Notes about Summer and The Happy Squirrel

This is such a fun group song! Thank you to  Kerstin Wartberg & David Andruss for arranging this and sharing it with the Suzuki community. It is great for a variety of levels from beginners to advanced students. Watch below:

The music is available for download free here. 

I taught this to my girls this morning. My oldest daughter, Kali, is about halfway through Book One and she learned the Violin 1 part. My youngest, Fiona, is 5 and just starting Lightly Row. She learned the Violin 4 part. I played the advanced part with them and it was a super fun trio. I can’t wait to try this out with my other students and play it with a larger group!

My daughters and I also created this fun practice worksheet — The Happy Squirrel Practice Sheet which is free to download and use. It can be used any way you like — color in a squirrel each time you practice the song, or for so many repetitions, etc.


ALSO — Notes about this Summer: I will be available for lessons this summer, except for the last 2 weeks of July when I will be at the American Suzuki Institute! I am so excited to pursue further teacher training. I went to the Institute at Steven’s Point many years as a child, and it was, and still is, such a rewarding experience. I would highly recommend attending if you can. It is sooooo worth it! Click here for more information! 

If you are thinking about starting violin lessons — now is a great time to start. Even though we are all busy during the summer, the days are long and focusing on music is a great way for kids to use their brains and keep away from the electronics. E-mail me at for more info about lessons or to schedule a trial lesson! Adult students are very welcome as well!

I will be playing with the Turtle Creek Chamber Orchestra this summer, and our first concert will be in Brodhead! Bring your friends and family down to Veteran’s Park on June 19th from 6-8 pm. I am looking forward to playing in my hometown!

Below: Some recent violin fun!

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