Private Instruction: $300. every 12 weeks * 30 min. weekly instruction
Private Instruction $450. every 12 weeks * 45 min. weekly instruction
Initial Registration per student $60.
* Membership tuition based on year round continuous participation. If notified in advance, arrangements for make up lessons can be made case by case and scheduled before or after an absence. Students who leave the studio for 4 weeks will need to reregister and pay Registration fee as new students. See Tuition Calendar.
Observation of fellow students in the studio. All students are invited and encouraged to observe other students in the program. See Observation policy.
Group Instruction. To develop motivation all students are encouraged to participate in Group Lesson Activities. All levels of students are invited to perform in recitals and Play-in-the Park activities. Please see Studio Calendar.
Ensemble participation. Students who are developing reading skills by the middle of Book 2 have opportunities to audition for preparatory orchestras or ensembles in the community. Ms. Cynthia will post information, usually in the Spring.
SMAC Festivals, Workshops, Institutes. All Suzuki Students from Twinklers and up are encouraged to participate.
Beginning students of this age may not realize how critical it is to develop listening habits that support violin study. Initially, these students need a parent's guidance and encouragement to establish the habits of effective musical study. Parents are expected to attend all lessons and support their beginning student with their leadership. Parents will need to take notes during lessons and supervise listening and practice at home until older students can show the maturity to take responsibility for their own progress and practice activities. Parents need to play a significant part in organizing opportunities for regular daily listening habits. They must also assist Ms. Cynthia in developing age appropriate practice habits and routines which are recommended during instruction.
When parents support an older beginner during their novice period as an older beginner the odds are greater that they will be more likely to keep making progress until they have the skills to participate in a performing organization at school or in the community which will keep them motivated and inspire them to practice on their own iniciative .
Beginning Students learn the following violin skills through the study of the Twinkle Variations:
Develop daily listening habits and activities that will assist them with memorizing pieces and play them in tune.
Master basic skills and reliable routines that will take the student through the rest of Book I with reasonable ease.
Learn 4-5 Twinkle Rhythms and Theme
Develop bow hold by balancing fingers
Develop endurance to balance violin on the shoulder and hold bow long enough to play a Twinkle Variations which will become their first Tonalization when they place the bow on the open strings.
Learn to play bow patterns for each Twinkle Rhythm with music while maintaining a bow hold and bow arm which will give them a deep tone for future pieces in Book I.
Learn how to break down a piece of music into its important components and practice them effectively.
Once students complete playing Twinkle variations with good intonation and tone they will have time to consider developing beginning reading skills that they will need in orchestra..
These methods and practice habits will be recycled so that each student can begin making progress on pieces in Book I after the student can play Twinkle with fingers. Depending on their maturation, and the support they receive from parents in this age they may need 2 to 4 weeks PreTwinkle activity and preparation before starting the use of the violin. This will give parents time to consult Ms. Cynthia about choosing the right instrument for their child.
Students will continue reviewing all pieces as they progress and develop the ability to play them from memory. By polishing review pieces students develop mastery of skills which will make newer piece more accessible.
Private Instruction for 30-45 minute weekly lesson. Parents take notes and supervise listening and practice until student demonstrates they are ready to take responsibility for themselves.
45 minute lesson time recommended for:
Students who expects to take significant breaks for family travel which are difficult to make up.
Students who find themselves progressing quickly to longer pieces in Book II and III
Students who plan to enter school programs in 4th grade should seriously consider starting private instruction with our program in May or June before hand so that they can get a running start to develop basic skills, practice habits and become comfortable on their instrument before school starts. This is a great way to avoid learning bad habits which will be difficult to change.
Students who have already started in the large classes in your school program first should see New Transfer students for more information.
See the menu above or on the left side to find the level of study you are interested in.
Suzuki Violin CD Vol. I Revised Edition
This is the minimum listening for effective study.
Students are encouraged to listen ahead at least one book level above the book they are currently studying in to progress more quickly.
Please see Additional Resources Recommended for Supplementary Listening.
The more listening students do the more easily they will acquire reading skills when ready.
There are 3 kinds of listening that students need to do to be successful: Preview, Current, Review and General exposure to Violin Music. We use the Single Repeat button on our listening device to memorize pieces that will be studied in class. PreTwinkle students will be listening to each Twinkle Variation in this way so that they can play them in class spontaneously with out fear.
Parents of New Students will find it helpful to read as much of the required reading as possible before starting. Take time to read these pages so you can be prepared for your first classes and have everything you need at home to practice effectively on those things that Older Beginners need to start doing first before picking up the instrument. Parents at the Beginning level will find it helpful to read as much of the required reading as possible before starting.
Most reading and instructional materials needed can be obtained through on line catalogues who cater to the Suzuki Community:
Young Musicians Easiest to use, smaller catalogue
Shar Music More expansive catalogue with more choices.
Please read carefully the information you need about obtaining a violin. It will save you money.
See also Ages and Stages
1. CD players and DVD player in convenient locations
2. Empty VHS or 2 DVD boxes, rubber band and car wash sponge, for box violin
3. Dr. Scholl's mole skin plus
5. Cloth, lint and chemical free for cleaning violin
6. File bands rubber bands for shoulder rest
When PreTwinkle skills are mastered students will need several items for the violin outfit :
Foam wedge, firm foam which will be custom trimmed for shoulder rest with real violin. Cloth, lint and chemical free for cleaning violin. File Bands for shoulder rest. Dr. Scholl's callus pads for chin rest. See important information above about obtaining a violin. Rosin, soft dark rosin in a slider box is recommended for younger students.
More information on violin care
A violin will not be needed until the last half of the PreTwinkle process when the student starts working with their bow. The Older beginner will begin using the bow after they master basic listening and motor skills. A bow will be needed when students can arm slide all 4 Twinkle Variations. The older the student the more quickly they will progress to this point.
Students will usually start with box violin, foot chart and pencil bow when ready a few weeks into the start of instruction.
Most students will need a 1/8 or 1/4 size violin. Please wait until Ms. Cynthia has had an opportunity to size you for an instrument. Scott Cao STV 017, will be needed when students can arm slide 4 Twinkles with the music. Each student will be measured for their unique body type and size by the teacher in the studio.
Please, Do not purchase an instrument with out consulting the teacher you plan to study with. It is nearly impossible to obtain refunds for musical instruments from a retailer.
New Parents of older beginners are required to read the following books. Since this age child may progress more quickly through the PreTwinkle process, please become familiar with materials needed at next level.
1. Ability Development from Age 0
2. They're rarely too old and never too young "To Twinkle"
Reading the above materials will begin to give you the understanding that you need to be effective in Musical Parenting and help you to create the environment at home to help with practicing.
Instructional books needed by students: Suzuki Method Violin Book Vol. I, Revised Edition
See Ages and Stages for additional resources.