Suzuki Parent News

Hello Parents,

As we begin the month of October I send out congratulations to all the students who completed the Big Ear Challenge.  Hopefully everybody has established a good routine of listening, which will make learning to play the violin a lot easier. Let me know if your child has completed the challenge so that we can recognize them at the Halloween Party.

This month we step it up and build on our success by challenging students to practice every day.
Click october-practice-challenge-2016 calendar for a printable calendar so that you can keep a record of your progress.

Suzuki’s advice:

  • “Practice only on the days that you eat.”
  • “Knowledge plus 10,000 times = ability”

Upcoming Events:

Violin Concert

Saturday, October 15

4:00 pm

The Great Hall at Pakachoag Church

Pakachoag Alumnus Martin Palacios, current faculty member Kamilla Isanbaeva and former faculty member Dr. Maxim Korn team up to perform:

  • Partita No. 2 in D minor J. S. Bach
  • Concerto in B minor Camille Saint-Saens
  • Five Pieces for Two Violins Dimitri Schostakovich

Martin returns from Memphis, Tennessee where he plays as a member of the Jacksonville Symphony and is completing an MM degree (in Suzuki Pedagogy) at the University of Memphis.

To increase your enjoyment of this event, listen to the pieces in advance many times so that you are familiar with them.

Here is a link to get you started – enjoy the Bach Partita performed by Itzak Perlmann:


Performance Class in Auburn
Monday, October 17th

6:30 (times sometimes change – check the website before you come); perhaps a 2nd session starting at 7:00, 7:15 or 7:30.

Suzuki Program Halloween Party
Monday October 24th

6:30 in the Fellowship Hall
We will play, sing, dance, and enjoy refreshments together.
Bring your instrument and wear a costume.

Please let me know if you will be attending as soon as possible.

The sooner I know, the more time I have to plan.
I need a volunteer to coordinate the refreshments and several volunteers to set up and clean up. (Thanks in advance)

Joshua Bell in Concert at Mechanic’s Hall
Saturday, October 29th
7:30 pm

How lucky are we, to have two marvelous violin recitals to attend this month!

If you ordered tickets from me, I have them and will be distributing them soon.

Again, to get the most enjoyment from this concert, become familiar with the music ahead of time by listening to it and learning about it. Here is what’s on the program:

Sonata in A Major for Violin & Piano No. 2 – Beethoven
Scherzo in C Minor for Violin & Piano – Brahms
Sonata No. 3 for Violin & Piano in D Minor – Brahms
Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor – Ysaÿe
Sonata in G Minor for Violin & Piano – Debussy
Carmen Fantasy for Violin & Piano – Sarasate

Here is a link to a recording of the Carmen Fantasy by Gil Shaham:


Suggestions for the pre-concert listening: Choose one piece and listen to it exclusively for several days – a full week would be ideal. If you are attending both concerts you will be busy and will probably not be able to get to everything!

October will be an active and inspiring month! Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns,

Amy Matherly
Suzuki Program Coordinator
Pakachoag Music School

Hello Suzuki Program Parents,

I hope that you are all enjoying the summer. Our fall semester starts in two weeks!

Here is information about upcoming events.

Upcoming Events

Back to School Play In/Parent Discussion

  • Monday, August 29th
  • 5:00 to 6:15 in Auburn

Parents and students of all playing levels are invited to join us for this fun get-together.

Students – Play music with friends!

Our Pakachoag Suzuki faculty will lead you through some of your favorites.

Parents – Get organized and inspired!

Amy Matherly will discuss plans for the year, Suzuki education,and practice strategies. Please come prepared to share a practice idea that has worked for you.

Please RSVP to Amy Matherly at amylmatherly@yahoo.com

New Parent Orientation

  • Monday, August 29th
  • 6:30 to 7:30 in Auburn

Both newly registered and interested parents are invited to this event to learn about the Suzuki approach and the Pakachoag Suzuki program

The Big Ear Challenge Begins on September 1st

Let beautiful music inspire you! The goal is to listen to the Suzuki recording every day.  Full details and a calendar to keep track will be coming soon.

