Summer is the best time to get a Musical Head Start on Fall

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Summer is the best time to get a Musical Head Start on Fall.

Now when you have a few extra hours to spend with children and discover their interest, Summer can be a good time to explore violin lessons.

  1. Children can get a little head start with the basics before they get busy with school again.
  2. New habits are easier to start shaping and forming.
  3. Children have more time for listening to their pieces without the burden of homework.
  4. Parents have more time to help children get the right books, equipment and instruments to do the job with.
  5. You can avoid the rush during the first month of school in Sept.
  6. You can get first pick on the schedule you would like to have for Fall.

Not to mention all the good things music does to help children get ready for school from the inside out of the brain when Fall finally arrives.

See you soon.

 

Ray Chen will play Recital in Cerritos in Sept.

Ray Chen will play a Violin Recital in Cerritos on Wed. Sept. 14th at 7:30 at the Center for Performing Arts.   He will play music from his first CD:

  • TARTINI (arr. Kreisler)- Sonata in g minor from Devil’s Trill
  • FRANCK- Sonata in A Major
  • BACH- Chaconne from Partita in d minor
  • WIENIAWSKI- Legende, Op. 17
  • WIENIAWSKI- Variations on the Original Theme, Op. 15

This is an extraordinary young violinist of Taiwanese decent, who began as a Suzuki student in Australia.   I had the pleasure of hearing him play a flawless and engaging Recital in San Diego earlier this year.

Ray was accepted to the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music at age 15.   He went on to compete at several international competitions and has made an international name for himself as winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition and the Yehudi Menuhin Competition.

“Ray Chen can do pretty much anything he wants on the violin,” hails the Washington Post.   I would encourage my students go see him while you can still get your hands on a ticket.  It will be something to remember.

http://www.cerritoscenter.com/tickets/production.aspx?productionSeasonId=3665

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.

Pandora gets violin music on line

Finally Classical Music can get a melody in edge wise on line.

Finally Classical music can get a note in edge wise on the net.   Here’s a place where young string players can find and sample a wide range of classical music.    I will be bookmarking and creating stations for string music.

You can listen to as much as 40 hrs a week.

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

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.

Recital on Sat. evening: Affordable Opportunity for young Suzuki Students

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Last night I attended a recital by my friend William Fitzpatrick and his pianist William Ransom.  Though no admission was charged it was quite an impressive concert.  Both have impressive credentials as you will see in the links with this piece.   They also played some very animated violin and piano music for an intimate audience at the Musishare location just down from the Spectrum Mall.    There William keeps a grand piano in a room available for Master classes and Performance classes.   Before I arrived that evening the performance students had been having master classes with William Ransom.

I was pleased to see some of my students there to hear Maestro Fitzpatrick play Violin Sonatas by CLaude Debussy and Edvard Grieg.    Even one of our 6 year olds  from TEC was sitting in the front row with her older sister and father.    I was frustrated not to see more of my students there.    This was an opportunity to hear difficult and interesting music played at a high level of artistic skill at a very parent friendly, free admission.   Best of all students could sit close to the front and meet the musicians in person afterswards.

These are pieces that students do not often get to hear because of the technical difficulty, not to mention the problems of ensemble.    Ransom also treated us to two well known  Chopin works:  The Scherzo #1 in B Minor, op. 20 and the Ballade #1 in G Minor, op. 23.   The low ceiling did not seem to take much away from a dramatic and expressive performance of the piano.

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