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MA Suzuki Festival 2022
General Information 

THANK YOU! to all who participated and volunteered to make this year's festival an inspiring community event.

Please check your Schedule Documents to view videos of your classes.

Looking forward to seeing you next year!

March 12th & 13th, 2022

Online Festival

 

The Massachusetts Suzuki Festival is a two-day annual event for Suzuki students, parents, and teachers from across the state and worldwide. Participants enjoy masterclasses, Suzuki group classes, enrichment classes, performances and much more for Violin, Viola, Cello, Guitar and Piano.

 Celebrate Community Through Music!

Our focus this year is celebrating our unstoppable Suzuki community spirit. Join us for a weekend of guaranteed fun and inspired connection through music from the comfort of your home!

 
 
 

Basic Information

*All information subject to change--please check the website regularly for up-to-date information!

Held Online via Zoom: Each participant will receive a Program Book and personal schedule with Zoom links for each class assignment.

 

Recordings of all student classes will be made available via private link for 1 month following the festival. If you experience any technical issues or if the participant is not able to attend all classes in one sitting, you will not miss your classes.

 

What to have: Students should have what you normally bring to a lesson. Parents are expected to stay with their children for the entirety of the festival.

 

What to wear: Wear something comfortable to move and participate as you would in any class. Please no pajamas. Festival T-shirts will be mailed ahead of the festival from orders received with registrations submitted by Feb 28th.


Schedule: On Saturday, Masterclasses will be held 12-6pm and will begin on the hour and run for 55 minutes each. Teacher Workshops will be held 2:30-6:00pm.

On Sunday, student classes will run 9-2pm. Each morning class is 45-minutes with a 15-minute passing time between each class. Lunch will be one hour from 12:00-1:00 PM. The day will end with Musical Sharing Recitals and the Showcase Recital 1-2pm. Parent Session will be held 2:15-3:15pm and Teacher Workshops will be held 2:15-5:30pm.

Scholarships:  Scholarships are available! To apply, go to the Scholarship Information and Application on the Student Information page. All scholarship applicants receive the Early-bird discount.

​Questions?  Contact us at www.suzukifestival@gmail.com

 

General Schedule

*All information subject to change--please check the website regularly for up-to-date information!

Saturday, March 12th

Student Masterclasses: 12:00-6:00pm

Please note that all Masterclasses are scheduled on Saturday only. No Masterclasses will take place on Sunday.  

Teacher Workshops (1 hour and 30 min):  2:30-6:00pm 

All workshops are open to teachers of any instrument.

All workshops will be recorded and provided for future viewing.

2:30-4:00pm: The Intersection of Alexander Technique and the Suzuki Method -with Angela Leidig 

4:15-5:45pm: Creative Composing: Embracing Creativity, Nurturing Musicianship -with Nancy Modell

Sunday, March 13th

Sunday Festival Activities 9:00-2:00pm: The schedule varies slightly depending on the student's instrument. For Book 1+ students, it consists of a Suzuki group class and 2 enrichment classes. For Pre-Twinkle students, it consists of a Suzuki group class and 1 enrichment class. Class assignments are based on age and level. Classes are 45-minutes each with a 15-minute break between classes. After a lunch break from 12:00-1:00 pm, the day concludes with a Musical Sharing Time and Recitals 1:00-2:00pm.

Sample Sunday Festival Schedule:

9:00am-12:00pm:

  • Suzuki Group Class

  • 2 Enrichment Classes for Book 1+, 1 Enrichment Class for Pre-Twinkle:

    • Creative Music Magic or Eurhythmics

    • Fiddle, Alexander Technique or History of Star Wars

12:00-1:00pm Lunch Break

1:00-2:00pm:

  • Musical Sharing Time 1:00-1:30pm

  • Showcase Recital Viewing 1:30-2:00pm

 

Parent Session: 2:15-3:15pm Parents also have the opportunity to attend Parent Sessions titled:

  • Turning power struggles into powerful connections-with Shu-Yi Scott

Teacher Workshops:  2:15-5:30pm

All workshops are open to teachers of any instrument.

All workshops will be recorded and provided for future viewing.

