Suzuki Violin’s bookshelf: for-new-students

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If you are thinking about getting your child started with violin classes here is a list of the most important books you will need to begin with.

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The most important of them is the Suzuki Violin Book, Volume 1, Revised Edition with the CD.  The CD is especially  important so that you can get a head start listening to the Twinkle Variations softly in the background with the single repeat button.   Your goal is to start memorizing the rhythms of the first 5 variations.
Ability Development from Age Zero As a  Parent, you are encouraged to learn as much as possible about the Suzuki Method. We know that parents are busy and don’t have time for more than a few minutes of reading between all the events in their day.  Start with an introduction to the Suzuki Method that has short chapters explaining a few of the basic concepts.

This little gem of a book by Dr. Suzuki is filled with his insights about how children learn from their environment at an early age.

If you are starting a child who is between 3-6 years of age you will want to have lots of ideas for practicing at home to make it enjoyable and help you remember some of the games you played in class. The Pre Twinkle Book: Poems For The Youngest Suzuki Children will give you lots of ideas to encourage the repetitions you need to develop mastery of new skills from your lesson in a playful manner. In the back of the book are more silly words and poems for learning and singing the songs from book I that you are listening to on the CD. You will get lots of mileage from this little book.

There are a few more books on the list you may find helpful depending on what kind of learner you are. A new version of
which provides a biography of Dr. Suzuki’s story.

If you have difficulty remembering details from your lessons one good souse used by many new teachers is

The easiest Suzuki oriented catalogue to use is:
http://www.young-musicians.com/product-p/mn11x.htm It is small and user friendly.

But if you can’t find it there a larger catalogue you can try is:
http://www.sharmusic.com/Accessories/Books-DVDs/New-Pre-Twinkle-Book-by-Merrill-and-Brandt.axd#sthash.oDAnKHI0.dpbs Shar may still have better stock and prices than Amazon most days.

You will be plenty busy listening to the CD and reading the first book in the list but if you have more questions go to my main website at www.got2twinkle.com and give me a call.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Round up for Fall PreTwinkle Violin Classes

PreTwinkle Violin classes are specially designed for Preschoolers ages 3-4 and their parents.   These classes are scheduled on Saturday mornings every 30 minutes  from 9:00-11:00 depending on enrollment.   Each classes size is for 2-4 children with at least one parent.  

We welcome you to come and observe or even participate in a sample PreTwinkle class in September.    Please contact Ms. Cynthia about scheduling a 30min session on an up coming Saturday when you can stay for a full class.

For the next two weeks we have the 19th and 26th of September available  in the TEC Studio for demonstration classes and observations where classes are usually held.     Please call to schedule for:   9:00am, 9:30am, 10:00 or 10:30.

 On Saturday, Oct. 3 we will have PreTwinkle demonstrations at the Irvine Global Village Festival.   TEC  students will be doing demonstrations at our booth in the Kids Village from 10:00pm-6:00pm.    PreTwinkle Demonstratons will be at 10:00 and 1:00.   If you come by at 4:00pm our older students will  be performing for 20min. over at the Cultural Pavilion.    Please check Current Events on this blog for links to more information.

Dress comfortably for sitting on the floor and moving about with your preschooler.   The very first classes start with large motor activities, labeling body parts and moving to music with manipulatives.

Fall is the best time to start in order to make the most steady progress through out the year for most families.     Students can be introduced later in the year as they become at least 3 years of age.   It is not recommended to start a child younger than age 3 in PreTwinkle Violin classes.   Very important kinds of development need to occur so that children can fully participate in the experience.

Children at this age are just beginning to get control of their fingers and are able to stop and start activities.   A good indicator is that they are beginning to manage potty training easily and are becoming verbally expressive.   They are becoming socially brave enough to make friends in a small group if given enough time to become comfortable with their surroundings.

Parents are encouraged to participate more in the beginning classes while children need a little leadership.   If your child is shy give them several weeks to really settle in and make friends with the teacher and the other children.

If you decide to enroll your child be sure to read the “Ready  Go” pages on the www.got2twinkle.com site and make plans to get a copy of the Suzuki Violin CD Vol. 1.     Initial Registration is $50.    Tuition is $200. every 12 week season based on year round participation.    See TEC Calendar.

Give Ms. Cynthia a call if you are interested in the classes in the studio.   We look forward to meeting you.

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

Congratulations to Ray Chen

This last month something happened that would have made Dr. Suzuki very happy.    A young Suzuki Violin student from Australia just won a very prestigious international violin competition.   Not only is he an amazing and gifted violinist but, he has no qualms about putting the references about his Suzuki childhood in his bio.

A must see requirement for all of my students.

The Queen Elisabeth Competition was established in 1937.    At the time it was known as the Eugène Ysaÿe Competition.    Ysaye was also a very famous violinist and composer of his time in Belgian.  H.M. Queen Elisabeth and the celebrated Belgian violinist and composer were behind this magnificent project.    It was not until after the war, in 1951, that the Queen Elisabeth Competition really came into being.   Since this time it has become a non profit foundation which awards 6 laureates each in violin, voice piano and composition.   It is an organization that helps gifted young artist start their careers.   So it is a very big deal.

