SuzNews Vol. 9.5 | May 23rd, 2019
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
A Message from our AD
As another year comes to an end, we had the honour of witnessing a demonstration of the hard work, dedication, and nurturing that has gone into this year at our Annual Viva Fundraiser Concert. We were able to see all of our SuzukiMusic students on one stage playing with a passion developed by all of our faculty, students, and parents.

Suzuki once said, “Where love is deep, much can be accomplished”. This rings true throughout SuzukiMusic in every aspect of the school. Our board and administration work hard to ensure that our school is well supported and involved in the Ottawa-Gatineau community, and our faculty is comprised of dedicated educators who work tirelessly to share the gift of music with our students. Parents of our school are dedicated to their children’s education and success, and we have students who look forward to the skills, friendships, and relationships they are able to develop in this wonderful, musical community.

As Suzuki discusses, it all starts with love and the development of beautiful people. Our theme this year, “Musically Diverse” has rung true throughout this entire year - through concerts, group classes, and performances. We look back on so many exciting concerts such as our Jr and Sr. Ensembles concert, Faculty Benefit Concert, Family and Friends Concert, our Creativity Development Class concert and our school's participation in Ottawa’s annual Kiwanis Festival.

As a school, we came together with all of our diverse qualities to learn, make music, and celebrate the accomplishments, as well as the lives of teachers and people who have grown with us throughout the years.

I wish all of you a wonderful summer! Thank you, and congratulations to all of the faculty, students, and parents for everything that you’ve accomplished this year!

Alexandria Givens, AD
Congratulations to our Top Viva Fundraiser!
Congratulations to Chloe F-M. our top fundraiser this year! She will be receiving a special thank you gift of a Vesey Butterfly Saddlebag and accompanying seeds to grow her very own butterfly attracting porch or balcony garden.

Special mention to our runners' up Graydon C. and Ali M. for their exceptional fundraising efforts.

We thank everyone who participated, your fundraising made a difference!
Vesey Viva Fundraiser - Order Delivery
Thank you to everyone who supported our Vesey School Fundraiser for Viva Suzuki!.

Orders will be delivered to Faculty Studios week of May 27th.

Thank you and happy planting!
Viva Suzuki 2019
A huge thank you to all of our amazing volunteers who kept Viva 2019 running smoothly on Saturday May 11th - our head chaperones Danielle and Johanna, our stage managers Karen and Abdul, Back Stage coordinator Eric, our MCs Maya and Gabriel and all our chaperones, stage hands, front of house volunteers, videographer, photographer, potluck coordinators.... each of you made this Viva Suzuki run smoothly and enjoyably for our kids. 

And an enthusiastic thank you to all of our dedicated students who put on a lovely performance demonstrating their hard work this school year.

Our Volunteers of the Year 2018-2019

Every year we have the task of choosing our Parent and Community Volunteers of the Year. This is a challenging task as we appreciate every single one of our dedicated volunteers. Our school could not function without the volunteers who help out with a myriad of tasks, big and small, some front and centre, others behind the scenes. 

This year the winner of the Aubrey Parent Volunteer of the Year Award is Ruby Yeung !  Congratulations and Thank you for your service to our school!

Ruby is quick to help out whenever and wherever needed. She is a pro at the snack table and helps out at Viva and other school events including the annual Play In.
As parents we have a vested interest in ensuring our children's music school's success. It is all the more remarkable and a testament to a spirit of volunteerism when community members come forward to give of their time to help our school thrive.

This year's winner of the McKerrel Community Volunteer Award is  Krystal Valencia.

Krystal is a member of the community who has been part of our Board since the Fall of 2016. She joined us as a student pursuing a graduate certificate in Non-Profit management and shared her expertise freely with us over the past 3 years. Krystal worked tireless on our behalf to attempt to secure new sponsors and new grants. She was instrumental in our participation in the Parent and Kid Expo in 2017 and even stepped forward to MC our Viva Suzuki event. We wish Krystal all the best as she moves on to her next project.
2019-2020 Registration
Brand New students  - Welcome!! Once you have connected with your new teacher he or she will send you the links for registration.

Returning students  - Your teacher has sent you an email with access to registration for the coming school year. You will be given a link to your teacher's specific web page and an access password. Once in, simply follow the steps to complete your registration!

Please email our IT volunteer, Rolly Aubrey, at  if you encounter any problems in the process of filling out the form.

After completing the online registration, you will receive a registration confirmation email from the school. Please print that out and bring it along with your payment to your teacher by no later than  Saturday, June 8th. 
After that day, a late registration fee will be applied.

We are looking forward to our 2019/2020 school year!
Instrument Rentals
If you have a rental instrument from our rental fleet they are due back after your studio recital, unless you are renewing your rental for the 2019-2020 school year. Please contact Susan at  to arrange return or send new rental agreement and payment to our office (address listed above left) by June 8th, 2019. 
Click  here  to download new rental agreement. 
Kiwanis 2019 Highlights
We are proud of the team work and musicality of all our groups who participated in Kiwanis this year.

