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Suzuki Association of the Americas: (SAA) is a coalition of teachers, parents, educators, and others who are interested in making music education available to all children. The Suzuki Association of the Americas aspires to improve the quality of life in the Americas through Suzuki education. They seek to create a learning community, which embraces excellence and nurtures the human spirit.


Metronome- An online metronome ideal for quick and easy use while practicing music, this music tool helps with your rhythm as well as tempo selections and it is always available for free to all students of music


Seventh String Software - Transcribe software – Slows down Suzuki CD’s without changing their pitch.  This is an easy way to have your children practice with the piano part, or help learn the notes more clearly on pieces. 

Smart Music - Interactive music software that is transforming the way students practice .Instead of practicing alone, students can click the “start” button and play or sing along with background accompaniment. They actually hear how their part fits within the whole. If they are playing a piece that appears on-screen, they get instant feedback because the notes show up green and red, telling them which notes they got right or wrong. Students can also slow down a piece at first and then gradually increase their speed as their skill grows.


Tuning pitch - A-440 Hz., C-523.3 Hz., E-329.6 Hz.

How to tune your violin, viola or cello - Video

iTunes -  You can keep a log on your child’s practice.

Music Game Websites

musiclearningcommunity.com -This website contains hundreds of learning games of varying levels, all carefully planned to gain mastery of the elements of music theory, ear training and rhythmic skills in an exciting, challenging environment.

Funbrain offers games on composers, instruments, reading and vocabulary.

A to Z Kids Stuff-"Name That Tune" a link to the American Symphony Orchestra League, Instruments, lesson plans and games all can be found on this website.

Music Theory Websites

Teoría -This is a great web site dedicated to the study and practice of music theory. In 2006 teoria.com received the MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) Classic Award in music.

MusicTheory.net – Theory lessons, exercises, and tools

Music Listening/Video Websites

WKAR - Part of Michigan State University Broadcasting Services, a division of MSU Communication Arts & Sciences. It includes WKAR-TV, WKAR Radio, WKAR.org, Radio Reading Service, WKAR Ready To Learn Service and Interactive Video Services. WKAR playlists

NPR – National Public Radio

Classical New England Video - Drive Time Live: Claremont Trio performs Mendelssohn at the Gardner Museum

Orchestra Websites:

Chicago Symphony - Founded in 1891, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of the greatest orchestras in the world.

Detroit Symphony – In 1887 The DSO performed its first concert at the Detroit Opera House conducted by Rudolph Speil (making the DSO the nation’s fourth-oldest orchestra).  Live Encore from DSO - “Cyborg

Gil Shaham on Sibelius Violin Concerto- Superstar violinist and friend of the LA Philharmonic, Gil Shaham has a history with not only Sibelius' haunting, brooding Violin Concerto, but also Michael Tilson Thomas. In this clip, he shares his stories about the two.

Grand Rapids Symphony - The Grand Rapids Symphony provides distinctive musical experiences, with an emphasis on live orchestral music, for diverse audiences throughout West Michigan. The Grand Rapids Symphony was officially organized in 1930 and is recognized as one of America’s leading regional orchestras.

Joshua Bell Plays Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" - On August 9, 2011 almost 25 years to the day after he made his debut at the Hollywood Bowl - superstar violinist Joshua Bell returned to lead the LA Phil in Vivaldi's The Four Seasons and let us capture the beginning of his concert on video.

Lansing Symphony Orchestra - The Lansing Symphony Orchestra performs a variety of educational and entertainment programs each year throughout the community.  They offer a broad range of quality programming designed to attract, entertain, inspire and educate audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

LA Philharmonic - Each year since its founding in 1919, the Los Angeles Philharmonic has been hailed as Southern California's leading performing arts institution.

Mid-Michigan Youth Symphony - The Mid-Michigan Youth Symphony is a full orchestra comprised of young people from the Mid- Michigan Area who share a common interest in performing orchestral music. The orchestra was established as an ensemble that offers additional opportunities for performing experiences, while fully supporting public school music programs. The orchestra has always been an “in addition to” and not “instead of” home school music performing groups. The purpose of the MMYS is to provide a high quality full orchestra experiences to the students in the orchestra as well as the audience attending concerts. Furthermore, as a service to the Mid-Michigan community, all MMYS concerts are free to the public.

