Lessons for children
Three components of a Suzuki Violin Program:
• Private lessons
• Group classes
• Parent Participation
Private lessons are offered on a weekly basis. There structure is based on the Suzuki Triangle (child, teacher, and parent). Private lessons focus on developing good posture, playing tone, techniques and musicianship. A parent is required to attend the private lessons. Lessons last 20 min to 1 hour depending on a child’s age, ability to focus, and experience.
Music reading is taught at the same time a child starts reading in his language (some exception can be applied). Traditional (non-Suzuki) lessons are available on request.
Group classes are offered every other week for students in Books 1- 4. They are organized by students’ level and last 45 min. These group classes provide an excellent opportunity for student to learn playing together as a group through the use of games and creative activities, as well as observe other children playing and learning. Social connections between both children and parents can be very rewarding and motivational.
Participation in group classes allows students to participate in studio and public performances during the year.
Parent participation is very important not only lessons, but practicing at home on a daily basis with the child. The parent, child and teacher work together so that the child can learn to play a musical instrument.
The parent’s role during the class is to take notes and/or videos to help the family remember what and how a child needs to be practicing at home.
Lessons for adults
Lessons for adults are built based on the student’s motivations and personality. New skills presented in each new piece they master. Performance is NOT required for adult students, but recommended as part of the new set of skills they obtain alone with learning to play violin.