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'Dancing With Our Stars' theme of Elgin Suzuki concert

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  • Children ages 4-18 can learn to play an instrument with the Suzuki Method. See young performers this Sunday, when the Suzuki School of Elgin holds its spring concert on the campus of Judson University.

      Children ages 4-18 can learn to play an instrument with the Suzuki Method. See young performers this Sunday, when the Suzuki School of Elgin holds its spring concert on the campus of Judson University.
    Courtesy of Lamar Blum

 
Submitted by Suzuki School of Elgin

"Dancing With Our Stars," featuring compositions by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, and others who wrote dance forms, is the theme of the Suzuki School of Elgin's spring concert.

The program will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 18, in the Herrick Chapel on the campus of Judson University, 1151 N. State St., Elgin. Tickets are $5 at the door or call (847) 695-7216.

The 40 students performing range in age from 4 to 18. They will play violin, viola, cello, bass and flute.

Performers include: Patryk Barnas; Kayla Beu; Elise and Sophie Chamberlin; Arin and Audrey Chu; Zylle Constantino; Kristine Cordero; Sophie Danner; Hannah and Norah Day; Megan Ferro; Emily and Sarah Fischer; Veer Gupta; Daniela, Gabriela and Paola Hernandez; Matthew Kelley; Lizzie Kim; Alexandra, Emerson and Olivia Krause; Chayanne and Leilah Petit; Charlotte, Emma and Will Porteous; Juliana and Victoria Potter; Aleksa and Sofia Radovic; Sahana Rajagopalan; Ava Reeves; Mary Sabo; Kyle Saengdara; Noah Schroeder; Jack and Violet Wheatley; John White; Nayeli Wood; Ella Zielinski.

Most of the performers come from Elgin, Dundee, Carpentersville, Hampshire, Algonquin, Gilberts, Hoffman Estates and St. Charles.

Children as young as 3 can begin their instrument study by Suzuki method. How can a preschooler be taught to play an instrument?

"Recordings of the music they will learn is listened to each day, so that the music is in their ear before they learn to play it," said Lamar Blum, director of the school. "They learn by ear until they are old enough to read music. The (parent) becomes the 'home teacher,' taking instruction from the teacher. The parent and child practice together each day."

"Traditional lessons are usually delayed until the child is 8-10 years old," Blum added. "Many times they are tested to find out if they are musical.

"Suzuki believes all children have the ability to learn with the proper environment. A desire to learn on the part of the parent is most important."

The Suzuki School of Elgin has been providing lessons under the direction of Lamar Blum since 1975. The school provides private and group lessons as well as performance opportunities for the students. Many have gone on to have careers in music from this background, according to Blum.

For information, visit suzukischoolof elgin.com. or call (847) 695-7216.

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