News & Updates

STUDIO CLOSED: 7/27 -7/30

This is a friendly reminder that the studio is closed next week. You can view the studio calendar to see all upcoming closings and events.


FALL LESSON REGISTRATION OPENS AUGUST 3RD

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, lessons will be offered online.

Registration opens Monday, August 3rd and will be first come, first served for the video conferencing lesson schedule. You may opt to post video instead of scheduling video chat lessons.

Registration forms and instructions will be posted 8/3/20. Fall tuition is due by August 15th.

Fall quarter begins Thursday, September 3rd.


FITZROY BOYS ACCEPTED TO BYSO!

Brody and Rowan have been accepted into the Baltimore Youth Symphony Orchestra! Congratulations Brody and Rowan!


TWINKLEfest 2020 ?

It’s been a few years since we had a TwinkleFest. However, this fall, it might be possible to have a virtual TwinkleFest. With video editing magic, I can stitch together your videos to create one giant video of everyone playing “together”!

We’ll vote on a short program, then you’ll submit your videos by a deadline. I’ll work my magic and post our virtual TwinkleFest to youtube so that it can be shared with your friends and family. I’m hoping to release the final video by Mid-October (the usual TwinkleFest date).

More details to come. Step one is to vote!

Let’s begin voting on our favorite pieces. The deadline to vote is August 3rd.


What’s your news?

Do you have anything exciting you’d like to share with the studio? Let me know and I’ll add it to the next post!

Happy Spring Break!

Due to the Covid-19 situation, I have made some changes to our schedule. Current studio families: check your email for more details.

— At this time, all Pre-Twinkle demo classes held at the library are canceled. As of now any pre-twinkle demo classes scheduled after April 15th will be held.

— All prospective family observations of group classes and individual lessons and meetings will be postponed until after April 15th.

— March 16th through March 19: Spring Break, no classes will be held this week.

—The March 18th group class will be moved to Wednesday, April 8th.

— Classses will be held April 6th- the 9th (originally spring break. We are essentailly exchanging the weeks).

I do have a plan in place for the week of March 23rd. However, as the situation may change, I will hold off on those announcements to avoid confusion. Let’s take things week by week.

While I would like to run classes this week (to keep some sort of normalcy for the children) I think it would be best to move up our spring break. While there is still no need to panic, holding spring break now will help to reduce the spread of the virus; allow us some time to see how things unfold; and allow studio families schedule flexibility, if needed, to make work/child care arrangements for the next two weeks.


Taking a break this coming week will allow everyone to take a collective breath and practice some self care. Stress absolutely effects the immune system and during this high stress time, if you don’t practice some self care you might stress yourself right into the cold or flu…if you don’t catch coved-19. Over the break, make it your priority to reduce stress and stay healthy. During our breaks I do not expect students to practice. However, at this time playing may provide some comfort and distraction. Just keep things light and fun— don’t add more stress to your family life.


I’ve seen some stressed out kiddos as this situation has unfolded over the last couple of weeks. If parents panic, children panic. The CDC has some information on how to talk to children about this situation if you feel you need some ideas: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html


Again, be sure to get your information from reliable sources such as the CDC and the WHO.

…perhaps some chocolate chip cookies are in order as part of your self care spring break plan? Here is my recipe… It makes about 2.5 dozen. Just double the recipe if you need more. We are a plant based family that eats eggs,so I use vegan butter. But I think this recipe should work out just fine with regular butter.


Mrs. Glenda’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 1 stick of softened butter
  • 1/2 cup plus two tablespoons of sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus two tablespoons of brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1vcup plus two tablespoons of flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (omit if you want).



Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream butter, sugars and vanilla. Add in the egg and mix well. Add in the dry ingredients, mix well. Last add the chocolate and chopped nuts. Bake about 8-10 minutes.

Take care and stay safe!

Violin/Bow Parts Quizzes Available

I have added pre-twinkle through advanced level violin/bow parts quizzes to the quiz page. Feel free to use these as tools for home practice. You may repeat the quiz multiple times, if you like.

For future reference, the quiz page can be found under the full program tab on the man website menu. Pre-twinkle/twinkle students also have a quiz page under their tab.

Pre-Twinkle & Twinkle level Quizzes

Book 1+ quizzes (I include pre-twinkle/Twinkle quizzes for review on this page).

The studio is closed.

The studio is closed 1/7/20 due to the weather.

If you feel like you need something to do....here are some snow day quizzes! Feel free to take the quiz as many times as it takes to get 100%.

You can also checkout the playlist I created for students on our studio YouTube channel. You’ll find some interesting violin and music related videos.

Stay warm and be safe! See you at group class on Wednesday. 🎻

Snow day- studio is closed

The studio will be closed today 12/16/19 due to the weather.

If you feel like you need something to do….here are some snow day quizzes! Feel free to take the quiz as many times as it takes to get 100%.

The following quizzes cover musical terms and bow flavors for various levels. Even if you’ve graduated a level, you might find tema you haven’t learned yet. Start with the pre-twinkle level and work your way up. These quizzes cover what you’ll know by the end of these units.

You can also checkout the playlist I created for students on our studio YouTube channel.

Stay warm and safe!!💜

$5 Community Group Class Meets Tonight !!!

Join us tonight for our suzuki violin group class! This class is open to the community, so bring a violin friend or share this post!

Children will meet to play through the suzuki violin repertoire starting with the Twinkle variations and moving up to more advanced pieces. Memorization of pieces is not required, but highly recommended. Please bring a music stand if you plan to read from your book. Parents of elementary aged children are required to attend the class.

Cost: $5 cash per child at the door. Current studio families may also pay by check. Square payment also accepted.

Time: 6:30-8pm? Class starts at 6:30pm and goes until students run out of pieces to play-class could end before 8pm depending on the level of students in attendance. Children are free to go home after they have run out of repertoire to play. Students are also welcome to stay and observe as long as they’d like.

Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/u/1/d/1zENJZcG6zj2Oys2Nhy9XzfVr1my2j3XpDSwYuQ2IT24/edit

Upcoming Events

Register now for our upcoming studio events! Events are open to the community so tell a friend or email this to your school music teachers.

Free Pre-Twinkle Demo Classes

Ages 2-7. Click the links below to register.

$5 Community Suzuki Violin Group Class

Ages 5-17. Open to the community. A play through of the Suzuki violin repertoire from Twinkles and up. Click the links below to register.

$13-$17 Winter Workshop: Instrument Care 1/29/20 6:30pm

Learn how to care for your instrument during the winter months. Each student will go home with an instrument humidifier. We will also polish our instruments. Violin friends: $13. Cello friends $17. The last day to register is 1/15/20. Current studio families can avoid square payment processing fees by paying in cash/check by January 2nd.