Suzuki String School of Guelph

Note by Note: Nurturing Our Children and Community


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Past events
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Sunday February 24 – 1:30–3 pm and 6–7:30 pm: COME SEE THE STARS
Join hosts Trevor Chandler of Starguide Planetarium and Helga Sonnenberg of EcoReg Solutions on behalf of the Suzuki String School of Guelph and Guelph Youth Dance Co. Spain Fundraising Committee.

Come and experience the beauty and wonders of the night sky on this personally guided tour of planets, moons, constellations, and our home galaxy inside a digital planetarium star theatre—and help send our talented young stars to Spain!


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Sunday, February 3 – 3 pm: Hola España! Spain Tour Send-off Concert
River Run Centre, Main Stage
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Sunday, December 2 – 3 pm: Give Us Peace!
River Run Centre, Main Stage
The 180 students of the Suzuki String School of Guelph will perform a programme of joyful classical and seasonal music to bring peace to your heart. A very charming part of the concert will be the performance by the fall beginners, ages 3 to 7, and the children and parents from SSSG’s Suzuki Early Childhood Program. Be there!

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Saturday, November 24 – 1:30 pm: Music Tells a Story
GYMC Recital Hall, 75 Cardigan St.
For centuries, music has told stories. It depicts a scene, a conversation or an action. In this concert for all ages, the faculty of the Suzuki String School of Guelph will share musical stories from composers such as Telemann, Pergolesi, Chopin, Popper, and more!

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Sunday, April 29 – 3 pm: Spring Concert in Celebration of SSSG’s 45th anniversary
River Run Centre, Main Stage
Come join the celebrations! 45 years of music making, friendship and community! Our current students, our alumni and their children join forces together in a concert of exciting music by Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Elgar, Tchaikovsky and more! Don’t miss the sound and sight of 200 musicians ages 3 and up performing together on stage.

Alumni are invited to join in! Help us celebrate 45 years of the SSSG and join us on stage at the River Run Centre.
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  • Discover Suzuki Early Childhood Education for children ages 0–3
  • Enjoy a snack in our café | Create a craft
  • Ask musical questions to the experts
  • Tthe always popular instrument Petting zoo
  • Bring your young children to try violins, violas, cellos & bass
  • PLUS  a Used Book/CD/DVD Sale
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The spectacular senior ensembles of the Suzuki String School of Guelph will delight and entertain you with the warmth of their sound, their ability to tell stories through music and their youthful energy.
Programme includes: Boccherini, Elgar, Schubert, Stravinsky, Fiocco, Lipsky as well as folk, jazz and more!
Tickets: Adults $10, students $5
Saturday, January 27, 2018 – SSSG Master Class Workshop
This year, students have the opportunity of signing up for an optional master class with our expert Suzuki guest clinicians! This is a great chance to have an outside teacher give you some new ideas and perspectives and some general inspiration in the blah days of winter! The master class format is a semi-private lesson where students are scheduled with 3 or 4 students per hour, depending on the level. Students stay for the full hour and watch each other’s lesson. It’s a great way to learn from your peers as well as from your master teacher.

January 27 master classes will be scheduled throughout the day, working around the GYMC orchestra rehearsals.

Another exciting new activity we are adding this year is the opportunity to participate an
Introduction to Bass Workshop that day from 2-4 pm with Jesse Dietschi! This workshop is open to violin, viola and cello students age 8 and up. Double basses will be provided by the school. Spaces are limited—only 6 students can participate in this class. We will take students on a first come, first served basis. Instruments for the introduction to bass workshop will be provided by The Sound Post. Shhhhh… you are the first to know… SSSG is planning to start a Suzuki bass program in the 2018/19 school year! Students of all ages will be able to join the program.

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At 1:30 pm (and repeated at 3 pm), everyone is welcome to a free Suzuki Parent Talk in GYMC room 204.

Dr. Kate Einarson presents
Why Suzuki works so well (and how to make it even better!)

The Suzuki method is emphasizes daily listening, standardized and sequential shared repertoire, and the close involvement of parents in their child's training. The fact that parents are so involved is particularly unique among music education methods, and an important part of what can make Suzuki training effective. This talk will discuss how the Suzuki method is designed to encourage student progress, and ways that Suzuki parents can help their children learn more easily!

Kate Einarson has been teaching music for over fifteen years, and earned a PhD studying musical development. She currently teaches violin and Suzuki Early Childhood Music for the Oakville Suzuki Association, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Suzuki Association of Ontario.

Kate completed her doctorate at the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind studying the development of musical knowledge in infants and children, and the effects of music training on children's abilities. She also conducts research on Suzuki students as parents as the co-coordinator of the International Research Symposium on Talent Education.

Saturday, February 24 – 10 am to 1 pm: SSSG Music Fair (Guelph Youth Music Centre)
All families of young children are invited to participate! Try a small string instrument, watch group classes and orchestra rehearsals, talk to Suzuki parents and teachers, create a craft, eat snacks!

Saturday, March 3 – 7:30 pm: Senior Ensemble Concert (Guelph Youth Music Centre, Recital Hall)
Concert performed by the award winning senior ensembles of the Suzuki String School of Guelph.

2017 past events
Friday, September 8 – 7 pm to 8:30 pm: Beginner Parent Orientation Meeting
Guelph Youth Music Centre, room 204
Information meeting for new families joining the program. Find out more about the Suzuki Method and our three week Introductory Program and meet our teachers!

Sunday, October 1 – 10 am to 5 pm: Every Child Can! Course
Guelph Youth Music Centre, room 108
Introduction to Dr. Suzuki’s philosophy and its application to Suzuki education. For parents, teachers, prospective teachers and others, this course provides an inspiring, in-depth look at the Suzuki approach to teaching and learning.

Thursday, October 26 – 10:45 to 11:45 am: Suzuki Early Childhood Education Open House!
Guelph Youth Music Centre
Free 1-hour music class for children 0-3 years old accompanied by an adult
Fun! Music! Movement! Socializing!

Saturday, October 28 – 12:45 pm — A Musical Zoo: Animals on Parade!
Guelph Youth Music Centre, Recital Hall
The SSSG faculty presents a delightful children’s concert! Audience members are invited to wear their Halloween costumes! Trick or treating after the concert! Donations welcome! Get a poster here.

Saturday, November 4 – Suzuki Association of Ontario Student Workshop
Knox Presbyterian Church. 50 Erb St. W. Waterloo, Ontario
All Suzuki students invited.

Tuesday, November 21 – 10 am CANCELLED
Guelph Youth Music Centre Room 204
Suzuki String School of Guelph presents
Suzuki Early Childhood Education Free Class
Children 0-3 accompanied by an adult
Fun, Music, Rhymes, Movement, Socialization
Please reserve your spot by contacting 519-821-2890.

Sunday, December 3 – 3 pm: Snowflake Concert
River Run Centre, Main Stage
180 violin, viola and cello students on stage together performing classical and seasonal music. Don’t miss the first performance of our fall beginners! Soooooo cute!!!
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Suzuki String School of Guelph (located in the Guelph Youth Music Centre)
75 Cardigan Street, Guelph, ON N1H 3Z7

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