Piano Group Class teacher Swan Kiezebrink

Suzuki Summer Piano Workshop held in Vanderhoof

The Suzuki Piano Parents of Vanderhoof and Swan’s Piano Studio were very pleased to welcome Naomi Kusano of Washington, D.C. to the North and host a weekend piano workshop for those Suzuki piano students from Smithers, Prince George and Vanderhoof the weekend of July 8 and 9.

The Suzuki Piano Parents of Vanderhoof and Swan’s Piano Studio were very pleased to welcome Naomi Kusano of Washington, D.C. to the North and host a weekend piano workshop for those Suzuki piano students from Smithers, Prince George and Vanderhoof the weekend of July 8 and 9.

A great deal of fund-raising was done, and with the generous donation of the building and the tuning of the piano’s from School District 91 and financial help from several local businesses and the Nechako Valley Society for the Performing Arts, we were able to fly Naomi up and have our very first music workshop of this kind in Vanderhoof.

Naomi worked with the students one-on-one in groups throughout each day, the parents taking careful notes of what was being taught so they could practice with their children at home before the next lesson. When not in a lesson with Naomi, they attended a dance class taught by Maggie Fraser and let off some energy and learned some simple dances which they performed at the final recital on Saturday. They also attended piano group classes with Swan Kiezebrink, learning rhythm, listening skills, sight-singing and stories of the famous composers. At the final recital, the students of this class performed some clapping-and-counting, a solfege scale and four keen students sang “Mary Had A Little Lamb” in solfege.

We had a wonderful treat over the Saturday lunch hour of Erik Leisinger of Prince George, a recent high school graduate who just completed his grade 10 Royal Conservatory exam, playing in recital for us. The students were transfixed; the performance was superb. The workshop ended with a final recital to which the donors were invited, with each child playing a piano piece, as well as Naomi and Swan playing two duets for the students.

The workshop was fun, informative and inspiring, and we hope to hold another in two years’ time and include a vocal workshop.

 

Just Posted

Precipitation levels low for the month of June

Both June and July have seen low to average precipitation levels in comparison to last year, says meteorologist

CN train derailment cleared between Terrace and Prince Rupert

The CN mainline is now open, following a train derailment mid-way between… Continue reading

Nechako Valley Otters bringing home multiple medals from swim meets

The next meet for the Nechako Otters is on July 21 and 22

State of local financial crisis declared in Fort St. James

The District will have a job fair on July 31 to help workers find transitioning jobs

Regional real estate sales down so far in 2019

Real estate sales in the northwest and Bulkley-Nechako regions of British Columbia… Continue reading

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

RCMP investigate two shootings in the Lower Mainland

Incidents happened in Surrey, with a victim being treated at Langley Memorial Hospital

CRA program to help poor file taxes yields noticeable bump in people helped

Extra money allows volunteer-driven clinics to operate year-round

Recall: Certain Pacific oysters may pose threat of paralytic shellfish poisoning

Consumers urged to either return affected packages or throw them out

How a Kamloops-born man helped put us on the moon

Jim Chamberlin did troubleshooting for the Apollo program, which led to its success

Sexual harassment complaints soaring amid ‘frat boy culture’ in Canada’s airline industry

‘It’s a #MeToo dumpster fire…and it’s exhausting for survivors’

How much do you know about the moon?

To mark the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, see how well you know space

Body, burning truck found near northern B.C. town

RCMP unsure if the two separate discoveries are related

Couple found dead along northern B.C. highway in double homicide

Woman from the U.S. and man from Australia found dead near Liard Hot Springs

Most Read