The Suzuki method is most successful when parents take an active role as the "home" teacher. Parents of beginning students have the opportunity to take lessons before formal lessons begin with the child. These parent lessons are call Parent Development classes and are taught in a private or group setting, depending on the number of participants. During Parent Development classes, parents will learn how to hold the bow and violin correctly and become proficient with playing "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star", the first song in the Suzuki Violin Volume 1. Because the parent will be assisting at home with the child's practice it is important that the parent know how to do fundamental techniques on the violin. Reading assignments covering principles of the Suzuki Method, Parenting Skills and Practice Helps will be given throughout the eight week Parent Development course.
TESTIMONIALS “Participating in Kathy's 8-week Suzuki course for parents has been a wonderful experience. This introduction to the violin and to Suzuki principles and philosophies has been both exciting and absorbing. Reading and discussing the Suzuki principles with Kathy has really generated an enthusiasm within me. I know that this new knowledge, understanding and enthusiasm is what I'll use to support my daughter as she begins her own journey with the violin.
I have a music background in piano and clarinet, but it's been many years since last I practiced an instrument or took lessons. I was surprised by how proud I felt as I learned how to hold the bow, how to hold the violin, and how to play twinkles! I feel well-prepared to assist my child during practice now. Thanks to the Suzuki course, I'll be able to confidently assist my child as she learns violin skills. I look forward to witnessing the pride I know she'll feel as she masters each new set of violin skills and techniques.”