Conveniently located in the beautiful Lake Highlands area of Dallas, the Love Nurtured Music Studio provides an excellent family setting that is both sincerely warm and professional. Our music teaching studio area is comfortably large and designed so that listening to the music lessons is a pleasurable experience.
There is enough space to accommodate individual and group lessons, as well as at least ten observers. This is important, because when you come for a lesson at our studio, you don’t just sit outside “waiting your turn” -you come in to observe the lesson before and stay for the one after yours. Not only is this a good educational experience, but it also fosters the sense of community that our families cherish.
Our music studio facilities also double as a recital hall, with room for up to 80 people. It’s a great place for student recitals and fun once a month group activities. We also hold home recitals, where different families volunteer to host a recital in their homes on a revolving basis. Of course, the kids appreciate the receptions held after all these events, with their great tables of munchies and snacks!
Even with our wonderful facilities, the Love Nurtured Music Program has its greatest assets in the music learning experience and and its families that together have built a special atmosphere of musical togetherness. The basis for the Suzuki Philosophy is creating a special environment that fosters the development of every child’s talent. At the Love Nurtured Music Studio, everything we do contributes to creating a community of learning where the potential of all children can be realized to the fullest extent.
Love Nurtured Music Program
11882 Greenville Avenue (Greenville & Forest)
Dallas, TX 75243
Phone: (214) 269-8545
Congratulations to Anna Victoria for her Suzuki Violin Book 3 Graduation. Anna Victoria is a very dedicated violin student and we’re so proud of her. Congratulations to her mother, Patricia, for helping her with daily home practice. Here she is smiling with her book certificate. Way to go, Anna Victoria!
Few human abilities inspire as much awe, fascination and joy as the talent to play beautiful and contemplative music, and it seems that one only need to visit YouTube to witness dozens of very young children playing the violin with jaw-dropping finesse.
But is that kind of musical ability strictly a natural gift, or can your child also develop the skills to play that well?
Violin instructor Rigo Murillo of Love Nurtured Music believes that musical talent can be developed as young as three years old through listening, imitation and repetition, and has designed a successful curriculum based on this idea.
“We assume that every child can develop abilities to play the violin,” says Murillo.
Based on a concept developed by Shinichi Suzuki, a Japanese violin teacher who taught violin to infants in Matsumoto in 1946, Murillo proves that children can develop their musical abilities beyond what most parents think is possible through group classes and daily direction — similar to how students memorize multiplication charts or the periodic table.
But for parents who aren’t too concerned with their child becoming the next Yo-Yo Ma, is there another compelling reason to enroll your child in musical studies so early?
A recent report by the Scientific American suggests that you should if you want your child to have the best advantage in life, as playing music makes us significantly smarter, and the earlier the better.
According to a recent Scientific American article, neuroscientists found a direct correlation between music learning and increased learning ability, leading to improved memory and concentration throughout one’s life, boosting the ability to multitask, work in disruptive environments and learn other languages.
The researchers found that disciplined “instrument training from an early age can help the brain to process sounds better, making it easier to stay focused when absorbing other subjects, from literature to tensor calculus.”
This information comes at a pivotal time when students are competing more than ever to get into the best colleges and graduate programs, and recent graduates vie for limited jobs, while many schools continue to cut music and arts programs to save money.
A recent report shows that, for example, the number of students enrolled in music programs in California dropped by 50% from 1999 to 2004.
Perhaps that’s why the Lake Higlands-based music establishment has lately flooded with young students’ parents wanting to try the all-inclusive musical approach.
Nolan Clark, parent of one young violinist says, “under Rigo’s guidance I’ve watched my daughter progress tremendously, and we look forward to a continued partnership with Rigo in the future.”
Through dedicated weekly one-on-one violin lessons, regular group sessions and performances, Murillo is determined to give students and their parents the best possible future and carry the remarkable gift of music with them for the rest of their lives.
As a requisite for children to be admitted in the program, Murillo simply asks parents to always be present during the program’s activities so they can conduct effective home practice sessions, and to play a prearranged musical recording playlist at home.
To find out how to give your child the gift of music, call Love Nurtured Music at 214-269-8545, or visit www.LoveNurturedMusic.org.
I’m excited to have all our young violinists learn and play more Fiddle and non-classical repertoire!
I have posted MUSIC, VIDEO & AUDIO PRACTICE RESOURCES here (below).
