2014 Statewide Graduation Recitals

Piano Graduation
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Wooddale Church, Eden Prairie
9 am to 5 pm

Upper Level Soloists Pre-Graduation Recital
Saturday, March 8, 2014
St. Michael's Church, Roseville
4 pm

Recorder, Harp, Flute, Guitar, Piano Soloist
Viola, Cello, Bass and Violin
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Benson Great Hall - Bethel University, Arden Hills
10 AM - 6 PM

Important Graduation Information
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The History of the Suzuki Graduation
Dr. Suzuki would wake up around 5:00 AM every morning and listen to hundreds of tape recordings sent to him from all over Japan. He incorporated a Suzuki Graduation System where students, when they reached certain playing levels, would record several polished review pieces and in return receive Dr. Suzuki’s constructive comments about their playing. This was a celebration of accomplishment. It was never a ‘pass or fail’ situation since Dr. Suzuki trusted that a teacher would only have a student prepare and submit a recording when they were musically ready. Dr. Suzuki also knew it was the process of preparing these recordings where the real learning and progress took place. 

SAM Graduation
The teachers of the Suzuki Association of Minnesota wish to continue Dr. Suzuki’s vision of excellence and create a graduation system that strengthens our program collectively and individually.

We hope that Graduation will: 

Make Review Relevant
We do not always realize the benefits of review until we do the work! 
Offer Another Opportunity for Performance
Both for a video camera and at the graduation recital. 
Foster Self Evaluation
Our goal is to give each student skills to eventually practice and learn independently. This begins with self-evaluation. 
Begin an Organized Collection of Recordings
To celebrate and benchmark progress from level to level and uphold a high standard for each level as a group and individually.