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The First Carolina Suzuki PianoFest Coming to Lenoir-Rhyne

Wed Jul 31 2013

HICKORY, N.C. — The Suzuki Kids in Koncert program at Lenoir-Rhyne University is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year but it is not resting on the laurels of past accomplishments rather is stepping forward to offer new opportunities to Suzuki families and teachers in the southeast.

On August 3 – 8, Suzuki piano students, parents, Suzuki teachers, and teacher trainees will gather at Lenoir-Rhyne for the first Carolina Suzuki PianoFest.  Sanctioned and approved by the Suzuki Association of the Americas, this institute will present opportunities for students, parents, and teachers to experience an intense week of music instruction.  Carolina Suzuki PianoFest is one of only a handful of all-piano institutes in all of North America.

Local students, as well as students from as far away as New York and Georgia, will participate in daily Master Classes where they will receive one-on-one instruction and will also observe the lessons of others in their master class.  Teachers will work on fluency in playing, dynamics, phrasing, and technique during these classes.  Students will also attend a Repertoire Class where they will work on polishing pieces.  Repertoire classes will meet in a piano lab setting so that piano students can experience the joy of making music with others.  Enrichment classes are also a part of the institute experience and institute participants will enjoy a class “Boom Boom Crash Course for Percussion” led by local instructor, Rick Cline.

Institute participants will also enjoy a daily “Mouth Music” class where Florence Jowers of the Lenoir-Rhyne music faculty and director of the Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Chorus will work with students on singing and musical activities.

Solo recitals will be presented on Wednesday afternoon in the Recital Hall.  All institute participants will participate and perform a solo piece.  On Thursday afternoon, all students will travel over to Johnson Piano and Organ Exchange in Hickory to perform in a Gala Multi-piano concert.  Since piano students usually play solo, this concert will present a rare opportunity for students to play in a concert with other pianists.

Jane Reed, of Taylors, SC, a national SAA Teacher Trainer, will be a clinician at the institute.  She will lead teacher training classes to participants from as far away as Ontario, Canada and Florida.  Classes offered to teacher trainees include Every Child Can, the pre-requisite to all Suzuki teacher training courses. Other teacher training courses to be offered include a course entitled Teaching With Purpose and Piano Teacher Training Book 2.  She will also lead a parent forum each day and will teach Master Classes.  Jane Perry, Director of Suzuki Kids in Koncert at LRU and piano instructor, will teach Master Classes and Repertoire Classes.  Irene Craig, of Gastonia, NC, and piano instructor with KIK will teach Repertoire Classes.  Jane Perry and Jane Reed are co-directors of the institute.

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