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Group Class

Group classes are an essential part of the Suzuki approach and our musical journey. Not only is playing with others incredibly fun, it provides motivation and an opportunity for teamwork. Group lessons are a time for students and parents to connect with their peers and enjoy being a part of the Suzuki community. Group lessons provide a number of opportunities to grow at each stage of development. Group classes are an opportunity to practice old skills and learn new ones, as well as how to interact with a group, play together, follow a leader, become a leader, and to perform. Group class provides each child with an opportunity to learn from a peer and become a leader or teacher themselves. It helps to grow their confidence and self-esteem. Group classes also provide a supportive environment to practice performing, develop ensemble skills, and develop social skills. Review in group classes greatly supports the review efforts at home. Older students get extra review practice, while younger students have the opportunity to be active listeners of pieces they will soon play. Playing with others is one of the most joyful musical experiences!

The most successful Suzuki families are committed to creating the time in their schedules for daily practice and listening. They are also committed to attending weekly lessons, group classes, recitals, and workshops.

Don’t forget that our first class of the year is this Friday, January 11th from 5 PM to 6 PM! We will be at our new group class location, Overstreet Dance Center. We will be holding classes in the blue studio, which is adjacent to their beautiful waiting room! Directions can be found here.

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Join Me!

Winter Teacher Workshop 2019

I just registered for the Winter Teacher Workshop with Carol Tarr A Super-Hero Twinkle Sandwich: Some Insights and Nourishment forTeaching Toddlers! I hope that you consider joining me! Registration is only $25 for SAC Members ($35 for non-members). The teacher events are always so much fun – including lunch, professional development, and socializing/discussion with other local Suzuki teachers! Register now to reserve your spot: https://www.cosuzuki.org

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Our Fall in Review!

Congratulations to everyone for a fabulous fall semester at Andrea Coyle’s Violin & Viola Studio, LLC! There has been so much amazing practicing, performing, and listening going on in the studio. Below I’ve listed some of the highlights of the past few months. I also wanted to announce that our Friday group classes will now be held in a beautiful studio space at Overstreet Dance Center! More information about our spring group classes is available in your most recent newsletter.

Most recently we went “caroling” at a local nursing center! Students played a range of holiday tunes in two parts! Don’t they look lovely in their festive attire?

Holiday Recital 2018

In October we had our Fall Recital (complete with costumes)! In addition to performing solos, students participated in several group pieces. Our Fall Recital marked the end of our Fall Listening Challenge. Participating students were entered into a drawing for a change to win CDs!

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In September, studio students attended the SAC Denver Fall Festival where they participated in repertoire classes, a play-in, recitals, and enrichment classes. Parents had the opportunity to attend a parent meeting and I attended a teacher workshop as part of the festival.

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We had several book recitals this fall, including M. (viola Book 1+) and S. (violin Book 1).

We had four students audition for All county and all four students were accepted!

  • Charlie (High School Viola)
  • Madelyn (Middle School Violin)
  • Lily (Middle School Viola)
  • Kaitlin (Middle School Viola)

Lily was also accepted to play viola in the orchestra at the 1st Suzuki Convention of the Americas in Mexico. I’m so excited to hear about her experience this May!

Many of the students in the studio play in school orchestras, after school music programs, youth orchestras, and more.

In addition to all of these special events and accomplishments the studio had 436 private lessons, 10 group classes, 2 studio recitals, attended concerts, and have had countless hours of practicing and listening.

In addition to teaching this fall, I also performed viola with the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra, attended a teacher workshop through SAC, served as Secretary of the Suzuki Association of Colorado, and led classes and the viola play-in at the SAC Denver Fall Festival. In the studio I continue to learn about teaching, practice my violin and viola (both classical and fiddling), read, and work on my writing for an upcoming project.

Happy holidays! I’ll see everyone in the new year for another amazing year of music!

