SSSG Notes August 14, 2017

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Hello Suzuki families,

I hope all are enjoying their summers.  This is a quick e mail to let you know of some August music activities as well as to alert you to some upcoming new fall activities.

Janet Johnson
Suzuki String School of Guelph
administrative assistant

Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE) Program-launched this September! SECE
Starting in September 2017, the Suzuki String School of Guelph will offer a
Suzuki Early Childhood Education (Suzuki ECE) program for babies and toddlers. Suzuki ECE teachers  Kelly Williamson and Carmen Evans are heading the new program and will be teaching classes as a  team. In Suzuki ECE, children ages 0-3 participate in weekly group classes with an accompanying adult,  learning a carefully-structured sequence of songs and activities. The program also focuses on the  development of key social skills and physical and cognitive abilities, all in a fun and nurturing  environment.
SSSG Artistic Director Paule Barsalou says, "The Suzuki ECE program is more than a music program-it  helps parents to strengthen their parenting skills and to notice all the micro-steps of their child's  development from infancy. It also gradually prepares the family for instrumental lessons."
Suzuki ECE teacher Kelly Williamson says, "The Suzuki ECE program is suitable for all children. The class  environment offers a mixed-age group so that children will observe and learn from each other. The  interaction builds bonds between parents and children that enhance their learning in later years."
This program will replace the school's Orff-Suzuki Music Moves program. After over 30 wonderful years of Guelph Orff Studio and Orff-Suzuki Music Moves, beloved teacher Karen Haack is retiring.  Pauls  Barsalou says, "Guelph owes a huge debt of gratitude to Karen for planting the seed of the love of music
in so many generations of children. She has been an incredible driving force in early childhood music  education in our community! Her gentle, kind, whimsical and fun personality will be missed and fondly  remembered by everyone she touched. Karen will continue to teach piano in her home studio."

About Suzuki String School of Guelph
The Suzuki String School of Guelph is a non-profit, charitable organization providing a dedicated strings  school for Guelph and surrounding communities. The goal of the SSSG is to build a sense of community  through the love of music, and develop self-esteem in an atmosphere of mutual commitment and  respect. Through music, the school strives to nurture the growth of young leaders that will continue to  contribute to our communities as well-rounded, competent adults. 

To register:

For more information, visit:
Suzuki String School of Guelph Contact:
75 Cardigan St., Guelph, ON Paule Barsalou
(519) 821-2890

Suzuki Association Conference 2017 con
A reminder....
Mark your calendars now! It is with excitement that we are announcing that SSSG students are invited to participate in the Student Workshop at the Suzuki Association of Ontario Conference 2017 on  Saturday, November 4 at Knox Presbyterian Church, 50 Erb Street West, in Waterloo. This event will take the place of our regular SSSG winter workshop and your attendance will be subsidised by SSSG. The workshop will include activities for all levels from early book 1 to senior students. It will include a group class at your level, an enrichment class, a play-in and lunch. 
There is also a mini-workshop for beginners and twinklers which includes a group class and a music enrichment class in the morning without lunch or the play-in. There is no cost to SSSG students for this one. 
This will be your chance to make new musical friends and meet some fantastic teachers from all over the province. It will be a great way to connect with our Ontario Suzuki community!

To register please visit:
Application Deadline: September 30, 2017

Belfountain Music Festival bel
The Madawaska String Quartet, which includes the SSSG's own Amber Ghent, is going to perform at the  Belfountain Music Festival this year.  

Where: Melville White Church, 15962 Mississauga Rd, Caledon, ON
When: Monday, August 21, 8:00PM*
Who: everyone would enjoy this concert!
Tickets:  Student ticket for just $2 ; Adult tickets are $20. Tickets can be purchased online, or at the door. Cheques payable to "Belfountain Heritage Society"
*there will also be a violin play-in at 5:30, and a pot-luck dinner around 6:30

Attention Violins!:
You are invited to a play-in at the Belfountain Music Festival. This year, the SSSG is collaborating with Etobicoke Suzuki Music, and Suzuki Talent Education of Waterloo. Join Carmen Evans at the Belfountain Music Festival on Monday, August 21 to perform in the festival student play-in. Violins from the three schools will play together, then enjoy a pot-luck dinner, followed by the Madawaska String Quartet concert. The play-in is free, with purchase of tickets to the Madawaska concert. (student tickets $2, adult tickets $20).

Where: Belfountain Music Festival
Melville White Church, 15962 Mississauga Rd, Caledon, ON
When: Monday, August 21, 5:30PM
Who: violins of all levels
Tickets:  Student ticket for just $2 ; Adult tickets are $20. Tickets can be purchased online, or at the door. Cheques payable to "Belfountain Heritage Society"
Why?: This event is fun! Another good reason: play-ins give you a great reason to get your review pieces polished up before the school year starts up. This is our third year participating in the BMF, and so far, during the pot-luck, the students have had a lot of fun playing games together with other students from the other schools. This is a fun way to meet other violinists that play the same music we play!
Review list (at play-in we might not play everything on this list, or might throw in a different review piece, but this is the working list):
Book 7: Bach Concerto in a- 1st
Book 6: Rameau Gavotte
Book 5: country dance or Bach double 
Book 4: Seitz 5,1 or Bach double
Book 3: Humoresque 
Book 2: Hunters Chorus; Gavotte by Lully 
Book 1: Twinkle; Go Tell Aunt Rhody; Allegro; Minuet 2

Contact: Carmen Evans for more info @