The Suzuki Method:
Shinichi Suzuki’s philosophy of education, which he termed Talent Education, is to create noble individuals through the study of music. Dr. Suzuki bases his philosophy of education on the idea that all children are “born with the natural ability to learn.” Dr. Suzuki developed a method of learning music based on his “mother tongue” theory. His step by step teaching method is designed to have children learn to play the violin the same way they learn to speak their own language with an ever growing vocabulary and a familiar sounding accent. With the Suzuki method, students learn to play the violin by ear and they are taught skills by using games. Dr. Suzuki did not set out to create great musicians, although it very often does happen. His intension was to create a better world through the study of music. Parental involvement in creating a positive home environment is the key to success.
The Linda Beers Violin Studio Program:
The Suzuki program involves weekly attendance at both a private lesson and a group class. In the private lesson, student, parent, and teacher form a nurturing relationship which fosters deep learning. Students learn the proper position of the instrument and bow, violin technique, Suzuki book repertoire, and supplemental materials. Parents pay attention during lessons and take notes in order to teach at home. Group class is an important component of the Suzuki method because students learn how to work together as a team in a fun and supportive environment. Students have the opportunity to play solos and learn how to be supportive listeners for each other. In group class, learned repertoire is reviewed and, depending on their level, students learn ensemble pieces and study music theory. Music note reading is introduced at the very beginning of study during group class.
Parents are taught how to play the violin in order to be the home teacher. Learning the violin is challenging but will be very rewarding with patience and keeping a positive attitude. Consistent daily home practice is essential to successfully learning how to play the violin. It is also important to listen to the appropriate Suzuki book CD so that parent and student are familiar with the repertoire that is being studied. The more the child listens, the more progress is made on the instrument. Parents must attend all private and group classes as well as assist with daily practices and listening assignments.
Students will also participate in yearly solo and group recitals. The studio will host a workshop each year for which there will be a nominal fee. Students are encouraged to attend other Suzuki workshops and institutes such as the Hartt Suzuki Institute. As students become more advanced, there are more opportunities to participate in national and international institutes, workshops, and festivals.
Traditional violin lessons:
Traditional private lessons are available for students who wish to study violin repertoire and technique in a focused and rigorous way. This method of study may be best for Suzuki students who are book 6 and above who wish to explore methods outside of the Suzuki repertoire, students who started violin instruction in a public school program and are ready for individual lessons, and for adult beginners.