Rehearsal with a Youth Symphony - In this clip, watch David Robertson's methods and the results of his instruction as he works with some of our most promising young musicians in a pre-concert rehearsal and concert performance. David Robertson, Music Director and conductor of the St. Louis Symphony, joined the YOLA at EXPO Chamber Orchestra on the stage of Walt Disney Concert Hall in a concert that featured four YOLA ensembles.

Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA Philharmonic - In October of 2003, after more than a decade of planning and construction, the Los Angeles Philharmonic moved into its new home, the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall. Now, a decade later, the LA Phil is proud to announce the 10th Anniversary season of the architectural and acoustical model - the 2013/14 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall is going to be a celebration!

Artist Websites:

New Zealand String Quartet - Videos of the New Zealand String Quartet

Yo-Yo Ma – Video of Making of A Playlist Without Borders

Alasdair Fraser  - Master Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser is a consummate performer. His dynamic fiddling, engaging stage presence, and deep understanding of Scotland's music have created a constant and international demand for his solo appearances and concerts with a variety of ensembles.

Joshua Bell – Video of Nutcracker Medley featuring Straight No Chaser

Hilary Hahn- Violinist Hilary Hahn’s probing interpretations, technical brilliance, and commitment to new music and the commissioning process have not only made her one of the most sought-after artists of our time, but also brought her love of classical music to a diverse audience.

Anne-Sophie Mutter – Video Journals- Anne has performed concerts in all the major music centers of Europe, the USA and Asia. In addition to performing major traditional works she has continually treated her audiences to new and innovative repertoires: chamber music and orchestral works presented on equal terms.

Rachel Barton Pine - Rachel's new album VIOLIN LULLABIES debuted at No.1 on Billboard’s Traditional Classical Albums chart, as No.1 on the Amazon Best Selling Classical List, and as No.2 on the US iTunes Bestselling Classical list.


Taking the power struggle out of practicing -Motivate your musician to put in practice time without pouting.   

Strings – For players of violin, viola, cello, bass and fiddle.

The Strad – Essential reading for the string music world since 1890. Website includes videos & articles.

Secrets of Greatness: What it takes to be great (Fortune magazine article) - Research now shows that the lack of natural talent is irrelevant to great success.

Music Reading Resources

Fingerboard Game – This game will teach violists to read music.

Classics for kids - Interactive free website that will teach and then quiz children through the use of “video games”. Topics include note reading, rhythm, famous composers etc. There is also a music dictionary as well as a feature which allows children to compose their own music and then listen to their composition!

Practice and Parent Resources

Discussion: SAA Parents' Corner, Parents as Partners Online

Support Music (fun interaction and information) - SupportMusic.com is a public service initiative that impacts resolve and support for music education in local communities around the United States and abroad. This advocacy effort now unites 588 national, regional and international organizations comprised of parents and community leaders seeking to improve access and opportunity in music and arts learning. Tens of thousands of concerned citizens visit the website every month and use its resources to keep music education strong in their schools and communities.

Vibrating String Video - As you consider Tonalization, take a look at this video with Tim Judd from the Discovery Channel, of the motion of a slowed down vibrating string.

The Practice Shoppe is a fantastic site for free practice charts, review charts and fun items for your string player! 

Practice along! - This one has tons of stuff! Play along practice help for scales, Suzuki books 1 and 2 as well as some selections from book 3 and above. There are vibrato exercise play along, Schradieck etc.


blog.sharmusic.com - Notes from a Suzuki Mom…

Effective Parents Produce Successful Children- Welcome to Jeanne Luedke's Parent Education Website, where you will learn about her Parent Education Program, based on 30 years of experience teaching piano using the Suzuki Method. This program will educate you about how to educate your child. Jeanne's program applies the principles of the Suzuki Method to teaching children anything whether music, sports, academics, or life skills. Jeanne will show you how to apply Suzuki's famous philosophy and teaching techniques to teaching your own child.

String Skills – Website with useful and mostly free teaching materials. Also includes other resources for school orchestra directors; private studio teachers; future string teachers and college methods classes and string players of all ages for self-study. Materials include: una corda, finger patterns, tunes for shifting, rhythm, one octave scales, crazy tunes for rhythmic reading, two octave scales & arpeggios and tunes in multiple keys.

