About

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The two-day Suzuki Workshop includes a core curriculum for piano, violin, cello and viola students in Suzuki Books 1–6, a Pre-Twinkle violin class, and the Every Child Can!© course for teachers, teachers-in-training, and parents. We’ll offer master classes, group classes, string orchestral experiences, piano ensembles, and a folk music and movement Enrichment class, all with our renowned clinicians. Saturday will include a Play-In, and we will end on Sunday with a gala concert for all participants. Find the repertoire here.

You will find the schedule here, and you will find more information about the classes available here.

Preparation for the Workshop

Students participating in the full workshop must have polished their Twinkles. Participants will be placed in master classes and group classes according to age and repertoire. As with any Suzuki workshop, festival, or institute, repertoire must be played from memory, and parents or caregivers are required to attend classes with their child. Find the full policy here.

  • Students should prepare a polished piece to play for the master class. Often a good guideline is a piece two pieces behind the one on which they are currently working. The home teacher should designate this piece prior to the workshop, and the piece must be in the Suzuki repertoire. The more polished the piece, the more the student will gain from the masterclass.
  • Review and memorize the repertoire listed prior to the workshop.
  • Parents should take careful notes at the workshop. Take notes not only of your child’s lesson, but other good ideas you discover in the other lessons given in the master class and the group classes. Every moment of instruction, active or observed, is an opportunity to take home ideas and inspiration! Parents may take photos of specific posture elements and may videotape short clips of an activity that will refine a skill your child is working on. After the workshop, share your notes or thoughts of the workshop with your home teacher for feedback and follow-through.
  • The student may be asked to do something differently at the Workshop—this is a good thing! Come with an open mind for new ideas and approaches.

What To Bring To Workshop

  • Suzuki Books
  • For String players: Properly working instrument and bow; rosin; shoulder rest or rock stop. Check over your equipment and check sizing with your home teacher.
  • Snacks, water and lunch (nut-free please). There will be a 1 hour lunch break if you prefer to go out; the campus of TCNJ has several eating establishments within walking distance. No food or drink allowed in classrooms.
  • Wear comfortable clothing, and secure shoes for moving in. No flip-flops please. Participants wear their NJSW T-shirts on Sunday.

Location

Note our new location! The workshop will be held at The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ.