Welcome to Winter Workshop

Suzuki Winter Workshop is an immersive musical experience for families with children who currently study cello, guitar, piano, viola or violin through the Suzuki Method

About Winter Workshop

Winter Workshop runs from 11-14 July 2021 at Christchurch Rudolf Steiner School in Opawa, Christchurch.

The Winter Workshop is an opportunity for students to refresh and renew their enthusiasm for music. Over four days, students get both individual attention as well as high quality group work, attending a range of classes and taking part in concerts.

We aim to provide a relaxed and friendly environment in which students join with their families and peers to have fun and further their skills. Our Workshop is small enough that children will not feel lost in a big crowd. The atmosphere is cooperative and supportive, not competitive. Each student is encouraged, acknowledged and appreciated for their learning process and their progress over the Workshop.

Through the classes, parent talk and shared experiences with other families, parents learn new ways to support their children. This is a music refresh for parents too!

Families and students enjoy attending the Workshop together and participating in musical and enrichment activities. Other family members of students are welcome to attend Workshop and non-playing siblings are warmly invited to enrol in the Music Enrichment classes or to observe classes.

General Information

Registration / Information Desk

The Registration Desk in the hall foyer is open on Sunday before the first classes and the Play-in concert for you to collect information packs, name tags and any other information.

Don’t forget to bring your lanyard with you! If you don’t already have one, they are on sale for $4 each at the Registration Desk. Please bring cash.


All attendees must wear their lanyard at all times. This is a security measure to protect all.

In case we need to contact you we’ll use the cell phone number we hold on file for you.

Instruments and Belongings

We recommend that you label or mark your child’s belongings, especially instrument cases and music stands. A lost and found area will be set up in the hall.

Make sure to bring a quiet activity for children to do while they have a gap in their timetable. We recommend drawing, reading books, small puzzles, and so on.


There are toilets in the Hall building and close to classrooms. Toilets will be marked on the map.


There is some limited parking available on site. Most parking is available behind the school buildings, accessed from Fifield Terrace. Parking will be marked on the map.

As the school is in a residential area, please be respectful of the school’s neighbours and do not block residents access to their own driveways.

Cameras, videos and photography

Photos and some videos will be taken during the workshop for use on the NZSI website and Facebook page and in the NZSI Journal. If you would like your child’s face to be blurred in any photos, please let us know at workshop.

Please check with other parents in the class before videoing your child’s masterclass.

If you get any good photos of the Winter Workshop that you are happy for us to use, please send them to sievents@suzuki.org.nz after the event.

Antonio Strings

Yoshito from Antonio Strings is coming to the workshop and will be available on Monday-Wednesday for instrument servicing and purchases. Please email him at info@antoniostrings.com if you have anything specific you would like to purchase, so he knows what to bring.

Concerts, Classes and Events

Play-in and Play-out Concerts

Piano students have a Play-in concert earlier on Sunday, time to be confirmed. They will then join all the other students in the Hall for the combined Play-in concert.

The Play-in is on Sunday, time to be confirmed.  Please be in the Hall for tuning 30 minutes before the concert.

The Play-out is on Wednesday at 1:45pm and will finish at approximately 3:00pm.


The order in which students have their turn during master class can be rotated to allow each student a chance to go first. If students go in an agreed order it makes it easier for those parents who have more than one child at the workshop to attend the other child’s classes. We suggest that parents decide the order amongst themselves at the first master class session.

If you have multiple children in different classes at the same time you need to prioritise being present in their masterclass. Children can be left in group lessons, enrichment or ensemble without a parent but please make sure they know where to go when the lesson ends.

Parent Talk

A parent talk is offered at Winter Workshop. This is always a useful and informative talk given by an experienced tutor. Children will usually be offered some organised games or a movie evening so parents are able to attend the talk. More information to follow soon.

Food and Drink

Morning Tea, Snacks and Lunch

Please bring your all of your own morning tea, snacks, and lunch. No meals are provided at Winter Workshop.

Hot water will be available for parents to make tea and coffee. Please bring your own coffee mugs, teabags or coffee.

Children should bring a named water bottle.

Morning/afternoon tea and lunch can be eaten in the hall or outside if the weather is nice.

Local Shops

Within walking distance, there are a number of local cafés in a couple of directions and the local supermarket:

Beckford Road: Bohemian Bakery Café, New World St Martins

Centaurus Road / Albert Terrace: Fava Café, Huntsbury Sea Foods (fish and chips), Mobil petrol station

Opawa Road: Gelato Lab, Noble Merchant Café, Magic Masala (Indian), Opawa Café, Opawa Seafood (fish and chips), plus two dairies

Activities outside the workshop

If you would like suggestions for things to do and see, places to eat and so on, please contact us by email: sievents@suzuki.org.nz

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