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Kalia cello

Too Loud?

I sat nervously on my little blue stool, looked out at my preschool class and was pleased to see them eagerly looking back at me. I was the only musician in the class, and this was my first time performing in front of everyone else. At all of our other little class performances; Valentine's Day songs, Halloween dances, and Thanksgiving shows, I would spend hours practicing my little tunes in front of the mirror. But for some reason, when I got on stage, I wouldn't say a word. I just stood, smiled, and watched everyone else. It was like I forgot to sing, but I had always regretted not singing the songs with everyone else.

As I picked up my bow, I excitedly held out an arm to Mom as she handed me my first cello. I felt a tiny wave of confidence as I got in position. I was ready to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Well, sort of. I was feeling pretty confident. Ish. Feet apart, thumb bent, bow on the string. I made a small scratch and played my squeaky first line. My friends, sitting on the rainbow squared carpet, shot up their hands to their ears to block the sound. I looked at them in astonishment, embarrassed I had done something wrong, when really, I hadn't. I self-consciously drew back, and I shyly became softer.

I realized that I might not have been as cool as I thought I was. How could I share my music again?

Tears welled up in my 3-year-old eyes, and I stopped playing. I tried to hide behind my small cello, but I wasn't successful, as it was a 1/16th size. "Kalia, come with me," Mom said soothingly. I followed her into the other room. I couldn't believe it! What had I done wrong! I must have been terrible. I wanted to go back to standing behind everyone else, silently smiling. "It's ok dear." Mom assured me. "The other kids were just surprised at how loud it was. You were playing great, but they just haven't heard someone play a cello before." Even I was startled by how loud a sound my cello made in the small carpeted playroom filled with kids.

I could hear the teacher in the other room telling the others to not be so rude. That was embarrassing. I slowed down my crying, and Mom wiped my tears. I took a deep breath, and I could smell the rosin on the strings below me. I stood up taller again, shakily repositioned the instrument in my hands, and saw Mrs. Amy looking towards Mom and I.

Still shaky, I walked as confidently as I could towards her and back into the other room. Something happened to me in that moment. I realized that I could play at my own volume. It could be bad, but I would have to make that choice. I would play my cello, loud and clear, and I wasn't going to care whether or not my audience cheered or booed. I. Would. Not. Cry. Anymore.

        I sat once again on my little blue stool, and stared at the same group of faces, on the same comforting rug. I placed my bow on my string, and I played. The entire song.  Loud and proud.  I watched Peter hesitate to put his hands to his ears, but I smiled at him and went right on playing. I performed every note with satisfaction. As Twinkle ended, I stood up and bowed. It might not have been the best twinkle in the world, but at that moment, I didn't really care.

On that day I realized that the feeling of finishing something like that was the best feeling in the world. Nowadays, being my somewhat introverted self, when I am nervous about performing, or scared to give my school presentation, I remember how good it feels to be finished, and for people to know what you have to say. Sometimes the best ideas come from the quiet person in the back of the room. It's good to listen most of the time, but sometimes, you have to be the one to share. That little blue stool has never been so nerve-wrecking since that preschool Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Even though I was just a little star, I could twinkle like no one expected.  

 

 

 

 

Beginning Class (violin/viola)

Fall, 2014 Beginner Class for Violin and Viola

Teachers:  Holly Schult and Mary Grey

Location: Russell Hall  at UNI --room to be announced.

Ages^:  3 - 6

Sessions:

  • I.Group-*Parents only 6:00 - 8:00 pm:   August 11, 14, and 18 (required)
  • II.Group-**Parents with students 6:00 - 7:00 pm:  August 21, 25, 28 (required)
  • III. ***Weekly Individual lessons begin the week of August 25, 2014 and continue through May 23, 2015. Weekly group begins on September 4, 2014 and continues weekly from 6:00 - 6:30 on Thursdays.

Cost and Obligations: 

  • Session I & II--$102 payable to UNI Suzuki with registration form by August 1.
  • Session III--$1,064 +$125 registration fee, payable to UNI Suzuki.  See here for payment options
  • Parking fee (August 2014 - August 2015) $31.20 payable to UNI. See here for parking information.
  • School enrollment and other policies, see here
  • Registration by August 1 is preferred.  Registrations received after the class begins will be put on the list for January class.

*Parent sessions include instrument training, an introduction to the Suzuki method of instruction, a discussion of expectations and offer other helpful tips for parents.

**Parent and student sessions introduce group routine and expectations, instrument basics and pre-instrument musical activities.  No instrument is needed for these early sessions.  Students will be sized for an instrument and parents will be offered the opportunity to rent a full-sized one for home practice. 

***The regular routine for the UNI Suzuki School is a weekly individual and weekly group lesson.  Each is 30 minutes.  Individual lesson scheduling will be based on the information each registrant provides on their registration forms.  Group lesson time is set at 6:00 on Thursdays.  Group meets each of the weeks the school is in session except special events weeks during the school year and not during the summer. 

^Students must be potty trained, able to follow instructions from an adult other than their parents, and be respectful of others in a group environment.   Generally speaking, if child has been successful in an organized preschool or daycare, they are prepared to start Suzuki lessons. 

Fall Enrollment Information

Young beginners's class for violin and viola students will start in late summer.  This class is for students ages 4 - 6.  Younger students may also apply but continued enrollment will depend on maturity of child.  Younger students interested after the start of this class will be put on the list for the next beginning class (January, 2015). More info  THIS CLASS IS CLOSED.  NEXT CLASS POSSIBLY IN JANUARY.

New Cello, guitar students and violin/viola students (ages 7 and up including adults) may start when vacancies allow placement.  Submission of 2014-2015 registration forms by August 10th will insure beginning September for fall placement.  Families (cello and guitar students) also have the option of attending the open house on August 23 at 1:00-2:00 in Russell Hall lobby.  Any of these late applicants will be placed as soon as a lesson time can be arranged.

Currently Enrolled students.  Please submit your intent to register form for the following school year by May 30 and your registration forms by August 10.

Click here for registration forms. (Forms for academic year will be available by July 1) Please note that adult students should use the specific adult form.

Outreach Performances

We invite all to see us perform in the Cedar Valley. Here is a list of our upcoming performances.

Students: For all outdoor outreach performances:  Purple Suzuki shirts with denim (shorts, skirts, or jeans)

Repertoire lists are under Student Information (log in first), select instrument from the list and the pieces will be listed on each instrument specific page.

 

Violin Outreach repertoire:

Go Tell Aunt Rhody, Lightly Row, Allegro, Long, Long Ago, O Come, Little Children, Perpetual Motion, Minuet II , Handel Bourree, Humoresque, Brahms Waltz, Witches' Dance, Blackberry Blossom, Stoney Point, Danny Boy, Boil Dem Cabbages, Ashoken Farewell, The Coulin, Braham's Hungarian Dance and Orange Blossom Special

Cello Outreach repertoire:

Twinkle, French Folk Song, Lightly Row, Song of the Wind, Aunt Rhody, May Song, Allegro, Rigadoon, Andantino, Happy Farmer?, Long Long Ago & var., Minuet 1, Chorus, Hunters Chorus, Musette, March in G, Gavotte in c minor, Lully Gavotte, Danse Rustique