The ISA is pleased to welcome Ruth Cutcher, Suzuki Guitar and Early Childhood teacher, to our Faculty. Ms. Ruth will begin teaching with the ISA in January 2019, and we are thrilled to add Suzuki Guitar to our programs.
Ruth Cutcher received her BA in Music with an emphasis in classical guitar from Metropolitan State College of Denver. Ms. Cutcher did graduate work at Colorado State University in Music Therapy, Music History and Women’s Studies. Ms. Cutcher is a member Suzuki Association of the Americas, The Guitar Foundation of the Americas, and the Suzuki Association of Indiana. Ms. Cutcher is currently pursuing a Master’s in Divinity from the Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Indiana. Ms. Ruth has completed Suzuki Guitar teacher training Units 1 - 6 and Early Childhood training Stages 1 and 2.
We are excited to share with you that after much careful consideration, the Board of Directors has decided to expand the ISA studios into the lower floor of 3959 Central, giving us an additional 1,200 square feet of space. The Board and Faculty will be working hard to assess how we can best use this new space and our existing first floor space to help the ISA grow to serve even more students.
This past year, the board and staff have carefully analyzed ISA’s current and future needs, and looked extensively at many potential studio locations. While we realize that there are some aspects of our location that are not ideal (such as street parking), this is an opportunity for growth that will also allow ISA to be good fiscal stewards into the future. We will spend the next several weeks planning, and will begin using the space in January 2019.
Thank you for your past and ongoing support of the ISA’s work to nurture nurture beautiful character in every child through excellence in music.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2018 Review Challenge! Many of you listened to each repetition or gave in support of each student raising a total of $5,453! Students tallied over 20,180 points moving them toward their goal of mastery and musical excellence, while developing admirable character.
Donations will go to fund studio soundproofing improvements and help the ISA continue to grow -- to reach our goal of serving 400 students by 2020.
We appreciate everyone’s support and participation!
ISA students from the Book 1 Violin class had the opportunity to perform at the Christel Dehaan Fine Arts Center at the University of Indianapolis West Meets East concert on Sunday, October 28.
Pictured here with members of the Indianapolis Quartet Zach DePue, Michael Strauss and ISA Board Member Austin Huntington are violinists Everyln M, Ethyn K, Lorelei F and Perpeutua M. Bravo on a fine performance and thank you for representing the ISA in our community!
Show your ISA pride with Spirit Wear! The online store will be open October 1 - 31, and orders will be filled within two weeks of the deadline. Makes a great holiday or birthday gift for your Suzuki student. Youth and Adult apparel are available for purchase.
Music played by youngsters is a beautiful sound, unless you are trying to get your child to focus their attention while loud noises are floating in from another room. We recognize the need for improved soundproofing at our studios and have taken one large step to helping contain these extraneous sounds. This summer, contractors laid sound attenuating insulation across the entirety of the ceiling, and all the HVAC openings have been fitted with acoustical boots. The Board of Directors has invested in this significant soundproofing, and we have already noticed a big improvement. We plan to evaluate the need for additional soundproofing and studio improvements and continue to invest in the quality of our studio space into the future.
As Suzuki parents, our “to-do” list might be quite extensive. Practice every day. Go to Group Class. Listen to the recordings. Attend concerts. Sign up for the recital. It can be easy to focus on these tasks, and lose sight of the bigger picture. And when we lose sight of the bigger picture, we can grow weary. Maybe instead of “to do’s” we could think of what we want our children “to be.”
It’s the long-term mindset that sets a successful Suzuki family apart from the rest. When we think about the bigger picture of the life lessons that we want our children to learn from this musical experience, those are the lessons that matter. The lessons that help develop the whole child and nurture the heart. And we can relax a little if our practice on Tuesday was cut short, because we know that our child is learning something from daily practice, even if we have a few bad days.
The long-term commitment to mastery, listening for beauty, being part of a community and daily practice will all help us keep the bigger picture goals in mind. Your family has a beautiful picture of who you are raising your child to be, and we hope that you can keep that clear vision in mind for the long term.
Summary from Beyond the Music Lesson: Habits of Successful Suzuki Families by C.E. Goodner
Many small repetitions add up to BIG results! This September, join the Indianapolis Suzuki Academy in our 30-Day Review Challenge. In Nurtured by Love, Dr. Suzuki wrote, “Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill.” Review, one of the core philosophies of the Suzuki method, is where the progress happens. Let’s Fall in Love with Review!
What: ISA 2018 Review Challenge: Fall in Love with Review!
When: September 1 - 30, 2018. This is a 30-Day challenge.
How: Before and during the challenge, each student seeks sponsors, who pledge support for their review. Sponsors can pledge a certain amount for each review piece played in the month of September. Recommended amounts are $0.01 to $1.00 per review, or a flat fee donation. Our goal is for every child to find 3-10 sponsors, raising a total of $50. Neighbors, friends, and family are wonderful sponsors! (example: Sponsors pledge a total of $0.50 per review, and child completes 100 reviews in September, raising $50!)
Prize: Student with the most review wins 3 tickets to an ISO performance!
Our Review Challenge Pledge-A-Thon will run for four weeks from September 1 – 30 with the goal to raise $5,000 to help achieve the vision of ISA. This upcoming year, fundraising efforts are being allocated to studio improvements for the future growth of ISA, including extensive soundproofing work.
The purpose of this challenge is to inspire students to new heights and raise awareness of the ISA’s mission among people outside of current students. Be on the lookout for more details from your private teacher, and get ready to “raise your ability on a piece you can play.”