Thursday, June 5, 2014

Suzuki Summer String Camp 2014

Hello Campers! We are so excited about this year's Suzuki String Camp. Below you will find information and updates about camp class schedules, review list and other happenings. Please check the blog frequently before the start of camp, as I will be making updates as final details are solidified.

General Camp Schedule: 

9-9:50am- Mini-lessons

10am-10:50am- Eurythmics or Chamber Music

10:50-11:10 Snack/ Break Time in the lounge area

11:10-Noon- Suzuki Group Classes

Noon-1:30 Lunch and Outdoor Recess (weather permitting)

1:30pm- 2:20pm- Note Reading or Supervised Practice

2:30- 3:25- All Camp Play-in

3:30pm Dismissal

Friday June 20th:
Students will enjoy musical movie time and a Pizza Party during their lunch break. Pizza will be provided by Pompei Pizza (pepperoni; cheese & veggie).
Camp Recital at 2:30pm in the Recital Hall. All parents are welcome.

Camp Guidelines and Rules:

  • Students will be supervised by instructors at all times and are not allowed to leave the premises unaccompanied under any circumstances. Parents must notify if you plan on picking up your child before the end of the camp day. 
  • The camp will provide daily snacks (listed below) but student must bring their own lunches
  • There will be 3 teachers supervising lunch and recess every day. Students must follow instructions and demonstrate respectable behavior during recess, or else they will be asked to remain in the office during that time. 
  • Students are expected to respect fellow campers and avoid bully-like behavior and language. The camp includes students ages 4-12 and we want to make sure that it is a positive experience for everyone participating
  • This is a strictly NUT-FREE camp due to food allergy concerns. Please refrain from packing lunch items that contains nuts, nut butters or nut oils. If you have questions as to what is safe to pack, please visit
***Please let me know if your child has any food allergies that need to be accommodated; refer to the snack list below

What should I bring to camp each day?
  • Instrument (bow, rosin and shoulder rest)
  • Backpack or sack with:
    • Lunch
    • Water bottle
    • Sunscreen
    • Folder for music 
    • Any non-Suzuki books that you will be working out of
Snack Schedule:
Monday- Rold Gold pretzels & apple juice
Tuesday- Apple slices & cheese*
Wednesday- Wheat Thins & white grape juice
Thursday- Mixed berry salad & cheese*
Friday- Popcorn & Fruit Punch

*Please let me know if I need to provide soy cheese for lactose intolerance

Camp Review List:


  • Twinkle Variations
  • Lightly Row
  • Song of the Wind
  • May Song
  • Allegro
  • Minuet 2
  • Musette
  • Waltz
  • Witches' Dance
  • Gavotte in g minor
  • Seitz Concerto #5, mvt 3
  • Bach Double Concerto
  • Twinkle Variations
  • French Folk Song
  • Lightly Row
  • Allegro
  • May Song
  • *remaining song to be determined

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Saturday May 24th Schedule

Hey Parents! This is our LAST Saturday of Suzuki group and Prep String classes, so let's make it fun!
Here is the schedule for the day.

The following classes have no changes at all:
Daclcroze Eurythmics
Violin 1a
Cello Group Classes
Note Readers (same time, but end of term assessments instead of class)

These are the adjustments for the day:
Violin 1B & Book 2, Chamber Music and Orchestra- all meet in the Recital Hall from 9:45-10:30am for Musical Movie Time!
Book 3 from 10:30-11am

Break from 11:00-11:15am0 No class in preparation for the faculty recital


SUZUKI FACULTY RECITAL- 11:15-Noon in the Recital Hall
followed by certificate presentation for all students who completed the 100 Day Practice Challenge

See you all Saturday!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Make Music Chicago June 21st

Sherwood Suzuki program will be participating once again in the Make Music Chicago event. This year, it will be held on June 21st  and there is a special event for Suzuki students at Daley Plaza on 2pm. This play-in will involve Suzuki students form across the city and suburbs and include both violin and piano students. Please email to sign up for the performance. You do not need to create a performer profile or sign up individually; we are registered as a group.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (Theme and Variations)
Song of the Wind
O Come Little Children
May Song
Perpetual Motion
Minuet 1
Happy Farmer
Chorus from Judas Maccabaeus
Hunter’s Chorus
Two Grenadiers
Gavotte (Lully)
Gavotte in G minor
Vivaldi Concerto in A Minor 1st mvt.
Alegre Piece: La Jesucita
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (Theme and Variation C)
French Folk Song
Go Tell Aunt Rhody
Long, Long Ago
Minuet in C
May Time
Minuet 3
March in G
Bourree (Handel)

* The event organizers are providing chairs, but we recommend that cello students bring their own benches.

