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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 Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest   Dr. Shinichi Suzuki was a Japanese violinist and humanitarian. Witnessing the...

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oak park string academy hephzibah benefit grace lutheran river forest

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...

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Suzuki Early Childhood Classes at Oak Park String Academy

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...

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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...

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Oak Park String Academy at Grant Park Music Festival

Book List

Love to Learn? Top 10 Books to Build a Brain, a Relationship and Feel Better while doing so! Mindset by Carol Dwek The Genius in Every Child by Rick Ackerly Simplicity Parenting or The Soul of Discipline by Kim John Payne  No Bad Kids by Janet Landsbury...

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Oak Park String Academy Reading List

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...

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Spring Recital at Oak Park String Academy

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...

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Almita Vamos, Stefanie Faye Frank and Charles Krigbaum at Oak Park String Academy

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...

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The teenage brain at Oak Park String Academy
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