Benefit Concert 2018 for Hephzibah

Benefit Concert 2018 for Hephzibah

2018 Benefit Concert funds to go to Hephzibah Children’s Association.

 

Save the Date:

Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 2:00p at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Oak Park.

 

Dr. Shinichi Suzuki was a Japanese violinist and humanitarian. Witnessing the destruction of his homeland due to the second World War, he formed a vision to help nudge the world toward peace through its children. Through music, Dr. Suzuki hoped to build noble hearts in children all around the world.

With this in mind, we produce an event each year that connects our students from Oak Park and surrounding areas to the larger world they live in. In previous years, our students helped to raise money through their music for the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) and the Heartland Alliance’s unaccompanied minor program. This year, our music students are collaborating with Hephzibah Children’s Association in Oak Park, IL. OPSA students will be performing a concert at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Oak Park on December 15 at 2p. 

OPSA students and faculty will be collaborating with other Oak Park area musicians to create a global concert featuring music from around the world. In previous years, we performed music from Syria, Lebanon, China, Romania, and more. This year, the concert will include special faculty performances, global music, and even a holiday sing along. Local Suzuki students from neighboring studios will join to play music together and hopefully make the world just a little more peaceful and beautiful.

Hephzibah will be the recipient of the funds we raise. Last year, OPSA raised almost $2,000 for Heartland Alliance. We hope to do even better this year! You can make a donation right away!

 

Oak Park String Academy benefit Hephzibah

Suzuki Early Childhood Education Classes at OPSA!

Suzuki Early Childhood Education Classes at OPSA!

Have a new baby or a toddler? Consider enrolling them in Suzuki Early Childhood Classes at the Oak Park String Academy! SECE classes for 0-3 years begin this September! 

“If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.” ​ – Shin’ichi Suzuki

Suzuki ECE is an early childhood program that uses music to develop the whole child, including social, emotional, cognitive, kinesthetic, and musical skills. Through the use of a carefully designed music curriculum, we aim to nurture child development, parent-child bonding, and awaken the child’s readiness for learning. For schedule and more information, visit: https://www.secchicago.com/

 

Suzuki Early Childhood Classes at Oak Park String Academy

 

Special Offers for Fall Term

Register before July 31 and receive a waived administrative fee ($10) and one free class ($24).

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Happy Summer!

Happy Summer!

We hope you are all enjoying your summer activities!

Individual lessons are still going on at OPSA throughout the summer although on a much more flexible schedule. Be sure to check your lesson schedule!

Here is some beautiful music to enjoy on this summer day. This is young violinist, Soo-Been Lee,  who won 2nd Prize in the Junior Division with her performances at the Menuhin Competition in Beijing in 2012. Our four OPSA violin students attending the Indiana Summer String Academy for four weeks this summer will all be playing this. We wish them fun with their beautiful music making!

Chicago Suzuki Violin Playdown @ Grant Park

Chicago Suzuki Violin Playdown @ Grant Park

Chicago Suzuki Violin Playdown

at Grant Park Music Festival, Chicago

 

Every June, Suzuki violin students from across Chicagoland come together for a Playdown-style concert as part of the Grant Park Music festival’s Young Artists Showcase. Plan on joining hundreds of other Suzuki children to play your pieces together on stage! Pack a picnic and stay to listen to the Grant Park Orchestra Concert afterward.

What a great way to kick off a musical summer!

Friday, June 29, 2018 | Jay Pritzker Pavilion | 5:30-6:00pm

Mandatory Rehearsal for Participants: Sunday, June 24, 11am-1pm, Polk Hall, Merit School of Music

2018 Repertoire

Book 1: Theme and Variation A; Lightly Row; Song of the Wind; Aunt Rhody; Long, Long Ago; Allegro; Minuet 2

Book 2: Chorus from Judas Maccabaeus; Hunter’s Chorus; Witches’ Dance; Gavotte from Mignon

Book 3: Gavotte in G Minor; Humoresque

Book 4: Concerto No. 2, Movement 3 – Fritz Seitz

Click here for more details regarding rehearsal location, concert attire, parking and more.

2018_Chicago_Suzuki_PlaydownOak Park String Academy at Grant Park Music FestivalOak Park String Academy at Grant Park Music Festival

Book List

Book List

Love to Learn?

Top 10 Books to Build a Brain, a Relationship and Feel Better while doing so!