Book 4+ violin students are invited to learn a non-Suzuki piece called La Jesucita. Work with your instructors to prepare this piece:

More information and a pdf of all music is available at:

Sherwood is also a venue for performers, so please check out the final performance schedule and come to enjoy some free music.

Additional to follow, including opportunities to perform at Pianoforte.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Summer Suzuki Group Classes at Sherwood

We will be offering a series of Saturday group classes this summer. Sign up and join in on the fun!

Violin will run during Summer Session II (7/12 - 7/19 - 7/26 - 8/2 - 8/9 - 8/16 - 8/23)
10am Pre-Twinkle with Melissa P
10:30am- Book 1 with Christine A / Melissa P
11am- Book 2-4 with Emilia B/ Melissa P
* all classes are 30 minutes

Cello Saturday group classes will run during Summer Session I (5/31 - 6/7 - 6/14 - 6/21) 
9:30am Book 1(30 minutes)
8:45am Book 2-3 (45 minutes)

Cello Twinkle class will run during Summer Session I on Thursdays with Erica Lessie 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Practicing Coloring Book

Looking for another way to help motivate your child to practice and review? We are selling Suzuki inspired coloring books for $10 each starting May 3rd. Each bound book contains illustrations inspired by pieces from Suzuki Book 1, and includes selections from the violin, cello and piano books. Students can color in a page after they have learned or polished a piece, or simply enjoy the book at their own pace. Proceeds benefit the Sherwood Suzuki Program. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

May 3rd String Playing Tests- reminders

We will once again be conducting playing tests for all string students (Twinkle or above) on May 3rd. Students will play for their group class instructors during regularly scheduled group classes on May 3rd.  I will assist where necessary to make sure that the tests run on time and that students can arrive to their next class on time. Parents will be notified of results, after the tests are completed that day.

The goal of these assessments are to ensure that students review and prepare for this upcoming performance appropriately. It is never fair for one student to work very hard to prepare say "Go Tell Aunt Rhody" for the performance, while the student next to them barely remembers how to get through the piece. Last December, I was incredibly impressed with the high performance caliber of our Department recital. As a Suzuki faculty we agreed that these playing tests offer a good tool for performance preparation. Please place extra emphasis on the Dept. Recital Review list, and make sure that your child is prepared to play all of the pieces (up to their current level) for their group class instructor.
We will use a score sheet to evaluate each piece. Students much achieve at minimum a 7/10 on any given piece in order for them to perform it at the Dept. Recital with the group.

Violin Repertoire:

  • Twinkle Var. C & Theme 
  • Lightly Row
  • Go Tell Aunt Rhody
  • Minuet 1
  • Happy Farmer
  • Long, Long Ago Book2
  • Boccherini Minuet
  • Martini Gavotte
  • Humoresque
  • Vivaldi a minor concerto Mvt. 1
  • Puppet Show (Book 4 group students only)
Cello Repertoire: TBD

May 10th Dress Rehearsals for our Spring Suzuki Dept. Recital

Here is the adjusted class schedule for the day, in order to accommodate the dress rehearsals. These rehearsals are mandatory. Any students who do not attend, will not be able to perform on the May 17th Suzuki Dept. Recital. 

May 10th Class & Rehearsal Schedule:

  • Dalcroze Eurythmics classes run as regularly scheduled, from 9am-10:30am
  • Violin Pre-Twinkle & Book 4 group classes run as regularly scheduled.
    • Students from the Monday Pre-Twinkle Violin class should attend this Saturday class
  • Violin Twinkler & Book 1a classes are combined from 9:30-10am in room 100A with Christine Knodle
  • Orchestra run-through from 9:45-10:30 in the recital hall
  • Violin group 1B from 10-10:30am in room 100A with Emilia Blaszak
  • 10:45-11:30- Pre-Twinkle through Book 1 Dress Rehearsal on the Recital Hall stage
  • Combined Book 2 & 3 class from 10:45-11:15 in room 202 with Emilia B and Bridget C
  • 11:30-12:15- Book 2 & above Dress Rehearsal on the Recital Hall stage