SSSG Notes September 27, 2018

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Hello Suzuki families,

It's not too early to mark your calendars for the SSSG Snowflake concert on December 2!   We will be performing the beautiful canon "Dona Nobis Pacem". All students should learn how to sing it. Students able to play in the key of G major will also learn how to play it. The recording, by soprano Heather Fleming has been e mailed to you this week. Please add this file to your daily listening so you can learn how to sing it!

Janet Johnson
Suzuki String School of Guelph
administrative assistant

What should we do if we have to miss group class?group
What should we do if we have to miss group class?
    • Please make sure you contact your group class teacher and your music enrichment teacher (rhythmic reading, orchestra, Concorde) as soon as you know that you will be missing. Here are the email address of all our teachers:
Paule Barsalou
Andrea Cook
Carmen Evans
Anna Hughes
Sandy Kiefer
Caroline MacDonald
Elayne Ras
Joy Schuster

Please note the annual  SSSG AGM.  All are welcome!!
Saturday, October 27 - 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
GYMC Upstairs Foyer

" Nurturing Independence Through Collaborative Note Taking"
With Christie Zimmer and Paule Barsalou
Would you like your child to take on more ownership of their musical learning? Would you like your child to be able to evaluate his/her own playing. Would you like your child to get more joy out of practising? Would you like your child to develop strong life skills through practising? Come join Suzuki teacher Paule Barsalou and Suzuki parent and journaling expert Christie Zimmer as they discuss the way they use note taking in the lesson and at home to strengthen communication, develop a reflective mindset and problem solve as a team.
Followed by  SSSG Annual General Meeting
*There will be a children's movie in the Recital Hall.

Musicians invited to speak out on Copyright copy

Article reprinted with permission by the author, Jane Litchfield. Miranda Mulholland is an alumni of the Suzuki String School of Guelph.

The topic of musicians' livelihood was on the table when a number of musicians met with Guelph MP Lloyd Longfield on September 5 at Guelph Arts Council's space.
Longfield invited the musicians, including Guelph-born fiddler-singer Miranda Mulholland and Guelph singer-songwriter James Gordon, to give him their thoughts so he could take them to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology he sits on, which is currently reviewing the Copyright Act.
Longfield said the goal is to protect musicians' intellectual property and also to help create a successful living for performing artists. He continues to welcome feedback at
Mulholland, who does advocacy work for artists' rights, spoke about the Music Canada report on the "value gap" - the difference between the value of creative content that consumers enjoy and the revenues that are returned to the creators. In other words: music usage is up, but musicians' revenues are down. She agreed with Longfield that the music marketplace is not functioning and emphasized that musicians are small businesses who need a working marketplace like any other. She said the need for action is urgent.
Mulholland also pointed out that today's artists need to work to educate consumers on how to support them. (See tips below.) She says she got into the industry in 1998-99, right when it changed. She noticed that musicians before her could own a house, yet she could not, despite being a multiple award winner. She wondered "What am I doing wrong?"
Mulholland, who owns her own record label, says with so many ways to consume music now, the "middlemen have multiplied" and creators must now be data clerks as well. When it comes to funding, they now need to hire a grant writer, which also costs money.
Gordon, who has been in the music business for 40 years, says "we need a huge cultural shift." He has also lobbied on copyright and says the irony is that artists are drawn to this work because they want to have a voice, but they don't have a voice on this issue. He says people are surprised to find out how little musicians make from Spotify (about $0.004 per play; YouTube pays much less).
End safe harbours for tech giants
The group agrees that safe harbours for online service providers is a major issue. Longfield notes that the rules and regulations must change to address this issue, because in many cases the companies are following existing rules.
Other comments at the table:
  • After legislative changes in 2012, the marketplace went from bad to worse
  • Musicians are reluctant to complain publicly about giants such as Google Play, Spotify and YouTube
  • YouTube uses musicians to collect data on people
  • The Top 10 albums are 99% of what gets played, eliminating non-mainstream ideas
  • Re TV show and film royalties, composers get paid but performers don't
  • Radio royalty exemptions need to change now
  • Many creators now handle their own booking, marketing and design as well
  • Arts organizations need artists on their boards: "Nothing about me without me"
  • Should a non-profit incubator for artists, such as Silence Guelph, have to pay licensing fees?
  • Consumers need to find ways to support touring and recording artists
  • Micro-granting would help launch small artists
  • Canada does not place enough value on artists compared to countries like Germany
  • Artists are told they need to adapt, but the policies need to adapt, too
  • Musicians feel their industry is at crisis stage and the need for action is urgent
Your feedback requested
The industry committee expects its copyright review to run into next year, with the hope of completing the hearings by early 2019.
Longfield says it is helpful if he can go back to his committee and say he has feedback from artists. In addition to this roundtable, he is interested in hearing from songwriters, performers, publishers, and broadcaster on topics including the 2012 changes to collective exception to broadcasters; interactions with CRTC and others; reimbursement/royalty models; reproduction and retransmission (online, streaming, hard copies, sound tracks).
**Submit comments for MP Lloyd Longfield at
More news and resources
You can find news on recent changes to copyright regulations in the U.S. and E.U. at,  along with testimony by Graham Henderson, president and CEO of Music Canada before the standing committee on Canadian Heritage. Mulholland also appeared before the committee on September 20 and Music Canada tweeted her testimony @Music_Canada.
Mulholland refers concerned people to the Focus on Creators website. Focus on Creators is "a coalition of Canadian musicians, authors, songwriters, and other members of the creative class, which was created to bring focus to the artists' perspective in light of some major federal cultural policy activities." They have prepared a joint letter to Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez, which Canadian creators can sign.
Also, see our recent articles on 5 Resource Organizations for Musicians and How Do Artists Make Money?
Whether you are an artist, consumer, or in government, you can also find tips on how to improve Canada's music ecosystem at under Advocacy.  
Mulholland's tips on how fans can help:
  • Follow artists on social media
  • Sign up for artists' newsletters
  • If on YouTube, sign up for their channel
  • On Spotify, share songs using the share tool
  • Write reviews and rate
  • Buy online albums on the release date
Meanwhile, as Mulholland suggests, if you love an album or a book, buy it - and buy one to give to a friend.

