Thursday, October 23, 2014

October 18th Parents education class note

This is the outline for the parent ededucation we had on October 18th.  Next parent education class will be Saturday, November 1st 10:00 in Room 210. All parents are welcome to attend. The topic will be "extrinsic and intrinsic motivation.  How to have long term motivation?"

Practice makes perfect or not?

-                Introduction
o   Practice makes perfect?
§  Practice makes Better player & contribute Excellence

-                How?
§  Practicing V.S. Playing – engage time
o   Small expectation

-                Things to remember
o   Different level: different
§  Goal
§  Expectation
§  Approach

-                Don’t trust common sense
o   “10000-hour rule” – Outliers: The Story of Success – Malcolm Gladwell
§  Practicing 10000 hours really help to be a successful player?
-                Quality V.S./AND Quantity
-                What kind of repetition students need to do?

-                Conclusion
§  Practice makes Better player & contribute Excellence
o   RIGHT Practice gives:  
§  how to be Successful
§  how to Learn
§  Learn enough to self-correct
§  If students and parents follow sequential steps
§  If students and parents focus on quality, not quantity
·      Able to gain intrinsic motivation

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Bake Sale this Saturday! (October 25th)

 I am still looking several volunteers, who can assist Suzuki program's bake sale this Saturday morning – October 25th .  Proceeds benefit the Suzuki program’s general fund and outreach activities.  If you are available 9:30AM-10:00AM, or 10:00-10:30AM, slot, please contact me at your earliest convenience.  It will be very easy task, and also you can have a free donut!

If you are able to help us, or have any questions, please contact Aki Tanaka at

thank you

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Parent education class information

This is the handout from the parent education class, which started today. If you were unable to attend this time, please feel free to come for the next parent education class.

New Time!!!: The next class will be October 18th, 10:00-10:30AM, room 210.


How to have a cooperative Home practice session?

-                Four reasons to practice
1.   Simply love the music, or fun playing
2.     Peer pressure
3.     Rewards and consequences
4.     Someone makes them to practice

-                Remember
o   Children like to PLAY an instrument, they don’t like to PRACTICE
§  The process of repetitive practice is biologically and psychologically opposed to a child’s nature

-                Teachers usually pay attention those issues during the lesson.
o   Praise with concrete detail. – But you don’t have detail the reason.
o   Just talk what is going on right now.
o   Explain as short as possible
o   Not praising their result, but praise their efforts and process
o   Do not praise too much
o   Praise as soon as students are able to do it.
o   Don't tell. Give suggestion, or ask.
o   Don’t be emotional.  If students cannot do it, they are not ready.
§  Simplify the issue.

-                Three important factor
o   Never lose self-control
§  Slow, quiet voice– don’t be emotional at all
§  Speak as short as possible – one sentence/word
o   Don’t tell, but give suggestions and ask until they get it
§  But focus only one issue.
o   Give them extra time to process
§  Provide quiet time to process
§  Don’t make them to do fast.  They need extra time to do things.
§  When doing any kind of new things, the brain must decipher a great deal of information simultaneously

If you frustrate, children are frustrated also.  When you frustrate, stop what you are doing, or tell children to do a different task.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Discount tickets available for all Sherwood Parents and students!

Camerata Chicago is giving you a special discount ticket (50% off) on any tickets to purchase.  Sherwood faculty member, Christie-Keiko Abe, and Bridget Callarhan are playing in this concert.

Dvorak: Cello Concerto (Cello- Joshua Roman)
Rossini: Barber of Seville Overture
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

Friday, October 10th - Chicago Fourth Presbyterian, Buchanan Chapel
 126 E. Chestnut St. Chicago, IL, 60611
Sunday, October 12th 4:30PM- Lutheran Church of the Ascension
 460 Sunset Ridge Rd., Northfield, IL 60093

Click here for more information and purchase tickets.  Make sure to type OMSD50 for the discount code!!

Parental education/open discussion class

Starting October 4th, we are holding parental education/open discussion class on a bi-monthly basis. The class will be 9:50-10:15AM Saturday in room 210.  All parents are welcome to attend.

The topic for October 4th will be “how to have cooperative home practicing?”  October 18th will be “Practice makes perfect? Or not?” Please contact Aki for any further questions.

Welcome note from Suzuki Coordinator, Aki Tanaka

Greetings and welcome to the first Suzuki newsletter of the 2014-2015 school year. I am pleased to start working at Sherwood and I look forward to meeting all students and parents. Please expect to see a newsletter from me every few weeks for all important program information.

Tami did an awesome job building the Suzuki program. We are hoping the program will grow even more, and together, we will build an even stronger Suzuki community. I also would like to acknowledge Aubrey Faith-Slaker for the interim Suzuki Coordinator last few months.  Without her, I would not able to have a smooth transition to start this position.

If you have any questions, concerns, or just want to say hi, please feel free to contact me at or 312-369-3156. If you would like to meet in person, my office hours are Tuesday: 11:00-1:00PM, Friday: 11:30-1:30PM, and Saturday 8:30-12:30PM.

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