SuzNews Vol. 10.1 | October 3, 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
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Dear Families, 

Welcome to a new school year with SuzukiMusic!!! 

As you know, every year we have a school-wide theme that we include as part of the artistic programming. This year the theme is MusicOlympics – the SuzukiMusic Olympic Games . As 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are coming, the Olympic spirit and its three core values will influence our school: Excellence, Respect and Friendship . The theme strives to inspire and motivate our students to commit more to music. It is an encouragement to practice, perform, and learn giving their best each day. 

I am looking forward to this exciting year! 

Keite Gularte, AD

“Without stopping, without haste, carefully taking a step at a time forward
will surely get you there” – Shinichi Suzuki 
Baroque and Loving It
The Baroque Period sprung to life last Saturday, Sept. 28, brought to us by violinist Kailey Richards.

What a wonderful start to the school year! Our string students were divided into 4 levels ( Twinkle, Min. 1, Minuet Bk. 3 and Vivaldi Concerto in a minor) and worked with Kailey for one hour each.

Sessions began with a, "Spot the Difference", between her Baroque and modern violin. What a thrill to see a violin from the 1700's! Seeing the shape of the Baroque bow helped the students understand more about how to place the strong beats in their music. They learned that a modern bow can create even strokes going up and down but the Baroque bow cannot. Down bows will always be stronger.

With students playing so many minuets in their repertoire, Kailey took us back to the time when they were danced at social occasions. Some students played the music while others learned the steps and then traded jobs. We learned that your social status, during this time, could be raised by how well you danced!

In the middle of the day, Kailey and Ottawa Baroque cellist, Olivier Henchiri, gave a lovely performance of 5 Sonatas from the period. One was composed by a woman. Kailey explained that there were many women composers during the Baroque period but most were not published.

The advanced students were given the opportunity to look at original scores of their music and compare with what they are used to seeing. Because paper from years ago has become so fragile, these scores have been saved electronically and are free to view on IMSLP.

We all came away with lots of ideas for playing our pieces and a new understanding and appreciation for the music of the Baroque period.

Please check out other great ideas from Kailey's YouTube channel- Kailey's Chronicles.

We wish her luck in the completion of her Doctorate from the University of Toronto and hope she visits us again.

Judy Olmstead-O'Regan and Carol Deaville
Faculty Benefit Concert
Mark your Calendar for the Faculty Benefit Concert!


Our annual Faculty Benefit Concert takes place on
Sunday October 27th at 
2:30 PM 
at Emmanuel United Church, 691 Smyth Rd.





This concert is a special chance for our students to hear their teachers perform beautiful music and have fun together up on stage. 

Admission is by donation. All proceeds go to our Bursary Fund. Our teachers and Liko donate their time to rehearse and perform this special event. 

Some fun selections have been made for this year's grand finale:
Try Everything from the movie "Zootopia" and The Avengers from the movie "The Avengers." 

What a wonderful opportunity to hear world class musicians performing music for us. We look forward to seeing you there.
Outreach Opportunities Wanted
Dear Parents,

My name is Chela; I am one of the SuzukiMusic Guitar Faculty and also the Outreach Coordinator.

The SuzukiMusic Outreach Program has the purpose of giving our students performance opportunities in safe environments, gives teachers the opportunity to grow their studios and also contributing to building our SuzukiMusic Community.

I am reaching out to all of you to let you know about this program, and also ask you to contact me if you know a venue, an event or a person that you think will offer an opportunity for our students to perform.

There are many Outreach formats including public events, house concerts, library programs, offices parties or events.

Students can participate as background music or on a stage.
They can open a concert with a couple of pieces..as I mentioned above there are many possibilities!

If you have any questions about the program, idea of possible performance opportunities or a contact that could be interested please do not hesitate to get back to me.

If you feel like having a romantic dinner at home...I could arrange a couple of our talented musiciants to delight you with their music!

I look forward to hearing from you,

Chela Escudero
National Capital Suzuki School of Music
Guitar Faculty
Outreach Coordinator
613 3554135
United Way Campaign
GCWCC
A reminder to our SuzukiMusic members and friends who are Public Servants and would like to direct their donations toward our school, the  Government of Canada Workplace Charity Campaign(GCWCC)  has launched!

Through the GCWCC, public servants can support any registered Canadian charity of their choosing, including our school. Our special thanks to those of you who have chosen to direct your donations toward SuzukiMusic.

SuzukiMusic is a non-profit corporation and registered charity. 892776378RR0001
SuzukiMusic Board of Directors needs Volunteers
Gain valuable experience as a member of the Board of Directors, meet new people, share professional expertise.

We are looking for individuals with professional expertise in the areas of:
Publicity, Marketing, Fundraising, Non profit experience, Event planning, Grant writing and IT/web design.

If you have experience in any of these areas we would appreciate your input either as a  guest visitor  to one or more of our Board meetings or as a  new Board member .

Our school depends on the valued commitment of parent and community volunteers on our Board of Directors. The Board is responsible for directing, influencing and monitoring the school's business and policies. Please consider applying to become a member of the Board of Directors at The National Capital Suzuki School of Music. 

Meetings are held monthly on the first Monday evening at 7:30pm, at Centretown United Church. This constitutes 20-25 hours of volunteer time per school year.
 
Board members will be elected during our upcoming Annual General Meeting on Saturday October 26th at Canterbury High School at 12:20 pm.

