Twinkle Variation A Play-Along Video
One of the building blocks of Suzuki music education is braking down all skills needed to play the violin (or any instrument) in very small pieces to be absorbed by our children’s minds. This approach is very successful, but requires consistent, repetitive daily practice of all the skill-building exercises, games, posture, movements, and musical concepts. The Suzuki Talent Education process also requires a great dose of patience in the part of the parent, as well as the expert guidance from the Suzuki music teacher.
I am passionate about helping every one of my students develop his/her full music potential and ability. In my effort to help the learning process, I have written an outline of the steps we follow to practice and get excellent at our Twinkle Variations and Theme. Enjoy!
The Successful Path to Suzuki Violin Twinkle Graduation
- Taking a bow (“I’m eager to learn!” – “Thank you for teaching me.”)
- Violin hand, bow hand
- Violin hold
- Bow hold (while listening to recording)
- Bow Song (“Up like a rocket…”)
- Violin hand shape/position (finger tunnel)
- Twinkle Variations Rhythms (5 variations and Theme):
- A – TTTT-Ta-Ta – Practice Video!!
- B – 1-2-shh-4
- C – Jack-Rabbit-Eats-Carrots
- D – Blueberry-Strawberry
- E – Wish-I-had-a-motorcycle
- Twinkle Theme
- Practicing Rhythms (Implementation):
- Rhythm movements (hands on legs, stomp, march, etc.)
- Bow in the air (up and down rhythmic movement)
- Bow on violin shoulder (without violin)
- Twinkle Rock (TTTT-Ta-Ta 12 times and a Ta at the end)
- Play all rhythms on E string
- String Crossings w/ Twinkle Rhythms (E & A strings)
- Twinkle Variations Prep Songs
- Flower Song (A, E, E1, E)
- Practice/review violin hand shape/finger tunnel
- 1st finger on E string (arched, with fingertip on string)
- Monkey Song (A, A1, A2, A3, A3, A2, A1)
- Practice without bow hand, just fingers
- Parent/teacher plays the bow with every rhythm while student puts fingers down
- Student plays bow and fingers with all rhythms with a brief stop in between notes
- Student plays bow and fingers with all rhythms without stop between notes
- The Monkey Song can also be played on E string, and later, D string
- Flower Song (A, E, E1, E)
- TWINKLE VARIATIONS AND THEME (Twinkle Burger/Sandwich – Album Tracks 1 through 6)
- Bread (A, E, E1, E, A3, A2, A1, A)
- Meat/Middle of sandwich (E, A3, A2, A1, E, A3, A2, A1)
- Practice only breads and only meats with every rhythm
- Put burger together with each rhythm variation (stopping before putting fingers 1, 2, & 3)
- Practice burger with each rhythm variation (reducing the stop before putting fingers 1, 2, & 3 until is gone)
- Practice the whole burger, same variation many times (repetition) with each one
- Practice two, three variation rhythms at a time until stamina is built
- Practice ALL Twinkle Variations in “one take” with NO STOPPING – Here’s a Twinkle Var. A Practice Video
- Practice ALL Twinkle Variations in “one take” WITH PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT (live or from the recording)
- Practice PERFORMING ALL Twinkle Variations in “one take” WITH PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT (live or from the recording) for friends and family
- Perform all, beautifully played Twinkle Variations in a lesson
- GET TWINKLE GRADUATION CERTIFICATE!
- Perform Twinkle Variations at a Play-In or Concert
- KEEP REVIEWING TWINKLE VARIATIONS DAILY
- Learn other variations / make up your own
- Play “music/mental skill” games with Twinkle Variations: Ghost game, clapping game, on/off switch game, etc.These games increase the level of concentration and mindfulness and prevent children from playing on “auto-pilot” mode.
- PLAY BETTER!!
More Help on Suzuki Violin
- Twinkle Rock
- Twinkle Var. A Practice Video
- Learning Twinkle “Burger” Outline
- Mr. Rigo’s Audio Practice Play-Along Tutorials
- 100-Day Practice Chart
- Violin Anatomy (parts of the violin)
- Practice Tips from the “Pro” Suzuki Parents
Info video about the Love Nurtured Music Program in Dallas, TX. The Love Nurtured Music Program is led by concert violinist and expert Suzuki teacher, Rigo Murillo and provides violin lessons and classes to children age three and above, using the Suzuki Method of music education.
The Love Nurtured Music Program serves a growing population of young students from all areas of the Dallas Metroplex, including North Dallas, Lake Highlands, Highland Park, Preston Hollow, Lakewood, Park Cities, White Rock, University Park, Plano, Addison, Allen, McKinney, Carrollton, Coppell, Irving, Murphy, Wylie, Garland, Rowlett, Rockwall, and Richardson, Texas.
As we plant a seed in the ground, we can’t see the development of the plant as the sun shines on the earth and the rain nurtures the seed, but one day a flower appears. Similarly, we can’t see the development of a child’s ability but we must keep nurturing until the flower unfolds. It is an example of the universal law of cause and effect. As the Bible says, “As you sow, so shall you reap.”
~ Shinichi Suzuki
LNM Studio Summer PARTY!
Sunday, July 19, 2-4 PM @ our studio
Games, fun, door prizes and a special performance by Mr. Rigo that everyone WILL LOVE.
You don’t want to miss it!
— Jorge Heredia interviews Love Nurtured Music‘s master violin teacher, Rigo Murillo.
What is the Suzuki Method?
