"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


Values

I firmly believe that music is for everyone. Growing up, music was definitely not my only interest. I played lots of sports, joined different clubs, etc. all while taking private violin lessons. I learned to appreciate and revere classical music for the beautiful art that it is, while also loving NSYNC and Britney Spears. Many people think that balance isn't possible, but I KNOW that it is. There is a place for classical music in all of our lives. It doesn't have to be your first choice on the radio. You don't have to know the life stories of every famous composer. But you can still embrace it and you can most definitely love it. Classical compositions are masterpieces. They make you smarter. The violin is a sacred instrument. It has helped me love deeper, work harder, and reach higher. My goal is to help my students gain this same appreciation in the same way that my teachers helped me. 


Teaching Method

Suzuki Method Certification
Suzuki Principles in Action  - Mark Mutter
Every Child Can - Cleo Ann Brimhall
Book 1 - Mark Mutter
Book 2 - Cathy Lee
Book 3 - Cathy Lee
Book 6 (audit) - Allen Lieb
Dr. Suzuki taught that every child can successfully learn the violin when fostered in the proper environment. I love the Suzuki Method and am committed to teaching its principles.  

Bow Exercises - Bow exercises are essential for proper bow development. Training strength in the bow hand and whole arm motion begins from the very first lesson. A strong, yet flexible bow arm allows even the youngest students to produce the highest quality of tone.  

Technique - Technique materials may include Barber, Schraedick, Sevcik, Hrimaly, Wolfahrt, Kruetzer, Rode, and Flesch. Particular emphasis will be given to proper bow development and learning an advanced bow hold from the very beginning.

Suzuki Triangle - The Suzuki Method relies on the parent/teacher/student triangle. Active participation from each is essential for the most progress.

Group Lessons - Students are required to meet for group lessons with peers of their same skill level. Group encourages practicing, socializing, and future ensemble playing. 

 

Listening - Students will be given pieces to listen to daily and are encouraged to discover other music on their own. Listening is essential for ear training and musicianship.

Theory - I want my students to have a well-rounded music education, so simple theory concepts will be discussed in lessons using Music Mind Games. Topics include key signatures, note identification, interval training, rhythm, etc. 

Music History - I will provide students with a historical context of the pieces they are studying. I want them to have a concept of the different time periods (Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century), the composers and their personalities, as well as relevant musical styles. 

Sight Reading
While the Suzuki repertoire is mostly geared towards ear training development, sight reading materials will be provided to encourage a smooth transition into note reading. Books include Sight Reading Skills and I Can Read Music


Responsibilities 

Violin/Bow/Case - Students will be responsible for bringing their own violin, bow, and case. They can either be rented or purchased, depending on preference. I can make recommendations and help give advice regarding the quality of the instrument. 

Materials - Parents/Students are required to purchase their own additional materials suggested at lessons. These include technique books (scales/etudes), repertoire books (Suzuki, Barber, etc.), tuners, metronomes, strings, cd's, rosin, shoulder rests, and music stands. 

Practicing - Students will be required and expected to practice their given amount. Consistent practicing is essential to progress. Parents are expected to practice with their children. Practice journals are encouraged. I will be able to tell during lessons when practicing has been a struggle that week!

Listening - Students are required to listen daily to their specific pieces as well as any additional repertoire suggested during the lesson. This helps internalize the pieces, assists with memorization, and will speed up the learning process. 

Performing - Students should expect a performance opportunity at least once a year. Performing helps with musicianship, self-confidence, and practicing motivation. 

Lesson Attendance - Students are required to be on time to their lessons each week. Makeup lessons will not be offered for student cancellations. I have the right to cancel any lessons as necessary, but will always offer a make-up. Parents are required to accompany children and take notes at every lessons.

*Contact me for my complete studio policy.