Contact Susan Wooltorton at  volunteer@suzukimusic.ca  for further information about applying for a position on the Board. 
Upcoming Events
First Group Class Saturday  
Canterbury HS
Saturday October 5th

Annual AGM
Canterbury HS
Saturday October 26th, 12:20 PM

Faculty Benefit Concert
Emmanuel United Church
Sunday October 27th 2:30 PM

SuzukiMusic Play In
Canterbury HS
Saturday Nov 16th, 2019


For updated details,
Parent Education Corner
Strategies to Help Students Develop Ownership and Persistence

Thoughts from my presentation at the Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference
 

I have often been amazed at the persistence of children when they are learning to ride a bike; no matter how many times they fall and skin their knees and elbows, they get back up and try again. I wondered why children are so willing to persist in learning to ride a bike, but maybe not so willing to persist in studying their spelling words or their violin practice.
 
Last spring I had a front row seat to watching my next door neighbor try to teach his 6 year old daughter how to ride her bike, and in listening and watching from my front porch, I finally understood what was so different from the other times I had watched kids learn to ride. 
 
This girl screamed and cried and didn’t want to try again. Even her older brother was involved, trying to encourage her to get back on the bike. And then I heard the 6 year old’s response to her brother: “I don’t care about learning to ride my bike!”
 
Well, that comment was the difference: the girl had not yet taken ownership of the process, so she wasn’t willing to endure the skinned knees and bruised elbows.
 
In her book “Grit, The Power of Passion and Perseverance” Angela Duckworth interviewed and researched many people know for their persistence - in her words “grit.” One of those was Pete Carroll, coach of the Seattle Seahawks, who stated in his autobiography, “Personally, I have learned that if you create a vision for yourself and stick with it, you can make amazing things happen in your life. My experience is that once you have done the work to create the clear vision, it is the discipline and effort to maintain that vision that can make it all come true. The two go hand in hand. The moment you’ve created that vision, you’re on the way, but it’s the diligence with which you stick to that vision that allows you to get there.”
 
If we, as teachers and parents, want our students to be persistent, and involved in the process of learning to plan an instrument, we first have to help them develop a sense of owning the process; that this is THEIR process, not their parent’s process. In the words of Pete Carroll, we are helping the student develop a vision of themselves as violinists.
 
How do we do that? How do we help them own the process? Let’s start at the beginning.
 
1. The student needs to be responsible for carrying the case! This seems like it is unimportant, but it is really the first step for the student in taking ownership. 
 
2. The student needs to be responsible for getting the instrument ready for the lesson; doing such things as putting rosin on the bow and getting the instrument out of the case. Yes, the student may need some help with putting the sponge on the violin or adjusting the endpin of the cello, but they are perfectly capable of doing the other things.
 
Why are these two steps SO important from the early stages? Because it allows the student to start saying to himself, “Now I am getting ready for MY lesson.” Going through these steps allows the student to mentally prepare for the coming lesson or group class. 
 
So many times I hear parents say “Oh, I know - he usually does it but we were running a little late.” Or they say “Well, it is so much quicker if I just do it for him.” Allowing your child to zip his jacket on his own, or tie his own shoes, does take more time, but he learns to be independent. 
 
I also have a couple of suggestions for ways to encourage ownership during practice:
 
1. Ask questions, don’t always give information. This allows the student to provide their own feedback. The student has to be engaged to answer the questions, and in the future will be able to ask themselves the questions, which leads to independent practice. 
 
2. Offer limited, guided choices, like “What part of your assignment would you like to do first?”
 
Find role models for your child, whether it means contacting one of the teenage students to practice with her once a week, or getting to solo recitals and other performances.
 
My last suggestion is to use feedback that creates a “growth mindset” rather than a “fixed mindset.” These are terms used by Carol Dweck, who spent years researching the positive and negative impacts of praise. Feedback should be directed at effort, which is something you can change, rather than intelligence or talent, which are things that can’t be changed. 
 
In her book “Grit”, Angela Duckworth said “A fixed mindset about ability leads to pessimistic explanations of adversity, and that, in turn leads to both giving up on challenges and avoiding them in the first place. In contrast, a growth mindset leads to optimistic ways of explaining adversity, and that leads to perseverance and seeking out new challenges that will ultimately make you even stronger.”
 
I would highly recommend two books:
 
“Grit, The Power of Passion and Perseverance” Angela Duckworth
“Mindset” Carol Dweck
 
They have both also done TED talks that are available on YouTube. 
 
 
Nancy Jackson is currently Assistant Director of the Western Springs School of Talent Education. Prior to moving to the Chicago area, Ms. Jackson was Assistant Professor of Music at Western Illinois University, violin/viola instructor in the Talent Education Program of the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana, and the founder of the Suzuki School of Music in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Instruments for Sale
Our website is a great place to start if you are looking for instruments for your children. Please click Instruments for Sale for more information.

As well, a frequent collaborator with our school, Mario Bruno, is selling a drum set:
COMPLETE "PEAVEY" DRUM SET FOR SALE
In very good shape - Complete - PEAVY Drum Set - As shown on pictures

Includes: Throne - Snare Drum - Bass Drum - Tom1 - Tom2 - Floor Tom - Hi Hat (Sambian) - Crash Cymbal (Sambian) - 1 Ride Cymbals (Zildijian) - 1 Ride Cymbal (no name) - 1 Cow Bell (see pics).

Note:  ALL heads on the drums are brand new.
Asking: $ 550 o.b.o.
Contact: Text Mario @ 613 867 2113
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