Suzuki Triangle: Key to successful lessons


The Suzuki Triangle, key to the Suzuki Method and to successful lessons, represents the relationship between the Child, Teacher, and Parent. Unlike traditional instrumental lessons, the Suzuki method includes the parent. Parent involvement is valuable for a number of reasons. The parent gets to enjoy their child’s experience of learning to play an instrument. The … Continue reading “Suzuki Triangle: Key to successful lessons”

Creating the optimal learning environment


People often misunderstand what is meant by having an optimal learning environment. I frequently get asked about the work I do as a Suzuki violin teacher.  Upon hearing my occupation, one man said he was not musically inclined and neither were his children. I explained that under the right circumstances and with the right teacher, any … Continue reading “Creating the optimal learning environment”

How did the U.S. get the Suzuki Method of teaching violin


John Kendall! Born on August 30, 1917, Kendall helped revitalize string playing in the United States in the early 1960’s when he embraced  Suzuki’s revolutionary belief that every child can play the violin!   Kendall recognized that Suzuki had created a method to make this possible. Kendall brought the Suzuki Method to America, in every sense. He … Continue reading “How did the U.S. get the Suzuki Method of teaching violin”

The Suzuki Method: It’s Real Violin Instruction


Why the Suzuki Method works for all ages & levels The Suzuki Method of violin instruction is brilliant for starting new players of all ages as well as for teaching advanced players. Often people think of Suzuki as if it’s only for youngsters because it is a system that works brilliantly for those who are … Continue reading “The Suzuki Method: It’s Real Violin Instruction”

Suzuki Baby & Toddler Class: New!


Suzuki Early Childhood Education Class We join the Zero to Three movement! Our studio now offers a preschool music class for 0 to 3+ years old, a Suzuki ECE class! This is the first certified Suzuki ECE class in NOVA. Around 1986, Dorothy Jones and her daughter Sharon worked with Dr. Suzuki on the curriculum for newborns … Continue reading “Suzuki Baby & Toddler Class: New!”

Did you surprise yourself?


  “Did you surprise yourself?” My colleague Brecklyn Smith Ferrin, a Suzuki violin teacher and SECE teacher in Utah as well as a Suzuki mom, recently posted about her almost 5 year-old son who was at the beginning of his Suzuki violin journey with his teacher. He was frustrated and exclaimed words we all have heard, … Continue reading “Did you surprise yourself?”

What is the Suzuki environment?


What did Dr. Suzuki mean by environment? When Dr. Suzuki first began to develop a system for teaching children to play the violin, he came to the conclusion that every child had the ability to play the violin.  That was really a shock to most people who had felt only certain children were born with … Continue reading “What is the Suzuki environment?”

Happy 4th of July 2017!


Happy Birthday, USA! A Capitol Fourth, July 4th, 2017, is always a good website for information and links to the events in DC. Suzuki students know the benefits of listening to music.  Why not add John Philip Sousa to your list? Listen to John Philip Sousa’s Patriotic Marches. He wrote 135 marches.  “Stars and Stripes Forever” top … Continue reading “Happy 4th of July 2017!”

4 Reasons: The violin, great choice for first instrument


Taking music lessons helps children in many ways such as improving math, comprehension, and problem solving skills.  When parents are thinking of starting their child on a musical instrument, which one should they think about? Out of all the musical instruments to choose from, why choose the violin? Here are 4 reasons why the violin is … Continue reading “4 Reasons: The violin, great choice for first instrument”

Kids don’t like to be ordered around: what to do about it.


I can’t speak for you, but many adults don’t like to be ordered around either. If you try to look at the world from a child’s point of view, you find they are ordered around all day long—most of it for good reason. We have to keep them safe and healthy, teach them life skills … Continue reading “Kids don’t like to be ordered around: what to do about it.”