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Summer Break Started!!:)

June 11, 2012

Since summer break has started for Austin, I will not be posting as much on here. We will be heading to Southern CA for their Suzuki Institute and I’m going to try to get more practice in during this break.

Enjoy your summer everyone!!!:)

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http://www.facebook.com/keepviolinin

Thanks:)

SAA conference day 2

May 25, 2012

Last night as soon as I arrived in the Hilton in Minneapolis, I ran into the group lesson session given by Carey Beth Hockett, it was the most fun group lesson consisting of over 50 teachers and parents. Yes, some parents are also participating in this conference. We have about 800+ teachers and 300+ students. WOW!!! 3 hours of group lesson seemed like a 30min lesson….I got so many great ideas from Carey that I can’t wait to try them with my students:) Thanks to my husband for letting me come out and take care of Austin by himself in CA…I love you Dave!!!:)

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Welcome to my studio!

Today’s such a nice sunny day here in California.  We wish all the mothers out there a very happy mother’s day! My best mother’s day gift is to spend the day with my favorite son and best husband/dad.  Have a fabulous week everyone!:)

I normally don’t write much about where we live, but when we saw this wonderful video made about our beautiful town, I just had to share it with all of you!

After watching this video, you will probably also want to move to a place like Mountain House, CA. This place is an hour drive from San Francisco, 3 hours to Tahoe ski resorts and Yosemite National Park. It’s not a big city so it has room for many parks and the space you need to buy a nice sized home for you and your family. Home prices are very reasonable considering the location of this place. We’ve traveled and lived in many places over the past 30+ years and Mountain House is definitely the #1 place to live and raise a family according to us:)

Austin memorized Minuet 2 without the repeats because he’s still getting used to having a camera in front of him while he’s practicing the violin..hehe..

Enjoy!!!

 

This year is a very special year for all of us here in Mountain House.  It’s the first year we will celebrate the Lunar New Year and welcome the Year of the Dragon in our very own little town of ~10,000 people:) A group of very dedicated mothers and fathers in Mountain House have formed a committee since October 2011 to prepare for this festive night, which will be held at Bethany Elementary School on Jan.21, 2012 @ 4:30pm.  Tickets will be $12/adult and $7/child(2-12yrs old), and it includes a multi-cultural show with dances from different Asian countries, martial arts demonstrations, and singing along with some delicious Chinese and Indian dishes, some of which are made by our very own Mountain House residents.  It will be a very special and memorable night in which our family will be participating in, and we feel so blessed to be a part of this wonderful community.

On a side note, another MH violin teacher and I have formed a group of talented string players called Mountain House Suzuki Strings and we will be performing on Saturday night as well!!

Come on and join us if you’re close by and want to see a great show along with some delicious food this Saturday!!! 🙂

Visit http://www.mhaaa.com for more information about the Mountain House Asian-American Association.

 

About 3 weeks ago I started teaching my son Austin the violin.  We’re now working on the Monkey Song, which is just getting the feel of placing his 1st, 2nd, and 3rd fingers down on the string.  I was hoping to get him on all the twinkle variations by now, but I’ve realized he needs to take things one step at a time.  While I was giving him the lesson today, I said to Austin,”You’ve got to have more patience for yourself Austin.  You may need to work 10 times harder than others because you have to take things one step at a time.  There are other students of mommy’s that can pick up the violin really fast, but everyone is different. You have to go at your own pace, and that is one step at a time.” While I was speaking to him, I realized I was talking to myself at the same time, because I was becoming quite impatient with him on his posture already.

I’m glad I’m teaching Austin the violin and the piano now, because I am learning so much since I teach him everyday instead of seeing my students once a week.  It’s quite a challenge, but I think I’m becoming more and more patient as we speak:)

I tried to upload a video of my performance out in the park this past Saturday for the Mid-Autumn Festival celebration in our community, but the file was too big for me to upload.  We had an eventful weekend!! Austin’s soccer team also won, which we are all so proud of the team work they had going on.  Time for a brand new week and I’m performing in a pre-school tomorrow morning here in Mountain House…that should be FUN!!!!!:)