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?
The Love Nurtured Music Suzuki Strings Program’s 2016-2017 school year consists of 40 weeks of instruction (40 individual lessons and 32 group lessons, in addition to play-ins, recitals, and concerts). Group lessons of various levels are on Monday evenings. The school year starts on August 22, 2016 and ends on June 23, 2017. There will be breaks usual to the school year for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and spring break (March 11-18, 2017). Holidays with no lessons will be marked with the legend “NO LESSONS.” Summer lessons can also be scheduled in advance for 4, 6, 8 or 10 weeks, depending on availability. Contact Mr. Rigo Murillo for further enrollment and tuition information.
Individual Lessons run from August 22, 2016 through June 23, 2017.
Group Lessons run from September 12, 2016 through May 15, 2017.
Group Lesson Schedule:
- Violin Beginners’ Class: Monday 3:00-3:50 PM
- Violin Book 1: Monday 4:00-4:50 PM
- Violin Late Book 1 to Book 2: Monday 5:00-5:50 PM
- Violin Books 3-4: Monday 6:00-6:50 PM
- Violin Books 5 + Advanced: Monday 7:00-7:50 PM
- Ensemble/Orchestra (Elective): Select Sundays @ 3:00-4:30 PM
Saturday, February 25 @ 10:00-11:30 AM
Sunday, March 5 @ 2:00-3:30 PM
Saturday, March 25 @ 10:00-11:30 AM (instead of April 1)
Saturday, April 1 @ 10:00-11:30 AM –CANCELLED, Mr. Rigo is judging in College Auditions–
Sunday, April 23 @ 2:00-3:30 PM
Sunday, May 7 @ 3:00-4:45 PM @ Spring Valley UMC- OUR TRADITIONAL SPRING RECITAL
LOVE NURTURED MUSIC PROGRAM 2016-2017 CALENDAR
Monday 22 – Individual Lessons Begin
Monday 5 – Labor Day – NO LESSONS —
Monday 12 – Group Lessons Begin
Monday 31 – Costume Play-In @ LNM Studio; 5:00 PM
Tuesday 1 – Four-Payment Plan 2nd Payment Deadline
Monday 21 – Thanksgiving Week — NO GROUP LESSONS —
Tuesday 21 – Sunday 27 – Thanksgiving Week Break – NO LESSONS –
Monday 28 – Christmas Program Mandatory Rehearsal @ LNM Studio; 5:30-6:45 PM
Saturday 3 – Christmas Carols Church Service @ Richardson Spanish SDA; Call Time 3:45 PM
Sunday 11 – Christmas Carols Concert @ Good Shepherd UMC in Lucas; Call Time 1:30 PM
Sunday 21 – Sunday, January 4 Christmas Break – NO LESSONS –
Friday 30 – 4-Payment Plan 3rd Payment Deadline
Saturday 25 – Play-In @ LNM Studio; 10:00-11:30 AM
Sunday 5 – Play-In @ LNM Studio; 1:45 PM Call Time, starts sharp at 2:00-3:30 PM
Saturday 11 – Sunday 19 – Spring Break – NO LESSONS –
Saturday 25 – Play-In @ LNM Studio; 9:45 AM Call Time, starts sharp at 10:00-11:30 AM
Sunday 23 – Play-Inn @ LNM Studio; 1:45 PM Call Time, starts sharp at 2:00-3:30 PM
Monday 1 – 4-Payment Plan 4th Payment Deadline
Monday 1 – Concert Rehearsal @ LNM Studio; 5:30 PM **All Participants Need To Attend**
Sunday 7 – Traditional Spring Recital @ Spring Valley UMC; 2:15 PM Call Time, starts sharp at 3:00-4:45 PM
Monday 15 – Last Day of Group Lessons
Friday 23 – Last Day of Individual Lessons
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.
Suzuki Music Lessons: Music, Excellence, and Fun!
– 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 25 years of experience and proven success in music performance and teaching 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 Love Nurtured Music Program, children learn violin 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.
Parents receive all the necessary guidance and tools to help your child with daily home practicing, as well as to provide for the Suzuki violin 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 instruction as part of their weekly individual music lessons and group classes.
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 twice each week. Once 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. Children come also to their weekly Suzuki music class, appropriate to their level.
The length of the individual 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, or 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 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.
“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.”
“Students learn in an environment that encourages excellence at their own pace. The violin is not easy but Mr.Rigo makes learning easy.”
“Professional Suzuki Method class taught by a great teacher. He loves teaching string to his students. He understands how to work with each child individually and his work comes to fruition during the group sessions and recitals. It is definitely music to my ears to hear my daughter’s music grow along with her appreciation for music.”
“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!”
Press About the Love Nurtured Music Suzuki Program
Very young children can be taught to play an instrument using the Suzuki approach. The child learns by listening, imitating, and repeating sounds, just as we learn to talk. The Suzuki music method takes children through music learning from infancy to excellence in music performance. The main purpuse of the Suzuki music lessons is to teach discipline, hard work skills, and a noble character to children.
