Peter Prier is a violin maker who has established a prestigious violin making school in downtown Salt Lake City, UT. Watch him telling the story of how he got to be a violin maker.
A. I take young violin students, starting at three years old. My violin studio population student ages range from 3 to 18 years. I also have some adult students.
A. I take student families who are really serious about taking violin lessons as a long-term, life-enriching activity for their children. I offer a lot of fun while teaching young children the proper violin technique for excellence in their music studies. Some students decide to pursue music as a career, but most will enjoy playing music for a lifetime, just for fun.
A. I am a classically-trained professional violinist who dedicates most of my time to teaching young violin students. I rarely reschedule or cancel lessons, miss appointments, or such. You can expect professionalism of the highest caliber. I can refer you to any of my student families to corroborate this.
I am 100% dedicated to my students’ progress and their parents. I also play professionally, make recordings and coach music the rest of the time.
You can be confident that I try to do my best to help each and every one of my students and their parents to achieve the highest levels of music learning and accomplishment. Excellence is my standard.
A. OBSERVE a lesson with a prospect violin teacher before you sign up. Do not let their hourly rate be the first screening factor. Effective, quality-oriented music teachers with adequate training and experience are not cheap, but are well worth your money, translating in a great experience and proper technique, musicality and music theory learning.
A. I am a Suzuki trained violin teacher and have taken courses every year several times. I am certified to teach Suzuki books levels 1-10 and constantly research better ways to help parents practice with their children. I have written many articles in music education journals and have collaborated with other teachers in educational endeavors.
A. Quality of instruction cannot be overemphasized. Many parents of children looking for violin or viola lessons ask how much lessons cost before they ask anything else. Cost is meaningless if we don’t consider quality, experience and reputation of the teacher first. Money can be easily wasted on teachers who do not have proper training and experience. I don’t care if they charge $1 per lesson. If the student doesn’t learn anything or she learns incorrect instrument technique from the start, then, it is wasted money. The early stages of learning are very important and parents should look for quality in a teacher first.
A. Do NOT purchase a violin before getting a violin teacher. That’s the #1 advise I can give to anyone looking for violin instruction. Your teacher will have a good sense of the size and quality of the required instrument, and maybe some suppliers that consistently provide quality instruments.
The worst thing for a beginning violin student that to play with an inadequate instrument. Having a quality violin will save you tons of aggravation and money (think how long it will take you to make progress when it’s difficult to play a bad instrument).
Quality instruments do cost more… and are well worth the extra money. I have a page about violins on Love Nurtured Music’s website.
A. I can be contacted via email through our Suzuki program’s website, www.LoveNurturedMusic.org. There is an email form in the contact link. They can also contact me by phone at 214-269-8545 during morning hours. I usually teach during the afternoons after kids are out of school and I devote my time to them. Email is the best way, but I will be glad to talk with anyone on the phone when I am not teaching or practicing violin for a performance.
In the Love Nurtured Music Program, children learn to play an instrument through both individual and group lessons.
Musical instruction consists of weekly individual lessons, as well as weekly group classes for every student in the program. Additionally, there are planned concerts, recitals, and other group activities throughout the year.
In addition to individual and group violin lessons, students take music reading and theory instruction as part of their weekly lessons. This comprehensive approach assures that, students not only play their instrument 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. The Suzuki music curriculum has taken many students to the heights of music performance. It is designed to take our music students to the highest levels of musical excellence.
How Suzuki Music Instruction Works
The complete, all-inclusive Talent Education music curriculum includes:
- Weekly Individual Instrument Lessons
- Weekly Instrument-specific Group Lessons
- Music Notation & Theory Instruction
- Recitals & Performance Opportunities Through the Year
- Parent-Help Meetings to Maximize Your Child’s Music Learning
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 instrument practice and listening throughout the week.
During a child’s first semester of Suzuki music lessons, lessons #1 – 3 may be dedicated mainly to instruct the parent to develop a rudimentary understanding of the instrument. 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 group lessons, where students listen to one another play, interact musically, work on instrument technique, play musical games, learn theory skills, and learn locomotor skills. Group lessons are part of the 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 music 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 Dallas Suzuki music program, go to the contact page.
Because of our high-quality instructional program and un-compromised commitment to excellence, we have families from all over the metroplex coming to take violin lessons at our program. Don't sacrifice excellent Suzuki music education!
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