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"Tell me and I'll forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I'll understand."
The Traditional Approach vs.The Suzuki Method
The Traditional Approach to teaching an instrument is recommended for older students (7+) and/or students who might have had some lessons already. The Traditional Approach introduces music reading at an earlier stage than the Suzuki Method and uses a variety of etudes and repertoire to teach the necessary skills needed to play the violin/viola well. Is recommended that traditional private lessons occur weekly, home practice occurs daily and regular listening is happening in order for progress to be made.
The Suzuki Method is a specialized method using the "mother-tongue" approach. For this method to be the most effective, it is recommended that the student begin instrument studies between the ages of 3-7 years old when the language learning centers of the brain are most open. The student and parent work together with the teacher to form the Suzuki Triangle and create an optimal learning environment for the student to include DAILY listening to the Suzuki Recordings, daily home practice with the practice parent, private AND group class lessons. Repertoire is taught by ear at first (music reading is taught later) and flows through a specific set of pieces in the Suzuki Method Repertoire Series. Please visit the Suzuki Association of the Americas for more information.
I am happy to discuss either approach with you more in detail to help you decide which may be more suitable.
Learning to play a string instrument takes time, dedication, patience, planning and persistence. When you sign up for lessons, I advise that you commit to lessons for at least 9 months so that we can determine long term goals, get to know one another, and develop consistency in your home practice and technique. In addition, due to the regular commitment to home practice, it is highly recommended that the student taking lessons be involved in no more than one other sport or activity.
Lessons are available in person on the SW corner or Dobson & Ray in Chandler. Virtual lessons can be given on request or in special circumstances.
As of now, lessons are being scheduled Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursday afternoons from 4:15 pm to 7:15pm . Group classes are held once a month on Saturday mornings.
Recitals occur twice a year. All students will be expected to perform a polished piece. Any Suzuki students who have successfully polished either the Twinkles or an entire Suzuki MethodRepertoire Book may perform their very own Graduation Recital. Any seniors graduating from high school should expect to also prepare for their very own Senior Recital.
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Please let me know if you'd like to schedule a 15 minute free online meet/greet session online before we proceed with formal lessons
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