Music for Babies and Toddlers

Dates: June 20, 27, July 4, 11, 25, August 1 (Tuesdays)
Time: 11:00am-11:45am
Ages: 6 months to 3 years
Instructor: Leanne Wendt
Cost: $80
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CLASS FULL. Please contact office for waitlist.

Music for Babies and Toddlers is designed with the developing child in mind. Action songs, lullabies and rhymes are interspersed with opportunities to play simple rhythm instruments.

Parents are encouraged to observe and respond to their children as they develop new skills through their natural enjoyment of music in this stimulating environment. Each participant is required to attend classes with a parent or caregiver.

Note: Class is limited to 12.

Pre-Twinkle Introductory Violin

Dates: July 17-20, 2017
Time: 11:15am-12:00pm
Ages: 3 years to 5 years
Instructor: Leanne Wendt
Cost: $65
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This introduction to Suzuki violin class is designed for pre-schoolers. The class will emphasize good posture, bow hold, and rhythm through various games. No experience necessary, materials provided (no instruments required). Each participant is required to attend classes with a parent or caregiver.

Note: Class is limited to 6.

Strings in Summer

Open to Suzuki Violin Students Books 1-3
July 4, 1:00 – 3:00pm (Class + Swimming at Al Anderson Pool)
July 11, 1:00 – 3:00pm (Class + Play at Langley Lodge Seniors’ Home)
July 25, 6:00 – 8:00pm (Class + Swimming at Al Anderson Pool)
August 1, 1:00 – 3:00pm (Class+ Play at Langley Lodge Seniors’ Home)
August 8, 6:00 – 8:00pm (Musical Presentation + Games Night)
Instructor: Leanne Wendt
Cost: $65 (includes student swim fees)
Note: Parent supervision (and transport when necessary) is required for all outings.
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Keep your Suzuki string students playing at this fun-filled summer program! These Tuesday group sessions are dedicated to playing Suzuki violin Books 1-3 repertoire in a performance class format. Enjoy time with music friends, including swimming and two opportunities to play at Langley Lodge. Family and friends are invited to join us on August 9 for a musical presentation, followed by games night.

Suzuki Student Workshops

Open to all Suzuki trained students in violin, cello, piano, and harp.

Dates: July 16-20, 2017
Orientation, Play-in & Family Picnic: Sunday, July 16, 6:00pm
Time: 9:00am-3:00pm
Strings Book 1-3: $300 (by June 1) $350 (after June 1)
Strings Book 4-up: $350 (by June 1) $400 (after June 1)
Piano/Harp Book 1-3: $260 (by June 1) $310 (after June 1)
Piano/Harp Book 4-up: $310 (by June 1) $360 (after June 1)
A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required at time of registration.
Second Enrichment Class: $50 (if schedule allows)
Twinklers Mini Camp: $200 (Violin 4 years and under only)
Piano Book 3 Master Class Only: $80
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LCMS is proud to offer a unique opportunity for students and parents to be immersed in a nurturing and musical environment.  The Suzuki Summer student day camp is set in our beautiful and spacious facility.

Students will be taught by highly trained Suzuki teachers. Classes are scheduled between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm, including enrichment classes. In keeping with the Suzuki spirit, parents or caregivers should attend classes with their children. There will be noon-hour recitals by special guest artists. Thursday afternoon group and enrichment classes will be presented in concert in the afternoon.

Note for parents: Merlin Thompson will lead three sessions for parents Monday-Wednesday.

Violin/Viola/Cello Program

Violin/Viola: Fidelma Cordick, Robert Richardson, Leanne Wendt, other TBA
Cello: Kristl Armstrong

Daily Activities:
An individual lesson in the form of a master class
A small group class
A repertoire class
An enrichment class

Repertoire: Be prepared to play your polished piece at your first lesson. A group class repertoire list will be published on the LCMS website in advance.

Twinklers Mini Camp
For violin students four years and under already playing Twinkle Variations
A master class
A small group class

Piano/Harp Program

Piano: Susan Magnusson, Sylvia Duncan, Merlin Thompson
Harp: Miya Otake

Daily Activities:
An individual lesson in the form of a master class
A repertoire class
An enrichment class
Note: All students should prepare a polished piece for their first master class.

Piano Book 3 Option: Master Class Only
1 hour scheduled late afternoon TBA
Enrichment class may be added for $50

Enrichment Classes

One enrichment class is included in the registration fee. Classes are held daily between the hours of 9:00am-3:00pm. One additional class may be purchased for $50 if scheduling allows.

#01 Fiddling

For violin students
A variety of fiddle styles will be taught by ear and with sheet music.  Students are placed into groups according to their Suzuki level. No previous fiddling experience is required, but students should have mastered Etude (G major). Be prepared to learn some new tunes and have fun.

#02 Marimba for Pianists

For piano students
Play on marimbas and xylophones, the wooden cousins of the piano! These instruments share the same layout as the piano, so students will be able to use their piano skills to play both new and familiar music in this fun ensemble class. No previous percussion experience needed.

#03 Chamber Music

For students Book 4 and up
Students will form duos, trios or quartets and receive daily coaching, together with Team Music participants. Chamber music repertoire will be sent to students in advance for preparation.
Note: Interested students should register by June 1 in order to receive and prepare repertoire in advance.

