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Suzuki Strings Program: Violin & Cello - 2014/15

 

Violinist, educator and humanitarian Shinichi Suzuki believed all children possess musical potential which can be developed with proper training and a nurturing environment. He understood children effectively learn the language of music through their senses and in the company of others, just as they learn their mother tongue. The following principles are key: begin at a young age, learn by listening, observing, imitating, and later reading, master each concept, building skills for the next. Dr. Suzuki believed it is a parent's privilege to help their children become "fine human beings with beautiful minds and high sensitivity".

Private Lessons:

Private lessons are 30 or 45 minutes, with a parent attending to take notes to help with home practice (depending on level). Students are expected to practise regularly at home and need encouragement to establish a routine. When a student is old enough and ready to assume greater independence, the parent may no longer be required to attend the lesson.

 

Group/Ensemble Classes:

The weekly group classes are integral to the Suzuki program and provide an opportunity to develop ensemble skills and enjoy the social aspect of making music with others.  Levels 1A and 1B involve 30 minutes of ensemble work (parent in attendance) where students perform in small groups, developing ear-training, critical listening, pitch recognition, reading and rhythmic precision skills.  These two levels also incorporate 30 minutes of Early Childhood Musicianship (without parents) where children acquire literacy skills through speech, singing, instrument-play and movement activities.  The Level 2 group class is all ensemble work, and parents are expected to attend the full hour.

 

Pre-Twinkle/Level 1A:
Ear-Training, Ensemble Skills & Early Childhood Musicianship

Instructors: Valerie Gordon, Hannah Jackson & Tatiana Olkha
The combined Pre-Twinkle/Level 1A takes approximately one year to complete. Students begin with preliminary pieces which introduce basic intervals and rhythmic patterns. Book 1A covers repertoire from "Twinkle, Twinkle" to "Long, Long Ago". Musical objectives include major scales and arpeggios beginning with open strings, long bows, slurs and introductory note reading.

Level 1B:
Ear-Training, Reading Skills & Early Childhood Musicianship

Instructors: Valerie Gordon & Hannah Jackson
Students work extensively on note reading, interval recognition, ear-training and ensemble skills. Technique includes one octave major and minor scales from RCM Grade 1/2 levels, two-note slurs and 2/4, 3/4, 4/4 and 6/8 time signatures and developing an understanding of basic key signatures and theory. Repertoire covers the balance of Book 1, duets and rounds in four parts.

Level 2:
Pre-Orchestra, Sight-Reading Skills & Technique

Instructor: Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith
Students are introduced to the 2nd and 3rd positions and basic shifting.  Technique includes scales and arpeggios from the RCM syllabus covering material from Grades 2 and 3.  Repertoire focuses on selctions from Suzuki Book 2, and four-part chamber music is introduced (i.e. Telemann's Concertos for Four Violins).  Objectives include securing reading and enxemble skills in preparation for the Kingsway Children's Orchestra.

Kingsway Children's Orchestra (RCM Gr 2 & up)

KCO Conductor: Rezanne Onen-Lapointe
An orchestra environment introduces students to a formal ensemble setting where they are assigned parts, read from music, learn to watch a conductor for expressive details such as dynamics, tempo, balance, cuing, etc. Orchestra members develop technical skills based on the RCM Grades 2 and 3 requirements. With these skills, students will learn how to prepare and practise new repertoire at home in order to come to class ready to rehearse with their peers. Young violinists and cellists continue to develop a variety of musical and social skills while enjoying the camaraderie of making music with others.

Performances

Performing is an important facet of the Suzuki strings program. Each group class concludes with students playing solos, duets and trios for one another. KCM also provides opportunities for students to perform as an ensemble at various community events. On Sunday, May 24, 2015 all Suzuki students will perform at KCM’s Children’s Music Festival with the Orff Ensembles, the Kingsway Children’s Choir & Drum Ensemble, Kingsway Chamber Singers and Kingsway Children’s Orchestra. Suzuki students are welcome to perform solos at the Christmas and Spring Recitals.

