SuzNews Vol. 11.3 | Feb 11, 2021
Our Suzuki community offers an encouraging atmosphere to 
nurture every child's full potential and love for music.
News from your National Capital Suzuki School of Music
Thank you Teachers!
We are nearing one year since life changed due to the Covid Pandemic. What a remarkable year it's been.

The word unprecedented suddenly became a frequently used descriptor as life changed at work, at school, in our city and province and in our music school community. Everybody had to adapt and learn, change gears, acquire new skills and adjust expectations.

We are so thankful for our Artistic Director Keite Gularte, our GM and collaborative pianist Liko Yamane, and all our faculty for taking on the challenge of giving our families the best music education and sense of community possible under the circumstances.

Pivot was another big Pandemic word. Our AD Keite pivoted and created community events from individual performances. Liko pivoted from in person collaboration to recording piano parts for dozens of performances and creating ingenious in person collaboration opportunities with students on her back patio while Liko performed indoors. Our Faculty pivoted from in person to online private and group class teaching; coaching and connecting with their students through computer screens and giving their students a sense of being together while apart.
Thank you Students!
Our students and their parents deserve a huge round of applause as well. We know how challenging it has been to adjust to new, physically distanced, ways of doing things. We appreciate you showing up for your online lessons, for participating in online group classes and for participating in our online community events like our Family and Friends concert, Viva Suzuki, recitals and Faculty Benefit concert.

Your teachers love seeing you and connecting with you at your lessons and we are all proud of your hard work and dedication to lessons despite the challenges of online learning. Although we all would prefer in person lessons to resume we can also think of some benefits - including less driving in snowy weather - and having pets join us for lessons and concerts.
Together, we the faculty, families and staff, will continue to make the best of the realities of the current situation and look forward to a future where we will be back in person for our lessons and events. Making music together will be all the sweeter after this time apart.

For now lets stay safe and do our best to keep our sense of community despite being apart physically.
Online Family and Friends Concert 2021
Time to grab your family and/or friends; pick a tune and start to practice!

Submission Deadline: Monday March 22nd.
Online performance: Sunday March 28th, 1 PM

This is a wonderful chance for students and families to play a favourite piece for us to enjoy. All instruments are welcome.

Ask your teacher for help in choosing some music that would work for your group.

Examples of a performance:
  • younger sibling playing a Suzuki piece and older sibling playing harmony
  • entire family playing multiple instruments
  • two or more friends - one from our program and a guest performer
  • two or more group class buddies
  • young student and their teen mentor

Some folks even like to dress in costume! Be creative!

This year's recital will be online again. This means that families are asked to make a video of their performance.

Please email your video submissions to Susan Wooltorton at by Monday March 22nd.

If you are putting two physically distanced performances together (ie, friends performing together in different homes) Acapella is a straightforward App to use for this purpose.

If you need help with merging tracks please contact Susan at

Mark Sunday March 28th, 1 PM on your calendar for the youtube premiere of Family and Friends Concert 2021. Link will be emailed before the concert.

This concert is a real highlight of our school year! If you're not performing we hope you join our premiere to see what these creative groups have prepared for our enjoyment.

See you there!
Congratulations Margaret!
Margaret Tobolowska, one of our Cello Faculty, released her first music video of her original music last week.

The video is a stunning combination of sound and sight.

Congratulations Margaret, your artistry is phenomenal.
Welcome Sonya, our newest Cello and Violin Faculty
We would like to extend a warm welcome to Sonya Matoussova, our newest cello and violin faculty. Sonya's studio is located in Gloucester.
A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, cellist Sonya Matoussova is a versatile musician with a passion for music education. Ms. Matoussova is an alumna of the Da Camera Young Artist Program (Houston, TX) and holds degrees from the University of Montreal (class of Yuli Turovsky) and the University of Houston (class of Vagram Saradjian). As a pedagogue, Ms. Matoussova is committed to fostering community and excellence in her studio through group classes, music theory lessons, and ensemble playing. She is dedicated to creating unique performance opportunities for her students, including outreach activities and interdisciplinary collaborations.

We are happy to have her join our Faculty and our music school community.
Marketing Volunteer Needed
The Board and Admin staff are looking for some expert marketing advice to help us channel our online and offline marketing strategies. If you have professional experience in marketing we would be so appreciative if you could attend our next Board meeting (March 1st, 8 pm, virtual) to give us some tips and ideas. Please contact Susan at to let us know if you can help.
Will you be a SuzukiMusic Sponsor?
If you are a small business owner or work for a company that would be interested in advertising with us, please consider becoming a 2021-2022 Sponsor.

Sponsorship includes Ads in our 5 e-newsletters that go out to a readership of over 300 people, social media mentions, hyperlinked logo on our website and logos/ads in all event Programmes.

Please check out this information package Sponsorship Proposal 2021 for details and email Susan Wooltorton at to discuss options.

Thank you for considering sponsorship as a way of supporting our school.
SuzukiMusic FlipGive Fundraiser
Our Flipgive fundraiser continues!

There are three ways that you can fundraise for our school using this app.

1) You can purchase e-gift cards that are delivered directly to your email box for stores that you go to anyways and pay for your groceries, gas and other essentials using those gift cards. You are spending the money you would have spent anyways but now a percentage of that purchase goes back to our school at no cost to you. 

2) You can purchase e-gift cards for friends and family as gifts for special occasions. Again the e-gift cards come direct to your email box and you can print them off or forward them to friends and family.

3) You can make online purchases directly through the app and a percentage of your purchase is given to our school. 

These small percentages (often 1, 2 or 3% of the cost of the gift card or online purchase) add up quickly and are a no-stress, no effort way to raise money for
your children's music school. 

There are frequent new special offers from week to week.

Please share this code with family and friends - the more the merrier! 

Join our team now and you’ll get a $5 bonus the first time you shop:

Or enter this code: H3PD4Y

Any questions, please email Susan at
Parent Education Corner
Its not too late to join Parents as Partners Online

Are you a Suzuki Parent who loves info on parenting communication, practicing games, or how to support your child in their musical education? 
Then Parents as Partners Online 2021 is for you!

This series of over 50 short online videos are created by Suzuki Teachers and Parents, especially for Suzuki Parents and Teachers.

Topics include:
  • How to take effective notes in lessons
  • How to support your child in practice sessions
  • Staying motivated all year long
  • Communication in lessons and practice
  • and many more . . .

Each Monday for 10 weeks, at least four short videos will be aired with accompanying audio only format, and transcripts as well. Once posted, all talks will be available online through December 15, 2021.

Register here:
Upcoming Events
Family and Friends Virtual Concert
Sunday March 28th, 1 PM, Youtube Premiere
(link will be emailed and will be available on our facebook page)

Virtual Group Classes resume on Saturday Feb 20th, 2021.

For updated details,
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