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Student Workshop Classes @ MLC, Barkers Road in Kew

Thursday 11, Friday 12 AND Saturday 13 April – all students attend classes on all days

Guest tutors: Winifred Crock (violin/viola, USA), Meret Bitticks (flute, USA), Itsuko Bara (piano, NSW), Frances Firth (cello, NSW), Haruo Goto (violin. NSW) Sachie Yuki (violin, NSW) and others (tbc).

Autumn Festival 2024 financial bursaries  – applications for student bursaries for Autumn Festival 2024 have now closed. 

Classes for 

  • Violin and Viola
  • Piano
  • Cello
  • Flute
  • Guitar
  • Different programs depending on instrument and book level (see below)
  • Optional auditioned concert participation (Gala Concert book 6 and above on Festival instrument; Afternoon Concerts all levels including second or third instruments; Fundraiser Ensemble concert all levels – see information below). 
  • Final concert – all together concert in the Assembly Hall at MLC
  • Parent talks (which take place during some student classes; approx. 4 sessions will be offered during Festival)
  •  Optional individual masterclasses with guest tutors (additional fee applies; lessons open to observation by teachers enrolled in PD program) – masterclass enrolments will be taken closer to Festival and all enrolled Festival families will be advised details
  • Students choose ONE instrument to enrol upon. 

Enrolment closing date: 11:59pm AEDT 25 February 2024. Please note that enrolments may cease to be taken at any time subject to available places. Late fees apply after the enrolment closing date. 

Please note that a responsible adult must be on site as a supervisor for enrolled students. One adult may be listed as the supervisor for multiple children. 

General student class timetable: Thursday to Saturday

Specific timetables for students will not be determined until very close to the Festival event. This general timetable will assist families in planning their day until they are provided with the specific timetable for each enrolled child. Please refer to the student programs to determine how many sessions your child will be in attendance for. Please note that students who are in attendance for 2 or 3 sessions as part of their program, may not necessarily be allocated to consecutive sessions due to room usage constraints. 

The student timetable will be repeated each day for the 3 days. That is, the classes they have on Thursday, will be the same (same time, same location, same type of class) as the classes on Friday and Saturday. Class teachers may be different on different days. 

  • 9:30am to 10:15am Session 1
  • 10:30 to 11:15am Session 2
  • 11:45 to 12:30pm Session 3
  • 1:15 to 2:00pm Session 4
  • From 2:30pm Concerts (Thursday 2:30pm Afternoon concerts, Thursday 4:15pm Fundraiser Ensemble and Teacher concert; Friday 3:00 Gala Concert; Saturday 2:00pm tuning for Final Concert, 2:30 – 4:30 Final Concert)

Student programs - Violin/Viola/Cello/Flute/Guitar

  • Book 1 Program (including twinkle and pre-twinkle students) – two classes each day Thursday, Friday and Saturday – $340 per student
  • Intermediate Program (books 2 to 5) – three classes each day Thursday, Friday and Saturday – $440 per student
  • Advanced Program (books 6 and above) – four classes each day Thursday, Friday and Saturday – $540 per student

Student programs - Piano

  • Book 1 to 3 Program (including twinkle and pre-twinkle students) – two classes each day Thursday, Friday and Saturday – $340 per student
  • Intermediate Program (books 4 and 5) – three classes each day Thursday, Friday and Saturday – $440 per student
  • Advanced Program (books 6 and above) – four classes each day Thursday, Friday and Saturday – $540 per student
Please note that programs are a set unit and include all three days of student classes. Students who are not able to attend all three days are not offered a discounted enrolment into any program. 
A late fee of $30 per enrolment is added after the closing date. From 11 March, a $50 late fee applies. 

Suzuki Teacher Professional Development Program @ MLC, Barkers Road in Kew plus online sessions.

Extensive program for Suzuki trained teachers including 11 hours of professional development (instrument specific and general), observation of group and individual classes, concerts and time with colleagues. All in person and Zoom sessions (excluding tonalisation) will be recorded and uploaded for later online viewing. 

Tuesday 9 to Saturday 13 April inclusive ($470 per teacher)

Violin & Viola Program

  •  4 hours in person Violin PD with Winifred Crock (USA) (Tuesday 9 April)
  • 4 hours in person All Instruments PD with Meret Bitticks (USA), Winifred Crock (USA) and Moirsheen Kelly-Keesing (Wednesday 10 April)
  • 1.5 hours in person Tonalisation with Winifred Crock (USA) (Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 April)
  • 1.5 hours of live Zoom All Instruments PD with Molly Gebrian (USA) (10am Sunday 26 May)
  • Observation of individual student masterclasses (Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 April)
  • Observation of student classes (Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 April, 9.30am to 2.00pm)
  • Festival concerts (Thursday 11, Friday 12 and Saturday 13 April)

