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Practice video: Why Live Performance Is Essential & Wonderful

How concerts inspire musicians of all ages

Welcome to Practice Corner! Whatever the season, there are live music performances you and your child can attend. From summer concerts outside, to going to a jam or concert anytime of year, live performance excites and inspires musicians of all ages. There’s nothing like seeing how music gets made! You can also work with your child to set up your own live performance, from busking at a local market, to hosting a small recital for friends, family, and neighbors at your home or in your backyard. Today we talk about why taking your kids to live music performances isn’t only essential, it’s wonderful too.

Dr. Suzuki says: “Music is the language of the heart without words.”

Watch live (and ask questions)! Tune in every other week at ESMA’s Facebook Page for new Practice Corners. You can also share your own tips and questions.

If you can’t tune in to the broadcast, no worries. You can find our Practice Corner videos on the ESMA YouTube Channel, and at the Practice Corner section of the ESMA website.

Have you taken your kids to a musical concert or performance… or maybe put on your own?

Practice video: Preparing for Recitals

Is your child preparing for a music recital?

Welcome to Practice Corner! Whether a Suzuki book graduation or a full-on studio recital, performances can be a time of celebration, anxiety, and opportunity for your Suzuki kid. Yet the recital prep you do at home can be far more important than the recital itself. The tone we set for performances makes a big difference in setting up a child for success. How can we ease nerves, get familiar with recital routine, and set expectations?

This week we’ll go over creative ways to prepare kids for recitals and ease their nerves.

Watch live (and ask questions)! Tune in every other Monday evening at ESMA’s Facebook Page for new Practice Corners. You can also share your own tips and questions.

If you can’t tune in to the broadcast, no worries. You can find our Practice Corner videos on the new ESMA YouTube Channel, and at the Practice Corner section of the ESMA website.

How do you prepare your kids for a recital?

Busking at Eugene Holiday Market, Dec. 10, 2016

ESMA busking at Holiday Market in 2011

Every winter, our local Eugene Saturday Market moves indoors to the Lane Events Center and becomes… Holiday Market! We like to take some time on a Saturday in December to play music for people at the market (also known as busking).

Join us on Sat., Dec. 10, 1–2 p.m., to play Suzuki songs and a few holiday tunes. Meet up with Jodie in the entry area of the Exhibit Hall. Any Violin or Cello student at any level is welcome to play.

All families, including Little Notes families, are welcome to stop by and enjoy the music. (After all, Little Notes families, someday your little note might be up there playing music too!)

Busking is a fun time for all of us. Playing music adds to the joy of the season. And any tips we receive from the public will go toward a pizza party for the studio!

See you Sat., Dec. 10, 1–2 p.m., at Holiday Market.

Suzuki Violin Festival in the Park, July 23, 2016

Summer violin fun! ESMA and other local Suzuki studios have put together a special Suzuki Violin Festival in the Park, sponsored by the Eugene Suzuki Strings Association. Join us on Saturday, July 23 10:00-11:30 at Washington Park (2025 Washington St., Eugene, OR 97405).

This festive event will feature playing violin together, fiddle tunes, prizes and ice cream! Details are below.

Please RSVP so we know how many people to plan for at this special occasion.

And also spread the word to other families who may be interested in this opportunity!

WHAT: Suzuki Violin Festival in the Park

WHERE: Washington Park, 2025 Washington St., Eugene. Meet by the water park.

WHEN: Saturday, July 23, 10–11:30 a.m.

BRING: Violins, Smiles, and $3 for Ice Cream

Fiddle Repertoire

We will be playing these 3 Fiddle Tunes, and here are PDFs of the music:

Please learn pieces as is appropriate to your level. Please use a harmonic for the high E if learning Stoney Lonesome. All repertoire will be played from memory.

Suzuki Repertoire

Use the repertoire list for the Northwest Suzuki Institute listed below. All repertoire will be played from memory.

Book I

  • Twinkles
  • Lightly Row
  • Song of the Wind
  • Go Tell Aunt Rhody
  • Allegro
  • Perpetual Motion
  • Minuet 1 (Bach)
  • Happy Farmer (Schumann)
  • Gavotte (Gossec)

Book II

  • Chorus (Handel)
  • Musette (Bach)
  • Hunters’ Chorus (Weber)
  • Witches’ Dance (Paganini)
  • The Two Grenadiers (Schumann)
  • Minuet (Boccherini)

Book III

  • Minuet (Bach)
  • Gavotte in g minor (Bach)
  • Humoresque (Dvorak)
  • Bourré (Bach)

Book IV

  • Concerto No. 2, 3rd mvmt. (Seitz)
  • Concerto No. 5, 1st mvmt. (Seitz)
  • Concerto in a minor, 3rd mvmt (Vivaldi)

Book V

  • Gavotte (Bach)
  • Country Dance (Weber)
  • Gigue (Veracini)

Book VI

  • Sonata in FM, 2nd mvmt. (Handel)
  • Allegro (Fiocco)
  • Gavotte (Rameau)


Contact me with questions, I am here to help and so excited to celebrate with you!

October News, Music & Events

Fall Recital

The Fall Recital is Sat., Nov. 14, 11 a.m.

The recital will last for about an hour, and will have songs from Little Notes, Violin, and Cello students.

Olive Plaza, our usual location, is in the midst of renovations, so I am finalizing our location. Once the location is set I will let you know.

Eugene Ballet Company presents The Sleeping Beauty

Eugene Ballet Company’s 36th performing season awakens to one of the great ballets of all time.

The Sleeping Beauty is for kids, parents, grandkids and grandparents, and everyone who loves fairy tales, Tchaikovsky, tutus and tiaras. This timeless story delights with classical variations and magical characters set in a mythical land, starring Fairies, the White Cat and Puss in Boots, the Bluebirds, the wicked fairy Carabosse and, of course, Sleeping Beauty and her Prince.

  • Florence: October 14, 2015, 7:00 p.m., Florence Events Center
  • Eugene: Oct 24, 2015, 7:30 p.m., Hult Center for the Performing Arts
  • Eugene: Oct 25, 2015, 2:00 p.m., Hult Center for the Performing Arts

Learn more and get tickets »

Eugene Symphony Elementary Youth Concert

On Tuesday, November 10, the Eugene Symphony will present an elementary concert to celebrate the diversity found in the one universal language… music.

Experience the sounds, movements, and languages of cultures from around the world, with special guests Trio Voronezh, Lo Nuestro, West African Cultural Arts Institute, Eugene Flamenco Arts, CABA Fan Dance, and Eugene Ballet Academy.

The 10:30 a.m. performance is sold out, but seats are still available for the 12:30-1:15 p.m. performance.

Learn more and get tickets »

Eugene Symphony: Miguel Conducts Ginastera

As the Eugene Symphony’s Music Director from 1996-2002, Miguel Harth-Bedoya introduced us to the music of South America, and he forged a potent partnership with choreographer Hector Zaraspe to create memorable evenings of tango and flamenco dancing. In his return to the Eugene Symphony, Miguel celebrates the 100th birthday of Argentine master Alberto Ginastera: first with a sizzling Piano Concerto played by 2013 Van Cliburn Competition gold medalist Vadym Kholodenko, and then with the breathtaking premiere of Zaraspe’s choreography of the gaucho-inspired ballet Estancia.

Concert: Oct. 15, 2015, 8 p.m., at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts.

  • LENG: Preludio I
  • SORO: Danza Fantastica
  • GINASTERA: Piano Concerto No. 1
  • GINASTERA: Estancia

Learn more and get tickets »

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