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