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I had the privilege of hearing one of my students perform Allegro at her school's talent show this week. She worked for months on polishing that bow stroke at the beginning of the piece, and playing it with a strong sound. Not to mention, it took a lot of courage to perform all by herself in front of such a big audience... Way to go, Ripley!
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I've been watching videos from past recitals, and I'm amazed by how far my students have come. This is from Fall 2014... Now I need to get videos from my May recital ready to share!
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Khloe is well past Twinkle now, but we had to make videos of her playing the Twinkle variations for VSSA’s Book Promotion concert, so we worked on playing an easy piece at a Book 2 level. I’m LOVING her tone and the dynamic changes in the middle of the piece!
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Happy 119th birthday, Shinichi Suzuki! To celebrate Dr. Suzuki’s Birthday, consider donating to the SAA’s Teacher Development Scholarship Campaign. These schola...rships can make it possible for current and future Suzuki teachers to receive quality training regardless of finances, and allow our amazing Suzuki community to grow and reach more children.

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Happy Birthday, Sensei! On October 17, 2017, we commemorate Dr. Suzuki’s 119th birthday and remember the extraordinary man at the heart of our Suzuki world. Please join us in celebrating Dr. Suzuki, our beloved Suzuki community and future generations of teachers by…
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Using purple hanging monkeys to count repetitions of the purple finger pattern. 🐒

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Khloe is well past Twinkle now, but we had to make videos of her playing the Twinkle variations for VSSA’s Book Promotion concert, so we worked on playing an easy piece at a Book 2 level. I’m LOVING her tone and the dynamic changes in the middle of the piece!

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Congratulations to Abbie and Ishan on their great performances at the VSSA recital this weekend! It was especially fun to have Abbie play a duet with her mom. 🎻

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Registration for 2017-2018 group classes is OPEN! Go to "2017-2018 Registration" to sign up. Be sure to consult with your teacher to get placed in the right group class and reading class.

Our first class will be on August 19- just a couple weeks away. We're excited to get started!

   2017-2018 Registration            Calendar      Newsletters      Recitals      Book Promotion                                                        ...
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We're getting ready to start VSSA group classes soon! Check out the calendar, and stay tuned, because online registration will be open soon.

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July 25

The 2017-2018 Calendar is now available on our website. Check it out, and mark your calendars, our first class on August 19 will be here before we know it!

http://www.valleysuzuki.org/…/1…/vssa_2017-2018_calendar.pdf

Last day of Book 4 teacher training! It's been great, but I'm excited to get home, and looking forward to seeing everyone in lessons this week.

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I had the privilege of hearing one of my students perform Allegro at her school's talent show this week. She worked for months on polishing that bow stroke at the beginning of the piece, and playing it with a strong sound. Not to mention, it took a lot of courage to perform all by herself in front of such a big audience... Way to go, Ripley!

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Start saving your Bach Bucks... we have more practice lizards!

I don't know why these make counting repetitions while practicing so much more fun, but they do.

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Moral of the story: Always carry extra strings in your pocket! 😧

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Ray Chen is feeling hopeful that this won't happen again for a while... with NSO國家交響樂團.
March 22

Here's an extended clip of the moment of crisis: (including throwing out new E-string)

A lot of people asked me my thought process in the moment... Well, to be honest we've all seen it happen somewhere... and now you all know what to do too if this happens to you! 😼

#Berlin YOU'RE NEXT!

I got to teach at the Valley of the Sun Suzuki Association's spring workshop this past weekend, and it was so much fun. The theme this year was Pirates, and the students prepared a mashup of popular Suzuki pieces and pirate-themed music, which sounded pretty awesome when put together. Here is a snippet:

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Valley of the Sun Suzuki Association
February 28

Our workshop this past Saturday was a success! Here is a snippet of the final performance of the pirate music, arranged by Mrs. Hill. The students had one day to put this music together, and they sound fantastic!

"I owe my enjoyment of music to my former Suzuki years." Yes!

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Ray Chen is feeling loved.
February 4

The little ones are the best! I loved doing Suzuki Method as a kid. Some people might say that Suzuki Method makes kids robots by playing in a group but I disa...gree. I think for beginners it brings out the confidence especially in kids and the socializing aspect of the group is so much fun.
I owe my enjoyment of music to my former Suzuki years!

Thank you Japan! ありがとうございました!

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I still have three more Nutcracker performances to go this weekend with the Southwest Youth Ballet! Today at 2, tonight at 6:30, and tomorrow at 3 at Higley Center for the Performing Arts. Here's the link to get tickets: https://higleycenter.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp…

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Learning a new finger pattern to prepare for "Two Grenadiers" in Book 2!

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