Monday 9 July to Saturday 14 July at Trinity Grammar School, Kew
'Life Through Music'
Suzuki Music in Victoria is very pleased to invite applications for participation in the 2018 National Conference. Programs will be offered for students from beginner to advanced levels, as well as professional development programs for teachers, in violin/viola, piano, cello, flute and guitar. Baby and Toddler music programs will be offered for our younger children who have not yet started learning an instrument.
Enrolments close Friday 23 March 2018
Please note that this event is a 'nut-free' event and we ask that no nuts of any kind (including spreads like nutella and peanut butter) are brought to this event.
Suzuki National Conference is open to teachers and students who are financial members of their local Suzuki Association for the 2018 calendar year.
Teachers must have commenced or completed a Suzuki Teacher Training Course in the instrument/s in which they enrol for National Conference.
Students must be learning with a financial Suzuki teacher or teacher trainee member who has completed or commenced Suzuki teacher training in the instrument on which they enrol for the National Conference. It is expected that all students can perform repertoire up to the piece they list at the time of enrolment from memory and at CD speed. A general review of all learned repertoire is encouraged prior to attendance at this event.
Standard Program for Students
Wednesday 11 to Saturday 14 July 2018 inclusive
Violin Book 1 to Book 5,
Viola Book 1 to Book 4,
Piano Book 1 to Book 4 Bach Gavotte from Suite in G minor,
Individual timetables specific to each enrolled student will be provided at registration and will not be available prior to this time.
Advanced Program for Students
Wednesday 11 to Saturday 14 July inclusive
Violin Book 6 to Post Book,
Viola Book 5 to Post Book, Piano Book 4 Bach Minuets & Gigue to Post Book,
Students will participate in group classes including tutorials, ensemble/orchestra classes and repertoire classes during this week. An individual timetable will be provided for each enrolled student at registration. Programs will vary according to the level, age and instrument and the range of students within each class will depend on final enrolments.
Baby & Toddler Program for Students
Thursday 12 to Saturday 14 July inclusive
Open to babies and toddlers, 3 years and younger at time of National Conference, who are financial members of their local Suzuki association, however students do not have to be currently learning with a Suzuki teacher. One adult must participate with each child enrolled for this class. Each child participates in 3 x 45 minute classes.
This class is a pre-instrumental general music program run by two trained Suzuki Baby & Toddler program teachers. A parent participates in the class with each child. Activities include singing, dancing, percussion instruments and more.
Thursday 12 and Friday 13 July
Saturday 14 July - note different class time today
Professional Development Program for Suzuki Teachers
Monday 9 to Saturday 14 July inclusive
Cost: $520 per teacher / $620 for instrumental teachers enrolling for additional optional Baby & Toddler PD
Please note that this cost is not inclusive of any catering at the National Conference - for this fee, teachers will be required to provide their own food and drink. Once the planning committee has been able to discuss catering with the on site catering group, teachers may be offered the opportunity to pre-order lunch. More information to be provided as soon as possible.
Concerts at the National Conference
Student Ensemble Concert, Thursday 12 July from 3:15pm (MLC Assembly Hall)
To audition, the ensemble (comprising only Suzuki students) must submit an audition recording of the piece they wish to perform along with audition application form and audition fee by 23 March 2018. Please note that auditons will only be accepted from ensembles with where all students have enrolled in the National Conference. Ensembles must be entered by a Suzuki teacher of at least one of the students with prior agreement obtained from any other Suzuki teachers. Students who are not learning their instrument with a current Suzuki teacher or teacher trainee member are not eligible to perform in these concerts and should not audition as part of an ensemble. Accompanists will not be provided for this concert however, professional accompanists may be used by an ensemble.
Gala Concert, Friday 13 July from 3:15pm (MLC Assembly Hall)
To audition, the student must submit an audition recording (accompanied where applicable and performed from memory) of the piece they wish to perform and submit it with their audition fee by 23 March 2018. Students must be enrolled in the National Conference on that instrument by 23 March to be eligible and must be enrolled and performing a piece of at least the minimum book levels as indicated in the Gala Concert audition information below.
Non auditioned concerts:
Wednesday 11 July
Opening Play-ins: all students enrolled in the standard or advanced programs are welcome to participate in these concerts. They will be held in instrument groups in various locations around the school concurrently. The play-ins will run from 3:00 until 4:00pm.
Opening Piano activity: all enrolled piano students are welcome to participate in this session.
Koto Demonstration: This talk and koto demonstration is an opportunity for all enrolled participants to find out about this very special Japanese instrument and how it relates to Suzuki Method. This will be held from 4:15 - 5:00pm.
Saturday 14 July
Play-outs: all students enrolled in the standard or advanced programs (except piano) will perform in informal play outs for their families. These play outs are an opportunity to perform, building on what you have learnt during your classes.
Piano solo concerts: all students enrolled in the piano program have the opportunity to perform a piece for their families. Students will be broken up into small concert groups (siblings together) to perform in several concerts at the same time.