You will find the best video of his playing on http://video.cmireb.be/vod# for as long as they post it.    There are CDs for sale of the sessions.   My hope is that a DVD will be available of the violin finalist so that students can see them in this quality. Three different recitals where played by those who made it into the semifinals.   At least three more works were performed for a jury by those who made it to the finalist.   The above link includes a full video of all three performances.

Cesar FRANCK�
Sonata in A major
CHO Eun-Hwa  ( composition finalist)
Agens
Pyotr TCHAIKOVSKY  Concerto in D major op. 35  

 

Notable is also the MOZART  Concerto n. 4 in D KV 218 which also includes his version of the cadenza   [CADENZE: R. CHEN] .   This is one of the Mozart concertos at the end of the Suzuki Violin Books.   Thank you Chen for making this recording available to Suzuki children the world over.  What a fine interpretation.

I could not help but notice  what I am sure the jury saw in Chen’s performances.   It was so much more than just playing all the right notes in the right places with the right interpretation.   Technically it was fluid and effortless as if the bow and the violin was an extension of his own body.   It was also the elegant agility that I have seen in Hilary Hahn.   You easily forgot how difficult the music was.   But it was more than that.   Clearly there was something in Chen’s playing that was missing in the other performances.

Ray played with such   a complete lack of self consciousness and enthusiasm for every note.   He was so at home and comfortable in each musical venue and style that you could not imagine that he had any fears about the performance.    He played with such exuberance, as if he was having the time of his life.   Ray seemed completely lost in the adventure of creating music and he took the audience along on the ride with every note.

I think Dr. Suzuki would have taken great delight in Chen’s performance.   To see him play the TCHAIKOVSKY  made me sense the power of Sensei’s presence in the world again.   It was an affirmation that as a Suzuki movement we are headed in the right direction.   Even the youth who chooses to take on the rivalry of musical competition should be able to do so with imagination and joy.

Sensei used to joke about living till he was 120 years old.    When you see Chen play you can not  help but believe that he found a way to cheat death with the next generation of young violinist.

http://www.cmireb.be/en/

http://raychenviolin.com/  Ray Chen’s site

Also a great joy to see playing was runner up Lorenzo Gatto.   http://www.lorenzogatto.com/en/index.php

Take time to see Gatto’s Mozart in the semi finals.  KV 219 is the other Mozart which Suzuki uses in the last two violin books with the Joachim cadenze.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART
Concerto n. 5 en la majeur KV 219 | Concerto n. 5 in A KV 219
[CADENZE: J. JOACHIM]

We can not wait to see Chen play live in Orange County, CA.

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.

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.

Weekly Group Lessons at TEC, keep students motivated about practicing for their private lessons.

Every  Suzuki program should offer group lessons each week as a supplement to their weekly lesson.   All students taking a full 30 min. weekly private lesson at TEC is encouraged to participate in the group so that they can continue mastering and reviewing the violin skills that they are acquiring in from their personal instruction.  

TEC Group lessons are on  Saturdays at OCCTAC and share with the SASS program where we have more classroom space for children to move around in.   It is wise to check the schedule on the www.got2twinkle.com as there are sometimes adjustments in the schedule.    We have it linked on our Google Calendar on the the TEC ED Center pages at the top.

Group lessons are an opportunity for all of the Suzuki Violin children to meet and play together.   In order to stay motivated about practicing at home young violinist need to be making friends and relationships with other musicians.  It is an opportunity to review pieces and skills everyone knows and it is an opportunity to hear more advanced students who play pieces that younger students aspire to play in the future.

All Suzuki Students in our program from Pretwinkler to Advanced students are encouraged to participate.   New students and shy students are encouraged to come and observe.   Younger children are invited to watch more advanced group students for short periods at a time depending on their attention span.   Parents can learn more about the breadth of the program by observing students at different levels and skills.

The PreTwinkle group is an opportunity for our youngest children to bond and become comfortable with the teacher and new Suzuki friends they will be studying with in the future.   Through games and play they prepare their ears and their bodies for holding and playing the violin.   In a social group setting we can build up their endurance to hold  thier instruments with good posture for longer periods at a time

In the Fall older students are busy reviewing the pieces that they will need for Festival and auditioning for orchestra.   We would also like to have informal recitals at this time, at least 4 times a year  where the children have the opportunity to play their pieces for others.   Please watch for these in the Calendar.

Most importantly group lessons is a place where children can experience more of the fun of playing with friends and develop confidence in themselves. Children who have ample opportunities to review pieces they know and can play them easily begin to relax and enjoy their playing more. See advice from thie award winning Suzuki student.

Ray Chen: I started playing the violin at the age of four. I’m not quite sure where I got the idea; however, I do know that it was my idea, as I picked up the toy guitar, put it under my chin and played it with a chopstick… the lessons then followed. I started with Suzuki Method, which was fun and made me want to play. Every Saturday there would be a “group lesson” where all of my teacher’s students would gather and have a lot of fun. At the time, there were two things that were important to me about those group lessons: the part where I played in front of everybody, and the break where we would snack on cookies and cordial.

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My teachers back in Australia have included the Hawkins Family. I studied with them for five years. They were very involved with Suzuki and emphasized the “having fun” part of playing music. It seems like a lot of players these days are forgetting this important aspect, especially as they get older and become more self-conscious.

–1st prize winner Ray Chen about group lessons in his Australian Suzuki childhood.