We will play our Fiddle, Broadway, Movie, and Pop repertoire:
Twinkle Variations and Theme (Yes, we will play them, too) —
Twinkle Rock — Practice Music MP3 Below —
Boil’em Cabbage Down – Easy (Murillo) — Download Sheet Music — Practice Video Below —
Boil’em Cabbage Down – Advanced — Download Sheet Music — Practice Video Below —
Cripple Creek – Easy (Fiddle Philharmonic) — Download Sheet Music — Practice Video Below —
Cripple Creek – Intermediate (Fiddle Club) — Download Sheet Music —
Cotton Eyed Joe – Advanced — Download Sheet Music — Practice Video Below —
Red Wing (Fiddle Club) — Download Sheet Music —
The Frost Is All Over (Fiddle Club) — Download Sheet Music —
Liza Jane/Bubble Gum Polka (Riley) — Download Sheet Music —
The Little Pickle/Highlander’s Jig (Scottish Tunes) — Download Sheet Music — Practice Music MP3 Below —
The Irish Washerwoman (Scottish Tunes) — Download Sheet Music —
Cattle Call — Download Sheet Music —
Cuckoo’s Nest — Download Sheet Music —
Millionaire’s Hoedown — Download Sheet Music —
Star Wars — Download Sheet Music — Goofy Video Below —
Tomorrow (Annie) — Download Sheet Music —
Fiddler On The Roof (Broadway) — Download Sheet Music —
If your child can go, he/she can participate by playing whichever tunes are mastered. I will be working with the students on this repertoire over these weeks.
Twinkle Rock (Audio)
Boil’em Cabbage Down Practice Music Soundtrack
Boil’em Cabbage Down (Easy) Tutorial and Practice Video:
Cripple Creek (Easy) Practice Video:
Cotton-Eyed Joe Music MP3
Cotton-Eyed Joe Practice Video:
Little Pickle/Highlander’s Jig Music MP3 (SLOWER)
Boil’em Cabbage Down ADVANCED Practice Video (SLOW)
Star Wars Goofy Video by Mr. Rigo:
Congratulations to everybody who came to our workshop! Frances, Alondra, Ailyn, and Alejandro did a great job performing in the recital. Next time, we will be glad to have others who are prepared perform, as well. Well done!
Suzuki Music Lessons: Music, Excellence, and Fun!
“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.”
– Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, founder of the Suzuki Method
Welcome to the Love Nurtured Music Program!
Our goal is to foster a community of learning, love, appreciation and respect for music, and to promote early childhood intellectual, cultural and character development through the teaching philosophy of Talent Education.
We provide Suzuki violin lessons to children and adults, starting at three years old.
With the Suzuki Method, your child can successfully learn to play the violin beautifully by listening, imitating, and repeating sounds, just as we learn to talk.
In order to do this, we create a partnership between the teacher, parent, and child, inspiring a fine musical ear, self-confidence, and a lifelong love of music.
The highest standards of music teaching, violin technique, performance, musicality, and enjoyment.
We have a great commitment to the Suzuki Method philosophy, quality of instruction, and the highest standards of professionalism, with more than fifteen years of teaching experience and proven success in music performance and training young children.
Suzuki Teachers’ Pledge:
- We realize that every child has the opportunity to realize unlimited possibilities through early education
- As dedicated and responsible teachers, we will help develop this ability
- We will continue to reflect and concentrate on the best methods for 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.
How the Suzuki Method of Talent Education works:
With the Suzuki Method violin program, children learn violin through both individual and group lessons.
Each child receives a weekly individual lesson and a group lesson, concert, recital, or other group activity every month.
Parents receive all the necessary guidance tools to help your child with daily home practicing, as well as to provide for the Suzuki music listening assignments.
No previous music or teaching experience is necessary.
In addition to individual and group violin lessons, students take music reading and theory lessons as part of their weekly instruction.
This comprehensive approach assures that students not only play the violin beautifully, but that students also learn to read, write, and understand music notation and how music works.
The Suzuki music curriculum gives students a well-rounded music education that goes beyond the “typical” weekly private lesson.
Our curriculum has taken many of our former students to the heights of music performance. It is designed to take our music students to the highest levels of musical excellence.
The complete, all-inclusive Suzuki music curriculum includes:
- Weekly Individual Violin Lessons
- Weekly Violin Group Lessons
- Music Notation & Theory Instruction
- Recitals, Concerts, & Performance Opportunities Throughout the Year
- Parent-Help Meetings to Maximize Your Child’s Music Learning
To learn more about Lessons, please click here.
The teacher, student, and parent meet each week for an individually-focused lesson -one child at a time. While one, two or three children may be present at the same lesson, the teacher’s violin instruction is focused on one child while the other children and parents observe quietly, learning from the instruction.
The length of the lessons may vary depending of the number, age and skill level of the children in the lesson, being from 30 to 90 minutes. Listening skills, posture, rhythm, and tone are developed. At home, the parent works with the child on daily violin practice and listening throughout the week.
During a child’s first semester of Suzuki violin lessons, lessons #1 – 3 may be dedicated mainly to instruct the parent to develop a rudimentary understanding of the violin. The child observes and participates in those lessons. After that introductory stage, the child becomes the main focus of the lessons.
Essential to the Suzuki Method are weekly group lessons, where students listen to one another play, interact musically, work on violin technique, play musical games, learn theory skills, and learn loco-motor skills. Group lessons are part of the school year’s regular instruction. Other activities such as concerts, recitals, and workshops are also part of the program.