 Start dates for classes and groups:

  • Private Lessons  – Tuesday, September 6th
  • Group Lessons – Monday, September 12th*

I have send out notices about group class assignments. If you have any questions about this please let me know.

The Allegro group (Tuesday) will start on September 6th*

Beginning Parent Training

  • Thursday, September 8th
  • 7:00-8:00 in Auburn

Suzuki Program Performance Class

  • Monday, September 26th
  • 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall

This will be a ‘Back a Book’ performance. Performers are much more comfortable and confident when they’ve had a long relationship with a piece.

Students should prepare a review piece – at least one Suzuki Book level back from where they are currently working. Those in late Book One can choose a piece from early Book One.

If you want to participate, consult with your teacher about what you will play.

Teachers, please let me know which of your students will be performing and what they will play

Recognizing those Suzuki Milestones – The Twinkles

Congratulations to Varsha Sambasvian, student of Madalyne Cross, who completed the Twinkle Graduation requirements last spring!

A reminder about what this means:

In order to be awarded a ‘Twinkle Pin’ students must:

  • Submit a video of all of the Twinkle Variations and the Theme performed with accompaniment, demonstrating good violin position, tone, intonation and tempo This recording will be viewed by both the student’s teacher and the Suzuki Program Coordinator
  • Perform a Variation and the Theme in a performance class or recital

Students will then be publicly congratulated and awarded a pin. This program is not meant to be a competition, but an individual process, and it is completely optional.  Only students who are motivated by this should do it.

Please write to me if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

Sincerely, Amy Matherly
Suzuki Program Coordinator
Pakachoag Music School

Hello Parents,

It’s hard to believe that the school year is coming to an end. The wonderful performances given in the April and May recitals were evidence that a lot of music has been learned this year and a lot of progress made.

Congratulations to all of the performers and many thanks to Janeen Baker for providing the accompaniment!

Enjoy this video from the May recitals, which contains a sample from each group’s performance:


Allegro lead by Madalyne Cross, playing Long, Long Ago
Eva Knorr, Mai Caslowitz, Annika Cranson

Andante lead by Madalyne Cross, playing May Song
Varsha Sambasvian, Mia Carll, Okko Kleino, Lila Caslowitz

Encore Two lead by Amy Matherly, playing March of the Elephants
Alan Liu, Dylan Burke, Beckham Chouinard, Abram Engelhardt

Encore One lead by Madalyne Cross, playing Lightly Row
Addison Sobiech, Ethan Most, Alaia Phillips

Debut Two lead by Amy Matherly, playing Boil Them Cabbage
Daniel Lee, Miah Carrascal, Matthew Ferullo

The Presto Group and the Fiddle Band will be performing on the June 3rd recital, which begins at 6:30. We hope you will join us.

Thanks to parents Gary Phillips and Phuong Hang for the videos.

Summer Lessons and Groups

Madalyne and I are leaving for Minneapolis this week to attend the Suzuki Association of the Americas’ Conference.  I know we will both come back inspired and full of energy and ideas.

Don’t miss the opportunity to benefit from this! Sign up now for summer lessons.  Take as many or as few as you are able – but do take lessons. Many find that the simplified summer schedule allows more time for music.  If this is not the case for you, sign up for at least some lessons to maintain skills and enthusiasm.

Here is the link:  https://pakmusic.org/programs/summer-sessions/

Let me know if your child would like to attend some group lessons this summer. If we have enough interest, I will schedule some.

Book Graduation Party
Monday, June 13th from 6:00 – 7:30 in the Fellowship Hall

Although the goal for all students is to play whatever music they are working on beautifully, rather than rushing from piece to piece,it is exciting to have learned all of the music in a Suzuki Book and move into a new one.

To celebrate this milestone, we will have a Book Graduation Party.  At this event we will play selections from the books completed with piano accompaniment and then enjoy ice cream sundaes.  If your child has completed a Suzuki Book this year, and you would like to attend, let me know.

Fall Schedules

Information about fall group class assignments will be sent to you within the next two weeks.

Have a fun and relaxing summer,

Amy Matherly
Suzuki Program Coordinator
Pakachoag Music School

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