The Linda Beers Violin Studio The Linda Beers Violin Studio is a comfortable home studio located in Avon, CT. The studio is a wonderful place for Suzuki and traditional violin students. Linda Beers is a registered Suzuki violin teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA), having completed teacher training courses with Susan Levine, Carol Smith, Alice Joy Lewis, and Linda Fiore. In addition to receiving high level violin instruction, students have access to a listening library, music reference books, a large collection of solo repertoire, etude, scale, and method books, orchestra scores, and chamber music. There is also a comfortable seating area and sibling work area.
The Suzuki Method
The intention of Shinichi Suzuki’s philosophy of Talent Education, is to produce noble individuals through the study of music. Dr. Suzuki based his philosophy of education on the idea that all children have the ability to learn. He developed a step by step method which teaches children how 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 learn skills through games and fun activities. Dr. Suzuki did not set out to create great musicians, although it very often does happen. His intention 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
In private lessons, student, parent, and teacher form a nurturing relationship which fosters deep learning. Students study the proper position of the instrument and the bow, violin technique, Suzuki and traditional repertoire, and supplemental materials. Parents are engaged during lessons and take notes in order to teach at home. It is strongly suggested that students participate in their school music programs or through a private program such as The Hartt School Community Division.
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/iTunes downloads 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 lessons as well as assist with daily practices and listening assignments.
Students also participate in yearly solo recitals. 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.
Lessons for adults
The focus of these lessons is being able to play the violin comfortably and with a beautiful sound. Holding both the violin and bow correctly is critical for playing with a clear tone. Exercises and solo repertoire are selected according to the student’s level of ability.
Traditional private lessons are available for advanced teenage students and adult amateur violinists who wish to study repertoire and technique in a focused and rigorous way. This method of study is best for students who have reached a level of independence in their violin practice.
The mission of the Linda Beers Violin Studio is to offer a loving and nurturing learning environment that supports the growth of noble individuals through the study of music. It is a place of inclusivity and acceptance for all students regardless of race, color, religion, citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or disability.