- Love & Encouragement– read Suzuki’s “Nurtured by Love“
- Positivity from both parent and teacher
- Listening to reference recordings and music daily
- Teacher leads with skills and clear practice expectations
- At-home reinforcement from parent..5-7 days a week. The more you play the more it becomes part of who you are!
30 or 45 minutes in length, according to the student’s repertoire level and individual needs.
Parents attend each lesson and bring a lesson notebook. A recording device or video is very helpful for home reference!
- Arrive 5 minutes early so your violinist can unpack before appointed lesson time.
- Parent’s job during lessons: take good notes! Bring a recording device to record part of the lesson as needed. Ask questions when you need clarification. I will draw you in in various moments, but generally the lesson is my special time with your child.
- Parent’s job at home: oversee daily practice and listening to the recording. You are the “home teacher”! Keeping the momentum is a great asset.
- I will give your child a weekly practice chart (this is for the child, your notes will be separate). A three ring binder is a great place to keep their charts!
Group lessons take place every other Saturday morning at 10:00-11:00. I will give everyone a list of the dates for the year. As soon as there are three students of a similar level, I will offer a group for that level. Group class is required and absolutely fun for your children! I will draw from Suzuki and Dalcroze educational philosophies.
If you miss a lesson, I will try my best to offer a make-up time. Fridays from 3-4:30 are a possibility for make up times. Please let me know at least 24-hours in advance! There are no refunds for missed lessons.
Tuition: 104.50 for 30 minute lessons a month and 146.50 for 45 minute lessons a month. Tuition can be paid by the quarter or by the month. There will be a five dollar fee if tuition is more than 5 days late.
New this year: a 55 one time registration fee which covers the rental of the church and contributes to my trip to the Suzuki Conference in May which I will fly to Minneapolis, MN. When I return from the conference I plan on offering a master class to all of my students sharing what I have learned. I grew a tremendous amount from the Leadership Conference and from attending the Suzuki Institute.
Helpful hints to make this year a great one!
Arrive early to lessons and make sure your child has a snack if needed.
Let me know how practice is going as I am here to help along with the process. Share the good and the challenging! Again, I’m here to help.
Come to all group classes if you can so your child can have the opportunity to build close relationships with the other children.
I would like families to observe at least one lesson of a more advanced student a semester! It is motivating for children to see others learning more advanced pieces.
Attend concerts in the area-I’ll make sure to email you when I’m playing in my band or chamber group.
I strongly believe that the Suzuki Method sets a solid foundation and I am also willing to expand from that foundation to American and Folk and Rock traditions. I work with Judy Hyman who is in the process of giving me simple tunes to teach your children. Let me know what other styles you are interested in!