Farewell concert: This is a more formal concert to conclude our Conference. In order to accommodate all our students and families we will be using MLC Assembly Hall (off site). All enrolled students may perform - all students will perform in the item with Richard Gill (rehearsed on Thursday and Friday morning), instrument groups will also present short group items (except piano) and the orchestras will also perform short items.
National Conference Concert Auditions - General Information
Auditions Close 23 March 2018
Students are invited to audition for the Conference concerts (Gala Concert for Advanced Program students - see minimum levels listed in the tab below and Student Ensemble concerts - any book level) if they are performing their chosen piece at an exceptional level. Your teacher must approve your audition prior to its submission.
Only students learning from a current financial Suzuki teacher or teacher trainee member who has commenced or completed training in that instrument are eligible to audition. Normal eligibility criteria also applies to concert auditions.
Conference auditions will only be accepted by Unlisted YouTube link which must be provided when you apply online to audition. For information about how to upload your recording to YouTube and make it Unlisted please refer to the help pages on YouTube which can be found at https://support.google.com/youtube/?hl=en#topic=4355266.
Conference auditions must be accompanied (live or recorded accompaniment is fine) unless the piece is written as an unaccompanied piece.
Pieces do not have to be from within the Suzuki repertoire.
Applications must be completed online with TryBooking.
1. Only students enrolled for the National Conference by 23 March 2018 can have their auditions considered for concert placement. It will not be possible for a student to await audition results before deciding to enrol in this Conference.
2. Students who audition but do not enrol for the National Conference by 23 March will not be offered a concert place under any circumstances.
3. There are limited concert places and not all students who audition will be offered a concert place.
4. Audition results will be notified directly to families and teachers once final decisions have been made.
5. The audition panel will make all decisions in relation to concert placement and results will be final.
6. Audition results will not be available prior to official release.
7. Refunds are not available for concert auditions after submission of the application for any reason.
8. The piece a student or ensemble auditions with will be the piece they will perform in the concert.
Please refer to specific concert audition information in tabs below prior to submitting an application.
Gala Concert Auditions
Audition Applications close 23 March 2018
Open to students enrolled in an Advanced Program by the National Conference closing date and meeting eligibility criteria for enrolment in the National Conference. Students must be enrolled at the following minimum levels for their instrument and must be performing a piece at that level also. Pieces may be selected from outside the Suzuki Repertoire.
Violin Book 9 and beyond
Students must audition on the same instrument as they enrol for the National Conference on. Only one audition piece may be submitted per student.
Students must audition with the piece they wish to perform in the National Conference Gala concert.
All auditions must be performed from memory.
Duration of pieces: There is no time limit but pieces under 8 minutes are preferred.
National Conference auditions must be accompanied (live or recorded accompaniment) unless the piece is written as an unaccompanied piece.
Rehearsals and sound checks:
Suzuki Music will pay for one brief sound check with the official accompanist which will be held on Thursday 12 July following the Ensemble concerts in MLC Assembly Hall (off site). Sound checks will be allocated and requests for specific times will not be taken.
Rehearsals with the official accompanist must be completed prior to National Conference, at the performer's expense. Accompanist details will be advised once concert allocations are distributed to applicants.
Students may provide their own accompanist but details must be provided upon audition application. All costs associated with an independent accompanist must be paid by the student.
Ensemble Concert Auditions
Auditions close 23 March 2018
Open to students enrolled in an Advanced or Standard Program by the closing date and meeting eligibility criteria for enrolment in the National Conference.
Ensembles must contain a minimum of 2 or more students who are all learning from a Suzuki teacher of that instrument. All students must seek approval from their own teacher to participate.
One Suzuki teacher must be listed as the teacher in charge of the ensemble - this teacher must enrol in the National Conference PD program and must attend the concert to supervise the students. This teacher will be listed in the concert program.
A professional accompanist may be used to accompany a student ensemble, however all costs associated with that must be paid for by the ensemble group.
Two pianos will be provided for this concert.
Pieces must be a maximum of 5 minutes duration. The piece to be performed in the concert must be submitted as the audition piece. All students performing in the audition recording must be enrolled in the National Conference by the closing date to participate.
National Conference auditions must be accompanied (live or recorded accompaniment) unless the piece is written as an unaccompanied piece.
Rehearsals and sound checks:
There will not be any rehearsals or sound checks offered during the National Conference. All ensembles must complete their own rehearsals prior to the concert.
Individual Lessons with Guest International Faculty
Students and teachers who are enrolled to attend the National Conference on violin, cello, piano or guitar will be able to apply for an individual lesson with a visiting International Tutor on either Monday 9 or Tuesday 10 July - please note that a link to apply for individual lessons will be emailed to enrolled teachers and families some time after the National Conference closing date. More details to come!
Lessons will be 30 minutes in length and a very limited number will be available. There is a limit of one lesson per enrolled student or teacher. Requests for more lessons may be made via email and families or teachers will be waitlisted for more lessons if places are available.
Students and teachers may not approach tutors directly to make private arrangements for lessons before, during or immediately after this event. All individual lessons must be booked through the official booking process.