Music Theory Lessons
Music Theory lessons allow children to read and write music notation, to understand how music works and to hear and read is merely a means to an end – music students should be able to use their music theory skills to play their instrument in a more informed manner and to compose their own music.
Because of developmental differences in young children, Suzuki violin teachers recommend that children begin studying between the ages of two-and-a-half and six years old. Admission into the program may require a short meeting between the parent, child, and teacher to determine whether the program is what you and your child need. Additionally, parents receive training on the Suzuki philosophy and approach. Contact us to request more information.
How to Begin
Most Suzuki teachers recommend that parents and children observe several Suzuki lessons before registering. Parents take a course covering the basics of the Suzuki philosophy and principles of helping the child with daily practice. It is recommended that children younger than 4 attend at least a semester of early music education classes.
For further details on how to attend violin lessons and details describing the Suzuki Violin program, go to our contact page.
This is the Suzuki Association of the Americas suggested supplementary list for violin students. This list does NOT impede any teacher from using their personal favorites, nor a teacher trainer from presenting a more comprehensive list for each book or distributing their own list. This list is meant as a guideline.
Elgar Salut d’Amor/Faure Apres un Reve
Kreisler Rondino/Song of India/Tempo di Minuetto
Dancla Air Varie Op. 89/Dvorak Sonatina/Schubert Sonatine
Bach Concerto for Two Violins 2nd mvt. (both parts in score)
Potstock Souvenir de Sarasate/Severn Polish Dance
Bartok Duets Book 1/Kabalevsky Album Pieces/Persichetti Masques
Bach-Gounod Ave Maria/Faure Berceuse/Massenet Meditation from Thais
Kreisler Gluck Melodie/Schoen Rosmarin/Sicilienne & Rigaudon
Accolay Concerto/Haydn G Major Concerto 1st mvt./Nardini Concerto/Mozart Sonata E minor K304
Monti Czardas/Schubert L’Abeille/Wieniawski Obertass Mazurka
Bartok Sonatina/Gardner From the Cane Break/Shostakovich Duets
Paradis Sicilienne/Svendsen Romance/ Tchaikovsky Canzonetta/Wieniawsky Romance (Con. No. 2)
Kreisler Praeludium & Allegro/Syncopation/Variations on a Theme by Corelli
DeBeriot Concerto No.9/Scene de Ballet/Mozart G Major Concerto/Viotti Concerto No.23/Beethoven “Spring” Sonata 1st mvt./Mozart Sonata in G Major K301
Bach Concerto for Two Violins 3rd mvt. (both parts in score)
Brahms Hungarian Dances/Novacek Perpetual Motion/Ten Have Allegro Brilliante/Wieniawski Legende
Bartok Roumanian Folk Dances/Bolling Suite for Violin and Jazz Piano—Romance & Gavotte/Copland Hoedown
Solo Violin Recommendations:
Telemann Fantasy No. 1, 7 and 10
Bach G Minor Sonata, Presto/D Minor Partita, Allamanda/E Major Partita, Bourree & Gigue
How does the Suzuki Talent Education Method differ from other methods of teaching music to children?
Though music teachers have often used some of the elements of the Suzuki Talent Education Method, Dr. Suzuki formulated them in a cohesive approach to teaching music to children. The Love Nurtured Music Program uses this approach exclusively.
Some basic differences are:
- Suzuki teachers believe that musical ability can be developed in all children.
- Students begin at young ages.
- Parents play an active role in the learning process.
- Children become comfortable playing their instrument before learning to read music.
- Technique is taught in the context of pieces rather than through dry technical exercises.
- Pieces are refined through constant review.
- Students perform frequently, individually and in groups.
The Suzuki Triangle:
The teacher is responsible for:
- Training the parent to be an effective assistant for the child.
- Teaching the child how to play with beautiful tone, technique and interpretation.
Parent is responsible for being the child’s assistant and helping with daily practice which includes:
- Creating the proper environment so the child will have a successful learning experience
- Playing the recordings daily, as requested by the teacher
- Assisting the child with memorizing a piece as needed
- Teaching fingerings as requested by the teacher
- Helping the child become their own teacher by always asking, “How did you do?”
Child is responsible for being a child, which means:
The child will learn from whatever is put in his 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 and cannot be rushed. 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.
If you are already aware of all the academic benefits that Suzuki violin lessons will bring to your child’s life and know how the Suzuki Method works, congratulations! You are one of the many happy parents who experience the joy of nurturing your child’s efforts and wants him/her to succeed in music, academics, social life, and beyond. Here is how to get started:
- Observe: Come to see for yourself how the Suzuki Method works, meet the teacher
- Enroll: Get all info you need to enroll including tuition, lesson availability, and teacher schedules, register for parent orientation classes
- Schedule Lesson Time: Talk to your Suzuki teacher to schedule an individual lesson time for your child and group class placement