 Piano Program

  • 2.5 hours live Zoom Piano PD with Erica Booker (NSW)(Tuesday 9 April – teachers at Festival venue in group and Erica on Zoom from NSW)
  • 4 hours in person All Instruments PD with Meret Bitticks (USA), Winifred Crock (USA) and Moirsheen Kelly-Keesing (Wednesday 10 April)
  • 1.5 hours in person tonalisation/keyboard sessions tbc (Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 April)
  • 1.5 hours of live Zoom All Instruments PD with Molly Gebrian (USA) (10am Sunday 26 May)
  • 1.5 hours of live Zoom Piano PD with international tutor in term 2
  • Observation of individual student masterclasses (Wednesday 10 April)
  • Observation of student classes (Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 April, 9.30am to 2.00pm)
  • Festival concerts (Thursday 11, Friday 12 and Saturday 13 April)

Cello Program

  • 2.5 hours in person Cello PD with Frances Firth (NSW) (Tuesday 9 April)
  • 4 hours in person All Instruments PD with Meret Bitticks (USA), Winifred Crock (USA) and Moirsheen Kelly-Keesing (Wednesday 10 April)
  • 1.5 hours in person Tonalisation with Frances Firth (Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 April)
  • 1.5 hours of live Zoom All Instruments PD with Molly Gebrian (USA) (10am Sunday 26 May)
  • 1.5 hours of live Zoom Cello PD with international tutor in term 2 
  • Observation of individual student masterclasses (Wednesday 10 April)
  • Observation of student classes (Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 April, 9.30am to 2.00pm)
  • Festival concerts (Thursday 11, Friday 12 and Saturday 13 April)

Flute Program

  •  4 hours in person Flute PD with Meret Bitticks (USA) (Tuesday 9 April)
  • 4 hours in person All Instruments PD with Meret Bitticks (USA), Winifred Crock (USA) and Moirsheen Kelly-Keesing (Wednesday 10 April)
  • 1.5 hours in person Tonalisation with Meret Bitticks (USA) (Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 April)
  • 1.5 hours of live Zoom All Instruments PD with Molly Gebrian (USA) (10am Sunday 26 May)
  • Observation of individual student masterclasses (Tuesday 9 or Wednesday 10 April)
  • Observation of student classes (Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 April, 9.30am to 2.00pm)
  • Festival concerts (Thursday 11, Friday 12 and Saturday 13 April)

Guitar Program

  • 2.5 hours live Zoom Guitar PD with (Tuesday 9 April – teachers at Festival venue in group and MaryLou on Zoom from USA)
  • 4 hours in person All Instruments PD with Meret Bitticks (USA), Winifred Crock (USA) and Moirsheen Kelly-Keesing (Wednesday 10 April)
  • 1.5 hours in person Tonalisation  with Zeah Riordan (Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 April)
  • 1.5 hours of live Zoom All Instruments PD with Molly Gebrian (USA) (10am Sunday 26 May)
  • 1.5 hours of live Zoom Guitar PD with Seth Himmelhoch in term 2
  • Observation of student classes (Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 April, 9.30am to 2.00pm)
  • Festival concerts (Thursday 11, Friday 12 and Saturday 13 April)
Please note that teacher pd programs are a set unit. Discounts are not able to provided where a teacher is not able to attend all days of their program or chooses not to attend in person.  
 

Enrolment closing date: 11:59pm AEDT 25 February 2024. Please note that enrolments may cease to be taken at any time subject to available places. A late fee of $30 per enrolment is added after the closing date. From 11 March, a $50 late fee applies. 

 

Autumn Festival Concert - Audition Information

General Audition Information – concert auditions close 11:59pm Sunday 3 March

Each concert has specific requirements, as listed below, but in general the following requirements apply to all auditions. Audition can be submitted until Sunday 3 March separately to enrolling in your Festival program (which must be completed by Sunday 25 February) by simply purchasing an audition ticket from the Festival try booking page (using the orange register now button on this page) – no late fees will apply for auditions but late applications will not be accepted. 

  • Students must be enrolled to participate in Autumn Festival before they apply for an audition.
  • Each separate audition (solo or ensemble) attracts an audition fee of $50. 
  • Performers will be selected by a panel from the eligible audition recordings received by 11:59pm on Sunday 3 March. It is possible that students who audition will not be selected to perform as there are limited concert places available. 
  • Auditions are to be video recordings which show the whole child (from the side for piano students and front on for other instruments). Students should announce their performance including their name and the name of the piece and the composer. For example, “My name is (given name) and today I will be performing (piece title) by (composer)”. Students should also bow before and after their performance. 
  • Audition recordings must be uploaded to YouTube and a link to an unlisted YouTube video must be submitted as part of your audition application through TryBooking before 11:59pm 3 March 2024.  Auditions will not be accepted in other formats, including as an attachment to an email. 
  • Auditions are submitted by purchasing an audition ticket on the Festival TryBooking page.
  • Audition performances must be played from memory and must be accompanied (live or recorded accompaniment) if the piece is written as an accompanied piece. 
  •  Rehearsals with the concert accompanist for selected performers will need to be completed prior to Festival and will be at the expense of the family and paid to the accompanist at the rehearsal time. 
  • Audition results will be notified by 22 March by email to the student (and copied to the teacher) using the email addresses provided in the registration. 

