Centenary Suzuki School

Centenary Suzuki School

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Here's a "blast from the past" - I do not know what the occasion was, but there is not a stringed instrument in sight anywhere.
So much for practice on this day!
Congratulations to CSS violinist Calvin Alexander for an exciting performance with the Marshall Symphony!
It may be of interest that one of your Centenary Suzuki School alumni, Edward Charity, graduated with his Doctorate in Musical Arts (Performance) at Florida State University, last month. My wife, Nadine Charity, and I would like to sincerely thank all of the Centenary Suzuki tutors for the help and guidance they gave to build the solid foundation for his career in music.
Special mention of course to Gary Bruns, Laura Crawford, Dan Santelices and Larry Meier - who makes anyone sound better!
(The photograph includes his wife Petra, who also received her Doctoral degree.)

The Centenary Suzuki School offers the highest quality string instruction in the area by starting children at the earliest age possible supported by the Suzuki philosophy.

In 1977, Mrs. Laura Crawford began the Centenary Suzuki School by recruiting students through kindergarten teacher friends, then knocking on the doors of unsuspecting prospective violin students and inviting them to take violin lessons. Armed with her “Fuller Brush Kit” of miniature violins, a record album of the Suzuki Book 1 music, and a picture/poster of her young University of Texas (Austin) students, she recruited ten students and eager parents to begin her violin program. The CSS was built on the model of the U.T. String Project started by Phyllis Young. Today the program continues to train future generations of classical music lovers with its current enrollment of around 140 students instructed by eight trained Suzuki teachers in violin, viola, and cello. Mrs. Crawford and the CSS faculty have educated over 1500 alumni who have become outstanding professionals in their fields, and often Suzuki parents to their own children. The Centenary Suzuki School, based at the Hurley School of Music on the campus of Centenary College of Louisiana, is the only college affiliated Suzuki program in the state of Louisiana. Each CSS family commits to a weekly private lesson with their teacher, a group lesson on Tuesday afternoons at Centenary’s Hurley School of Music building, and daily listening and practice of at least 20 – 30 minutes. In agreement with the Suzuki philosophy (see below), a parent is expected to participate in each practice session and lesson. Tuesday group lessons include two classes: a repertoire class and a theory or orchestra class. Repertoire classes, assigned using Suzuki book level, are intended to advance and reinforce technique on the instrument, as well as encourage memory of learned pieces using games with peers. This is also where we do our public performance preparation. Theory classes teach our younger students the basics of reading music. Once the children have fluently learned theory basics, they are placed in a succession of orchestras: Elementary (least-experienced music readers), Intermediate, and Chamber Orchestra (high school and most advanced). The Centenary Suzuki School performs every year at the Red River Revel Arts Festival in downtown Shreveport, as well as at a couple of area nursing homes around the holidays. CSS volunteers have also performed for runners for Holy Angels’ “Run with the Angels” and select other events. In addition, we have many recitals at the Anderson Auditorium in the Hurley School of Music on Centenary’s campus: orchestra concerts in December and April, Graduation recitals in October and March, a large end-of-year group gala concert in May, and series of solo recitals in late May.

Operating as usual

Calendar Update 04/13/2021

Calendar Update

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Calendar Update

03/14/2021
Yo-Yo Ma throws impromptu cello concert at vaccination site after receiving second dose 03/14/2021

Yo-Yo Ma throws impromptu cello concert at vaccination site after receiving second dose

The side-effects of the Covid-19 vaccine may also include:
a concert from Yo-Yo Ma! 🤩

Yo-Yo Ma throws impromptu cello concert at vaccination site after receiving second dose Legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma threw an impromptu concert at a vaccination clinic in Massachusetts over the weekend after the 65-year-old musician received his second dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

03/08/2021

ENTREVISTAS AL TRIÁNGULO SUZUKI - PADRES

Last week, our student Sebastian was interviewed by the Suzuki Association of Mexico. The interview was a part of a series about the Suzuki triangle, interviewing four students, their teachers (Mr. Charles), and their parents, all from different parts of the world.
If you would like to watch it, click on the video below (in Spanish).

CSS Newsletter #138 02/23/2021

CSS Newsletter #138

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CSS Newsletter #138 Parents as Partners Online launches January 27, 2021 with over 50 video, audio, and transcribed talks for parents and teachers.

[02/23/21]   Join us for a watch party, today at 6:30 pm.

CSS Newsletter #137 02/05/2021

CSS Newsletter #137

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CSS Newsletter #137 Saturday, February 13, 2021 We are excited to announce that Christine Goodner, the author of "Beyond the Music Lesson", is offering an Online Suzuki Parent Workshop for our families. Please, sign up! This is a great opportunity to get fresh news ideas about home practice.

The Muppet Show: Rowlf - "Minuet in G Major" 01/18/2021

The Muppet Show: Rowlf - "Minuet in G Major"

This beautiful piece, written by L. van Beethoven is on Suzuki Violin/Viola Book 2 and Cello Book 3.
Enjoy listening to this great performance by Rowfl, from Muppets.