The Suzuki Method creates a partnership between the teacher, parent, and child, inspiring a fine musical ear, self-confidence, and a lifelong love of music. The “Suzuki Parent” attends all individual and group lessons. Your Suzuki music teacher will give you all the necessary tools to help your child with daily home practicing, as well as providing instructions for the Suzuki music listening assignments. No previous music or teaching experience is necessary.
Call us: (214) 269-8545
Contact us to schedule a FREE lesson observation appointment if you want to get your child started with Suzuki music lessons or would like to visit our studio, or to obtain registration and tuition information.
Mr. Rigo Murillo will personally give you all the information you need about the Suzuki music program.
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Love Nurtured Music Program
11882 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75243
Phone: (214) 269-8545
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Dallas/Plano/Richardson/Preston Hollow/White Rock/Highland Park/Lake Highlands
Welcome to the Love Nurtured Music Program, where we provide outstanding Suzuki violin instruction to students aged three years and up.
My name is Rigo Murillo, and I am passionate about helping my students learn the discipline needed to achieve great skills in playing the violin while also creating an atmosphere of fun.
With my extensive experience (25+ years) as a professional violinist and a Registered Suzuki Violin Specialist I offer lessons, from beginner to advanced, at my Northeast Dallas studio.
In addition to performing and conducting, I enjoy sharing my life with Suzuki families, and offering my depth of knowledge to my students, while helping their parents to continue supporting their learning.
The Suzuki Philosophy
Dr. Shinichi Suzuki believed two main ideas about the natural development of language, which he realized could also be applied to musical education. This influenced his creation and implementation of the Suzuki Method:
- Children learn to speak by being immersed in the language-filled environment around them.
- By receiving the proper encouragement and nurturing, children imitate what they hear.
For young children, The Suzuki approach is the most natural and simplest method to learning music.
It extends from ear training, and goes beyond the basics to the most intricate aspects of musical expression.
Regardless of your child’s performance level, the principles of the Suzuki Method can bring excitement and progress toward musical excellence.
Suzuki’s influence has personally made me a better teacher by providing me with an extensive variety of performing, conducting and teaching experiences.
My students directly benefit from my experiences by acquiring a solid technical foundation of violin technique, thereby achieving the highest standards of musical performance.
I know firsthand the incredible benefits of working with great Suzuki teachers, and have had the privilege of learning from teachers like Nancy Jackson, Paul Landefeld, Pat D’Ercole, Michelle George, Cathy Hargrave, and Joanne Melvin.
By working with them, I was given a holistic approach and perspective on Dr. Suzuki’s teaching methods.
Suzuki Strings Specialist &
Registered Suzuki Violin Teacher
If you would like to learn more about how Suzuki violin lessons can help your child, I would be delighted for you to observe my teaching methods.
If you would like to schedule a visit to the studio, please Contact me here to make arrangements.
To learn more about lessons, enrollment and tuition, please click here.
Mr. Rigo’s Professional Bio:
Violinist Rigo Murillo has earned the warm respect from his listeners and colleagues through his signature vivid and multicolored tone, clear yet spontaneous eloquence, and well-defined expression.
He is able to capture even the youngest of audiences’ imaginations with his inspiring musical conviction.
Rigo has shared the stage with world-acclaimed artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Jean Pierre Rampal, Doc Severinsen, and Ray Charles, among others.
In addition, he has performed in master classes with renowned artists such as Mayumi Fujikawa, Gregory Feigin, and Alexandre Brussilovsky, and played as a member of the Pensacola Symphony, Meridian Symphony, Mississippi Opera Orchestra, as well as concertmaster of the USM Symphony and the Mesquite Symphony.
Rigo is producer of a compilation of instrumental songs performed on violin, titled “My Heart’s Music,” is featured on several recordings of Jewish liturgical and folk music, and has appeared as a guest soloist with the Ollin Yoliztli Chamber Orchestra.
He is the founder of the Suzuki strings program in the Greenville (TX) public schools, and teaches private and group violin lessons in the Northeast Dallas area while keeping an active performing schedule in the North Texas region.
Rigo has received honor degrees in violin performance and music education from The University of Southern Mississippi, where he was also granted the McGraw Violin Chair Award. He holds an Artist Diploma in violin performance from the Ollin Yoliztli Institute in Mexico City, where he studied with Sergei Gorbenko, the former concertmaster of the USSR Radio and TV Orchestra.
He is a registered Suzuki teacher and active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and Vice-President of the North Texas Suzuki Association, having studied Suzuki pedagogy with Michelle George, Joanne Melvin, Pat D’Ercole, and Paul Landefeld.
Additionally, he has been a faculty member at The University of Southern Mississippi Suzuki School, Bass Memorial Academy, Violinspire Suzuki Workshop in Hattiesburg, MS, and the American Honor Orchestra Festival. Rigo Murillo’s musical leadership has taken him to excel as music director of the USM Civic Orchestra, director of operations of the USM Symphony Orchestra, and music director at Mount Sinai Congregation in Mexico City.
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