Teaching is my passion and love. Within the Suzuki Philosophy of nurturing, consistency and positive reinforcement, each child has a different personality and different needs. It is my pleasure and joy to get to know your child and work as a team with the parent to make it an enjoyable and successful journey!
Suzuki Method Summary: From the Suzuki Association of the Americas
Every Child Can Learn
More than fifty years ago, Japanese violinist Shinichi 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 others. 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.
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.
Are Suzuki Kids Prodigies? Are Suzuki students musical geniuses? Are they 'gifted' children who have a special talent for music? Are their parents professional musicians?
Fortunately, Suzuki students are normal children whose parents may have little or no musical experience. Their parents have simply chosen to introduce them to music through the Suzuki approach, a unique philosophy of music education developed by Shinichi Suzuki.
The Suzuki Legacy
Shinichi Suzuki was a violinist, educator, philosopher and humanitarian. Born in 1898, he studied violin in Japan for some years before going to Germany in the 1920s for further study. After the end of World War II, Dr. Suzuki devoted his life to the development of the method he calls Talent Education. Suzuki based his approach on the belief that "Musical ability is not an inborn talent but an ability which can be developed. Any child who is properly trained can develop musical ability, just as all children develop the ability to speak their mother tongue. The potential of every child is unlimited." Dr. Suzuki's goal was not simply to develop professional musicians, but to nurture loving human beings and help develop each child's character through the study of music.
Required Parent Reading:
Nurtured by Love, By Shinichi Suzuki
To Learn With Love, A companion for Suzuki Parents, by William and Constance Starr
The Suzuki Approach, by Louise Behrend
*Parents of new students are expected to rent a violin of their own and take lessons for at least 4 weeks before their child starts. This allows the parent to acquire the necessary tools to help their child get started at home. No background in music needed.
*Attend each lesson with your child ready to take notes and/or record with a phone or flip camera, etc.
*Daily practice with your student.
*Helping to create a consistent and positive practice environment.
*Taking on the role as "home parent" the rest of the week.
Practice and Listening Requirements:
I completely understand that life is busy and crazy and we spend our life trying to find a balance! This being said, I am a serious, qualified and dedicated teacher and I expect my Suzuki families to also be dedicated to weekly practicing and listening. I also expect my students and practice parent to practice 10 minutes every day as beginners. Listening should be at least 30 minutes a day. More advanced and/or older students are expected to practice 30-45 min. a day.
These are very reasonable expectations, and as the parent-teacher-student team, our goal is to make this experience as positive and nurturing for the student as possible! Students enjoy practicing more when they feel they are doing well and progressing.
30 Sherman Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215 (off the F/G train)
Lesson lengths and rates:
30 minute lesson: $40
45 minute lesson: $55
60 minute lesson: $70
(45 and 60 minute lessons can be a combination of private instruction on violin and theory)
Lessons offered weekday afternoons (depends on size of studio)
Payment due: At the beginning of each semester. Date TBA.
There will be a designated make-up week at the end of the semester.
No refunds will be given for cancelations.
Please give notice of 24 hours before the lesson if possible.
If I have to change/cancel lessons I am responsible for making them up to you.
Monthly Group Lessons
1-2 recitals a year.
Music Education Statistics
Music majors are the most likely group of college graduates to be admitted to med school.
66% of music majors who applied to medical school were accepted. They receive more academic honors and awards then non-music students.
Higher scores on SAT in verbal and month.
The World's top academic countries believe in music education: Japan, Hungary and Netherlands to name a few.
Top business executives believe music is an important part of education.
Increases muscular energy, influences heart beat, alters metabolism, reduces pain and stress, relieves fatigue, aids in the release of emotions, stimulates creativity.
Increases brains efficiency and effectiveness
Promotes an increased use of both sides of brain; integration of thinking across both brain hemispheres.
Sustained and self- directed learners.