  1. Mindset by Carol Dwek
  2. The Genius in Every Child by Rick Ackerly
  3. Simplicity Parenting or The Soul of Discipline by Kim John Payne Oak Park String Academy Summer Reading
  4. No Bad Kids by Janet Landsbury
  5. NurtureShock by Po Bronson, Ashely Merryman
  6. How Children Succeed Paul Tough
  7. Children the Challenge by Rudolph Dreikurs, Vicki Soltz
  8. Parenting from The Inside Out by Dan Siegel, Mary
  9. Kids are Worth It! by Barbara Coloroso
  10. The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle

Even before I had children, I loved to read about the youngest members of society and why, when and how people raised them to become not only informed and capable people, but also kind, helpful and aware citizens of the world. Raising kids in a culture where parents are quick to be villainized and slow to be supported is still mighty challenging, although we are making progress in many communities. Parenting is a relentless job that often leaves us feeling like we are sprinting only to reach a long line in which we suddenly find ourselves waiting, with little to do.

But take heart! We live in exciting times of research and information! It seems that every day we can read about new research and understanding about Growth Mindset, child development, the plasticity of the brain, the power of modeling and environment.  I have hope that the world around us is slowly but surely developing strategies for growing kindness and laying the seeds of empathy in the hearts–and brains– of our children.

When I feel overwhelmed and unsure of where to turn and wonder whether what I am doing is hurting more than helping, I find solace in books. Sometimes this is an escapist novel, but often it is a book like the ones on this list. Rather than feeling like I am reading a book about everything I am doing wrong, these books help me fill my cup with concepts, strategies, and ultimately, the inspiration to try a different way, keep at it and carry on. Even the most balanced and steady parent with a loving and peaceful upbringing has moments when they wonder, “What is this behavior about? Why is it happening and how do I handle it with this child at this moment?”  If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed as a parent and wondered how to make things easier or more peaceful (and what parent hasn’t?!), try one of these books and I hope it helps you find encouragement for what is, no doubt, the challenge of a lifetime.

Happy summer reading!

Oak Park String Academy Summer Reading

Spring Recital Coming up!

Spring Recital Coming up!

Spring Solo Recitals Approaching!

Join us for our spring solo recitals on April 28 at 1p and 2:30p at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Oak Park.

Recitals are free and open to the public. We encourage prospective families to come and listen to and enjoy these great student performances! Students between the ages of 4 and 16 will be performing on these recitals. We will hear Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart and more! If you have been considering starting violin or cello lessons with your young child, this is a great way to introduce them to our program. Come and join us for all or part of a recital. We look forward to meeting you!

Teacher Training at OPSA February 16-18, 2018

Teacher Training at OPSA February 16-18, 2018

We are so excited to be hosting a fantastic weekend of events for our 2018 Winter Workshop next month!

This event includes something for everyone!

Violin teachers interested in learning more about how to help their students can take our Enrichment course presented by Charles Krigbaum. Mr. Krigbaum’s 10-hour course, “Enjoying Violin Technique and Recital Training” can be registered with the Suzuki Association and will cover these fascinating books of the same title as the course.

Also of interest to violin teachers, will be our Friday evening masterclasses with renowned violin pedagogue, Almita Vamos. OPSA students will be participating in both the masterclasses as well as the Sunday morning Advanced Violin Group class demonstration.

Saturday morning will be a treat as we listen to Stefanie Faye Frank present an array of fascinating new research discoveries regarding how the brain develops and changes as we struggle, continue to challenge ourselves and our students, and then ultimately succeed. Ms. Frank is in great demand around the globe these days as so many people find her presentations transformational.

We can hardly believe just how FANTASTIC this line up is and can’t wait to see everyone there! See here for schedule, details, and registration. For questions, please email MLanfear@OPStringAcademy.com

The Teenage Brain

The Teenage Brain

Teenagers!

(This might as well say, “Toddlers!”)

There are some striking similarities with regards to what is occurring in the brain during toddler and teenage years. One of the main messages heard in this video is: be patient, be kind, and for goodness sake…let them sleep more!! 🙂

 

Benefit Concert Videos

Benefit Concert Videos

Happy New Year! Here is a small portion of our 2017 December Benefit Concert for Heartland Alliance. We will have more videos up on our YouTube channel soon! To view the photos of the concert taken by OPSA parent, Paul Ellenbogen, visit our gallery page.The concert was a beautiful event with a wonderful feeling of community all around. In addition to the OPSA students making friendship bracelets and cards for the children living in the immigration detention centers around Chicago, our OPSA community raised about $1700 dollars for the Heartland Alliance. Thank you, everyone, for your support!

Winter Break

Winter Break

We are preparing to power down here at OPSA so we can enjoy some quiet time with our families over the winter break. We hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday time and we look forward to seeing you back in January. Classes resume January 8, 2018. Our first open house of 2018 is scheduled for Tuesday, January 9th from 5:45-6:30p. You may RSVP here. If you are looking for a winter-themed movie for the whole family over the break, this is one of our favorites.  Enjoy!