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Online Volume 7, Issue 2
News from The National Capital Suzuki School of Music                            November 10th, 2016                                    

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2 Daly Avenue, M-74
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6E2

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In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Community Concerts
Play In: Canada Day in November
Faculty Benefit Concert
SAO Conference
Outreach event
Adult Ukulele Group
Parent Education Corner
Quick Links
Upcoming Events 

Play In, Canada Day in November 
Saturday Nov 26th
Canterbury HS Cafeteria
Tuning 1 pm
Play In 1:30pm

Studio Recitals

Saturday, December 3rd 
Centretown United Church
11:00 - 12:00 - Janice & John
12:00 - 1:00 - Jonah
1:00 - 2:15 - Brandon & Marion
2:30 - 3:45 - Carol

Sunday December 4th
Stubbe Chocolates
2-3 PM Junior Guitar Students
Orleans United Church
2 pm - Judy

Saturday, December 10th
Centretown United Church
17:00 - 19:00 Margaret

Sunday December 11th
Rockliffe Retirement Residence
Groups ABCD Guitar Students

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Upcoming events that may be of interest to our readers:

December 4th at 2 pm 
The Centralaires Concert Band - Holiday Favourites 
at the Aviation Museum 
free with museum admission.

November 19th 7:30 PM
Donnelly and Peterson 
with the Parkdale United Church Orchestra
Parkdale United Church
Adults 15$
Students and Seniors 10$
Children under 12 free

This concert is  an inexpensive opportunity for you and your students to hear two outstanding NACO members  in concert at Parkdale United Church. 
Come hear Karen Donnelly  perform the Hummel Trumpet Concerto and Anna Peterson  perform the Strauss Oboe Concerto.

Play In:  Canada Day in November

This year's Play In takes place on Saturday Nov 26th at the Canterbury HS Cafeteria.  Our theme is Canada Day in November as we get ready to kick off Canada's 150th Birthday year.  Students will be invited to wear Canada colours, flags, and any other Canadian symbols. The school wide finale piece will be Ani Couni, an Iroquois lullaby. 

Children are asked to colour in the special Canada 150 Logo and bring to the Play In to create a decorative back drop. We will have the opportunity for student/family "Photo Booth" photos before and after the event.  

Link to colouring page:   Canada 150 Logo

We will have a post-play in party and f amilies are asked to bring in a dozen peanut and nut free treats or drinks. Gluten free treats are welcome!

Thank you Faculty!
The Faculty Benefit Concert 2016 was a delight for all who attended.  It was wonderful to see high quality performances by our very own Faculty. A warm thank you to Karoly Sziladi for volunteering his time as a guest performer.

A special thank you to all who attended the fundraising concert. A total of $631.00 was raised to support our Bursary Fund.  Its not too late to donate to our bursary fund.  Simply click on the link and see our donate button at the bottom of the page.  You can donate via PayPal or credit card using the paypal button.  


Suzuki Association of Ontario Conference
An exceptional Student workshop day was held on Saturday November 5th. A huge thank you to co-chairs Marie Kusters and Doug Murphy, to volunteers, faculty and collaborative pianists for providing the greater Suzuki family with such an energizing and engaging day. Together we are better!  (and we have lots of fun!)


Group Class Spotlight                        
Judy's group class prepared a fun treat for group class on Saturday October 29th.

Click the photo to view the video link:

Stubbe and SuzukiMusic present:

A Chocolate Nutcracker
Come support your fellow SuzukiMusic students and enjoy a free hot chocolate as they perform for the
general public on the following Sundays from 2 to 3pm at Stubbe Chocolates, 375 Dalhousie St, Ottawa

Nov 27 -TBA
Dec  4 - Guitars
Dec  11-Violins
Dec 18 -TBA

A reminder to our SuzukiMusic members and friends who are Public Servants and would like to direct  their donations toward our school, the launch of the  Government of Canada Workplace Charity Campaign (GCWCC) will  begin on September 7th this year.

Through the GCWCC, public servants can support any registered Canadian charity of their choosing, including our school. Our special thanks to those of you who have chosen to direct your donations toward SuzukiMusic.

SuzukiMusic is a non-profit corporation and registered charity. 892776378RR0001

Adult Ukulele Group  2016-2017
We are pleased to offer a  music  class  opportunity for parents again this year - a grea t use of the time spent waiting for your Senior musicians' classes to be finished every  Saturday !  
Parents and/or former Suzuki students are welcome to join Andrew Davidson at  2pm during group class days for the Adult Ukulele Ensemble class. 
The fee is $40/term/student.
This class is for all levels of player, whether you're a brand new beginner or have already been playing; you'll also learn scales, solo and ensemble playing as well as basic music reading and transposition skills. You will need your own instrument in C6 tuning. There are some ukuleles in class for you to try out before you commit to purchasing one, so come check out the next class with no obligation.  

Please contact Andrew Davidson at

Parent Education Corner       
A note for parents on group classes from your Artistic Director, Michelle Iznardo:

Our Group Classes are a special part of our program and a part of what sets the Suzuki method apart from other learning methods. Suzuki musical education includes group classes for many reasons that are beneficial to students. The classes are carefully organized by the school to ensure a positive learning environment and support the private lessons and home practices. As such, the school encourages you to take full advantage of them. Parents, teachers, and students must work together to provide the best learning experience in group classes and here are a few good reminders to keep in mind:

Group class is the time:
  • To work on and reinforce techniques and musical  concepts learned in the private lesson.
  • To learn more advanced techniques through review of previously learned materials.
  • To become musically flexible by accepting and reacting to differing interpretations.
  • To improve direction following skills.
  • To become a better audience.
  • To learn to work together as a team.
  • To learn to offer constructive criticism in a positive environment.
  • To provide a social and educational environment for motivation.
  • To prepare for performances.
Group class is not:
  • the time to play through as many pieces as possible. (that is a Play-In)
  • A time to exchange the latest gossip for both parents and students.
  • A time for parents to run errands.
Role of the parent:
  • To actively review with your child every day, concentrating heavily on the current review list.
  • To attend group lessons and take notes on techniques and musical concepts stressed.
  • To practice with your child the ideas worked on in class.
  • To arrive in plenty of time for class. Late arrivals mean stopping the entire class for tuning.
  • Not to distract your child with gestures and threatening looks.
  • To discuss with your child the purposes of group class and what the appropriate behaviour should be.
Role of the student:
  • To practice at home what was presented in the group class.
  • To show respect for students, parents and teachers.
  • To remain in rest position while the teacher is talking.
  • To sit and watch attentively while more advanced students are playing.
Group class is a special time to consolidate skills, develop new ideas, make new friends with a common purpose and to experience the joy of making music together.  See you at class!

points taken from American Suzuki Journal, Some Thoughts on Group Classes by Teri Einfeldt

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