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.
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