Endeavour Optimist 1/8 size violin

$150. Bow has been fixed after an accident but is fine to play. Violin has had new strings recently. Pickup in Nelson. Contact Katie if interested.

Endeavour Optimist 1/16 size violin

$200 Violin has been played a few months only and is in near new condition Pickup in Nelson Contact Katie if interested

Upcoming 2020 Summer camp

Registrations are now open for the Suzuki summercamp in Timaru in January 2020 (only 3 months away!). There are also two other summer camps running in the North Island (see here  http://suzuki.org.nz/calendar/). I have taken my children to the annual Timaru summer camp for the past few years and they consider it to be a highlight of the summer calendar. We'll be going again this year and I hope to see some of you there. Earlybird discount closes in a few days (28 Oct) but registrations are open until 17 Nov.

2019 Suzuki Winter Workshop

Over the school holidays we went to the 2019 Christchurch Suzuki Mid-winter Workshop. Here is a summary of that event.

The Nurture Assumption

Reading this book I realised why it is so hard to get a child to practice their instrument if it is just an “at home” thing and (from the child’s point of view) not relevant to life outside. There are many advantages to your child seeing relevance to their music playing. From their point of view, they are more likely to enjoy it and feel motivated and I’m sure this will give you great pleasure to see. Also, from a practical point of view, practice sessions will be easier!


Our kids have both been learning a mixture of violin and piano for the last few years and here you get to see them perform. The Nelson Centre of Music and Arts (NCMA) holds these students concerts once each term, and students are encouraged to perform.