Portage District Library, November 2017

This performance was a blast! We loved playing at the library, and there was an awesome turnout. It was especially fun to have an opportunity to perform with Orchestra Rouh. Great job, everyone!

Art Hop, November 2017

We're so thankful to the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo for giving our students the opportunity to perform at Art Hop! It was a fun time for everyone.

Fall 2017 Registration, New Policies, Etc.

Hello Suzuki families and friends!

We have exciting news about how we’re doing the annual registration process this upcoming school year. Check it out!

Early Bird Registration: Today through August 1, 2017
Early bird registration is $70 if you submit your registration form AND fee before August 1, 2017.

Normal Registration: August 1 – September 1, 2017
Normal registration is $80 if you submit your registration form AND fee between August 1 and September 1, 2017.

Late Registration: September 1 and beyond
Late registration is $90 after September 1, 2017 for returning students (including those of you who just signed up for summer). This fee does not apply to students who are brand new to Suzuki.

Registering Multiple Students
In the past, we took 10% off the normal $80 fee for each additional student. This year, we’re doing one better: 10% off for the first student, 20% for the second student, 30% for the third student, and so on. We hope that this will make it easier for families with many Suzuki students to join our community!

All families who are returning in the fall must submit a new registration form, even if you recently signed up for summer sessions. This helps us keep our annual registration fees in order and also gives us updated contact information for everyone. Registration forms can be submitted online on our website here: http://www.suzukiacademykalamazoo.org/contact/

Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the “Registration Form” button.

***Please note that in order to receive the early bird and normal registration rates, both your registration form and payment must be submitted by the due date. Additionally, registration fees are non-refundable; please do not submit registration unless you are certain you will be attending lessons at Suzuki.***

Returning Gull Lake Homeschool Partnership Program Students!
Although your registration fees are waived, if you are intending to return to the Suzuki Academy of Kalamazoo in the fall, you MUST still submit a registration form. Please note on your form that you are GLHP students in the additional comments section.

Refer A Friend, Receive A Discount!
If you refer a friend to sign up for classes at Suzuki, we’ll take $50 off one of your tuition bills! In order to receive the discount, both you AND your friend must notify us of the referral. Just shoot RosaLee an email to claim your discount.

New Late Fee Policy: In effect after September 1
In the past we’ve charged a late fee for tuition bills which have not been paid by the following tuition billing period (so, essentially, after 30 days unpaid tuition bills were considered late). Our new late fee policy is tuition bills not paid within 7 days of receipt of invoice will be considered late. The late fee charge is still $25. All monthly tuition bills are still due on the first of the month every month, so as long as your payment is in by then you never need worry about being late! If you pay online, feel free to just wait for the invoice and pay it when you receive it.

Summer Sessions!

The summer months and end of the current semester are coming fast! We have some updates for you about how the summer sessions are going to work this year.

The last day of the semester is June 10, which is also the date of our final concert! After that, we’re taking a week off of lessons and will come back ready to go for the first summer term on Monday, June 19th.

This summer will be split into two 5-week sessions (Summer I and Summer II, respectively), and all current students will be automatically enrolled in both sessions. There will be no group class over the summer; only private lessons. Each session will cost $120 (for 30 minute weekly private lessons; price will be adjusted for longer individual sessions).

Summer I: June 19th – July 23rd
Summer II: July 24th – August 27th

You will be automatically enrolled in the summer programs and we will simply send you a bill for the summer sessions when they begin. You and your child(ren) will keep coming to private lessons as usual - there’s no extra sign up or fee.

If you prefer to participate in one session and not the other OR if you prefer to not take lessons at all over the summer, please email RosaLee at suzukiacademykalamazoo@gmail.com by June 1st, so we can adjust the registration accordingly.

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Every Child Can Class

Our cello instructor, Grace Field, will be teaching an Every Child Can Class at the Suzuki Academy of Kalamazoo on Saturday, April 22, from 9:30 - 4:30 pm! Please contact Grace for more information: 269.365.0966 or gracenotes269@yahoo.com

Every Child Can!© (ECC) is an introduction to Dr. Suzuki’s philosophy and its application to Suzuki education. For parents, teachers, prospective teachers and others, this course provides an inspiring, in-depth look at the Suzuki approach to teaching and learning.

In addition to exploring the elements of the Suzuki approach and its far-reaching goals, it includes an introduction to learning styles, history of the development of Suzuki education, the role of parents, the importance of Suzuki pedagogical training, and an overview of the SAA’s role in supporting teachers and parents. A fast-paced, engaging and inspiring program, ECC includes video materials and SAA-developed courseware, and provides each participant with useful reference materials (manuals) for later study. For teachers, ECC serves as the first course in the Suzuki Association of the Americas’ Teacher Development Program.

Upcoming Changes to Note!

Little Stars Changes:

Starting January 28th, Little Stars will begin at 10 AM instead of 9:30 AM on Saturday mornings.

On February 4th, 8 week Little Stars sessions can be purchased for $48. We will still be accepting $7 drop in classes as well.

On February 18th, all of our Little Stars students are invited to perform at Friendship Village with the Suzuki Academy at 2 pm!

Suzuki Violins Changes:

Group class times will change for Book 1 and Book 2 on January 28th. Beginners will start at 10 AM, and late Book 1 and Book 2 will start at 11 AM on Saturdays.

Please email us at suzukiacademykalamazoo@gmail.com if you have any questions about this!

First Annual Suzuki Showcase

We are so proud of the tremendous progress our students have made in perfecting their skills this semester! To perform in this concert, students were asked to choose pieces they have had practice playing in front of others at previous recitals. Listening to their polished pieces was a true joy! Thanks to everyone who came!