SAO Annual Student Day 2019 – Nov 2

Welcome to the 2019 Suzuki Association of Ontario Student Day! 

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As the chair of the organizing committee for this year’s SAO conference, I am thrilled to invite you to visit Guelph on November 2nd and join our Suzuki community for a celebration of music and the Suzuki spirit. Our Suzuki families and teachers can’t wait to welcome you! Our venue is a beautiful and safe environment with lots of space for children to interact and build new friendships. In an effort to keep things green, we encourage you to bring your own lunch and your own water bottles. There is a large cafeteria for you to get comfortable and chat with other Suzuki families over lunch. We will also have a snack bar with beverages and snacks to carry you through the day. Our guest clinicians are super inspiring and will give you and your children lots of new ways to approach your daily practice challenges and look at the musical world. Come to experience the Guelph Suzuki community!

— Paule Barsalou, Chair, 2019 SAO Conference & Artistic Director, Suzuki String School of Guelph


Why attend: The Suzuki Association of Ontario Conference is a yearly event which happens in a different Ontario city every November. Guelph is proud to be hosting the conference this year. For Suzuki families, this will be a wonderful opportunity to get a shot in the arm by meeting new Suzuki friends and reconnecting with old ones, working with dynamic and inspiring teachers and discovering new ways to grow as musicians. Guelph is one of the oldest and most vibrant Suzuki programs in North-America. All levels will be well represented. This will be loads of FUN!!!

Facilities: Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic High School, 54 Westmount Road, Guelph, ON, N1H 5H7

What to expect: A detailed schedule will be provided to all registered families on or around October 25.

We have listed below the general timings and activities to expect depending on age and level. Scroll down for clinicians and emphasis lists, which will both be updated regularly.

Schedules & Activities

SECE (Suzuki Early Childhood Education):

Music class for children ages 0-3 accompanied by an adult. This class is a wonderful environment for children to develop musical skills through songs, rhymes and movement! The program also focuses on the development of key social skills and physical and cognitive abilities, all in a fun and nurturing environment.

Mini Workshop (open to students ages 3-6 in book 1 only): 8:30am to 12:00pm
  • a group class
  • a music and movement class
  • a parent discussion/children’s movie
  • crafts 
Regular Workshop (open to students of all ages and levels): 8:30am to 5:00pm
  • A group or *technique class (*piano only)
  • A music enrichment class
    • (ages 3 to 6 in early book 1): Music and Movement with Caroline MacDonald
    • Ages 7 to 12 Bal-A-Vis-X* with Paul Hyman
    • Ages 13 + Drama improv. with TBA
  • A parent discussion/children’s movie/craft for children
  • Crafts
  • A like instrument play-in (informal group playing activity including performance and playful activities). For pianists: Sonatina Jamboree (chance to perform a piece accompanied by a string quartet (upper level) or another piano (lower level) 
      • Accompanied by a string quartet, book 3 and up students will be able to perform one of the Sonatinas arranged by Joseph McSpadden, a popular feature of some summer institutes:
        Sonatina, Op. 36., No. 1 – all movements  by Clementi
        Sonatina, Op. 55, No. 1 – all movements by Kuhlau
        Sonatina, Op. 36, No. 3 – Spiritoso by Clementi
        Sonata, Op. 49, No. 2 – all movements by Beethoven

*Bal-A-Vis-X (BAVX) with Paul Hyman. BAVX is a series of more than 200 Balance / Auditory / Vision eXercises, of varied complexity, most of which are deeply rooted in rhythm. These exercises improve full body coordination, brain integration and focused attention. INFECTIOUS-FUN & PROFOUNDLY SIMPLE EXERCISES for people of all ages and abilities.

Clinicians (latest update: Sep 21

Violin: Teri Einfeldt (CT), Venetia Gauthier (Kingston), Margot Jewell (Etobicoke), Mélanie Grenier (Québec)
Viola: Christine Vlajk (Waterloo), Venetia Gauthier (Kingston)
Cello: Sally Gross (IL), Geneviève Schirm
Flute: Wendy Stern (NY)
Piano: Maureen McReynolds (North York), Ellen Berry (Cambridge), Gail Lange (Guelph) (please see the piano clinic page for more details).
Music and Movement: Caroline MacDonald (Guelph)
Bal-Vis-X: Paul Hyman (Toronto)
Drama improvisation : Hayley Kellett from the Making Box (Guelph)
Practice Notes 101 for Adult Learners: Paule Barsalou and Christie Zimmer

Repertoire Emphasis Lists (latest update: Sep 21 )

Book 1-4 all pieces
Book 5 Bach Gavottes and Vivaldi G minor Concerto, 2nd movement
Book 6 Fiocco Allegro, Rameau Gavottes
Book 7 Bach A minor 1st movement
Book 8 Eccles Sonata 1st movement

Books 1-3 all
Book 4 Telemann Concerto 2nd Mvt.; Telemann Double Concerto 1st and 3rd Mvts.
Book 5 Old French Dances, La Matelotte
Book 6 Hungarian Dance #5 

Book 1-2 all pieces
Book 3 Bocherinni Minuet, Humoresque, La Cinquantaine
Book 4 Breval Sonata in C Major, first movement
Book 5 Arioso
Book 6 Tarantella

Book 1 Crafting a RH Melody and LH Alberti Bass Lightly Row (RH or HT); Long, Long Ago (RH or HT); Little Playmates (HT); Allegro (RH or HT)
As in every good restaurant, each piece may be accompanied by a side dish of ‘Twinkles’.
Book 2 Elegance and Rhythm: Minuets Bach Minuet in G Major BWV 822 (Minuet 1); Minuet in G Major (Anonymous – Minuet 2); Bach Minuet in G Minor BWV 822; Petzold Minuet in G Major (Minuet 3)
Book 2/3 Classically Refined:  Sonatinas (no repeats) Beethoven Sonatina in G (I — Moderato); Clementi Sonatina in C, Op. 36, No. 1 (I — Allegro); Kuhlau Sonatina in C, Op. 55, No. 1 (I — Allegro); Clementi Sonatina in C, Op. 36, No. 1 (I – Spiritoso)
Book 2/3 Colours in Sound:  Romantic Era Cradle Song; Melody; The Wild Rider
Book 3+ The Soul of the Piano:  Pedalling Little Waltz; Song of Twilight – a popular supplementary piece by Nakada for Book 3 Suzuki students; About Foreign Lands and People; Waltz in A Minor (no repeats)
Book 4+ Go for Baroque!  Keyboard Music in the Baroque Era Bach Gavotte in G Minor BWV 822; Bach Minuet 1 from Partita in B flat BWV 825; Bach Invention No. 1 in C BWV 772; Daquin Le coucou; Bach Invention No. 8 in F BWV 779

If you have any questions regarding the piano repertoire, please email Ellen Berry or Gail Lange