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Paget Suzuki Strings celebrate tenth anniversary

Paget Suzuki Strings are celebrating their tenth anniversary the best way they know how — with music.

They will be holding an anniversary violin concert ‘Summer Time Strings on the Stage’ on Sunday featuring students from ages three to 18 years old.

Fifteen performers will play everything from variants of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star to Beethoven’s violin sonatas and concerto movements.

Although the performance stage might seem a little daunting to a toddler, teacher Jyrki Pietila said the older teenagers usually suffer more from nerves than the little ones.

“The younger ones are a little bit shy but once they get used to performing they are fine,” he said. “They don’t much think about their nerves. The teenagers tend to be a different category. They are more aware of themselves, and we see a little bit of nervousness on stage. We try to prepare our students for these performances so well that there shouldn’t be any reason for nervousness.”

Students are taught through the Suzuki method.

“It heavily involves parents into the process,” said Mr Pietila. “We take them and train them to be home coaches and practice with their children at home. It takes daily practice and lots of patience and psychology.”

Mr Pietila previously taught at the Bermuda School of Music, but then decided to go out on his own. He now teaches violin from his home. He obtained his Master’s in music education from Helsinki Conservatory of Music and was granted European Suzuki Teacher Trainer status in 1991 after having graduated from studies with Dr Suzuki in Matsumoto, Japan in 1988. His teaching philosophy is to create a nurturing and comfortable environment where all children can achieve excellence.

The concert is on Sunday at 2pm at St Andrew’s Church on Church Street in Hamilton. Admission is free.

To learn more contact Mr Pietila at 232-1812 or see www.stringsinn.com or e-mail jyrkipietila@logic.bm.

Tenth birthday: Suzuki strings instructor Jyrki Pietila in the background with students from his Paget Suzuki Strings school after a performance last December

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Published June 20, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated June 19, 2013 at 7:58 pm)

Paget Suzuki Strings celebrate tenth anniversary

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