Based in St. Paul, I teach violin, viola, and cello to students of all ages. The Suzuki method is based on the belief that every child can achieve a high level of success. With eight years of teaching experience and over two decades of my own experience as a student, I have been able to adapt my teaching style to fit each of my students' needs.
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What is the Suzuki method?
There are many facets to the Suzuki method, but here are what I consider to be the most important:
Parent/teacher/student triangle: It is important that all three members of the triangle are committed to the student's musical development. I require that beginning through intermediate students have a parent sit in on lessons. This parent is the home teacher and helps with practice between lessons.
Posture: This is not exclusive to the Suzuki method, but a lot of time is spent working on posture and technique in the beginning. Avoiding bad habits will not only prevent injuries, but also saves time later as the music becomes more difficult to play, Which leads to the next point...
Musicality: Suzuki developed an exercise he called "tonalization," based on something singers do called "vocalization." The purpose of this exercise is to play something relatively easy, but to develop a beautiful sound and begin to say something with the music. "Where words fail, music speaks"-Hans Christian Anderson
Personal development: I wholeheartedly agree with Suzuki's belief that people with good hearts make good music, and that making beautiful music can help to develop a beautiful heart.