These days, our beloved Mr. Perlman has put out very useful videos for our young violinists. Watch this violin legend talk about the challenges of performing the Beethoven Violin Concerto:
The Love Nurtured Music program embraces the ideals and philosophy of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, founder of the Suzuki Method. The student, teacher and parent are the solid foundation of a learning triangle. The parent attends the lessons, creates a positive home learning environment, and organizes the daily listening and practice sessions.
No previous music or teaching experience is necessary.
The Suzuki Philosophy
More than forty years ago, Suzuki realized the implications of the fact that children the world over learn to speak their native language with ease. He began to apply the basic principles of language acquisition to the learning of music, and called his method the mother-tongue approach. The ideas of parent responsibility, loving encouragement, constant repetition, etc., are some of the special features of the Suzuki approach.
As when a child learns to talk, parents are involved in the musical learning of their child. They attend lessons with the child and serve as “home teachers” during the week. One parent often learns to play before the child, so that s/he understands what the child is expected to do. Parents work with the teacher to create an enjoyable learning environment.
The early years are crucial for developing mental processes and muscle coordination. Listening to music should begin at birth; formal training may begin at age three or four, but it is never too late to begin.
Children learn words after hearing them spoken hundreds of times by othe rs. Listening to music every day is important, especially listening to pieces in the Suzuki repertoire so the child knows them immediately.
Constant repetition is essential in learning to play an instrument. Children do not learn a word or piece of music and then discard it. They add it to their vocabulary or repertoire, gradually using it in new and more sophisticated ways.
As with language, the child’s effort to learn an instrument should be met with sincere praise and encouragement. Each child learns at his/her own rate, building on small steps so that each one can be mastered. Children are also encouraged to support each other’s efforts, fostering an attitude of generosity and cooperation.
Learning with Other Children
In addition to private lessons, children participate in regular group lessons and performance at which they learn from an are motivated by each other.
Children do not practice exercises to learn to talk, but use language for its natural purpose of communication and self-expression. Pieces in the Suzuki repertoire are designed to present technical problems to be learned in the context of the music rather than through dry technical exercises.
Children learn to read after their ability to talk has been well established. in the same way, children should develop basic technical competence on their instruments before being taught to read music.
How do I get my child started on Suzuki Violin?
Who We Are:
The Love Nurtured Music Program provides world-class, expert music instruction to children and adults starting at three years-old.
Musical instruction consists of weekly individual lessons, as well as weekly group classes for every student in the program.
The Love Nurtured Music Program upholds great commitment to the Suzuki Method philosophy, quality of instruction, and the highest standards of professionalism.
More than 25 years of experience and proven success in music performance and teaching young children speaks of the quality of instruction your child receives. The program is headed by renown violinist and teacher, Rigo Murillo.
To foster a learning community of love, appreciation and respect for music and to promote early childhood intellectual, cultural and character development through the teaching philosophy of Talent Education that incorporates musical instrument instruction, parent involvement and community performances.
Suzuki Teachers’ Pledge
- We realize the unlimited possibilities of early education.
- We also realize that every child can be educated.
- Our purpose is to develop this ability, and present this fact to the world.
- We are delighted to be teachers of the Suzuki Method and fully comprehend the responsibilities we have as teachers.
- We will continue to study teaching in the future with much reflection, and through this continuing study we will be better able to concentrate energies toward better teaching.
- We solemnly affirm that we will keep this promise as a Suzuki Method Teacher, and always do our utmost for our common purpose of educating the children of the world.
“Rigo has provided violin instruction to my daughter for almost two years now. I have been incredibly impressed with the patience that he displays working with her and her peers, since they are so young and new to playing an instrument. Under Rigo’s guidance I’ve watched my daughter progress tremendously, and we look forward to a continued partnership with Rigo in the future. Top qualities: Personable, Expert, Creative.”
“We knew about Mr. Rigo through one of my son’s friends who takes violin lessons with him. One time this boy played the violin beautifully at one of my son’s school music programs. I could not believe how well a five year-old could play the violin. My son had started to show an interest in violin, so we talked to Mr. Rigo about it. He was very personable and professional when I talked with him on the phone. I had several questions and he answered them thoroughly. Then, he invited us to visit his studio and watch him teach. After we saw Mr. Rigo teach and visited with him, my husband and I realized that he was the perfect fit to teach our son. Mr. Rigo is a great teacher with my son and explains to me how to practice every difficult spot in the violin pieces. I have been amazed at how my son longs to play his violin now. He’s been learning faster than I thought he would learn. Mr. Rigo has a way of making every lesson fun and memorable. He is very enjoyable, fun-loving and he’s as accessible and friendly as anyone can be. He is very professional and always communicates very well with us about all the things happening in his studio. We are very happy with him and would recommend him to anyone.”
“My daughter is 10 and loves her violin lessons with Mr. Murillo. She’s been making a lot of progress with her violin pieces since she’s been taking lessons with him. We moved to Allen about a year ago and now I can see the difference in my daughter’s violin sound, intonation, and musicality. Mr. Murillo is extremely knowledgeable of violin technique and also has just the right sense of humor to get the points across to my daughter. He really makes every private and group lesson fun and my daughter looks forward to having her violin lessons every week. She also loves Mr. Murillo’s group violin classes and has a great time playing with the other children and with the violin trivia games and gets sad when the lesson ends. Mr. Murillo’s instruction really makes all the group play at a very high level together. I don’t know what we would do if we had to move far away again. Mr. Murillo is a true gem. It is truly worth the drive from Allen.”
“Mr. Rigo is a great teacher and a lot of fun. He has a great sense of humor and both my daughter and I look forward to violin lessons every week. Now, after 2 years, I see a lot of things about the Suzuki method that I didn’t know before. Mr. Rigo always tells me how to practice with my daughter and I am learning a lot about how to deal with her personality. Mr. Rigo is constantly recommending things to do to learn the violin pieces well and how to get my daughter to learn faster and play better. I can recommend Mr. Rigo any day.”
“Suzuki violin has open so many doors to my son (he is 6 years old). At first, when my son said that he wanted to learn violin I thought that it was going to be more difficult than it came out to be. I played the piano as a child but I always thought the violin was more difficult and I wasn’t sure how I would help my son with violin. Mr. Rigo is very patient with my son and has helped him improve his concentration not only when he plays the violin, but also with his homework. Violin lessons with Mr. Rigo are fun and enjoyable. He explains how the Suzuki method works and how to practice the violin pieces better. He’s is an outstanding violinist and teacher.”
I just want to tell you how much my daughter and I enjoyed your group classes at the Suzuki workshop. She had a great fun time playing the fiddle songs and learning the body motions. I sure hope we see you at the Suzuki camp next year. You are wonderful with the children and have them play so well. Both my daughter and I have been inspired by your sessions. Thanks for your enthusiasm!”
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