String Pedagogy – (Mimi Zweig) Violin performance engages the physical, the psychological and the musical abilities of the player. Mimi Zweig's fundamental principle of violin teaching, based on natural physical motions nurtured in a non-judgmental environment, embodies all three of these elements of performance. The development of a facile and secure technique begins with physical freedom. This then gives the performer the freedom to play with musical sensitivity and confidence.


Please support the following local stores whenever possible:

  • White Bros. Music – New location: 13630 Main Street Bath Mi 48808        Phone Number: (517) 349-3806
  • Marshall Music - 3240 E. Saginaw, Lansing, MI 48912        Phone Number (517) 337-9700
  • String Connection - 3444 S Hagadorn Rd, Okemos, MI 48864         Phone Number (517) 664-1111
  • Elderly Instruments - 1100 N. Washington Lansing, MI 48906        Phone Number (517) 372-7890

SHAR - Sheet Music: Free Downloads - (Ann Arbor & Farmington locations)

Psarianos Violin Shop (Troy & Ann Arbor locations) - Established in 1976, Psarianos has a full line of accessories and complete music library. They have been actively involved in the violin business building, restoring and collecting violin instruments and bows. They also specialize in instrument rentals and appraisals.

Sheet Music Plus - Started in 1997 to offer musicians a full spectrum of sheet music. Their 25,000 square foot warehouse can provide you with music from more than 1,000 publishers, including all major European publishers.  Sheet Music Plus features all styles of music, for every talent level and instrument. Whether you're a music teacher seeking instructional titles for your students or you're purchasing music for your band, orchestra or chorus, they have what you need.

Johnson Strings Instrument - One of the first and most prominent internet resources for string players. They stock an extensive selection of books, sheet music, Suzuki materials, cases and accessories—some exclusive to JSI.

Young Musicians Store - Since 1984 Young Musicians, Inc. has become one of the most respected names in the Suzuki Music community. Their competitive edge is found in their experience, personal service, determination and one-on-one attention you only get with a small family-owned business like they have. Young Musicians, Inc. carries Suzuki and traditional materials for violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, harp, piano, recorder and organ.

Schools and Camps

Michigan State University College of Music - The College of Music at Michigan State University is a premier professional training ground for young performers, composers, music educators, and scholars. Fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music since 1934, the College of Music at Michigan State University is a national leader and innovator offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in music performance (brass, winds, percussion, piano, strings, and voice), music education, music theory, musicology, composition, conducting, piano pedagogy, and jazz studies. 

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp – The Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp was founded as a non-profit organization in 1966. The camp is located on approximately 1200 acres in the Manistee National Forest in Michigan and can host 4500 5th through 12th grade students across several 2 week sessions each summer.

Blue Lake also offers adult camp programs. Rather than the rustic cabins of the camp, adult musicians find accommodation at local hotels. Like the youth programs, adult campers take part in daily instruction on their instrument as well as ensemble rehearsals. Access to the camp’s recreational, elective instructional and regular concert programs is available to all ages as well.

Interlochen Arts Academy and Summer Music Camp - Interlochen Center for the Arts engages and inspires people worldwide through excellence in educational, artistic and cultural programs, enhancing the quality of life through the universal language of the arts. Interlochen Center for the Arts was founded in 1928 and is located in northwest Michigan.

Interlochen Center for the Arts is comprised of:

Interlochen Arts Camp
Young artists from around the world gather at Interlochen each summer to learn, create and perform alongside leading artists and instructors. Programs are offered to students in grades three through twelve.

Interlochen Arts Academy
A fine arts boarding high school offering the highest quality artistic training combined with comprehensive, college-preparatory academics.

Interlochen College of Creative Arts
Adult artists thrive on opportunities to learn and express themselves creatively. The College of Creative Arts offers programs in a variety of arts disciplines.

Interlochen Public Radio (Classical Music 88.7, 88.5, 94.7 and 100.9 FM; News Radio 91.5, 90.1 and 89.7 FM)
Through two listener-supported broadcast services, IPR connects northwest Michigan with arts, news and culture on a global scale. IPR also gives significant focus to local and regional news, information and artists.

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