Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute Inc.

Student Institute Aug. 9–14 | Teacher Development Aug. 8–16, 2020 | Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON

Optional Classes

NEW! Singing
with Marion Samuel-Stevens (ON)
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Come join Marion Samuel-Stevens as she leads us in song. This intergenerational, no experience necessary class, is for anyone who is interested in discovering their voice. We will explore vocal warm ups, harmony, circle singing (improvisation) as well as some fun choir games. You will leave class feeling filled with joy and new found confidence in singing.
Students eligible: All students & adults

Cost: $120
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Bass for Pianists
with Doug Murphy (ON)

Once again, all SOSI piano students, 6 or older, and in Book 2 and above, are eligible to study the double bass as an option, even if they have never held a stringed instrument before. And how completely versatile and cool is the bass? These bass classes will be taught in groups by Doug Murphy. Fractional-sized basses will available for the week so don't worry about size. Space is limited, so if you like chocolate and being cool, don't wait too long to register!

Students eligible: Pianists in Bk. 2 and above, age 6 or older

Cost: $195 CDN (includes instrument rental)

Bass for String Players
with Jesse Dietschi (ON)

It’s all about the chocolate—chocolate tone that is! We are excited that once again SOSI violin, viola, and cello students in Book 2 or above and age 6 or older are eligible to take the double bass as an optional class. And how completely versatile and cool is the bass? The bass option classes will be taught in group class format by bassist Jesse Dietschi. Fractional-sized basses will be available for the week so don't worry about size. Space is limited, so if you like chocolate and being cool, don't wait too long to register! If you took this class last year and would like to learn more, sign up for Bass Level 2. First-time students should choose Bass Level 1.

Students eligible: Violin, viola, and cello students in Book 2 or above, age 6 or older

Cost: $195 CDN (includes instrument rental)
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Body Mapping Workshop
with Amber Ghent (ON)

What Every Musician Needs to Know about the Body

Open to all music educators, parents, and students 12+ interested in learning about the most important instrument—your body! Musicians are often unaware or confused about how our bodies make movement in order to play our instrument. We move in the way we think we are constructed (consciously or unconsciously) and these mental representations (accurate or inaccurate) determine our movement. When these representations are faulty they and lead to discomfort, injury, and pain. Body mapping uses practical anatomy, movement explorations, and awareness training in order to regain accurate body maps and healthy movement. This technique is informed by the latest neuroscience about how the brain produces movement, and it has helped hundreds of musicians play with more ease and heal themselves of injury and pain.

Come meet Fred the skeleton, watch videos of beautiful movers, and dress comfortably for movement. Short lessons will be given at the end of the session, be sure to bring your instruments. This exploratory session will address common complaints experienced by musicians and will be designed according to the requests received. Please email requests to Amber.

For more information about Body Mapping Lessons, please visit

Seminar Fee: $40 CDN

A limited number of Private Lessons will be available, first come, first served. Please register in advance in order to reserve a lesson between your other scheduled classes. Private 30-minute lesson fee: $56.50 CDN.

Please register for Body Mapping on your program application. If you are an adult attending SOSI with your child, use the Seminar application form. If you are a Teacher Development Participant, there will be a space on the TD application form to include the seminar.
Leo has started playing and learning pieces with no pain!! He is doing great and we are so grateful. The Body Mapping work has been revolutionary. His writing is also neater, which his teacher has noticed, as a result of the Body Mapping.
Masha Kazakevich

Flute for Pianists and String Players
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with Kelly Williamson (ON)

Calling All Airbenders! "Airbending is the aerokinetic ability to control and manipulate air." Explore the expressive power and flexibility of air as a musical medium. This class is open to piano and string students Bk. 2 & above. Applications will be taken on a first-come first-serve basis. Please indicate when you register if you have played the flute previously.

If you took Flute for Pianists or String Players last year, and would like to learn more, sign up for Flute Level 2. First-time students should choose Flute Level 1.

Students eligible: Pianists or string players in Bk. 2 and above

Cost: $135 CDN (includes instrument rental)

Improvisation: Unlocking Every Child's Creative Voice
with Laura Nerenberg (ON)

Did you know Beethoven was known first as an improviser, then as a composer? Come learn the skills that unlock your own creative voice in a judgement-free, fun environment.

Laura Nerenberg will create a customized class for students on any instrument to gain confidence in their musical abilities and create compositions together that have never existed before.

Students will learn about harmony, rhythm, learn how to solo and be a supporting player in this fun and engaging class. Students wishing to get started improvising before SOSI begins, can contact Laura directly for guidance by email.

Students eligible: Pianists or string players in Bk. 2 and above

Cost: $120 CDN

Fiddling for Cellists
with Amber Ghent (ON)

Cellists will now be able to learn the techniques and playing style needed to "fiddle" on their cellos! Cellists in Bk. 2 and beyond will be introduced to the world of fun and fiddling that violinists and violists have long enjoyed, including how to turn any piece into a fiddle tune and learning lots of new tunes during the class.

