Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Structure of a Typical Suzuki Lesson

For those of you who aren’t sure what to expect or need a refresher before the fall semester begins, here is a breakdown of a typical Suzuki Piano Lesson.

2’ - 5’

Get settled in - catch up on the week. This is the time for any discussion of practicing concerns or any communication about upcoming performances, schedule changes or important events. Parents - if you have something you want to discuss - now is the time!

5’ - 28’

Lesson time. This is time for the teacher and student to have focus on the task at hand. Measurable improvement should be made and if a parent is attending the lesson, notes should be taken on the lesson procedure so it can be imitated every day at home. We will start from the beginning and work our way through your child’s entire repertoire - fine tuning tone and technique in the earlier pieces, working on dynamics and articulation in the more recent pieces, and working on notes and fingering in the new pieces.

25’ - 28’

Parent time. Sometimes a portion of the child’s lesson will be used for work with you to cover tricky passages or new concepts so that you may feel comfortable working with your child at home.

28’ - 29’

Questions and Review of practice points. I will often go over with your child what he is supposed to focus on, but this is time for you to check their notes and make sure you are ready to cover at home what I will be listening for in the next lesson!

29’ - 30’

Transition. (Often times, I use this time for hearing the information or story your child was so excited to impart to me in the middle of the lesson.)

Friday, August 14, 2009

Summer Recital - June 12, 2009

Click here for the complete set of pictures from the last recital!

For the video of Jimena, Natalie, Max, Olivia, Whitney, Will, Bradley and Erica, click here.
For the video of Gabriella, Athena, Graham, and Anne-Marie, click here.
For the video of Hong, Sophia, Eddie, Diego, Ayla, Sean and Kayleigh, click here.
For the video of Katie, Sylvia, Antonio, Fiona, Declan, Anna and Ryan, click here.
For the video of Elliot, Fiamma, Criss and Jeremy, click here.
For the video of Mary, Amber, Mason and Ms. Aubrey, click here.

Have a great summer - I’ll see you all after Labor Day!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Suzuki Summer Institute

One of the best educational tools the Suzuki community provides is the summer institute. This is an opportunity for your child to have fun in a musical environment that celebrates family, shared learning and music!

I love it when my students attend institutes because the circumstances provide an environment where much can be gotten out of the student to advance his musical education, commitment and enjoyment.

I have always gone to the Chicago Suzuki Institute in Deerfield, but there are several others around the country. Many families choose to make the week into a vacation to explore a new area. The institutes all provide housing, food and activities.

For a list of all institutes, click here. So far this year, I have students attending the Blue Lake Institute, the Chicago Institute, the Stevens Point Institute and the Colorado Institute.

If you wish to talk to other parents who have participated in an institute, let me know! I strongly encourage it this summer!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sherwood Recital, November 2008

In case any of you were waiting, here are links to the recital in November.

For Sophia, Michael, Anna, Natalie, Whitney, Diego, Gabriella, Erica, and Max, click here.

For Declan, Jimena, Hong, Will, Fiona, Jeremy, and Olivia, click here.

For Sylvia, Mason, Fiamma, and Mary, click here.

For Elliot and Ms. Aubrey, click here.

Enjoy! I’m sorry it took so long! Enjoy! If you would like, I can e-mail your child’s performance to you as well. Let me know!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Parent Lesson Week!

Parents! Now is your time to shine! Or at least to get a good handle on what your child is learning. The week of March 23rd is going to be Parent Lesson Week. I will be working with YOU on helping your child practice at home, music reading, and proper technique. If there is something else that you wish to work on or a piece you would like to prepare for me, let me know!

I look forward to hearing everyone play!

Monday, January 5, 2009

PianoFest 2009

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday, and that all my students had an opportunity or two to show off a bit and entertain their family at the piano over break.

On Sunday, March 22nd, Sherwood Conservatory will be hosting an event for pianists that is a great opportunity for performance and for receiving positive and very helpful feedback from a panel of experienced judges.

Students perform a short program before a panel of two judges, and receive written evaluations of their performances, without the stress ad pressure of a competition.

To enroll your child to participate, please discuss with ME over the next two weeks repertoire selection and have a check for $25, written to Sherwood to me by January 17th.

I look forward to everyone having something exciting to work towards during these winter months!