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Looking Forward

As I prepare for the 2018-2019 year I thought I’d share some studio updates! I’m so pleased with our thriving studio of 30+ violinists and violists! We have been working all summer long on our Ice Cream Challenge and Choose Your Own Adventure. I’m really looking forward to hearing everyone perform their piece of choice at the recital this Saturday! I hope to play a few pieces myself! Many students are already finished with their Ice Cream Challenge and are looking forward to our ice cream party on September 7!

Parents Night – Mark your calendar for August 31 at 6 PM at the studio. We will work to create community by sharing information about practicing, tips and tricks for Suzuki parenting, the schedule and studio information, along with a few new things for the year (including chamber music!).

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Challenge yourself to Practice

If you are having a tough time getting in all of your practice, challenge yourself to do more! Consider following along with a 30, 50, or 100 day challenge. Or challenge yourself to do 5 days a week for 1 month. You will notice a difference! Don’t forget to follow Andrea Coyle’s Violin & Viola Studio on social media for practice ideas and inspiration! Why wait until the new year. Think of how many repetitions and hours you could practice between now and 2018! Knowledge plus 1000 times equal ability!

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Practice and Plan!

Half the battle of practicing is finding a time to practice and assembling all of your practice tools. I use several methods of keeping track of my practicing including to do list, a calendar, and notebook. I’d love to hear what you use to organize!

To Do List
Post its:
I use these to jot down quick reminders. These typically last only a few minutes as they are meant to be a temporary brain dump.
Wunderlist: I love this app! I can use it on my phone or computer. I can have multiple lists with subtasks and notes all in one place. A few of my lists include daily activities (such as a specific piece I need to listen to or practice), shopping list, gift lists, and books to read. I also have a master list for my music studio that includes things like marketing, photo copies, professional reading/listening, wish list, and large project task lists (such as my new studio notebook). I love that I can create separate lists, subtasks, and priority items. I can easily reorder items to show priority.
How to use it for practicing: Create a list (or lots of lists) for practicing. Ideas for practice lists include: practice strategies, repetition ideas, techniques, practice spots, review pieces, pieces to listen to, favorite composers, favorite violinists/violists, daily order of practice items

Schedule
Google Calendar: 
I have a google calendar that syncs across all of my devices and onto my website. My MMS calendar and ECO rehearsal schedule sync to this as well. I schedule everything on this! Important practice sessions, lessons, rehearsals, family events, appointments, meetings, library due dates, etc. Any thing that has a deadline, or requires my attention, gets a spot on my calendar.
How to use it for practicing: Create an event that repeats everyday for practicing! Figure out a time that you can practice everyday. I recommend trying to schedule a morning practice session. That will leave time later in the day for additional practice sessions.

Notebook
In addition to my to do lists and my calendar, I have two primary notebooks. The first is used for daily notes and ideas (like a journal). This book is primarily used for personal goal and record keeping (such as practicing everyday). My favorite notebook is a tiny paperback notebook that I use to write all of my music and professional notes from conferences, meetings, and business research.
How to use it for practicing: Use a physical notebook to keep track of what you practice, when you practice, what you will practice next time, and any practice questions you may have.

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Summer Recital and Fall Practice

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Andrea Coyle’s Violin & Viola Studio Summer Recital July 29, 2017

What a great Summer Recital! Congratulations to everyone who performed on violin, viola, and ukulele! I’m so proud of everyone for their hard work this summer. Keep up the good work!

I look forward to starting our fall lessons on September 1st! Please start working on your school year practice schedule. Fall is a busy time for scheduling school, homework, lessons, birthday parties, dance classes, and sports. Please don’t forget to schedule your daily practice in addition to your music lesson, group classes and recitals!

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Spring Recital 2017!

Spring Recital 2017.jpgWhat a great recital! Thank you to all who performed and attended! We had a wide range of performances including A string concerto, House of the Rising Sun, Witches Dance, and a Seitz Concerto. We also had several special guests including the Williams family (violin, trumpet, and piano) and the String Fighters Trio (violin, viola, and cello)!