2:15-3:45pm: Truly Learning by Ear -with Daina Staggs

4:00-5:30pm: Teaching Kit for Group Lessons: tactics for fun and rewarding group classes -with Shu-Yi Scott

 

Class Descriptions

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Saturday Masterclasses

During a 55-minute masterclass, students take turns performing for a master teacher and receive feedback in front of their peers.  Masterclasses will take place hourly on Saturday between 12pm-6pm and select violin and viola masterclasses between 10am-12pm.  Sunday schedules will not include a masterclass.  Therefore, if you want a masterclass, please sign up for one on Saturday. Book 1 students are assigned to groups of 4 and receive approx. 13-14 minutes of instruction, Book 2-3 students are assigned to groups of 3 and receive approx. 18-19 minutes of instruction, and Book 4 and older students are scheduled with 2 students per class and receive approx. 27-28 minutes of instruction.  Students and parents are expected to stay for the entire masterclass.  

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Suzuki Group Class

In Suzuki group classes, students review common repertoire by joining in fun activities with their peers.

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Creative Music Magic

In this session, participants will enjoy creating music in the moment from within.
Be ready to joyfully explore sounds on your instrument, rhythms on your body, singing and moving to music.
Bring 2 "found sounds” with 2 pitches you can play with chopsticks or pencils, such as 2 coffee mugs, 2 bowls, 2 flower pots or 2 tin cans. Bring a smile and a playful spirit.

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Eurhythmics

Based on the pedagogy of Emile Dalcroze, this dynamic and active class explores music through movement, ensemble, singing and improvisation.

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Fiddle Traditions and Improvisation

Fiddle traditions are learned by ear- something Suzuki students are great at doing! Ellery Klein will introduce students to an example of a fiddle tradition, teaching a fun tune and elements of the style that give it a specific sound. More advanced students will delve more deeply into stylistic elements, bowings and maybe even some improvisation!

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Giving Posture Wings and a Tail plus other Alexander Technique Games for young musicians 

What does a tail have to do with balancing your violin? Why does thinking about your arms like wings help your tone? What does an octagon have to do with enhancing resonance and performance? We will explore the Alexander Technique and how to bring it into playing and practice to help students with achieving a more relaxed, comfortable and hopefully fun way of addressing posture, tone, tension issues and liveliness in music making. Parents, please be present and ready to participate in class. Students, bring your instruments to class, plus a yoga mat, a soft ball, some chocolate (or other small treat), and paper and a pencil.

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History and Star Wars

The music from Star Wars can teach us a lot of things about music! Did you know that the theme for Darth Vader is like an evil version of a French Overture, and that a French Overture announces the entrance of a king? Did you know that the interval of the 5th is used for powerful people in musical storytelling, including Yoda, Luke Skywalker, and even a guy from a Wagner opera called Sigfried? If you love music and are a fan of Star Wars, this class is for you!

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Let Yourself Go! Piano Improvisation

Discover the fun of music making, guided by your intuition! Here is your chance to tap into your creativity and artistry for a rewarding musical time. Let yourself go!

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Instrument Workshop

The Instrument Workshop class is an interactive class where students will work on honing technical skills and ear training, bridging the gap to sight-reading skills. Students will brainstorm how different techniques can improve their musical playing and much more.

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Musical Sharing Recitals

Share music with fellow students from the comfort of your home! Each student will be encouraged to share what they are learning, perform a piece and give positive comments to fellow student performers. Celebrate how music unites us with our fellow Suzuki Community members!

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Showcase Recital

Do you have a polished piece that you are excited about performing and sharing with the community? Do you have a recording of a performance you have made this past year that you are proud of? We invite all students of the festival to submit video performances of a polished piece to be entered for selection by the Suzuki:MA board to be presented at the Showcase Recital on Sunday afternoon. The board will select videos to be presented based on the following criteria: beautiful tone, supportive posture, excellent technique shown for the level. Preferably performances should be accompanied with backing track or piano accompaniment. All video submissions will also be made available for private viewing online. All submissions are due by March 10th. Submissions should email a link to their video to suzukifestival@gmail.com.

 
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