Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Spring registration

We hope that you all had a great holiday. If you haven’t registered for Spring Term, please contact the office as soon as possible so you are able to continue taking lessons without any disruption.

Monday, November 24, 2014

violin and cello repertoires for Art Institute's treasure hunt & tea party event

These are repertoires for Art Institute's Treasure Hunt & Tea party event


Minuet by Boccherini
Judas Maccabeus/Handel
Hallelujah/Jewish song
OCome Little Children
Jingla Bells



Book 2
Bourree                      Handel
Hunter’s Chorus        Weber

Old Joe Clark

Book 1
Minuet 1
Joy to the World
O Come Little Children
Song of the Weind
Twinkle vatiarions and theme

Friday, November 21, 2014

Saturday preparatory class schedule for Nov/Dec

11/22/14 4:00-5:00PM
Sherwood Suzuki faculty recital
Sherwood’s Recital hall
Everyone is invited

No Saturday preparatory class

Normal preparatory class: except for the following
No Suzuki Chamber ensemble
No Performance class

10:45-12:15PM        Dress rehearsal for string department recital
Cello & Violin @ recital hall

Art institute’s annual holiday treasure hunt & tea party performance
If you sign up for the event, make sure to have the instruction sheet from your private teacher.

Dress code for the tea party: white shirt, black pant/skirt with optional red theme accent

12/13/14 String department recital
No class, except Eurhythmics and Note readers
11:00AM call time for all students
12:00PM String Department recital

Due to recital hall capacity, each student may bring up to two guests.

Dress code for the department recital: no jeans, or t-shirt. 
Appropriate holiday theme dress, or concert attire of your choice

Normal Preparatory class

If you have questions, contact one of the teachers, or Aki Tanaka – sherwoodsuzuki@colum.edu

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 sherwoodsuzuki@colum.edu

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.