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More February Announcements

posted Feb 8, 2017, 11:22 AM by Kristiana Matthes
Dear Parents,

First, I want to let you all know that group lessons have moved from Monday, February 27 to Monday, February 20 at 5pm at Sugarspace. I hope you can all make it.

Also, I'd like to encourage everyone to attend a Suzuki institute this summer. So much fun and growth takes place at these. We have a very excellent camp at Juan Diego High School called Intermountain Suzuki String Institute. This is a great way to go because they have some of the very best teachers in the world on faculty AND it is easily accessible/close to home. Twinklers get a half day of instruction plus daily recitals and concerts for only $200 for the week. Book 1-3 is all day instruction and $525 including daily recitals and concerts. There are also several other Suzuki Institute nearby (i.e. Colorado, Oregon, Montana, Idaho) that would be more of a family vacation. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Also coming up in February is the Parent Teacher convention. I highly recommend attending! This is one event I look forward to every year and it is so fun to see other parents from the studio there. Here is a letter a fellow teacher wrote about the convention.


Coming up in February is the Suzuki Association of Utah's Parent and Teacher Convention. I thought you would find it to be incredibly valuable. It's on Saturday, February 25th from 8:30am-4:00pm (lunch included!).  Every year there are lots of helpful classes for parents and this year is sure to be a winner.  

I am very excited about the guest lecturer, Ed Sprunger; not only is he a fantastic Suzuki teacher trainer, he's actually a psychotherapist, and serves as the director of the Child Development Program at the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute. Ed is an expert on all things kids, practicing, parents, and music education.  His two books, Helping Parents Practiceand Building Violin Skills: A Set of Plans Designed to Help Parents and Children Construct Positive Practicesare wildly helpful for parents and teachers alike.

Practicing is rarely easy, and there's only so much time we can spend troubleshooting problems during lesson time together, and to be honest, I really don't have all the answers, but Mr. Sprunger does! If you are having, or have ever had, any resistance from your child about practicing, or if you're sick of fighting about when, how, and how long to practice, this SAU convention is the place to go for solutions.  

You can register for the convention at www.suzukimusicutah.organd it's only $15 for parents! (And did I mention lunch is included?)

Leave the kids with a sitter, and come spend a lovely day with other parents and teachers. I'll be there, I go every year!  

Happy Practicing!

Ms. Kristiana