Afternoon Concerts (Concert 2:30 – 3:30pm, Thursday 11 April)

  •  Open to all enrolled students who are performing their selected piece at a very high standard for their current level
  • Students may perform on ANY instrument which they learn from a 2024 financial Suzuki teacher member – this includes second and third instruments on which the student is not enrolled for Festival.
  • The piece must be less than 5 minutes in duration for consideration for this concert. Longer pieces will not be considered. 
  • Students may submit ONE audition recording per instrument. Each audition attracts an audition fee. 
  • Multiple afternoon concerts may be held simultaneously. Music studios with multiple selected performers may need to be split across concert venues. 
Fundraising Student Ensemble and Teacher Solo/Ensemble Concert (Concert 4:15pm, Thursday 11 April)
 
  •  All student ensemble performers must be enrolled to participate in a student program at Autumn Festival 2024.
  • Teacher ensemble or solo performers must be enrolled to participate in a PD program at Autumn Festival 2024.
  • Audience members will be asked to make a donation on entry to the auditorium 
Gala Concert (Concert 3:00 – approx 4:30pm Friday 12 April; brief soundcheck times TBA)
 
  •      Gala concert auditions (solo auditions only) will be open to students enrolled in the advanced program for their instrument (that is, book 6 and above).
  •      Students should be performing their selected piece at an exceptional standard for their instrument and performers will be selected by a panel. Not all students who audition will be offered a concert place.
  •          Pieces should be 5 minutes or less where possible. One performer may be selected for to perform a piece up to 8 minutes duration. Where students are submitting an audition piece of duration up to 8 minutes, they are also encouraged to submit an alternative audition of less than 5 minutes duration and no additional fee will be charged for this. Pieces longer than 5 minutes will not be considered for the afternoon concerts. 
  •       One BRIEF (2 to 3 minutes) soundcheck will be held before the concert (exact times tbc). Unaccompanied items will have a brief sound check during the lunch break on the Friday. Accompanied items will have a brief soundcheck from 2pm on the Friday.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

  1. Enrolments are only accepted from 2024 members of Suzuki Music or their local Suzuki association, if attending from interstate or internationally.
  2. Enrolment in Autumn Festival are taken as tacit acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  3. Withdrawals or cancellations received in writing via email before midnight on the closing date will receive a 50% credit note towards a future event or membership with Suzuki Music. Withdrawals or cancellations received after the closing date are not provided with any refund nor credit note unless evidence of significant family disruption (which may include illness or injury) that necessarily prevents the enrolled participant from attending any of the program (that is, they do not have an opportunity to attend at all on any of the Festival days) which may be considered for a partial credit provided a written request is made within 7 days of the conclusion of the event and evidence of the disruption is provided. Please ensure that you and/or your child is available for the full program and that you are a 2024 Suzuki member before you enrol. Change of mind or not being a member of the association prior to enrolling is not a valid reason for a refund or credit note. 
  4. Programs are offered as complete packages and, as such, no discounts are able to be given where a student or teacher is not able to attend all the days of their program. 
  5. Festival enrolments are not transferable to another student or teacher.
  6. Festival audition enrolments are non-refundable and not eligible for credit for any reason. 
  7. The tutor list is correct at the time of publishing (and updated throughout the enrolment process) but is subject to change without notice. Cancellations based on a change of tutor will not be accepted as a valid reason after the closing date. 
  8. Workshop and PD programs are subject to change, based on actual enrolments received. 
  9. All enrolled children must be accompanied on campus by a responsible adult. As part of the registration process you will be asked to identify all adults who will be accompanying your child on Festival days. One adult may be listed for multiple children. 
  10. Photographs and videos of students in classes, concerts and during break times may be taken by an official Suzuki Music photographer for publicity purposes. Your enrolment in this event is taken as tacit agreement to this. 
  11. Parents or caregivers may photograph or video only their own child at this event – videos or photographs of other children or any teachers are not permitted. 
  12. Professional Development sessions will be recorded where possible. Technical errors and issues sometimes arise and may result in sessions not being recorded. Tonalisation sessions will NOT be recorded. Teachers who enrol in the PD program accept responsibility in the event they do not attend in person and sufficient recordings are not able to be made to complete professional development requirements. 
  13. To the extent permitted by law, whilst all care is taken, no responsibility can be accepted by Suzuki Music nor MLC for damages to person or property arising from participation in this event. 
  14. Enrolled persons are not permitted to use MLC Junior school playground equipment during Autumn Festival.