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"Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They get a beautiful heart." Shinichi Suzuki 

Suzuki Method Specifics
 
Welcome to a very unique way of learning an instrument!

Before you begin your first lessons: 


Start Listening to the Suzuki Recording VIOLIN or VIOLA
Read "Nurtured by Love
Observe a lesson and a group class 
Be willing to take lessons yourself (just at first!)
Be prepared to insist gently & firmly that your child practice 
Decide to trust your child's teacher 
Find your sense of humor
Relinquish control of your child's process
Prepare for the ride of your life!
 

   
In addition, here are a few readings and videos to get us started. Please read through/watch the videos before your first private lesson (which will be a parent/teacher only session) at which point we will talk through the material, go over any questions and get you started on the instrument: 
   
What is the Suzuki Method?  






About Practicing   
       
   
 
 
 

About Group Classes 
 

        
 
 

The Foamalin/Foamala, Instrument Selection & Instrument Care    
                 
   
 
 
 
 
Observations: 
In order to help prepare you for working with your child (and your child to work with you!), please plan to observe 2 private lessons. Observing with your child allows you understand how Suzuki Method lessons work and what is expected from the parent, the student and the teacher. Live lessons/observations also allow me to observe your child and determine their readiness. You may also observe students over Zoom if they are available. Here are a few video links & an observation form to help guide your observations.

Please note:
the following videos are NOT to be shared & are for your viewing only  






 More information about the Suzuki Method can be found on the SAA webpage

 

Emerson - Violin - Age 4