Friday, July 17, 2015

Important Information regarding Suzuki Program for next fall

Dear Suzuki Families,

I hope that you are enjoying your summer! Fall Term registration opens on Monday, July 20, and I wanted to take this opportunity to communicate some changes to the Suzuki program that I hope you will find beneficial as you register and continue with the program.

Term Dates
All components of the Suzuki program will now follow Sherwood’s academic calendar. Each term (Fall and Spring) lasts 16 weeks. As you know, Suzuki is a year-long commitment (32 weeks). In order to continue the program, families will need to register twice a year: once for Fall Term and again for Spring Term.

How to Register
We have broken down the components of the Suzuki program to separate class offerings, based on feedback that we received from families requesting that we make the registration process clearer. To register for Suzuki, you will need to register for the following components of the program:
  • Your Private Lesson
  • Suzuki Group Classes
  • Preparatory Program (optional, but recommended)
Please note, pricing has not changed. In the past, the Suzuki group class cost was built into the Private Lesson cost.

Suzuki Preparatory Program
The Suzuki Preparatory Program is a set of classes recommended for string players to supplement your child’s Private Lesson and Group Class. Program offerings vary depending on your child’s level, but can include a combination of the following: Note Readers, Eurhythmics, String Ensembles, and Chamber Ensemble.

The Preparatory Program takes place from 10am-12pm on Saturdays, immediately following Suzuki Group classes, which take place between 8:30am-10am. Parental attendance is optional for the Preparatory Program, but parents of children ages 4-6 are required to be in close proximity.

You should still coordinate with your teacher regarding scheduling private lessons. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Thank you for your attention to this, and we look forward to seeing you in the fall!


Aki Tanaka
Suzuki Program Coordinator

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Make Music Chicago SuZooki performance opportunity

Make Music Chicago’s SuZOOki Play-A-Long at Lincoln Park Zoo is coming up, and it's open to current or former Suzuki violin or cello students. The Play-A-Long will take place at the Sea Lion Pool at Lincoln Park Zoo from 12pm – 1pm on Sunday June 21st. Repertoire will be selected pieces from Suzuki violin and cello books 1 – 3.  Registering for the event is easy; simply sign up via facebook, or click here to sign up.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Cello repertoire lists for the June 6th department list

La Cinquantaine

Gossec Gavotte


Minuet #3


Perpetual Motion
French Folk Song

Thursday, May 7, 2015

violin repertoire for the department recital

Twinkle Variations & Theme

Go Tell Aunt Rhody

May Song

Minuet 1


Two Grenediers


Seitz Concerto No. 5 1st  mvt.

Old Joe Clark (longer version) – for book 4 students

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Congratulations Christie!

Congratulations to Christie Keiko-Abe, who recently awarded the 2015 Certificate of Achievement from the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA)!

The SAA Certificate of Achievement recognizes teachers with a commitment to life-long learning and self-improvement.

The process was developed within the framework of the Suzuki Philosophy and was designed to encourage self-evaluation and professional growth.  It provides a viable measure of achievement and commitment beyond the basic registration of units.

Congratulations Christie!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Suzuki Summer String Camp

Suzuki Summer String Camp is starting to fill up! Classes for ages 4-12 include semi-private lessons, orchestra, chamber music, large group lessons, fiddle classes, Eurhythmics, and of course, fun activities! It will be a great experience for all children and will help broaden and deepen their musical knowledge in a week.

Camp takes place from July 13-17, 2015. The cost per student is $500, or $250 for an optional half day for age 4 and 5. For more information and to register, please visit our website.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Reminder: Suzuki schedule changes for 4/4

there are several schedule changes on Saturday, April 4 because Sherwood/ Columbia College Chicago is hosting a TEDx event in our recital hall. For those of you familiar with TED Talks, this is a big production. We are pleased to be able to offer the majority of our Saturday programming that day, however, in order to accommodate the event, we are moving or canceling the following Suzuki classes on April 4, 2015:
  • Suzuki Orchestra & Suzuki Performance class: Cancelled
  • Luke Bartolomeo Private Piano Lessons:  Moved from room 223 to room 215
  • Suzuki Violin Advanced Group:  Moved from Recital Hall to room 208
Thank you so much for your attention to these matters, and please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Aki with any questions.