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    • Improvise and Compose with Jim Guerin

      Friday, June 10, 2016 by admin

      Our teacher member and jazz pianist Jim Guerin offers periodic workshops for piano students, with training in teamwork, rhythm, improvising and composition.

      To inquire about these trainings, contact Mr. Guerin at jimmykeys@cox.net or by phone at 619-518- 3337.

      The next workshop is STILL open with two spaces available.  It takes place in Carmel Valley June 20 th -24 th , 9 am to 12 noon daily.

      The target age group is 8-13 years with minimum two years experience at the piano. 10 keyboards and percussion instruments
      are provided for our use.  Mr. Guerin leads the group in how to interpret popular music, improvise and create their own compositions.  Socializing and “jamming” in a group is an essential part of the experience.

      Contact Jim Guerin at jimmykeys@cox.net or by phone at 619-518-3337 for registration for the June 20 th workshop.

    • All Instruments Parent/Teacher Talk with Edmund Sprunger

      Wednesday, May 25, 2016 by admin
      June 18, 2016
      6:30 pmto7:30 pm

      This is a rare opportunity with a highly sought after speaker and pedagogue! For more information,  continue reading: Read the rest of this entry »

    • Motivation to Join the Suzuki Music Association of California – San Diego Branch

      Sunday, October 6, 2013 by admin

      The California Suzuki organization has been around for 38 years.  In 1977, two Los Angeles teachers, Elizabeth and Harlow Mills, envisioned an organization to coordinate statewide activities and came up with the name “Suzuki Music Association of California.”  The ease of communicating and organizing when everyone was within driving distance prompted our first San Diego group to apply for branch status.

       

      According to Ms. Donna Lim, 1996 president of SMAC:  As more teachers were attracted to the Suzuki Method, the levels of training grew wider.  There was and continues to be, a concerted effort statewide to provide teacher training workshops for on-going training, with learning among our members as a matter of individual motivation. To date, there are eight branches representing more than 330 teachers in California.

      SMAC-San Diego Branch wants to continue with the purpose of these early pioneers, and:

      – Further the Suzuki concept of education in music and other subjects.
      – Promote high standards of teaching, through lectures, discussions, and demonstrations.
      – Endorse institutes and workshops for student and teacher training.
      – Promote student activities, such as camps, festival concerts, graduation recitals, play-ins, etc.
      – Raise money for scholarships through the annual Play-a-thon.
      – Bring outstanding teachers to this area for teacher training and demonstrations.
      – Make information available to the public, via the internet, about the Suzuki concept of education.
      – Publish a newsletter for the exchange of ideas.

      Please help keep our organization strong and ongoing by renewing your membership in a timely fashion, or joining as a new member.

      Musically Yours,

      Eliana Newall
      Past President, SMAC-SDB