with a basis of Suzuki's talent education, I am also influenced by other methods which I incorporate into my lesson plans to develop well rounded and happy musicians. The ultimate goal is to educate happy, healthy well-rounded musicians that have the technique and expressive means to enjoy a life time of music no matter what path they have chosen.
Providing for the student
Every child has the ability to learn and brings his or her own unique and positive qualities. All students regardless of age, level, ability, learning challenges or physical development will receive instruction catered to their specific needs.
A student’s musical development (and the methods for teaching) should be directly related to his or her age and cognitive development.
The cultivation of musical excellence and a fine character go hand in hand as we strive to do our best, develop discipline and appreciate hard work.
Creating the environment
A positive and patient environment is essential for productive lessons and practice. Happy kids learn better.
Aural development and technical facility should be developed in tandem from an early age.
A well-rounded music education includes the development of a complete skill-set: technical proficiency on the instrument; the ability to perform in a healthy way; awareness of style and form; a practical knowledge of music history, rudiments and harmony; fluency in aural skills; and the ability to make music with others. These should be taught from the first lesson.
Efficient practice is key to success
My job is to make sure they have the information they need in order to succeed at home.
Teach the student what to listen for, and how to problem solve transforming them in to their own teacher.
Provide constructive criticism with an ever-present underlying positive reinforcement
Not only describe what to do, and how, but why.
Finish each lesson with a positive overlook of the lesson and a clear understanding as to what is expected of the student for the coming week.
Violin: Song of the Wind
Safiya had been learning from me for 8 months and was on Etude at the time of recording Song of the wind
Viola: Minuet 1
Yeryun has been learning from me for 1 and a 1/2 years now. She previously learnt through her school orchestra. We have been working on big tone and vibrato.
"My daughter is 5 and she has been a student of Amelia’s for 5 months. It’s not just the fact that Amelia is an expert in playing the violin but the way she treats my girl is amazing. We come after school at a time when any 5 year old is tired, but Amelia gets the best out of my girl, builds her confidence and her ability. Her group classes are fun and well planned. I would recommend these classes to anyone." - Arlene Neethling
"My daughter’s music skill grows so much with Amelia. We are pleased with Mrs. Taylor’s lessons and devotion to her students." - Juwon Park
"My 11-year-old daughter has been seeing Amelia for weekly 45-minute lessons in her studio and 45-minute group lessons at her middle school over the last several months. My daughter has improved considerably during this time and enjoys her lessons. Amelia has high expectations, but is kind and patient with her. She also uses a variety of teaching techniques to make the lessons interesting. I highly recommend Amelia Taylor." - Suzanne Wu
"Our girls aged 7 and 8 have started learning violin with Amelia. At first i was surprised to learn you could learn an instrument online! But after only a couple of weeks I realised it truly is not a disadvantage at all. They both love and look forward to the weekly private lessons and group classes, where we get to meet other children and families too which is a bonus.
Each child has tailor-made lessons to suit her personality and learning style, and while Amelia sets the bar high, she always encourages them to do their best and works tirelessly on innovative ways to keep lessons and home practice sessions interesting and fun. Her high expectations show the girls just how much they are capable of- it is a pleasant surprise to us all just how focused and determined children can be with the support Amelia provides.
She is very supportive of the Suzuki model of teacher, student and parent being a team and jointly working together on each child's musical journey.
Learning violin with Amelia has already taught our girls many skills that serves them well now and into the future- hard work generates success, making time to practice ensures progress and so on. Every week isn't perfect [behavior, moods etc] but Amelia works hard to always get the best from us all." - Kathryn McMillan