Saturday September 23rd
New Parent Orientation
Canterbury HS 10am-12pm
Saturday September 30th
First Group Class Saturday
Saturday October 28th
Annual General Meeting
Canterbury HS Library 12:35 to 12:55
Sunday October 29th
Annual Faculty Benefit Concert
Emmanuel United Church 3PM
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Who's Who at SuzukiMusic?
Alexandria Givens, Artistic Director
Alexandria Givens, B.Mus., M.Mus., B.Ed., is a classically trained voice, piano, and theory teacher, as well as a performer and choral director in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. Alexandria is the recipient of many scholarships and awards including the Senior Scholarship Winner in the NATS 2016 vocal competition and the Gold Recipient for the Kiwanis Shield Competition.
Alexandria works as a voice and musical awakening teacher with l'École de Musique de l'Outaouais Inc., is the choral director at Lycée Claudel and has a private voice, piano, and vocal therapy studio in Gatineau.
As the Artistic Director at the National Capital Suzuki School of Music, Alexandria seeks to create opportunities for all students, parents, and teachers to experience the joy and creativity in music education and performance. She believes in inclusive and differentiated education, as well as incorporating play in all types of classes for all ages.
Always seeking new opportunities, Alexandria looks forward daily to working in a rich musical community! She can be reached at
Tamara Bogunovic, Assistant Artistic Director
Tamara has been a Musicianship teacher at the National Capital Suzuki School of Music since 2014 and joined as flute faculty in the Fall of 2015. As AAD Tamara is responsible for coordinating the Musicianship program and for offering support to the AD in the coordination and planning of all school events. She's excited to share her love of music and to continue growing her experiences with our school.
Liko Yamane, General Manager
Liko Yamane has been the
General Manager here at
SuzukiMusic for the past 12 years. In addition to working tirelessly as the school's collaborative pianist, Liko's job is to oversee all of the school operations. When you have questions or concerns, she's the one to talk to! She can be reached at email@example.com.
Susan Wooltorton, Assistant General Manager and Volunt
usan Wooltorton has been involved with the school as Assistant G
M and volunteer coordinator since 2014, and as HeadStart teacher since 2012. She's a
Suzuki mom to four kids and
has been at the school as a parent for the past 13 years.
Her main role is to help our parent, student and community volunteers
get involved in our organization and to provide administra
tive support to the General Manager, including editing your SuzNews newsletter.
She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Thirtieth Anniversary!
As we enter our 2017-2018 school year we also are entering our 30th year of operation as the National Capital Suzuki School of Music. Over the past 30 years our school has seen many changes and innovations, has had many different dedicated and passionate artistic directors at the helm and has seen many children grow up in the special environment that is a Suzuki musical education. One thing that has not changed though is the heart of the school, the belief in the specialness of the Suzuki Music Philosophy and the constant striving for excellence in a spirit of community.
Thirty years is worth celebrating! Stay tuned for some special ways we will be marking our 30th birthday this year.
"To make a resolution and act accordingly is to live with hope. There may be difficulties and hardships, but not disappointment or despair if you follow the path steadily. Do not hurry. This is a fundamental rule. If you hurry and collapse or tumble down, nothing is achieved. Do not rest in your efforts; this is another fundamental rule. Without stopping, without haste, carefully taking a step at a time forward will surely get you there."
Nurtured by Love: The Classic Approach to Talent Education
A Message from our New Artistic Director Alexandria Givens
Welcome to a new school year with SuzukiMusic! Every year, we have a school-wide theme that we incorporate in performances and activities. This year, our theme is
Diversity in the Suzuki Music Community
. As a school, we come from different cultures, languages, and experiences in life, yet the language of music has brought us together. This will be a wonderful opportunity to experience the diversity in our school as well as the varied music we share together. For the past 30 years each student, parent, and teacher has contributed to making SuzukiMusic the special school that it is and this calls for a celebration! This year, let's celebrate what makes us unique in our school community.
Music exists for the purpose of growing an admirable heart.
- Shinichi Suzuki
Faculty Benefit Concert
Mark your calendars! Our annual Faculty Benefit Concert takes place on
Sunday October 29th at 3pm at Emmanuel United Church in Ottawa.
This is a wonderful opportunity to hear world class musicians performing music for us. It is a special chance for the students to hear their teachers perform beautiful music and have fun together up on stage.
Admission is by donation. All proceeds go to our Bursary Fund. Our teachers and Liko donate their time to rehearse and perform this special event.
|Faculty Benefit Concert Highlight Reel 2016
From our Board of Directors
Gain valuable experience as a member of the Board of Directors, meet new people, share professional expertise.
We are looking for individuals with professional expertise in the areas of:
Non profit experience
If you have experience in any of these areas we would appreciate your input either as a guest visitor to one or more of our Board meetings or as a new Board member.
Our school depends on the valued commitment of parent and community volunteers on our Board of Directors. The Board is responsible for directing, influencing and monitoring the school's business and policies. Please consider applying to become a member of the Board of Directors at The National Capital Suzuki School of Music.
Meetings are held monthly on the first
Monday evening at
8pm, at Centretown United Church. This constitutes 20-25 hours of volunteer time per school year.
Board members will be elected during our upcoming Annual General Meeting on Saturday October 22nd, 2016 at Canterbury High School at
Contact Susan Wooltorton at email@example.com for further information about applying for a position on the Board.
