Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute Inc.

Student Institute Aug. 11–16 | Teacher Development Aug. 10–18, 2019 | Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON

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Hello Operetta participants…

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If you've downloaded the Actor's Book, you only need to print from page 11 or 12. There’s a lot of extra stuff at the beginning that you don’t really need.

Video auditions are also being done in advance so that not all actors need to print the whole book. (Meaning, if you are cast in a role, you willl only need to print the scenes for that role).

Discover the music and teaching points for wonderful “rare gems” with Brian Lewis

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Join us to discover the music and the teaching points for these wonderful “rare gems” chosen by Brian Lewis, as well as the well-known Wieniawski Concerto in d minor. Brian discussed many of these at the recent Starling-DeLay Symposium at Juilliard in May—you can read a review of the class here, with some recordings and links to sheet music.

Brian will scan and send music, with his bowings, to whoever signs up for this class.

David Popper, arr. Auer: Gavotte No. 2, Op. 23 (available on IMSLP)
Heinz Provost: Intermezzo-Souvenir de Vienne
David Diamond: Canticle
Flausino Do Vale, Arr. Heifetz: Ao p da fogueira (from Preludio XV)
Guido Papini, arr. Hoffman-Saltarella: Souvenir de Sorrento, Op. 55
Henri Vieuxtemps: Suite in B minor, Op. 43, IV. Gavotte
Carl Engel, arr. Zimbalist: Sea Shell
Percy Grainger: Molly on the Shore (available on IMSLP)
Ferdinand David: Scherzo
Wieniawski: Concerto in d minor

Go to Beyond the Suzuki Violin Repertoire, part 2

New Body Mapping topic announced – Retraining Rotation

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Open to all music educators, parents, and students 12+ interested in learning about the most important instrument – your body!

Musicians must move to play their instruments, and so often we are unaware or confused about how to produce the desired movement. Frequently musicians have mis-mapped rotation, which leads to frustration, discomfort, and injuries including tendonitis and carpal tunnel. Come and learn practical anatomical information about rotation of the elbow, upper arm structure, and spine. Meet Fred the skeleton, watch videos of beautiful movers, and explore movement together.

Go to the Body Mapping page

Welcome Nicole Wilton to our Piano Teacher Training faculty

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Nicole Wilton has taught piano in Saskatoon for 27 years. She now owns Wilton Academy of Music – a large music school with 12 staff and over 500 clients. Nicole taught at the University of Saskatchewan for 18 years where she was the program manager of an early childhood music program for 11 years.

Nicole quickly found her niche as a Suzuki piano teacher. She had a passion for the philosophy and after much dedication, has become one of 5 Suzuki Piano Teacher Trainers in Canada. Her commitment to teaching and excellence is evident in all that she does. Nicole has nurtured many students from beginner through the advance levels of RCM including ARCT. Even at early ages, her students do stand out in the music community, known for their quality of tone and dynamic range. Although Nicole emphasizes the learning qualities of the Suzuki philosophy, she has always demonstrated a great balance and respect for the elements and standards of the Royal Conservatory of Music as all of her students participate in RCM education and exams throughout their studies. Parents and students alike beneft from her ongoing education and training, and her desire to grow great families using Suzuki piano as the tool.

Nicole holds a Master of Education degree with an emphasis on early childhood education, an ARCT in piano pedagogy from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, a Bachelor of Arts degree and is a Registered music teacher in Saskatoon. She is a frequent clinician, adjudicator, teacher trainer and presenter at many institutes and conferences.

In 2018, Nicole received the Royal Conservatory's Teacher of Distinction award, was nominated for a Woman of Distinction Award in the “education” category as well as receiving the Canada 150th award for her contributions to her community.

Nicole is recently married and is a proud mom to 3 daughters.

Introducing Jennifer Stacey, our new Pre-reading class instructor

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Jennifer Stacey has been teaching Orff and Preparatory Children’s Music Classes for over 30 years. She has her Orff Post Level III Certificate, Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Music, Diploma in Child Studies and is currently working on her Master of Community Music at Laurier.

Jennifer been teaching the Early Childhood Music Classes, at the Beckett School of Music at Laurier since 2017. She has been teaching the Primary/Jr. Vocal Music Teacher Additional Qualification courses for York University for the past eight years.

Jennifer has been a clinician for music workshops covering such topics as Music and Literacy, Music and Kindergarten, Montessori Music, Music and Science, and Ukulele and Orff, and has written curriculum lessons for the Ontario Music Educators’ Association (OMEA), York University, and York Region School Board. In 2007, Jennifer was part of the Ministry of Education's writing team for the Elementary Arts Curriculum.

Jennifer is also co-founder of Music at Green Gables in Kitchener which has a focus on community music.
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This year’s operetta is Musicville (condensed version). Music and lyrics by Denver Casado & Betina Hershey, music arranged by Denver Casado. Musicville takes you on an adventure with Maiden Melody and Radical Rhythm as they attempt to save their town from the Sorcerer of Silence. On their quest to the Castle of Composition, they pass through the Desert of Doo-wop, the Ocean of Opera, and the Terrible Terrain of Tango meeting musical friends and foes along the way. Their journey teaches them about new kinds of music, overcoming obstacles, and the importance of working together!

NEW! Full Program for Adults

Are you a BIG PERSON (adult) who’s always wanted to experience being the “student” at a summer Suzuki institute? The following might be just for you...

SOSI is pleased to introduce a Full ADULT Program at this summer’s Institute!
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You need to already be a Suzuki violin, viola, cello, bass or piano student. Adults will receive the same type of daily core program as young students:
  • One hour of semi-private masterclass (2, 3 or 4 adult students per hour, depending on level and enrolment)
  • One hour of adult group class on your instrument
  • One hour of music enrichment/reading/ensemble, also depending on levels and enrolment

PLUS (if there are enough applicants) we can offer adults some Optional courses as well!
  • Fiddling (bk 2 and up)
  • Viola for Violinists (bk 4 and up)
  • Percussion for Adults (bk 2 and up)
  • Music Through the Ages (all levels)
  • Organ for Pianists (bk 2 and up)
  • Bass (bk 2 and up)

Don’t let the little ones have all the fun. The new Adult program might be just the thing for you!
Super Early Birds can register for FREE until Feb 28 (saving $90 per family)!

**Note: If your child will also be attending SOSI this summer, we’ll try to make sure your master classes don’t overlap. However, with both you and your child taking a full program, another adult should be there to help your child at his/her classes, leaving you free to have your fun!
Check it out now… adult strings | adult piano