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Dear Friends of Guelph Connections Concerts,
Although our summery weather continues, soon cooler evenings and deepening autumnal colours will herald the beginning of the Fall Cycle of Guelph Connections Concerts. This 9th season of the concert series begins on October 2nd - just two weeks away - and will continue each Tuesday afternoon at  4:30 pm at St. George's Church through November 13th.
My continuing goal is to bring to Guelph nationally and internationally acclaimed classical musicians to perform in an inviting and beautiful space. All are warmly and unconditionally welcome to attend. The music is always accessible and the up close and personal connection between the audience and the performers continues to be a special highlight of these concerts.
Below is a brief overview with posters attached. I invite you to enjoy these concerts, bring your friends, check out the new web site and help me in any way you can to spread the word about our amazing concert series.
I look forward to greeting you at the door!
Marlena Tureski
Artistic Director, Guelph Connections Concerts
Guelph Connections Concerts
St. George's Anglican Church
99 Woolwich St. Guelph
Tuesdays at 4:30pm (Approximately 1 hour in length)
No Admission: free and open to all
October 2          Ensemble Celandine, Flute, Bassoon and Piano
October 9          Sarah Fraser-Raff, Jeewan Kim and Mary-Katherine Finch
October 16       Ton Beau Quartet with Talisa Blackman, piano  Brahms Quintet in F minor
October 23        Luke Welch, solo Piano, Chopin, Beethoven and Schumann
October 30        Hog Town Brass, Gershwin, Bernstein, Bach, Piazzolla
November 6      Trio Moyen, Clarinet, Viola and Piano
November 13     Madawaska Quartet, Haydn,  Shostakovich


SAO Conference 2018 SAO
SAO Conference,  November 10, 2018
Lakeshore Campus of Humber College,  Toronto

Come to Toronto for an exciting day of stimulation and renewal for all sides of the Suzuki Triangle. Registration deadlines are fast approaching!  September 30 is the deadline for the student day.
Saturday November 10: SAO Student Day is directed to the three corners of the Suzuki triangleTeachers and students will both benefit from observing and participating in the various classes being offered by fantastic clinicians in violin, viola, cello, bass, piano, guitar and flute as well as SECE. Group classes, play-ins, and exciting music enrichment classes will be an inspiration to all. Students will be placed in the enrichment class that best suits their age, schedule and instrument. Enrichment possibilities will be: Drumming (Cheryl Reid), Fiddling (DnA), Create an Opera (Dean Burry), and String Orchestra (Tony Leong)
Parents are invited and encouraged to attend one of two special parent talks that day: Ed Sprunger, author of "Helping Patents Practice" on "Resistance" and Christy Zimmer (parent) and Paule Barsalou (teacher) "A Tool to facilitate Communication Flow in the Suzuki Triangle"

Instrument Rental & Return in
Returning an instrument? Please return the instrument on the first individual class that your child has in September: week of the 10th. This is important for our seasonal inventory and to do any repairs necessary before beginner parents rent the instrument. 

Want to keep an instrument? Your rental period ended August 31, to keep the instrument use this   form. 

Any questions, please email Amy/Thomas at