Parent Education Sessions
A range of optional lectures on topics of interest to parents will be presented during student classes on Thursday 12, Friday 13 and Saturday 14 July inclusive, including some sessions with Richard Gill AO. Details will be provided in the National Conference handbook on registration.
These sessions need to be run at the same time as student classes. You are welcome to leave your child or children in a class with the teacher to attend the parent education sessions, provided your child is comfortable with this and you are confident that their behaviour will remain appropriate without your presence.
Parent sessions will start a few minutes after student classes and will finish a few minutes before so you can drop off and pick up your children.
Supervision of Participating Students and Student Behaviour Management
All students aged under 14 years at time of the National Conference are required to be supervised by an adult who is on campus at all times that the student is in attendance. Application forms have a place to register one supervising adult per child - if you need to add more names of supervising adults (for example, you have different people looking after your child/children on different days) please let us know by email and we can add those details to your registration.
One adult may be the listed supervisor for more than one child and this person will be contacted in the event of an emergency or misbehaviour.
It is the responsibility of the adult supervisor to ensure that all children under their care behave in a manner appropriate to a school in which we are guests. Students need to remain respectful to teachers, other students and adults and themselves. We ask that parents talk to their children about appropriate and respectful in class and out of class behaviour. Students who are misbehaving in class may be asked to leave.
Conference attendees are requested not to play in garden beds or climb on school furniture. Drinks and food are not permitted in classrooms, theatres or halls. Litter is to be placed in bins.
Students who are aged 14 and older may be left unattended at your own risk provided a completed indemnity and medical details form is lodged with Suzuki Music staff on the first day of the National Conference. This indemnity form will require you to give consent for and agree to necessary medical treatment to be provided and for ambulance costs to be covered by you if required in your absence.
Please be aware that we will be using rooms in different parts of the school and most students will need to cross the road to get to different classes.
Enrolments and/or payment for enrolments received after the closing date of 23 March 2018 are late and are subject to payment of additional administration fees (late fees), availability of places in appropriate classes and administrative constraints.
Whilst we understand that it is not always possible for families to make a decision to attend events by the closing date, late enrolments impact on our event planning and management. Suzuki Music has a small office administration team and closing dates are set to allow enough time for staff to process each application, before starting the very long process of getting all students allocated to appropriate classes.
Late applications delay and add many hours to the whole process since extra students in some classes require reallocation of several other students to ensure classes remain balanced. Staff and volunteers are often required to put in additional hours of work to 'catch up' the process when late applications are received. For this reason, an additional fee is charged to cover the cost of this additional administration work.
Please do not ask administration staff for the late enrolment fee to be waived as a refusal may offend.
Please note that late enrolments may cease to be accepted at any time without notice.
Photography and Video Policy
You are permitted to photograph, video or film your own children at Suzuki events. You are not permitted to photograph, video or film teachers or other people’s children for any purpose without the permission of the parents of those children or the individual teacher. Photography or videoing of group performances must be close cropped to only capture your own child.
Photos, video or film that contains footage from Suzuki events are not permitted under any circumstances to be uploaded to the web for public viewing*, broadcast or offered for sale without the explicit written permission of Suzuki Music. Failure to comply with this request is a breach of the Copyright Act and the Child Protection Act. We appreciate your cooperation.
*Uploading footage of your child (that does not display any other teacher or student) to password-protected private sites (eg. for viewing by family/close friends) is permitted.
Child Safe Policy
Suzuki Music (Victoria) Child Safe Policy
Commitment to child safety
This policy was developed in collaboration with staff, volunteers and parents, on behalf of the children who use our services. It applies to all staff, volunteers, children and individuals involved in our organization.
Children’s rights to safety and participation
We listen to and act on any concerns children, or their parents, raise with us. We make ourselves available to discuss issues with children and parents as they arise, and we actively seek feedback
Suzuki Music (Victoria) is sensitive to the needs for cultural safety of Aboriginal children and their families, and of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and their families. We welcome the participation of these groups in Suzuki events.
We also welcome children with a disability. Our teachers work with parents to determine the most appropriate programs for their children, and when planning events,we look creatively for ways to include them.
Reporting a child safety concern or complaint
All concerns and complaints are handled with sensitivity, and with confidentiality, insofar as this is possible.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
How to Enrol
To enrol you need to use the Enrol Now button at the top of this page. This will take you to the TryBooking page to enter your enrolment information.
You will need to following information ready to complete an enrolment for a student:
1. your membership number - if you are not a member with Suzuki Music in Victoria, please indicate this by putting 3 intials for your home state or country in front of your number. For example, if you are a member in NSW please write NSW before your member number.
2. details of the latest piece that the student you are enrolling can play at CD speed and from memory - you will need to know book number (unless post book), name of the piece (including movement number if it is a multi movement work) and the composer. This will be the piece used to select a class for them which will provide them with the best Conference experience possible. Families who enrol early (at least 2 weeks prior to closing date) will be emailed to ask for an update on this piece.
3. names of the Suzuki teachers of each of your children (with the exception of the baby & toddler program)
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