Chattanooga Suzuki Collaborative celebrates the birthday of a great humanitarian, Dr. Shinichi Suzuki on Saturday, October 17th, 2020

We celebrate the life and work of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki daily by our actions and together, always creating more opportunities for growth for our students. Several area teachers got together to organize level specific group classes to develop crucial listening and social playing skills. These skills prepare musicians for ensemble playing which is one of the rewards of reaching fluency on any instrument. By combining their individual  group classes the teachers from different studios across Chattanooga hope to highlight local Suzuki violin, cello, and piano students and give them an opportunity to perform as a group something they have not had for months, thanks to the pandemic. This kind of coordinated effort is worthy of a celebration and a name Chattanooga Suzuki Collaborative.

Area Suzuki students will be performing in a socially distant concert at Hamilton Place Mall on Saturday, October 17th, 2020.  Private teachers interested in their students benefiting from this rewarding opportunity are asked to give their permission to participate in writing and to encourage daily review of the Suzuki repertoire.  Parents and Teachers, please click on this link to fill out the form to get involved.

Dr. Suzuki was born on October 17, 1898 in Matsumoto Japan making this the 122th year of celebration!  Performers will wear dark bottoms and white or solid color tops and masks are required. 

Tuning of the instruments will begin at 12:45pm and the concert will begin at 1pm ending around 2pm.  There will be one in person group concert rehearsal held at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church located at 3204 Hixson Pike on Thursday, September 24th beginning with Pre-Twinklers at 4:45 and Book 1 and above beginning at 5pm until 6pm.

Dr. Suzuki’s brilliant and humanitarian method of instrumental study claims “all children can learn” and “man is the son of his environments”. Chattanooga Suzuki Collaboration strives to create an environment where all children can learn together in group classes and are supported by the talent and cooperation of many area Suzuki teachers. The Suzuki method requires participation on the part of the caregivers as well as the students. Private and group lessons, daily home listening and practicing with parental supervision are all requirements of the method. Initially, parents are trained along with the children to provide them with practical hands on knowledge and confidence necessary for success. The Suzuki approach may begin at any age but it is highly recommended to start as young as possible. Harnessing the almost limitless abilities of young ears and facilities in students as young as 3 years of age to develop a strong foundation for musical fluency and love for music.

Dr. Shinichi Suzuki

Our program for this fall concert draws from the Suzuki Method repertoire with a few added pieces that will be available to participants. Practice videos and other at home help will be provided to all who wish to perform. We expect to have a couple of ZOOM play-a-longs scheduled as well in the next couple of weeks. Download your practice chart here.

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Variation A, Chattanooga Choo Choo and Variation C, Down Pony, Up Pony plus Twinkle Theme

Lightly Row

May Song


Minuet 1

Hunter’s Chorus


Seitz Concerto No. 2 in G Major, movement 3

Vivaldi a minor first movement

Bach Double

Boccherini Minuet

Witches Dance

Happy Farmer

Perpetual Motion

May Song

Go Tell Aunt Rhody

Song of the Wind

Twinkle Variation A and Theme

Happy Birthday key of G, starts on open D so cellos can also play!

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