We would also like to congratulate our individual Kiwanis competitors for their dedication and courage. Its not easy performing in front of an adjudicator.
Special mention and congratulations go out to:

Christ Habib, Group Class Faculty and winner of the
  • 2019 Guitar Trophy (the main trophy for guitar)
  • Kiwanis Club of Vanier Trophy Open Guitar
  • Long & McQuade Scholarship $200

Guitar Scholarship winners:
Melanie Kung: Kiwanis Club of Rideau Bill Navan Endowment $250
Raul Cipcigan: Pauline Taylor Scholarship $200
We wish them both luck as they move on to compete in provincials.

Cello Awards:
Delphine Wallace: Gloucester Music Teachers’ Association Award of $300.
Invited to participate in OMFA Provincials, lower strings, June 6, Niagara.

Simon Aubrey won first place in the classes he competed in:
Senior Solo Cello -Grade 9 List B
Senior Solo Cello- Grade 9 List C
Senior Solo Strings -Grade 9 Canadian Strings

Torin Gauld won first place in the Grade 6 Sonata class and was invited to perform in the trophy class.

Callum Gauld came in first in the grade 8 Concerto class .

We also congratulate our Senior Violins for their performance in the Senior String Ensemble (Concerto or Sonata) Gr. 9-10 Class at Kiwanis this year. They are the recipients of the James Rattray Wilson Trophy.
Spotlight on our 2019 Emily Mahoney Scholarship Winner Isabella L-H.
Each year our students in Grade 11 and 12 have the opportunity to submit an an essay and letter of reference to have the chance to be chosen as the recipient of the Emily Mahoney Memorial Scholarship. Every year it is a challenging task for the Board to choose just one recipient of the scholarship from the submissions they receive.
This year's winner is Isabella L-H. Congratulations Isabelle on a well deserved award and all the best for a bright future!

Here is an excerpt of Isabella's winning essay:

The first time I became aware of the distinct sound of the violin was at age four. I heard the playful notes echoing across the park. From that moment on, I wanted to be able to make that sound.
My Mom wanted that for me as well. We’ve moved twice since then; each time, my Mom found a Suzuki school and signed me up. I quickly fell in love with the violin and the ability to create a unique sound. But the violin and Suzuki method represent much more than just a sound.
Suzuki has meant structure for me. It has given me a healthy environment to learn and grow. And not just for music. The Suzuki program has made a huge difference in other areas of my life as well. The habits I’ve learned in Suzuki have helped me be a better student and person. I’m usually a very quiet person but violin has given me a voice.
Being around the teachers and mentors in Suzuki has helped me be a good listener, a critical thinker, and taught me to set and reach goals. Leading ensemble and orchestra groups has taught me that I want to be someone who makes a difference; that people can look up to. For me, leadership is being able to make people feel safe, good about themselves and at the same time, learn something.
Aside from family, music has been the most important thing along the way. When I picture who I am, that picture includes a violin in one hand and bow in the other.
Summer Camp 2019
There is still time to register for Summer Camp!

Guitar Students, remember Bill Kossler is coming!

Summer Camp is the time to keep musicianship skills fresh, learn new things, have fun and make memories with friends old and new. 

Dates: July 15th - 19th, 2019
Camp runs from 9AM to 4PM with pre and post day care available.
Meal Plan available.
HeadStart Class available.

Please click  here  for more information and to download the registration forms. 

Forms and payment can be mailed to the office; address listed at bottom of this email. Please email Liko at to let her know you are planning on registering. She is also available at that email address to answer any questions.
Old Cellos available free to a good home Great for a creative project
We have a few old non-functional student cellos that would cost more to repair than to buy new. If anyone is interested in these for a creative project please email Susan at to arrange pick up.
Upcoming Events
Joint Studio Recital
Saturday, May 25th, 2019 
Bells Corners United Church, 3955 Old Richmond Rd
12-1PM Keite and Tamara

Senior Solo Recital 
Book 4&8 Graduation / Book 5 and up
Sunday, May 26
Emmanuel United Church,  691 Smyth Rd .

Joint Studio Recital
Saturday, June 1
Centretown United Church,  507 Bank St .
11:00 -12:30 - John, Janice & Essie's studios
1:00 -2:00 - Brandon's studio
2:00 -3:45 - Carol's studio
4:00 - 5:30 - Margaret's studio

Judy's Studio Recital
Sunday, June 2
Orleans United Church , 1111 Orléans Blvd, Orléans, ON K1C 7C8, Canada

Guitar Concert
June 15
McNabb Community Centre , 180 Percy St, Ottawa, ON K1R 6E5
Time TBA

Summer Camp
July 15 to 19, 2019

For updated details,
Parent Education Corner
Ideas and Suggestions compiled by Judy Olmstead - O'Regan

Lately, I’ve been asking my Suzuki families what makes practice during the summer so difficult for them.
Student response - It’s hard to come inside when it’s sunny out
Parent response - I have to make sure that my motivation is greater than my child’s.

