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Workshops, masterclasses, group events & parent talk, all levels, Feb. 24

My friend and colleague Kara Eubanks at Willamette Violin Academy has helped organize a wonderful all-levels Suzuki workshop on Sat., Feb., 24. (And yes, this is the same day as the recital, but it starts later in the day. Sometimes you really can do it all!)

A wonderful Suzuki opportunity is around the corner. On Saturday, February 24, Suzuki violin students and parents are invited to participate for an afternoon of learning and inspiration with two of Portland’s most celebrated Suzuki violin teachers, Lisa Hansen and Christine Goodner, author of Beyond the Music Lesson.

Who can attend?

Students of all ages and levels studying with a registered Suzuki teacher in any music school or studio are welcome. There is no student too novice or advanced for this event—pre-Twinkle is welcome, too! Local Suzuki teachers can register as observers to watch our clinicians teach for the day.

Even new beginners can attend?

Oh, yes! indicate on your registration that your child is a pre-Twinkle or Twinkler. Group classes for their level will be offered, and consider registering for a masterclass—our clinicians are amazing with young students, and you’ll be amazed what you can learn in a short visit with a guest clinician. Most importantly, the parent talk is a priceless opportunity for new Suzuki Parents. Christine Goodner is a brilliant guide for Suzuki parents. Check out her blog at

What does the day look like?

Some students will wish to perform in a masterclass—a short, one-on-one lesson with a clinician on their polished piece, for an audience of Suzuki families. All students will participate in at least one group class with one of our clinicians, and will participate in the Review Rumpus!, a goofy, fun review party led by some local, advanced Suzuki violinists. During the review party, parents will attend a parent talk with Christine Goodner.

What is the schedule?

Some students will attend from 12pm to 5pm, if they wish to perform in a masterclass and observe masterclasses before the group events begin. Other students who choose to only participate in group events may have a day as short as 2pm to 5pm. All registered participants are encouraged to observe masterclasses.

How much does it cost?

Participation in group events only, along with the parent talk, costs $25. Masterclass performers pay $40 for the day’s events.

Where is the event?

1390 Pearl Street (map & directions) , in the First Church of Christ, Scientist.

Can I bring my Suzuki violinist’s sibling(s) to the workshop?

Yes! Suzuki is a family affair, and siblings are welcome to observe, as long as they are supervised by parents.

Register today!


Email Kara:

Workshop Mar. 12: Ring Around Your Review

Workshop Mar. 12: Ring Around Your Review

In partnership with the Eugene Suzuki Strings Association, ESMA is one of many local Suzuki studios leading a review song workshop on Mar. 12.

The workshop features lively, fun-focused Suzuki group and musicianship classes with teachers from throughout our community, with a focus on how to integrate review into your family’s practice routine and maintain your motivation for keeping review in your life: into the intermediate books and beyond!

  • WHEN: Saturday, March 12: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • WHERE: University of Oregon School of Music and Dance
  • 9:00–11:00 a.m.: Group and musicianship classes, plus breaks for socializing and snacks
  • 11:00 a.m.: Public play-in (casual performance) in beautiful Beall Hall

Join us! Cost: $20 per child, with the attendance of a supervising parent or guardian. Scholarships available. Pre-registration is required: email

Questions? Contact Lillie Manis at 541.346.5694

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