The Suzuki Method is one of the most prominent methods of music education, especially for young children. It is based on the way we learn to speak our native language. At the Love Nurtured Music Program, we use the Suzuki “Native Language” approach exclusively.
When we’re young, we hear a lot of language. We hear our native language and the meaning of things way before we speak depending on the environment where we grow up. Our parents speak to us and help us to learn the language in a very natural way, without taking classes. They help us pronounce the words, and even though we don’t speak perfectly then, they encourage us and praise us for our efforts.
This way, the dynamics of learning our native language in a completely natural way are also the same principles that we use in the Suzuki music learning approach.
How does the Love Nurtured Music Program work?
In the same way we learn to speak, at the Love Nurtured Music Program, we adapt these steps to learning music. The same steps that are involved in learning to speak are applied to every step we take in the teaching of music.The Suzuki Method has been adapted for violin, viola, cello, bass, piano, harp, flute, guitar and organ. It is very dynamic. We have an organizational structure, and we apply the steps to each learning stage.
Our music program is very family-oriented. The student, the parents and the teacher form a triangle. The teacher is responsible for presenting the musical concepts to the child, with lesson activities and to guide the parent on how to practice with the child at home. The parent is responsible for directing the child at home practice. And the student is responsible for practicing and focusing. This takes special effort from the parents and the teacher, presenting the information in a natural and fun way for children, because, as you know, when we are young, we just want to play. So we teach music through games and activities in which children are involved very naturally. The parent, the teacher and the child are connected by a triangle that we call the “Suzuki Triangle.”
At what age can a child start with music lessons?
The starting age of my students is three years old. It’s best to start as early as possible because at that age, they learn better and faster. At that age, children take music learning more deeply, and that’s when the brain is more malleable, improving brain connections and helping the child not only musically, but also academically. However, we accept beginners of any age. We have no age limits of admission.
In the Love Nurtured Music Program, we have students from age three to adults. I teach everyone using the same methodology, with certain adjustments according to the age and learning pace of each student.
Aren’t musical instruments expensive?
Today, instruments are very affordable and you can buy or rent. A good-quality student-level violin can be purchased starting at about $300 to $400, or, if you prefer, you can also rent one for about $25 a month. So, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to start giving your child a meaningful musical education.
Anyone can benefit from learning music. Music helps us to live a better life. Music gives us a sense of belonging, and a way to express ourselves no matter if we are three or 100 years old.
What motivates you?
When I was young, I started learning the violin because I loved the sound. I loved the sound of the violin back then, I love the sound of the violin now, and I love to give people the opportunity to love the sound of the violin. One of my passions when I am teaching is that my students make a very nice sound on the violin. That’s number one. If a child starts learning the violin and doesn’t like the way it sounds, that’s bad news. So, we try to make sure that each child makes a great sound on the violin from the very first time and we take steps to ensure that each student will love the sound they make.
After everything, the objective is music and sound. That’s what motivates me. And, of course, the love of children, seeing and hearing them play and have fun, benefitting from making music. I just love to see their faces when they’re performing. They really do a great job and when they finish their performances, they see all that they have done, their accomplishments that not everybody else has. And that is because they put the effort. That helps them enjoy the process and the music.
Do you want to give your child the gift of music?
A child will learn from whatever is put in his/her environment. Most children enjoy learning music by ear if given the opportunity and proper surroundings.
Gradually, children learn to assume responsibility for their work as they mature, but it takes time.
Children become responsible, cooperative, and disciplined, not because parents tell them they should, but rather because they see their parents behaving this way and follow their example.
The beginning foundation you provide for your child’s music education is the most important step. Music education that includes a positive learning environment will greatly increase the chances that your child will enjoy learning music and is motivated to practice.
The Love Nurtured Music Program is based on an excellent musical foundation and skill-building blocks for your child, leading to excellence in both musical and human levels.
Every child can play! Every child is capable to achieve musical excellence and appreciation for the beauty of music if given the proper environment, masterful instruction, and parental guidance.
Would you like to give your child the gift of music?
“A seed is planted in the earth. We don’t see when the germination begins. That is the doing of mother nature: it is the fundamental working principle. We have to wait patiently. We cannot dig up the seed to see whether it is really growing: to do so would be to destroy everything. Suddenly, a bud appears. What a joy and pleasure to watch it grow! At the same time the root, unseen in the ground, is getting stronger and has the power to produce a big, sturdy tree. I think this is a good analogy for one’s ability. Once the seed is planted, it has to be carefully and patiently tended. Finally, the ‘bud,’ or talent, presents itself and has to be educated and brought up with perseverance until the ‘root,’ or power, becomes very strong and is indissolubly tied to the personality. It can be said to be a treasure when a person can accomplish and carry through his or her work to the very last.”
— Shinichi Suzuki
I would like to announce our ACT OF KINDNESS PICTURE/VIDEO CONTEST: “MUSIC FOR THE SOUL”
1. Get your children to practice some piece (es) and then
2. Play their violin for somebody in need (nursing home, elderly shut-in, homeless, other children, church nursery, synagogue, etc. or simply people in need of soul-refreshing music). The important part is to give their music to other people
3. Take a picture or video of them playing for those in need
4. Write a simple/quick description of what the children did
5. Post it to our Facebook closed group page (Love Nurtured Music Program)
I would like to award the kids some fun prices to encourage their act of kindness –not to pay them for it.
The deadline to submit your pictures/videos is Monday, July 6.
Who is in?