SuzNews Vol. 10.3 | January 23, 2020
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nurture every child's full potential and love for music .
News from your National Capital Suzuki School of Music
Chamber Music -
From Mozart to Lady Gaga
(Senior Strings Enrichment Class) 2020
From Mozart to Lady Gaga, Senior String students will have the amazing opportunity to work with Emma Grant-Zypchen to discover their musical voice and expression through chamber music. 

This is a wonderful opportunity for senior string students to play known pieces from classical to pop repertoire while working in small groups. Students will benefit from 5 classes with Emma and 1 performance.

To organize the coaching sessions, we need your help!! 

Check the Calendar below and register now!

Please register for the classes by sending an email to Keite Gularte at with your name, instrument and which piece are you currently working on with your teacher. 

If you are not sure about your attendance in each class, that is fine. Just let us know which classes you will be able to attend. 

This project includes all senior SuzukiMusic string students, whether you are attending group classes at Canterbury on Saturdays or not.

****Registration Deadline is Feb 1st ****

The classes will take place during the following Fridays from 7pm to 8:30pm at Centretown United Church:  

1. Friday, Feb. 7th : 7pm - 8:30pm (Kindergarten room)
2. Friday, Feb. 21st: 7pm - 8:30pm (Kindergarten room)
3. Friday, Apr. 3: 7pm - 8:30pm (Kindergarten room)
4. Friday, April 17th: 7pm - 8:30pm - (Kindergarten room)
5. Friday, Apr. 24th: 7pm - 8:30pm (Kindergarten room)
6. Friday, May 1: 7pm - 8:30pm (Sanctuary)

See you on Feb 7th!

Keite and Emma

SuzukiMusic Olympics 2020
This year's school theme is working together in the Olympic Spirit. As the world gears up for Summer Olympics 2020, our school is gearing up for the Suzukimusic Olympic Challenge of 2020.

On Nov 16th, our play in day, we had exactly 175 days until Viva 2020. Keite Gularte, our AD introduced us to the School Olympic Practice challenge. Our students will be working individually and on teams to gather points for practicing, group class attendance and school and community event participation and/or attendance. Our students will be put into 3 teams where they can work together to attain the Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals in points.

Click here for details on this school-wide challenge.
Family and Friends 2020
Time to grab your family and/or friends; pick a tune and start to practice!
This is a wonderful chance for students and families to play a favourite piece for us to enjoy. All instruments are welcome. A piano is provided if your group includes a pianist

Ask your teacher for help in choosing some music and feel free to contact Judy for more information if need be.

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!

Performance - Sunday, April 5th
Time: 2:30pm (Doors open at 2pm)
Location: Centretown United Church, 507 Bank St.

Please e-mail  with your submissions by  Friday, March 13th
Please provide the name of piece and composer and/or arranger, full names of players and what instruments they are playing, and approximate duration of performance.

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

See you there!
We're on Instagram!
We have started up our school Instagram page. You can find us at this link:

This page will provide us another way to get news and information out to our SuzukiMusic families and the greater community. We hope to see you there!

Viva Suzuki 2020
It is time for our annual major fundraiser, Viva Suzuki!

Viva Suzuki is our grand finale school performance of the school year. With performances by all our instrument groups, including all our students from beginner to advanced, and culminating in a shared performance with our whole student body on stage, Viva Suzuki is a true celebration of our SuzukiMusic community.

Viva Suzuki allows us to celebrate our students and our school but it is also the one major fundraising project we take on as a school. Funds raised are distributed across three areas - Faculty Development and continuing education, School functioning, and support of our sister school in Haiti, Vision Nouvelle.

We have a three pronged approach for Viva Suzuki fundraising:

Ticket Sales Tickets purchased by family and friends for Viva Suzuki contribute to our fundraising totals after expenses like the Hall Rental are covered. Our collaborative Pianist, Liko, and our Faculty all donate their time for Viva Suzuki to help keep our costs down and to direct more money to the fundraiser.

Sponsorship and Advertising
  • Advertising: 
Do you or someone you know own your own business ? Want to promote your company or services?
If not, do you want to help us contact potential sponsors ? We sell ads here in our SuzNews (you're reading it now!) which goes out to 300+ subscribers, as well as in our Viva Suzuki concert program.
  • Donate prizes or free services for a student fundraising incentive draw at Viva. Students who meet our fundraising challenge will be entered into a draw for prizes - your contribution could be part of the prizes for this incentive draw.
Please contact Susan at to get more information.
Student Fundraiser
This year we will be selling  Vesey Bulbs  as our student fundraiser. Students will be receiving information packages soon. Each family is asked to sell 90$ worth of Vesey product - bulbs, seeds and more - 90$ of fundraising gets you a free family pass. Every additional 30$ raised gives you another free adult ticket to bring friends and extended family. There will also be a fundraising incentive draw for students - every 30$ raised gives the student one ticket for the student prize draw.

If you are a friend or family member of SuzukiMusic reading this please consider reaching out to a student to buy some spring bulbs for your garden!

Our Fifth Annual Black and White Sale
As part of our Viva Suzuki fundraising strategy we will be hosting a Black and White sale during Group Class Saturdays on March 28th and April 4th.