 

SCHEDULE & TUITION (includes Private Lesson & Group Class/Orchestra)
PRE-TWINKLE/Levels 1A, 1Bm 2 & KINGSWAY CHILDREN'S ORCHESTRA

Level

Group Class Day

Time

Dates

Pre-Twinkle/Level 1A
Violin classes

Tuesday
Saturday

5:15 - 6:20 pm
9:20 - 10:25 am

Sep 16 - early June
Sep 20 - early June

Pre-Twinkle/Level 1A
Cello class

Saturday

9:20 - 10:25 am

Sep 20 - early June

Level 1B - Violin
Level 1B - Cello

Tuesday
Saturday

5:50 - 6:55 pm
8:45 - 9:50 am

Sep 16 - early June
Sep 20 - early June

Level 2 - Violin

Monday

5:10 - 6:10 pm

Sep 8 - early June

Kingsway Children's
Orchestra

Monday

6:15 - 7:25 pm

Sep 8 - early June

Private Lessons: Contact KCM office for available weekday/weekend days & times.
Private lessons begin the week of September 2nd.
Progress Reports: Students are gently evaluated in January and June on their developing skills: musicianship, technical, listening, behavioral, etc.
Eligibility: Ages 4 & up. Interested students/parents should arrange to view both a group class and private lesson.

Tuition Installments:
(if paying by cheque, include post-dated cheques)

Lesson Length

Due upon Registration

Postdated
Dec 4, 2013

Postdated
Mar 5, 2014

Full Tuition
September to June

30 min

$776

$606

$542

$1,924

45 min

$1,052

$813

$749

$2,614

A $30 registration fee applies to new students and returning students not registered for the 2013/14 season.  Register for daytime lessons (finishing by 3 pm) and save 15% on the private lesson portion of the tuition.  School bylaws permit students to be absent for one half-day per week to attend private music lessons, which may eventually lead to earning high school credits.

 

If your child has been renrolled in the Suzuki program and is at the level to join our Kingsway Chamber Strings, please refer to the chart below for tuition rates (includes private lesson and orchestra fee).

 

Kingsway Chamber Strings

Director: Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith
The Kingsway Chamber Strings concentrates on repertoire from the Baroque and early Classical eras, including works by Vivaldi, Handel, Bach, Mozart and their contemporaries. Rehearsals focus on ensemble playing without a conductor, giving more advanced students an opportunity to lead their sections. Students build excellent critical listening skills and heightened awareness of other players. They learn about period performance style of the Baroque and Classical eras and how it differs from the Romantic and 20th century repertoire. Parts are assigned several weeks in advance of the first rehearsal and students are expected to learn their music and to have listened to the recordings by the first rehearsal.

KCS members must demonstrate a minimum technical/repertoire level of RCM Grade 5/Suzuki Book 4, have strong reading skills and be prepared to devote practice time to learning the repertoire, listening to assigned recordings and reading about the composers and works the ensemble is studying. 

Exciting productions from the 2013/2014 Season!

November 2013: Britten's Baroque! KCS joined the professional musicians from the Aradia Ensemble to perform music by Henry Purcell and his English compatriot Benjamin Britten featuring the Simple Symphony.

March 2014: KCS performed alongside the Elixir Baroque Ensemble in a sampling of Baroque and early Classical movements of concertos and concerti grossi featuring soloists from the KCS.

June 2014: VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto KCS once again served as orchestra in residence for VIVA's production of Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Mikado".


 

SCHEDULE & TUITION (includes Private Lesson & Orchestra)
KINGSWAY CHAMBER STRINGS 2014/2015

Level

Group Class Day

Time

Dates

Kingsway Chamber Strings

Tuesday

6:30 - 7:45 pm

Sep 16 - early June

Private Lessons: Contact KCM office for available weekday/weekend days & times. 
Private lessons begin the week of September 2nd.
Progress Reports: Students are evaluated in January and June on their developing skills: musicianship, technical, listening, behavioral, etc.

Tuition Installments:
(if paying by cheque, include post-dated cheques)

Lesson Length

Due upon Registration

Postdated
Dec 3, 2014

Postdated
Mar 4, 2015

Full Tuition
September to June

30 min

$790

$618

$550

$1,958

45 min

$1,066

$825

$757

$2,648

60 min

$1,342

$1,032

$964

$3,338

A $30 registration fee applies to new students and returning students not registered for the 2013/14 season. Register for daytime lessons (finishing by 3 pm) and save 15% on the private lesson portion of the tuition. School bylaws permit students to be absent for one half-day per week to attend private music lessons, which may eventually lead to earning high school credits.

 
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