Suzuki Violin Lessons:
Every Child Can Learn To Play An Instrument
“Any child can be developed, it depends on how you do it.”
“When love is deep, much can be accomplished.”
“The fate of a child is in the hands of his parents.”
ABOUT TALENT EDUCATION
Talent Education is an educational movement founded by Shinichi Suzuki and is best known for its musical training of very young children to levels of high ability. The idea behind Talent Education is that everyone is born with a “sprout of talent” and that it is our duty as teachers to help parents nurture and develop those talents into abilities. In so doing, we form bonds between parent and child as well as nurture the whole child into having a beautiful heart and becoming a noble human being.
Talent Education begins from the very beginning: even before the child is born, the baby is listening and learning. A child will absorb whatever is in his or her environment. If there is laughter, a child will learn to laugh. If there is anger, a child will learn to be angry. Everything depends upon how we raise our children.
“Children learn to smile from their parents.”
— Shinichi Suzuki
According to Suzuki:
Here are the conditions for developing great ability.
- Begin as early as possible.
- Create the best possible environment.
- Use the finest teaching method.
- Provide a great deal of training.
- Use the finest teachers.
Nurturing the Parent As Home Teacher
Parents play a vital role in their children’s lives and education. This is no less true in learning to play the violin: a child’s success in learning to play the violin is dependent upon the teacher’s abilities to guide the student in what, how and when skills are to be developed as well as the parent’s abilities in getting the child to practice these skills at home outside of lessons. Yet even though the teacher has training and experience, parents often have little to no experience in playing the violin themselves, reading music and most importantly how to get their little ones to practice at home. Parent training gives the parent skills and confidence to take on the role of home teacher in order to guarantee the success of the child. Parent Training Courses are an essential piece of the puzzle!
Education is a Three-Legged Stool:
Teacher + Parent + Child = Violinist
Shinichi Suzuki’s Talent Education approach to teaching and learning the violin incorporates the ideas of balance and the breaking down of skills into their smallest possible components in order to build them one upon the other to reach the ultimate goal of learning how to play the violin. What’s more, the skills that go into learning the violin are life skills that help develop our brains and refine our characters as humans.
Suzuki was able to gain so much success in teaching even very young children how to play the violin because he believed firmly in the key component of the parent as home teacher. It is the responsibility of the teacher to know when and how to introduce the requisite skills, the parent to learn how to practice and play with the child at home, and the child to be a child.
Suzuki lessons are structured with the parent starting first in parent training, then the child is brought into lessons. The parent attends every lesson in order to take notes on what the teacher expects to be worked on at home as well as how the skill should be practiced. Parents essentially copy and makes games out of what the teacher does in the lesson in order to give the muscles memory in how to play.
Last, but not least, the single most important aspect of musical training is that of training the ear. Daily listening is required for both parent and child in the repertoire. This helps both the parent and the child learn how to self-correct and develops the ear to hear mistakes even before they happen! Special listening is also encouraged in order to inspire the child to further development. Studio Salons, recitals and concert attendance is expected and highly encouraged for this reason as well and opportunities for group tickets to the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra as well as a calendar of other performances will be posted online and on Facebook.
How Suzuki Lessons Work
Parents interested in Suzuki Lessons should schedule to attend a Parent Orientation. Parents are required to attend Parent Training Sessions individually or together with other parents as well as learn to play through the Twinkles prior to beginning their child in lessons. The training sessions allow the parent and teacher to present a unified foundation upon which the student can firmly stand and set up the parent to be able to act as the “home teacher.” In this way, children can quickly develop to high levels.
- Parent Orientation
- Parent Training
- Parent Coaching Sessions
- Pre-Twinkle Group
- Private Lessons
- Group Class
- Salons, Performances, Recitals
- Festivals & Competitions
“It is necessary to be concerned about the importance of educating a really beautiful human spirit”
“Music exists for the purpose of growing an admirable heart.”
“Talent is no accident of birth. In today’s society a good many people seem to have the idea that if one is born without talent, there is nothing he can do about it; they simply resign themselves to what they consider to be their fate.”
“Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill.”
“To make a resolution and act accordingly is to live with hope. There may be difficulties and hardships, but not disappointment or despair if you follow the path steadily. Do not hurry. This is a fundamental rule. If you hurry and collapse or tumble down, nothing is achieved. DO not rest in your efforts; this is another fundamental rule. Without stopping, without haste, carefully taking a step at a time forward will surely get you there.”
Regular attendance is expected at all scheduled lessons, groups, classes & performances.
Late arrivals will be given the remainder of their lesson time.
Students are encouraged to arrive a few minutes early in order to prepare their instrument and music, listen to the preceding lesson and get in an open frame of mind to learn.
Parents are highly encouraged to schedule life around lessons in such a way as to arrive in a state of mind conducive to learning: not in a rush, having had a snack/drink and arrive in enough time to wash hands and/or use the bathroom, if necessary. This is to give the student the most efficient use of lesson time.
30 Minute Lessons are reserved for children < 6 years of age and special circumstances.
Book 2 and above students (with some exceptions) need to schedule 45 minute or longer lessons.
Book 4 and above students (with some exceptions) need to schedule 60 minute or longer lessons.
All Lessons include groups, classes, performances and ½ price parent lessons.
A one-time registration fee of $35 per family is due in the fall.
All lessons canceled due to teacher cancellation will be made up.
Lessons canceled by the student will not be refunded, but the following conflicts will be offered make-ups: medical emergencies and concerts/competitions where the student is performing (if and only if notice is given at the beginning of the semester).
Make-up lessons that are canceled by the student will not be rescheduled or refunded.
In case of inclement weather or illnesses where a student is able to play, the lesson will be scheduled at their regular time over Skype.
If a student comes to their lesson sick and/or running a fever, they will be sent home with no make-up.
No make-up lessons will be offered if tuition payment becomes delinquent.
For openings, please call (314) 896-0655.