Weekly Update - September 20, 2018

“Practice with my children was the hardest, but most rewarding thing I did with them.” Suzuki Parent

Practice Fun for Book 1 Students
Twinkle Twinkle I'm a Star Game
Roll the dice and take an adventure in the land of Twinkle.
Give it a try, its a great way to keep your practice time fun and productive.



The 1st Class is next week, Tuesday September 25
Sign Up Soon

We will be discussing the book, "Beyond The Music Lesson - Habits of Successful Suzuki Families" by Christine Goodner.

Here is a short testimonial from SRO Parent Bernadette Borla;  
Beyond the Music Lesson is packed with pearls for navigating daily practice. Besides the practical tips offered in the book, it also encourages us to reflect on how we relate to our children through practice. There are many references to other noteworthy works throughout the book as well. Recently, my daughter’s private teacher came up with a strategy from the book to start her lessons more smoothly and . . . it worked! It's a great reference for when we hit roadblocks and it reminds us to layer our approach. It also helps with big picture thinking and long-term vision. It is perfect for discussion and sharing of ideas of what has worked/not worked or what could be improved upon to strengthen our Suzuki triangles! 


This class will be the first step for all new families with
children ages 2 through 6 enrolling after November 1st.

Current SRO families with children ages 2 through 6 are also welcome to sign up. This would be a great way to meet other families, read and discuss "Beyond The Music Lesson" and get hands on help with how to practice with your child at home.


Highlights of the Suzuki Family Group Class

  • Non-Instrument Specific - all students will learn together with their parent (guardian)

  • Each class will be led by Mark Mutter and last 60 minutes

    • 30 minutes devoted to music and practice skills for students and parents. This will help students make a seamless transition to private lessons and group class.

    • 30 minutes will be a book study of “Beyond The Music Lesson” by Christine Goodner. The cost of the book is included in the class. Students will enjoy continued musical games and activities with one of our SRO teachers.

  • Parents and students will interview with teachers during this time to pick their instrument, secure a lesson time and observe a group class if possible.

Suzuki Family Group Class Cost: $170.00 - includes 8 classes and “Beyond The Music Lesson”

Suzuki Family Group Class Dates: Families will pick from one of the following options:

Option #1: begins October 20 2018
Saturdays at 2:00pm: 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22 
11/10 (off due to Fall Recitals), 11/24 (off due to Thanksgiving)

Option #2: begins January 8 2019
Tuesdays at 6:00pm: 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/26, 3/5
2/19 (off due to mid-winter break)

Option #3: begins February 2 2019
Saturdays at 2:00pm: 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30
2/23 (off due to mid-winter break)

Option #4: begins March 12 2019
Tuesdays at 6:00pm: 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7
4/2 (off due to spring break)

Minimum Enrollment per class: 4 

Please register online to secure your spot in the class.


SRO Calendar and Announcements

September 17-22 - 2nd Week of Lessons, Groups and Electives
Group Class Theme: Review Series: Posture
Review Week #2 - all review lists can be found on the SROWebsite

September 24-29 - 3rd Week of Lessons, Groups and Electives
Group Class Theme: Review Series: Tone
Review Week #3 - all review lists can be found on the SROWebsite

September 25 - Parent Discussion Group #1 - 6-7:00 pm 
We will be discussing the book, "Beyond The Music Lesson - Habits of Successful Suzuki Families" by Christine Goodner.

October 1-6 - 4th Week of Lessons, Groups and Electives
Group Class Theme: Review Series: Name That Tune
Review Week #4 - all review lists can be found on the SROWebsite

October 2 - Parent Discussion Group #2 - 6-7:00 pm 

October 8-13 - 5th Week of Lessons, Groups and Electives
Group Class Theme: Review Series: Name That Composer
Review Week #1 - all review lists can be found on the SROWebsite

October 9 - Parent Discussion Group #3 - 6-7:00 pm

October 20 - Suzuki Family Group Class - Option #1 - begins
Saturdays at 2:00 pm

Looking ahead...

