Weekly private violin lessons are offered in one 1-hour session. For young children, lesson length may be reduced to a 30 or 45 minute lesson a week.
Monthly Tuition: $55 per weekly 1-hour lesson
Just as parents take an active role in teaching their child to talk, parents are involved in the musical learning of their child. They attend lessons with the child and serve as the "home teacher" during the week. Parents work with the teacher to create an enjoyable learning environment.
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. Learning solos "by ear" is a skill that is acquired through listening.
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 others efforts, fostering an attitude of generosity and cooperation.
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 introduce and develop technical skills to be learned in the context of the music.
Proper form and technique, rhythm, pitch recognition, note reading, theory and practice methods are taught at each lesson. Each skill is introduced and developed independently to obtain a high level of proficiency. Many skills are enriched through games appropriate to the child's age and maturity. Once basic skills are mastered independently, the child uses them in combination.
Suzuki School of the Woodlands Instructor: Kathryn Larsen * 31211 Rainwood Park Lane, Spring, Texas 77386 * 281-298-5963