Ottawa Suzuki Strings’ (OSS) school year is 37 weeks beginning Labour Day and ending the first full week of June with 2 weeks off in December – January for the winter break and one week off for the March break. The schedule for the year is published on the Google calendar on the Ottawa Suzuki Strings website. Click below for descriptions of the various programs offered. A Parent Handbook is available at the beginning of each year with more details.
Ottawa Suzuki Strings teachers teach private lessons from their homes in various locations in Ottawa and Gatineau as well as at a studio in Kanata at the Beaverbrook Mall. Private lessons are scheduled at a time agreed upon between the parent and teacher. Lessons typically start at 30 minutes and are usually increased in increments of 15 minutes as the students become more advanced.
OSS’ philosophy is nurturing personal excellence. All OSS teachers are highly trained and strive to nurture personal excellence in all their students. The better a student can play an instrument, the more they will enjoy it.
Group classes are held Monday nights at Woodroffe High School from 6:15-8:30PM. No classes are scheduled on holiday Mondays.
Two Playdown/Potlucks are held every year. The first is held at Woodroffe High School on the last Monday night in December before the winter break and the second is held at a local church the last Monday night of the year in June. This is a chance for the school to come together to hear individual group performances and the powerful effect of the entire school joining together to make music, from the Pre-Twinkle students to Stellae Boreales.
Ottawa Suzuki Strings has a vibrant presence in the community. Students have the opportunity to perform in groups at various venues in the community including the National Arts Centre, Ottawa International Children’s Festival, Kiwanis Music Festival, Music & Beyond, Libraries, Embassies and Seniors’ Residences.
Students perform with piano in two OSS private studio recitals in winter and spring. Studio recitals are held at Trinity United Church.
These special events motivate the students to practice. Dressing in their concert attire and preparing themselves for a performance further develops the students’ confidence and pride.