#4 Japanese Arts

For all students
Each day, students will learn to sing a song in Japanese, and will make origami paper art inspired by the song.

#5 Drumming

For all students
Explore rhythms from around the world! Using hand drums, bucket drums, boomwhackers, and other percussion instruments, students will play together in a fun and friendly environment. No previous drumming experience needed.

Book 4+ students taking chamber music enrichment class are invited to participate in Team Music chamber ensemble. Additional fees apply.


(SAA approved)

Piano Book 3

Dates: July 16-20
Times: TBA (15 hrs course time and 8 hrs observation time)
Instructor: Merlin Thompson (piano)
Cost: $425 (early bird), $475 after June 1
$100 non-refundable deposit required at time of registration, balance due four weeks in advance of course start.
Auditors: Teacher Trainees wishing to audit the course, including teacher training classes, must sign up for the entire program. The audit fee is the same as the participant fee. For teachers wishing to audit student classes only, the fee is $20/day.
Pre-requisites & Requirements:
-Complete Every Child Can! and piano units 1 and 2
-Complete the SAA video audition process to determine their status in the course
-Be an active SAA member (membership number required)
-Be a high school graduate
-Prepare the Book 3 repertoire
Audition: Piano Basic or Piano Comprehensive. Please see SAA website for audition requirements.
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Presented by experienced SAA-registered Teacher Trainers, the teacher development program is designed for teacher trainees and established teachers. Teachers enter the program with well-honed playing skill, thorough musical knowledge and a strong interest in teaching children.

Faculty Biographies

Kristl Armstrong


Royal College of Music, London; masterclasses by Nelsova, Starker, Shapiro and Darling; freelance musician; Vancouver New Music  Society, Vancouver Opera and CBC Vancouver Orchestras; faculty at Vancouver Academy of Music, Douglas College, Capilano College, and LCMS.

Will Chen

Chamber Music

Will’s performances have taken him all over Canada, Europe and the United Kingdom as a soloist and chamber musician with the rising group Mainzer Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. B. Mus from University of Victoria; masters degree from Hochschule fur Musik Mainz, Germany. Studied with teachers such as Patricia Shih, Ann Elliott-Goldschmid, Gwen Thompson, Roger Chase and Ann Shih.

Fidelma Cordick


B.Mus from the University of British Columbia; member of BCRMTA and SAA; extensive training in Suzuki pedagogy and orchestra conducting; chamber musician and former conductor of Delta Youth Orchestra.

Sylvia Duncan


ARCT, B. Mus and B. Ed University of British Columbia, Suzuki Teacher training course with Susan Magnusson. Over 35 years experience teaching piano, and has taught music in the public schools for many years. She also is the music director at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church.

Susan Magnusson


A.R.C.T.  Performance; S.A.A. Registered Suzuki Teacher Trainer, B.C.R.M.T.A.; Suzuki Master Teacher workshops throughout Canada and the US; Director, Canadian American Suzuki Institute, and LCMS Suzuki Workshops, LCMS Principal.

Miya Otake

Harp, Japanese Arts

Graduate and post-graduate studies, Royal Academy of Music in London, England, with further studies in Nice, France. Born in Japan, Miya Otake is an active harpist contributing her talent in both performing and teaching. She has performed in Canada, USA, Europe, and Japan. Notable performances include recitals at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo and Carnegie Hall in New York. Currently, she is teaching harp at the Langley Community Music School and is a member of the BC Registered Music Teacher’s Association.

Robert Richardson


B. Mus, M. Mus. Teacher and conductor at Suzuki workshops throughout North America and beyond. Guest presenter and speaker at SAA teachers’ conferences and leadership retreats. Faculty member, Brandon Univeristy, and director of the Brandon Suzuki Institute. Performs frequently with the Brandon Chamber Players, of which he is a founding member.

Katie Rife

Drumming, Marimba for Pianists

Katie Rife is a percussionist based in Vancouver, Canada. Founder & director of the ethos collective, percussionist with the Okanagan Symphony, and an active freelancer of chamber & orchestral music in the Vancouver area.

Andrea Taylor


B. Mus. University of Victoria. She has completed the Suzuki Education Course at Western Washington University. With over 15 years teaching experience Andrea has performed over a thousand shows across North America as the Fiddle player for a group signed to Nettwerk Records and has sold over 60,000 cds.

Merlin Thompson

Piano, teacher training

B.Mus, Maitre des Arts; Artistic Director, Mount Royal Conservatory Suzuki Piano Program; Founder of Canada’s first university-level Suzuki Piano teacher development program; first Canadian to graduate from the Matsumoto Talent Educational Institute where he studied with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki and Suzuki co-founder Dr. Haruko Kataoka. Mr. Thompson is also a children’s author and social innovator.

Leanne Wendt

Violin, Early Learning Program

Suzuki and Royal Conservatory violin; specializes in preschool music training; Suzuki Teacher Training, University of Maine, Pacific University, Western Washington University, and Universities of Alberta and Calgary, LCMS Faculty & Junior Programs Co-ordinator.