Why is it hard?
Kids have the notion that all regular activities and disciplines break for the summer. Family life changes; summer camp, increased sports activities, cottage life, holidays, guests at home make practice more challenging. Increased light levels means kids are outside more and probably exhausted by the end of their day. “ The Summer just seemed to slip by”. This is a very common statement teachers hear in September with the unfortunate result of students having to relearn repertoire.

1. Make a master plan - Sit down with your child and your family calendar. Block off times when you can’t practice ( holidays, visitors, etc) and then create a schedule for when you will. Doing this together takes the pressure off you when your child asks to skip practice one day. You can just remind him/her that you must stick to the schedule. Even though your child will protest, this will not damage their attitude towards music. It sends the message that you value this discipline and your time together.

2. Think outside the box during the summer months
You might have to:
Practice under a tree while watching your other child on the soccer field. Practice before leaving for the day Go to your child’s camp/school during lunch Hire a teenager to watch the little one while you work with your musician child. Organize CD’s and music books to be where you are - car, home, cottage, Grandma’s, etc.

Summer Practice Takes Planning:
   THERE IS NEVER A GOOD DAY FOR PRACTICE! I can’t imagine any family having 30 minutes magically appear in their day! Just like there is a never a good day to make healthy food or start an exercise program. It takes planning.
   Discover what motivates YOU.This is a discipline, and you the parent must teach this to your child. You are the motivator, the organizer and the energy behind this endeavor.

Some examples:
  • Set a repertoire goal for your child this Summer
  • Plan performances by your child/family. Have them play at a family gathering or create a concert for neighbors. Your kids can even make programs.
  • Listen to music yourself to inspire you and remind you of your hopes and dreams for
  • your child. Ottawa has back to back music festivals this summer. Some have free family events.
  • Read about motivation- “ Helping Parents Practice” by Edmund Sprunger
  • Search on-line for things. SuzukiMethod teachers share information and many now have blogs or websites. ( has free downloads).

  • having every minute of the day filled so practice is impossible
  • expecting your child to organize their own listening - this will never happen. Listening is up to you.
  • setting unrealistic goals - a happy 15 minutes is better than a stressed 25.


Create a monopoly board (Bristol board and markers) with practice jobs on each square. Build up points and rewards. Be creative by including silly things on your board as well. Instead of “Going to Jail,” your child might have to make a bow hold while lying on the floor, standing on one leg, walking around the garden, etc. For the “Chance” cards, have them answer musicianship questions relating to what they have learned during the past year, such as find an “a” on your instrument, name the notes of one line of your study, say the notes of the G scale backwards with your eyes closed. Humour is a wonderful tool, use it when possible!

Using your child’s name, create a bingo game (Bristol board, markers, small envelopes and old business cards.) Your child’s name spelled across the top of the board will create the columns. Now make columns going down the board (as many as you want). Mark off your boxes and put a number in each one. Paste an envelope onto each box. Write an activity onto a business card and put one into each envelope. Your child picks a column (letter across the top and box number, B 3), opens the envelope, does what it says and places a marker on that square. When all the squares in a row are done, your child gets to... whatever you decide. This game will take an evening of your time to create, but can be used for years. You just have to update the jobs on the business cards as they develop new skills.

Summer Story
If you will be practicing at a cottage, Grandmas’, or another new place, have your child create a story that incorporates the names of his/her review pieces. Much of the beginning repertoire can be used in stories about camping, relatives, journeys, etc. (Lightly Row, Aunt Rhody, Song of the Wind, etc.) You can read the story at practice time and your child plays each piece as it comes up.

Grow a Garden
Another idea is to "grow a garden." Either drawn on paper, or built from pieces of construction paper glued onto a larger piece of paper, add a stem, leaf, or petal of a flower for each day of practice. By summer's end, you have a beautiful garden with each part of othe flower representing a day’s worth of playing. 
Regular practice, review, and listening are still a must for this group, but musical friends play a more important role. Creating opportunities for kids to get together can really boost enthusiasm and motivation for practice. 
  • Attend a summer camp or institute.
  • Find a practice buddy and get together regularly.
  • Play duets.
  • Have them take part in the “Busking Program” at the Leading Note Music Store.
  • Practice new repertoire and put on a concert for friends, relatives or neighbors.
  • Make a CD of your concert for Grandma for her birthday.
  • Try a new style of music for fun – fiddle, movie tunes, jazz, etc.

Using old business cards, create 2 piles. One pile contains the name of 1 review piece per card. The other pile contains 1 silly way to review:
standing on 1 foot
eyes closed
as softly as possible
as loudly as possible in the bathroom laying on the floor
marching while playing

Your silly cards can also highlight musical concepts:
Allegro Presto Largo Pastoral
Or moods:
Sadly happily angry smoothly

Practice is work and discipline, but any work goes down easier with a dose of fun, lightness, silliness, etc. Think of concepts that many of you experience at work such as Dress down Friday, Motivational speakers, Parties and lunches for special occasions.


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