The Suzuki Method is based on the principle that every child has ability. Considering every child can learn their native tongue with relative ease, the same natural learning approach can be applied to music instruction through a nurturing and encouraging environment.
Parents should read Suzuki’s autobiography, Nurtured by Love, prior to the start of lessons. Beginners will need to purchase Suzuki Violin School Volume 1 and CD (available from Shar, iTunes, and Amazon) and should begin listening to the CD as soon as possible.
Beginners initially work on a box violin and bow with a foot chart, all of which I provide, to learn fundamental technique and care for the instrument. Please do not purchase a violin yet!
Following mastery of the box violin curriculum, or if a transfer student, the student is responsible for purchasing or renting an instrument. I will help guide the sizing and selection process, so please wait until my go-ahead before purchasing.
Parents must bring a recording device and blank notebook to all lessons for videos and detailed lesson notes to aid home practice.
What do I need to start Mini Musicians?
If you are attending your complimentary first class, just sign up and bring yourself and your little one!
To enroll in the class, your one-time registration fee covers the cost of your class materials, which include the CD and handbook of the songs and activities we use in class. All the other instruments and materials are provided by me!
Is the Suzuki Method only for beginners or young children?
The beginning is neither where the Suzuki Method leaves off, nor is the method confined just to the repertoire within the Suzuki books. This is a method for students of all ages and abilities, although many know its reputation and success in training students from very young ages.
The Suzuki Method is a learning approach and philosophy that believes every child has talent and seeks to reach their highest potential through the teamwork of the parent, teacher, and child. Of course, as a student matures and becomes more independent and advanced, the roles of the parent and teacher will adjust accordingly. Students can develop from the beginning stages to highly advanced levels of playing, but most importantly, the method aims to cultivate character and lifelong learners in its students.
Beyond the literature found in the Suzuki books, advanced students continue with scales/technique, etudes, and the standard violin repertoire. Ultimately, my goal as a teacher is to set students up for choices, whether that is to continue on a college/professional track or to enjoy making music as a well-trained amateur.
As a former Suzuki student, conservatory graduate, professional violinist, and registered teacher, I have the experience and credentials to teach violinists of all levels and aspirations.
Is my child too young to start violin lessons?
An early beginning is especially wonderful, as the philosophy behind the Suzuki Method is that every child can learn in the same natural way they learn their native language. Suzuki realized that he could educate even very young children using the "mother-tongue approach," because ability develops early.
My minimum requirements to begin formal violin lessons are that the child needs to be at least three years old, fully potty-trained, and able to follow basic instructions.
If your child is too young or not ready to start violin lessons yet, you can still begin their music education and nurture their ability now by joining Mini Musicians (my Suzuki Early Childhood Education class for prenatal through age 3).
You can also get a head start by reading Suzuki's Nurtured by Love and Ability Development from Age Zero, listen to the Suzuki Violin School CDs, observe lessons with your child, and enroll for parent classes and lessons!
Is my child too old to start violin lessons?
While it’s ideal for a Suzuki student to begin lessons between the ages of 3 and 7, in conjunction with language-learning years, it’s never too late to start! I accept students up to age 18 in addition to parents who wish to learn prior to or alongside their children.
Do you teach adults?
However, parents are welcome and encouraged to take lessons prior to or alongside their child's lessons.
Do you teach other instruments besides violin?
As my expertise is in teaching and playing violin, I do not teach other instruments.
Can we meet you?
I would love to meet you!
Children over age three and parents are both invited to come and observe lessons free of charge. This is the easiest way for the child to meet me, see what Suzuki violin lessons are like, and for both of you to feel inspired about your future experience.
Children age 3 and under are invited for a free introductory Mini Musicians class.
Can we schedule an introductory lesson?
New or prospective Suzuki Early Childhood Education families may sign up for a FREE Mini Musicians class!
For violin lessons, only non-beginners or transfer students have the option of an introductory lesson.
This is a time for all of us to get to know each other and for me to assess where the student is so we can plan on how best to move forward together. No commitment to further lessons is expected unless we (parent, teacher, and child) all mutually agree that we make a good fit and wish to continue with enrollment.
Normal lesson rates do apply.
If I have a musical or Suzuki background, do I still attend parent class for beginning violin students?
Yes, all parents of beginning students or those starting Suzuki lessons for the first time attend parent class. There are only three sessions, but the content is valuable for parents of all experience levels. As caring, involved parents, you will love the chance to learn everything you can about your child's lessons so you get the most out of this experience together!
At the sessions, you will receive exclusive studio information as well as my Parent Packet, which is my own book that I distribute to parents at the class and which will continue to be an ongoing resource throughout your child's lesson experience. Parents also receive their own studio goodie bag with other essential materials at the end of the course!