Our free play-in event online for the international violin community...
Back in April 2020, with many students faced with loss of access to a regular group violin class, Chika Wie launched a non-profit initiative to present a fully-online play-in session for violinists through Zoom. Working together with Gene Wie to develop the technology setup and initially supported by several colleagues, the husband and wife team has moved forward to complete the vertical integration of the entire process. At this time, these play-ins and their content are wholly developed in-house by Chika and Gene, including the arranging and orchestration of public domain works, recording, mixing, and mastering of live tracks, and content delivery through streaming software.
We are committed to continuing this free online play-in for the international community of students and families that we have come to know over the past few months, and also for new students. Please see the session schedule after "Sign Up to Participate" section.
There are no fees to participate, and your personal information is not used for any other reasons except to communicate with you about the repertoire list and ongoing schedule for the play-in.
In addition, we will not use your contact information to market to you any products, programs, or otherwise, except for projects and programs we are directly involved in developing.
Suzuki Violin Play-In Please note that our Play-Ins are for all ages, and adults are welcome! We select pieces from the Suzuki Violin School Volumes 1-4 each week, and will take song requests from the scheduled books for the last part of each session.
The Song List will be available on Sunday night before each Play-In. To participate in a Play-In, please register for our events at least 3 days before your requested first session. At this time, we are unable to provide the meeting link immediately after registering.
Who Wrote the Music? Kahoot! This sessionis recommended for grades 3 and below. The session will be using Kahoot!, an online game-based learning platform which is really fun for students to play and learn! Students do not need instruments for this session.
Community Sharing Day Come and perform something you have been working on! We would love to see all of you share the joy of playing music with each other! It is a performance session, but in a friendly environment where everyone encourages each other. We ask that your selection be 4 minutes or less - if your piece is longer, pick the favorite part of your piece! The maximum capacity for each sharing day is 10 participants. There is no age restriction, and participants of all ages and level are encouraged to attend! Please see this page for details and registration.
Saturday, December 5th 12:00pm ET: Book 2/3/4 Play-In 12:30pm ET: Book 1 Play-In 1:00pm ET: Who Wrote the Music? Kahoot! (recommended for grades 3 and below) 2:00pm ET: Community Sharing Day
Saturday, December 12th NOTE: We will be taking requests for this day ahead of time! Song request form will be available 2 weeks prior, and will close a week before. 8:00pm ET: Book 1 Play-In 8:30pm ET: Book 2/3/4 Play-In 9:00pm ET: Community Sharing Day
Saturday, December 19th 12:00pm ET: Book 2 Play-In 12:30pm ET: Book 1 Play-In 1:00pm ET: Who Wrote the Music? Kahoot! (recommended for grades 3 and below)
Monday, December 21st 8:00pm ET: Community Sharing Day Saturday, December 26th 8:00pm ET: Book 1 Play-In 8:30pm ET: Book 2/3/4 Play-In
We will be updating this calendar about a month ahead of all events. Please check back here to see more dates!
What a Session is Like (Play-In)
1) After you register, you will receive an email confirmation as well as a Zoom link to the next Play-In. 2) Please try your best to arrive to the play-in on time. 3) You will be muted most of the time, and we will be using a lot of the nonverbal communication feature on Zoom. For younger students, we recommend that the parents attend for the first five minutes of the session so that the children can learn how to use the communication features of Zoom. 4) Please tune your strings beforecoming to class. If you do not yet know how to tune your instrument by ear, we recommend using a tuning app like Tunable to help you out. If you have tried but are unable to get your instrument in tune, please contact us before the play-in starts for one-on-one assistance. 5) After the first play-through of each work, we will take a vote using the nonverbal feedback buttons (yes = same tempo, go faster, or go slower) to determine the tempo of the second play-through. 6) Once we have completed the repertoire list, Mrs. Wie will take requests from students for pieces they wish to play. Use the "Raise Hand" button and leave your hand raised so you can be called on for your choice. If we do not get to you, don't worry! There will be an opportunity at every session to raise your hand and select the work you wish to play.