SRO Fall Recitals

November 10 (Saturday) - Our Shepherd Lutheran Church Gym
2:00 PM Overflow - for all teachers 
4:00 PM Clarke / DeLisle / Flanigan
6:00 PM Mutter / d’Allemand

November 11 (Sunday) - Our Shepherd Lutheran Church Sanctuary
2:00 PM Jumaa
4:00 PM DiMambro / Yim / d’Allemand
6:00 PM Mutter / Vojtisek

SRO Holiday Concert 
December 9 - 4:00 PM

SRO Barnes and Noble Performances 
December 16
1:00 PM - Guitars 2:00 PM - Cellos 3:00 PM - Violins 4:00 PM - Suzuki Strings

SRO Winter Violin Workshop
January 12 and 13 2019 Details will be coming in upcoming updates.

SRO Room and Group Class / Elective Schedule
Updated as of September 20 2018
Please click on the following link to see where your lessons and group classes will be held. 
Room Schedule 
Group Class and Elective Schedule and Assignments 

Private Lesson Record Book

I have designed a new private lesson record book for you to print, 3 hole punch, put into a new binder and bring to your first lesson. The new sheets are not instrument specific and can be used by everyone. The teachers approved it last night at our meeting and want you all to use it!


Introducing "My Friend Izzy"Practice Help for Suzuki Violin Book 1  
Would you like a new and entertaining friend to help your child practice? Come check out our new YouTube show called “My Friend Izzy”. Created to be a fun introduction to your practice time, each episode focuses on one Book 1 song (including all the Twinkle Variations). Your child will be encouraged to get out their violin and play along with Izzy. The song is repeated three times with some fun interruptions along the way.
Each episode is less than 10 minutes long and is a show created by kids, for kids. You will never hear the word “practice”. It’s all about playing and having fun.
If we can get your daily practice going on a positive note – then we’ve done our job! If you find our channel helpful we ask that you to please “subscribe” and then “like” and make “comments” on each episode. When you do this, it helps our visibility in the YouTube world and extends our reach to other violin players. 
Izzy, 10 years old, has been a student of Mark Mutter and Suzuki Royal Oak for the past eight years. She began her studies at the age of two and is currently in Book 8, a member of the SRO Tour Group and beginning her first year with the DSO Civic Symphonia String Orchestra. Her little brother, Wesley, also featured in each episode, is a student at SRO, is in Book 3, and has been playing the violin for five years.
Check us out on YouTube: MyFriendIzzy

We need your help!!!
SRO has openings in all instruments and we need you to tell your friends. Our teachers have created new times and are waiting for students to fill them up. Please have your friends contact Haley DeLisle at lessons@suzukiroyaloak.org.
Remember: you get a $25 tuition discount if you refer and family and they put it on their registration form!

2018-2019 Registration Information

SRO 2018-2019 Registration Form

SRO 2018 Summer Registration Form

SRO 2018-2019 - Policies

SRO 2018-2019 - Returning Student Group and Elective Recommendations

SRO 2018-2019 - Group and Elective Schedule

SRO 2018-2019 - Tuition
The SRO Board passed a new budget that raised tuition by 2% which will go directly to raises for the SRO faculty.
All fund raising has been pulled from the  SRO operating budget.
The SRO Board will be creating a new fund raising plan that will be presented at the beginning of the school year.

SRO 2018-2019 - Recital Etiquette, Event and Lesson Calendar

SRO 2018-2019 - Categories of Study

SRO 2018-2019 - Lesson Length, Group and Elective General Recommendations

SRO Patron Campaign

Thank you to all of our 2017-18 Donors

Platinum Sponsor ($1000)
The Blower Family
Elena Bogliani and Pietro Gorlier
Bernadette and Vincent Borla
The Citron Family
DTE Energy - Walter McCarthy Grant
Elaine Madigan
Mark Mutter
Psarianos Violins - Peter and Laurie Psarianos

Gold Sponsor ($500)
Vonda Douglas Nikitin
Dante and Doree Ann Espiritu

Silver Sponsor ($250)
The Eltahawy Family
The Springer Family
The Tathavadekar Family
Judy Totman
The Vojtisek Family

Bronze Sponsor ($100)
The Balendran Family
Carla Calabrese and Brian Day
The Green Family
Pauline and Kenneth Jackson
The Karmol Family

In Kind Sponsors
Juan and Hunter Torres
Michelle Lannoo and Peter Wardowski
Karen and Frank Vesprini

Please join our sponsors and help SRO achieve their dreams.