The Muppet Show: Rowlf - "Minuet in G Major" The Muppet Show, Season One, Episode 21 with Twiggy. UK Spot: Rowlf plays "Minuet in G Major"

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Cello Books 2 - 4

Facebook held our Cello Book 2-4 video unfairly claiming copyright issues. It will take a few days for them to release it. In the meantime, here is the same video on YouTube:
https://youtu.be/Zxqv3702crQ

youtube.com 2020 Holiday Group PerformancesCello Books 2 - 41. Musette2. We wish you a Merry Christmas

12/23/2020

Cello Books 2 - 4

2020 Holiday Group Performances
Cello Books 2 - 4
1. Musette
2. We wish you a Merry Christmas

12/23/2020

Cello Book 4-6

2020 Holiday Group Performance
Cello Book 4-6
1. Minuets from Suite 1
2. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

12/23/2020

Violin Late Book 4

2020 Holiday Group Performance
Violin Late Book 4
1. Seitz's Concerto No. 5, 1st Movement
2. Adeste Fidelis
3. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

12/22/2020

Violin Book 3 - 4

2020 Holiday Group Performances
Violin Book 3 - 4
1. Becker Gavotte
2. Jingle Bells
3. Joy to the World

12/22/2020

Violin Early Book 1

2020 Holiday Group Performances
Violin Early Book 1
1. Twinkles
2. Song of the Wind
3. Lightly Row
4. Jingle Bells

12/21/2020

Violin Book 5 and 6

2020 Holiday Group Performances
Violin Book 5 - 6
1. Redwing
2. It came upon the midnight clear
3. German Dance

12/21/2020

Violin Mid Book 1

2020 Holiday Group Performances
Violin Mid Book 1
1. Perpetual Motion
2. May Song
3. Twinkle Bell
4. Jingle Bells

12/21/2020

Violin Book 7 - 8

2020 Holiday Group Performances
Violin Book 7-8
1. Corelli's Courante
2. Amazing Grace
3. March from Nutcracker
4. Joy to the World

12/20/2020

Cello Book 1 Class

2020 Holiday Group Performances
1. Twinkles
2. French Folks Song
3. Go Tell Aunt Rhody
4. Allegro
5. Long, long ago
6. Jolly Old St. Nicholas
7. Jingle Bells

12/20/2020

Cello Choir

2020 Holiday Group Performances
Cello Choir
1. Babylon
2. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
3. Joy to the World

12/20/2020

Violin Late Book 1

2020 Holiday Group Performances
Violin Late Book 1
1. Jingle Bells
2. Minuet 1
3. Carol of the Bells

12/19/2020

Viola Book 1

2020 Holiday Group Performances
1. Atacama Crossing
2. French Folk Song
3. Jingle Bells
4. O COme Little Children

12/19/2020

Violin Late Book 2

2020 Holiday Group Performances
1. Joy to the World
2. Frère Jacques
3. Jingle Bells

12/19/2020

Violin - STRAD Class

2020 Holiday Group Performances
Violin - STRAD Class
1. Vivaldi Concerto for 2 Vlns. in Dm, III. Allegro
2. What Child is This
3. Handel's Hallelujah

12/18/2020

Viola Book 2

Viola Book 2
2020 Holiday Group Performances
1. Minuet 3
2. Chorus from Judas Maccabeaus
3. Jingle Bells

12/18/2020

Violin Early Book 2

Violin Early Book 2
2020 Holiday Group Performances
1. Chorus from "Judas Maccabaeus"
2. Hunters' Chorus
3. Joy to the World
4. Jolly Old St. Nicholas

12/18/2020

Viola Choir - 2020 Holiday group performances

2020 Holiday group performances
Viola Choir
1. Sussex Mummers Christmas Carol - Grainger
2. Canon - Telemann

12/17/2020

Viola Book 3 and 4 - 2020 Holiday Group Performances

2020 Holiday Group Performances
Viola Book 3 and 4
1. Humoresque - A. Dvorak
2. Angels we have heard on high - Traditional/Yasuda

mailchi.mp 11/22/2020

CSS Newsletter #133

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11/22/2020

CONGRATULATIONS to Laura Crawford on being an Honoree for the Athena Leadership Program! We are all immensely grateful for how Mrs. Crawford has enriched the lives of hundreds of students! Thanks for keeping the music alive in our community!

mailchi.mp 10/26/2020

Violin Graduation

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10/20/2020

Viola and Cello Graduation

10/20/2020

Calling all Centenary Suzuki School Families!
Live Concert: Saturday, Oct. 24th in Betty Virginia Park 4:00 PM
There is plenty of room for social distancing in the park and everyone must wear masks!
Come hear advanced violinists from the STRAD class of the CSS perform the first movement of Bach A Minor Concerto (Violin Bk. 7) with the Shreveport Symphony! (This could be you someday!)
https://shreveportsymphony.com/community/family-concert/

mailchi.mp 10/19/2020

Graduation and Symphony Concert

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centenary.edu 10/18/2020

Centenary Suzuki School students to be featured in upcoming Shreveport Symphony concert

centenary.edu On Saturday, October 24, the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra (SSO) will host a free outdoor Family Concert at 4:00 p.m. in Betty Virginia Park.

10/06/2020

Mid Semester Solo Recital - Fall 2020

Enjoy our latest solo recital!

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Cello Books 2 - 4
Cello Book 4-6
Violin Late Book 4
Violin Book 3 - 4
Violin Early Book 1
Violin Book 5 and 6
Violin Mid Book 1
Violin Book 7 - 8
Cello Book 1 Class
Cello Choir
Violin Late Book 1
Viola Book 1

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Woodlawn Ave
Shreveport, LA
71104

General information

The Centenary Suzuki School strives to offer the highest quality string instruction in the area by starting children at the earliest age possible, using the Suzuki method as well as traditional materials such as scales, etudes, and supplemental pieces. Key components are: involved parents, well-trained teachers, and weekly private and group classes. Through weekly note-reading experiences in theory, orchestra, and chamber music, we seek to develop well-rounded musicians. While our plan is to sufficiently prepare students who choose to pursue music degrees, our broader goal is to promote a life-long love of music, either through participation in music-making, or through attendance and support of performances of various musical institutions and organizations. Through music study involving the Suzuki approach, our highest goal is to aid in the development of good citizens and to foster a sensitivity to all that is beautiful in life.
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