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
New Parent Orientation
Our Parent Orientation session is especially for new families to our school. You can expect to have many of your questions answered and gain a better understanding of how our school runs.
Orientation take place on:
Saturday, September 23rd
Time: 10:00am - 12pm
Location: Canterbury HS, Room 165
Please note, this orientation session is for parents ONLY.
Please bring a notebook or device to take notes during the sessions.
The Main entrance will be the only accessible door and doors open at 9:50. Please do not park in the fire lane, there is parking at the sides of the school. The main doors face Canterbury Avenue.
Please check in at the front desk in the main lobby area.
Summer Camp 2017 Memories
We enjoyed another fun filled and music filled summer camp this past July. Many thanks to our student camp counsellors, our volunteers and our faculty for their hard work, energy and enthusiasm throughout the camp.
Special thanks goes to a group of young entrepreneurs and philanthropists who created some crafts to sell in order to fundraise for Viva Suzuki 2018. Congratulations girls! You raised $48.15 through your SuzukiMusic Craft Store!
Parent Education Corner
The Importance of Group Classes
This interview is taken from the SAA Website, click here to go to the web page.
Hi! My name is Jennifer Burton, and it's my pleasure today to talk with you about the importance of Group Classes.
I'd like to highlight six things that I really like about group classes that are motivating for Suzuki students, parents, and teachers.
I find that group classes
build confidence. There's no better feeling than having a child create with ease in a motivating environment. They can play with spirit and enthusiasm without fear of mistakes. When you're with a team, you can feel part of a greater whole. The synergism of playing with others is fun, safe and enjoyable. Over the 38 years that I have been teaching, I've always taught group classes. The feedback that I get from parents and children alike is they are fun, and they address musical ideas while giving the child self-esteem.
I find that group classes are a great way to
review skills that we've already learned and attained in other pieces. We can keep those skills current. When I was growing up, it was in the school system in the traditional method, and when we learned a piece, we would go on to the next one. We never would come back to that piece. We thought, "we're done with that piece." In the Suzuki method, reviewing the skills by playing the pieces help those skills remain current. That creates a bedrock on which all the other pieces in the Suzuki repertoire can be built. It's a lot like language. We learn vocabulary, and we build on that vocabulary from year to year. Imagine saying to a child, "oh, you've already learned the word cat. You don't ever need to use that word again." And every day you would learn a new word, but you would never come back and use the word cat. It's ridiculous to think of language that way. It's the same way with music. Once you learn the skills in one piece, you can apply the skills in another piece later down the line. It makes that skill help the new piece be more easily learned.
apply new techniques to previously learned pieces. Let's say you've studied for a while, and you're a string player, and you want to learn vibrato. Then you can go back and use book one and two pieces and apply vibrato to those pieces, so you don't have to learn the notes of a new piece while playing vibrato. It's a great way to learn a brand new technique by using an old piece.
Help build ensemble skills. I'll never forget when I first started teaching group classes, some children were very eager to play with others, and they could
make their violin blend in with others. Other children found it a little bit tricky to have their sound fit in with the team and the sound of the bigger group. It was confusing to some children at first. "How do I make my sound fit in with the whole group?" That is a skill that can be learned. In the group class, all children no matter what their experience or ability level, can learn how to play together as a group, and what to do when they get lost. I actually train that as a skill.
To stop, listen, and jump in when you know where they are in the piece. The student in a group has a new responsibility. We play in a group for the sound of the entire group, not just for your own self. I often will use this opportunity to say; we're playing as a team. We learn music manners as a team. We learn how to stand to get in a row to be tuned at the earliest stages. Everyone in the group can be taught how to be quiet while the tuning process is happening. Just like in a symphony orchestra. We respect each other in the tuning process, and we respect our conductor, and most of all we
work as a team and respect the goals of the team. The ensemble skills also teach us to
listen to each other. To match our bow strokes, to come in together, to start together, and to end together as a team. These skills are critical for playing in a string quartet, a duet, playing in a string orchestra, playing in a school orchestra, playing in an orchestra in the community.
Allows us to explore
other facets of music. Sometimes I do a unit on fiddling or holiday music. I use group class to study
music theory and history. We work on
ear training skills.
The last benefit that I think is critical in group classes is the
social benefits. We've talked a little bit about playing as a group; I think group classes build community. With the parents that are in the class, I ask the parents to observe group class as well, and they take notes, and often times I will ask the parents to participate in an exercise. The community building in group class involves the triangle. The parent, teacher, and the child. It's fun for the kids to play with one another. Beginners like to know that others are experiencing the same challenges they are.
In closing, I'd like to offer some ideas of how parents can get the most out of group class experience.
By attending group class, parents can get to know other parents in the program. You develop
Parents can take home
technical ideas that are offered or shared with other parents. You can use those ideas of technique and practice strategies in your home practice every week.
Parents can get a
focus for review. Parents will sometimes say, "Well, we have already done that piece, why should we do it again?" Purposeful review is important, and the group class setting gives parents and children alike an idea of, how can we review this week? Perhaps we can look at some of the points we did in group class. From the group class, you can apply group concepts of theory, history, dance character, pulse, other ideas in your home practice.
The importance of group classes: wouldn't live without them. I love the idea of group classes to foster relationships, and the learning experience between the teacher, parent, and the child.