and if you miss it you can check the Irvine City website for meeting on demand.    In addition, we get to add another official photo of the children and the current mayor to our collection.

More details to follow as we are busy practicing.  We have only 5 minutes to shine and we want to make you all proud.

Spring is the Best Time to sign up for summer Violin classes

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Now is the best time to get an early start on violin classes for the summer. Give your older beginner ages 7-12 a head start before they enter the school music program in the coming Fall.  Violin classes in the public schools are often large and it will be very difficult for your beginner to get the attention they need for a good start.  Now is the time to set them up for success.

Older beginners

Older beginners

 

 

Start with 30 min. weekly lessons.

 Give new students an opportunity to focus on good position and basic tone.  There is not enough time to develop listening and memory skills once school starts.  These students are much more successful if they are not faced with multi-tasking or learning to play the violin while reading music at the same time.  Internalizing good instrumental skills and connecting the fingers to their ears gives them a better foundation.

 

Older students who receive personal attention and a careful start are more likely to develop the musical habits they need to keep up with their peers in their local school music program.  Current research shows that Suzuki style students develop the listening and language processing skills needed for better study skills in school generally.  Check videos of TEC students on our main website to discover how far TEC violin students can progress if they begin study before most school programs finally start instrumental programs.

 

It’s much more difficult to change bad habits after they have formed.  Taking the time to get the right technique before students feel pressure to keep up with a large class is a much more successful experience.  Good position and technique on their instruments gives the student more endurance for enjoyable and rewarding practice.   Make the process less stressful and more musical by providing them with careful  instruction before they enter the school music program.

 

See www.got2twinkle.com for more details about entry level beginners starting at 30min. private instruction after school scheduled as early as 2:00pm on weekdays, Tue.-Thur.   Check our website and call to schedule an observation of TEC students close to your child’s age.

 

PreTwinkle classes for ages 3-4 are also available on Saturday mornings at 9:00 and 9:30.

PreTwinkle

PreTwinkler with box violin

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

 

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

Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California invites Suzuki Students to concert

 I want to thank Dir. Gene Wie and the CYOSC Board for providing free seats to hear the  Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California at their performance in the Barclay Theatre.    May 22nd was their 20th Anniversary Concert.   I was pleased that about 30 of our students age 4 and up from both the TEC and SASS programs were able to attend this wonderful concert.    

This organization consisted of two ensembles.   The Sinfonia was principally a preparatory string orchestra with students as young as 8 years of age played Albinoni, Ravel and Hans Zimmer’s Pirates of the Caribbean with impressive skill for their age.       These students rotated their seating through out the concert giving each other opportunities to play in different positions.

The Symphony a somewhat older group played Glinka, Terricciano (World Premiere) and Mozart’ Jupiter Symphony.    Hearing the Glinka Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla brought me back to my own experiences of playing in a similar organization as a youth.    As Wie introduced and recognized this year’s Seniors to stand it also was also impressive to learn what schools these graduates were headed to in the Fall, even the institutions which where not music schools.

A 501 (c) (3) non profit community arts education organization based in Irvine, they also have a tradition of volunteering in the community doing community outreach to assist local music programs.   

This was a very inspiring concert opportunity for Suzuki Students and just about the right length concert for our PreTwinkle students.    When not performing at the Barclay their performances are admission free.   

   Thank you again for letting us take advantage of your musical celebration to expose our young ears to your excellent performances.

You can learn more about this performing  organization at  www.cyosc.com