Hello Suzuki Program Parents,

I hope that you are all enjoying the summer. Our fall semester starts next week!

Here is information about upcoming events:

Big Ear Challenge      2017

All children learn to speak their native language by listening and imitating what they hear.  Your child is learning to play an instrument the same way.  While the language environment happens all by itself, the musical one must be created.  Surround your child with beautiful music.  Listening to music will inspire him and create the desire to learn to play the instrument.

Let’s start the year off by revving up our listening. Beginning on Sept. 1st, we will be holding the  ‘Big Ear Challenge’.  The goal is to listen to the Suzuki recording every day. Have your child keep track of how many times she listens to the Suzuki recording on the Big Ear Challenge calendar. Play other recordings and keep a record of what you’ve listened to. The challenge will run through September 30th. Full details and the calendar are attached to this email.

Start dates for classes and groups:

Private Lessons  – Tuesday, September 5th

Group Classes – Tuesday, September 12th

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

Beginning Parent Training

Wednesday, September 6th

7:15-8:15 in West Boylston

Suzuki Program Performance Class

Monday, September 25th

6:30 – Parlor at 203 Pakachoag Street/Pakachoag Church

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.

Welcome to Marilyn Butler!

We are excited to let you know that Marilyn Butler will join our Suzuki faculty this year.

Marilyn comes to us after many years as director of the string program at the Bancroft School with extensive training in the Suzuki method and a special knowledge and love for Swedish folk music. She will be directing our newest ensemble – The Junior Fiddle Band, leading the Intermezzo group and teaching private lessons on Tuesdays in West Boylston. For more information about Marilyn or our Fiddle Bands, go to pakmusic.org.

Twinkle Pin Recipient

Congratulations to Sophia Liu, student of Amy Matherly, who completed the Twinkle Graduation requirements this summer! Sophia received her pin at our ‘Back To School’ event on Monday.

Recognizing those Suzuki Milestones – The Twinkle Graduation Pin

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 are then publicly congratulated and given 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.

Shoulder Rest Exchange

Over the course of your child’s violin studies, you may have accumulated a number of shoulder rests that your child has outgrown or that weren’t the right style. Rather than have them sit around gathering dust, why not sell them to other families in our program? You will earn some money back on your original purchase and other parents can save money by buying a previously owned rest. We are looking for a volunteer to be in charge of our used shoulder rest ‘store’. If you are willing to take this on, let me know.


I’m looking forward to the music we will make together this year!

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


Amy Matherly

Suzuki Program Coordinator

Pakachoag Music School