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.