Students eligible: Cellists, Bk. 2 and above

Cost: $125 CDN (includes materials)

Fiddling for Violinists or Violists
with Julia Bowdring (NL)

What is the difference between a violin and a fiddle? It's all in the playing style. In this always popular class, you will explore techniques that let you turn any piece into a fiddle tune. Learn tunes from different fiddling traditions, and get your feet tapping!

Students eligible: Violinists and Violists, Bk. 2 and above

Cost: $125 CDN (includes materials)

Music Technology: Making Sheet Music on the Computer, Part 2
with Ken Gee (ON)

This special seminar on Monday night continues past last year’s introduction to music and notation software on computers.

Learn some techniques that modern “music engravers” use to produce music for modern music publishers, both for printed books and for digital music. The focus will be on Finale software demonstrated on the Mac, but the presentation applies to a wide range of similar software running on multiple platforms. You will get tips on what you need to make your own printed music at home. There will also be an introduction to Steinberg’s Dorico Pro, the newest music notation software kid on the block.

Ken is a longtime professional digital music engraver for Frederick Harris Music and the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto. He not only creates music examples for RCM exams, but has also created many popular theory and harmony books including series by Mark Sarnecki and Barbara Wharram. He has been using software for music notation, as well as audio and MIDI editing, for many years.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptops with Finale installed.

Students eligible: Senior or YAP students, any adult

Cost: $40 CDN

with Marion Samuel-Stevens (ON), assisted by Mary-Margaret Annab (ON) & set designer Chelsea Driver (ON)
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We are thrilled once again to have Canadian soprano Marion Samuel-Stevens return as our Operetta director. Marion has been described as an engaging, direct performer and actress. Her performances range from the intimacy of a recital to the grandeur of opera. Equally comfortable on the operatic and concert stage, Marion is sought after for her subtle interpretations of text and character, as much as for her warm, supple and luminous voice. She is also a wonderful teacher, choir director, and a vocal/choral coach for Guelph Youth Singers.

This year’s operetta will be announced soon.

Students will have the opportunity to sing, act, dance, and create the set for this always popular production. A variety of large and small roles are available; everyone has something to contribute!

Students/parents eligible: Violinists/Violists/Pianists in Bks. 1-6; Cellists in Bks. 1-3 (Operetta conflicts with Cello Choir). Enrolment limited to 30 students. First-come, first-served. View a sample operetta schedule here.

**Please Note that parents are expected to volunteer for at least one hour during the week to assist the Operetta faculty. A sign up sheet for volunteer positions will be circulated at the Casting Call on Sunday afternoon.

Cost: $155 CDN

Organ for Pianists
with Kathleen King-Martin (ON)

Students eligible: Pianists in Bk. 2 and above (including adult piano program students)

Have you ever wanted to try the pipe organ? In this introductory class, you will learn to play multiple keyboards, play music with your feet on the pedalboard, and find out what all the stops and buttons do. You can try some of your piano pieces on the organ, and also learn some organ music using both hands and feet together. Both pipe organ and harpsichord pre-date the piano, and it is fascinating to play these historic keyboard instruments.

Cost: $120 CDN
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Percussion for String Students
with Christa Mercey (ON) and Arun Pal (ON)

If you can read music, here is your opportunity to try WLU's fabulous percussion equipment—drums, xylophones and other mallet instruments! In this class, string players will focus on developing their rhythmic reading and improvisational skills. Lots of fun! Enrollment is limited. First-come, first-served.

Students eligible: Violinists, violists & cellists, Bk. 2 and above, who can read music.

Cost: $120 CDN
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Private Lessons for Adults
This class is offered to any adult (parent or TD course participant) wanting to take semi-private lessons in violin, viola, cello, or piano during the week. Lessons will be scheduled with three or four students per hour. Each participant will receive five lessons during the week. Participants must have some knowledge of the instrument, and string players must bring their own instrument. Enrolment limited. First-come, first-served.

Students eligible: Any SOSI parent or TD participant who plays violin, viola, cello, bass or piano.

Cost: $220 CDN


Sibling Class
Siblings of SOSI students who are 3 to 5 years old, but who aren’t yet studying an instrument, can enroll in our “sibling class”, a one-hour class that meets daily. The sibling class will have the same teacher and curriculum as our youngest pre-reading classes.

Cost: $220 CDN


String/Piano Chamber Ensemble
Senior or YAP String and Piano program students perform together, and hone their ensemble skills.

Players will study and polish a piece of chamber music under the experienced guidance of one of our faculty members.

Note: This is already included for pianists in the Senior and YAP piano programs. Some students will have their first String/Piano Chamber Ensemble class on Sunday.

Practice Rooms: Practice rooms will be reserved on Sunday for those students who wish to rehearse before their first String/Piano Chamber Ensemble class.

Students eligible: Senior or YAP string students; Enrollment may be limited.

Cost: $160 CDN
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Viola for Violinists
with Heather Braden (ON)

Violinists get a chance to explore the tone colours of the viola by working on viola ensemble repertoire. Violas will be available to use for the week. If you own a viola, please bring it.

Appropriate for violinists with or without previous viola experience.

Students eligible: Violin students in the Intermediate or above program; Enrolment may be limited.

Cost: $135 CDN (includes viola rental)
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