"Tell me and I'll forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I'll understand."
Why Study an Instrument/Learn Music?
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. There are limited spots in my studio for Traditional students.
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 to 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 (will resume as soon as possible and are TBD at this point in time). 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 and develop consistency in your home practice and technique.
It is important that we find the right instrument and/or rental situation for you.
If your child is a young beginner ages 3-7, we will begin our lessons on a "foam-a-lin" or "foam-a-la" which will allow your child to develop the coordination and appreciation needed before acquiring a real instrument. You'll find more about this under the Current Students Tab.
If you/your child are an older beginner, we can discuss possible instrument options. Please speak with me before you acquire an instrument as not only is size a necessary factor but also quality.
Until further notice, all private lessons will take place online either over Facetime, Zoom, Skype, or Google Duo. When in person lessons resume, lessons will take place at my home on the SW corner of Dobson & Ray Rd.
As of now, lessons are being scheduled Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursday afternoons from 4:15 pm to 6:30pm.
Tuition Rates Etc.
For now, private lessons are scheduled out monthly. Teaching days will be listed on the calendar under "current students" & once you are admitted to my studio, you may view this tab.
Payments are due IN ADVANCE for the entire scheduled month (one lesson/week). Further payment details are under the "current students" tab.
** please note: rates subject to change. Recital fees will be added at a later date.
No make-up lessons are given.
Any lessons reschedules (which should be limited to 3 times/year) must be made within 24 hours of your regularly scheduled lesson - any lessons not scheduled within this 24 hr time period will be forfeited
No refunds are issued at any time.
Recitals are anticipated to 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 Repertoire 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.
Interested in Lessons or Have Questions?
Please go to the Contact Tab and send me a message.
Please let me know if you'd like to schedule a 15 minute free meet/greet session online before we proceed with formal lessons