Do you have black and white concert clothes that your children have outgrown? Bring them to our front desk on group class Saturdays in January and February. We will organize the white tops, black bottoms and black shoes and offer the donated items for sale at reasonable prices in time for Kiwanis and Viva Suzuki performances. 
100% of proceeds go to Viva Suzuki. 
Vulnerable Sector Checks for Volunteers
A Reminder:             

As part of the City of Ottawa funding guidelines and to keep up to date with modern standards for volunteers we have implemented a Vulnerable Sector check policy. All volunteers are asked to provide a vulnerable sector records check. This is of particular importance for  volunteer chaperones for outreach, orchestra tour and school events

They can be submitted to Susan at  

We ask all volunteers who have not yet done so, to email Susan for a volunteer introduction letter which allows you to receive your check at the volunteer rate. Then simply go to  Vulnerable Sector Check  and follow the instructions provided. Once you receive your completed information please forward to Susan at  or print off and bring to the Front Desk on a group class Saturday. 

Alternatively, if you have completed this check for work or other volunteering organization you may email a copy or bring a copy of an existing vulnerable sector record check to the front desk. (with an offence declaration if needed, see below)

For our school's purposes Volunteer Vulnerable Sector Checks are valid for  5 years from date of issue as long as yearly  Offence Declarations  are filled out in year 2 to 5. 
Any vulnerable records checks that are between six months and three years old require an Offence Declaration. This means that any parents who submitted record checks last year are now asked to complete and Offence Declaration and email to Susan or hand in a hard copy at the Front Desk during group classes. 

You can download a copy of the Offence Declaration here:  

Link to Ottawa Police Vulnerable Sector Record Check Website: 

Thank you from the Board and Staff of SuzukiMusic
Upcoming Events
Ensembles Concert  
Saturday February 29, 2020
Bells Corners United Church,  3955 Old Richmond Rd, Nepean, ON   
Doors open 5:00PM
Concert begins at 5:30PM

Family and Friends Concert  
Sunday April 5th, 2020
Centretown United Church, 507 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1Z5, Canada

Looking Ahead:
May 1st - Senior Enrichment Concert
May 9th - Viva Suzuki
May 16th - Orchestra and Senior Strings Ensemble Concert

For updated details,
Parent Education Corner

Is resisting practice bad behavior?
Maybe . . . sometimes.
What many parents may not realize is that many professionals struggle with the same thing.
We may not insist we need to use the bathroom, are dying of thirst, or are suddenly starving as soon as it’s time to start, but we still sometimes feel that internal pull of knowing we should practice and feeling resistance to getting started.

We learn to work through it and practice anyway but many performers will tell you it’s there.

In fact resistance to getting started affects creative people of all types: writers, and painters and other creatives talk about it all the time and it definitely affects musician’s as well.
A friend was telling me recently about an interview she saw with a young Olympic swimmer who, when asked what the hardest part of being a world class swimmer was, said “The hardest part is getting in the pool and getting wet.” Even at that level getting started each day wasn’t easy.

In author Steven Pressfield’s book  The War of Art  he talks about a thing he calls “the resistance:”

“Resistance cannot be seen, touched, heard or smelled, But it can be felt. We experience it as a energy field radiating from a work-in-potential. It’s a repelling force. It’s negative. It’s aim is to shove us away, distract us, prevent us from doing our work.”
When I read this quote at a number of institute talks this past summer, I always saw heads from the teachers and performers in the room nodding in agreement.
I feel this when I have a writing project I need to work on, and I feel it when I need to practice.
It can feel like a physical revulsion to doing what we know we should do.
Because it’s hard
Because it takes going to a vulnerable place where we might get criticism 
Because it takes deep thinking and putting aside other tasks and thoughts on our mind

We need to do the work – we need to practice, and write, and create but we also need to find ways to push past this feeling at the same time.
So how do we help children learn to work through this very real feeling of resistance?
First I would say to you as a parent to have empathy and realize it might not just be bad behavior behind the resistance you are seeing to getting started. Your child may be  both  feeling like they should practice and like it sounds like a horrible idea all at the same time.
As parents, you have the opportunity to coach them through that and help them develop skills to push through resistance to getting started on all sorts of things they will need to do in life.
As it turns out, one of the biggest ways to beat resistance according to Steven Pressfield’s book is also the same thing as the number one way parents reported they made practicing with their children work in the research I shared earlier this year ( read more here ).

The #1 Way to beat resistance: Being consistent and having a routine.

Every day at a certain time we get started
Every day we do something even if we don’t feel like it
Every day we put in a little work and push through the feelings that make us want to skip a day
This works  – we may still not  feel  like getting started once we have our routine down, but because it has become a habit we can quickly move through that feeling to actually doing the work.
I hear from parents all the time that it is far easier to get their child to practice with less of a struggle when there is a routine and the child knows practice will happen each day.
I know for myself and for many other professionals having a routine and being consistent is what helps me get my practice in on a regular basis still.
For many families this time of year is one of setting up new routines for the school year.
Maybe there is more resistance to getting started practicing because of getting settled into the new schedule.
Now is the time to set up your practice routine and build that consistency in.
It will help your child work through those feeling of wanting to resist getting started once you have that routine going which makes practice more pleasant for everyone involved.
I invite you to be both empathetic and committed to a regular practice routine. Those two things in combination will do wonders!

Christine grew up a Suzuki violin student from the age of three, has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education, and is Suzuki Trained through the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) in Violin & Suzuki Early Childhood Education.
She currently serves on the board of the Oregon Suzuki Association, runs her private studio  Brookside Suzuki Strings, Co-teach Suzuki Early Childhood Education classes in the Portland area & most recently has started to write about all things teaching and Suzuki.
Click to access her blog.

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