Got 2 Twinkle
Violin Classes at TEC
Your child was born with sensitive ears, and a delicate sense of
Your child is a responsive musical instrument with a beautiful
You want to nurture their musical sensibilities
in an environment that inspires their sense of wonder.
-- Ms. Cynthia
Playing the Violin offers your child an extraordinary opportunity to
increase these very sensibilities. Not only is the auditory
nerve stimulated to develop temporal concepts but the vestibular system
is also organized to a fine degree. The vestibular system
provides a violinist with a sense of balance. Balance
is required of the body to hold the violin as well as to balance the bow
on the strings to obtain a beautiful tone. Additionally the
fingers must balance on the finger board in order to play with sensitive
tone and accurate intonation. By developing his/er intuitive
musical abilities form a young age, violin study enhances the "Spatial
Reasoning Ability" of your child through balance and a well developed
The PreTwinkle classes at TEC are designed by Ms. Cynthia to develop
those sensibilities of your child from the inside out. As
you begin to acquire a better understanding of this process we
hope you will also read
Listening for Success and make a copy of
Get Ready, Set, Go!:
A check list for busy parents with beginning students.
If you are unfamiliar with the Suzuki Method you can get more general
information at the
site from these pages:
What are children ages 3 & 4 doing in a Violin Class?
The PreTwinkle classes are designed to meet not only the musical
needs but also the social and developmental needs the of the child who
is 3-4 years of age. The weekly 30min. classes must have at
least 2 and not more than 4 children. Everyone dresses
comfortably because these are very active classes for both parent and
child. Ms. Cynthia likes to incorporate some of her favorite
Kindermusik activities between Suzuki activities. Everyone
is very busy learning with their ears and their bodies as you will soon
Parents participate and learn at least as much
as the children. Parents are an important
ingredient in the PreTwinkle class. They are always there to
take notes, give the child support and learn practice skills that they
will need to be the child's helper at home. They are the
environmental engineers of the child's musical experience in the home.
They assist the child by finding times and places for listening and
practicing in the child's daily life. They also look for
experiences that will provide children with inspiration for practicing.
Ms. Cynthia spends as much time in the PreTwinkle class teaching
'Musical Parenting' to adults as she does teaching violin to the
children. All PreTwinkle Parents are required to read
They're Rarely to Young and Never Too Old "To Twinkle!"
by Kay Slone. This is a manual for parents and teachers
raising PreTwinkler violin students that much of Ms. Cynthia's teaching
is based on.
Parents can Study Violin too
If you are the parent of a child under the age of three
you have the opportunity to get a head start on the violin before your
child begins his/er own lessons. Many Suzuki parents in
America have discovered the easiest way to keep children motivated
about practicing, is to take private violin lessons themselves.
The young child always wants to do what he sees the parents doing.
Later as children continue study they appreciate having an advocate who
understands the process of their musical efforts. It is not
necessary to become an expert musician as long as you enjoy the
experience and communicate that with your child.
Listening is Magic
The secret to success in the PreTwinkle Class is
listening. All of the children listen to the
Suzuki Violin CD. In the PreTwinkle class children
learn 4 rhythmic variations that provide them with the skills they will
need to learn all of the music in Book I. Parents are asked
to play each track with the single repeat button softly in the
background as if it were the carpet or the wall paper in their
environment. In this way when children come to class they
are already familiar with each of the Twinkles and prepared to play the
games and activities in the class. Find out how you can
Listen for Success when you get your Suzuki CD. We
suspect that listening to music can influence the development of motor
coordination in the young child.
Movement and Balance
Children learn about their world by moving in it.
In the PreTwinkle class we continue moving to the music and leaning
about our bodies. Children learn to name fingers, arms
and feet. We dance and jump on our foot charts.
We begin tapping our twinkle rhythms and finding our Thumbs.
You will see
PT Photos of children with balls
because we are using our whole body to learn the up and down motion of
our bows. We learn to move and be still until we can hold
the box violin with an eraser for a twinkle. We teach our
fingers how to hold a pencil bow and balance a lifesaver on it.
When we can slide the Twinkles on our arm with the music Ms. Cynthia
knows we are ready to hold our bows and bow on our shoulders.
Through many games and listening activities they learn to prepare their
ears and their bodies for the exciting day they will be able hold the
instrument and move the bow. By the time the child can
hold both the bow and the violin together we continue to honor the needs
of the child to move.
Many important things have happened deep inside the
child in the course of a semester of PreTwinkle classes.
Modern research is just beginning to help us understand some of the
processes in the human nervous system that allow us to play a musical
instrument. The fact that a young child can develop these
abilities is still quite remarkable. The secret to our
success at TEC is to teach from the child's inner sense of balance.
Group Lessons and Observation
For PreTwinklers 2-4 children in a weekly lesson is
considered their private lesson. All PreTwinklers are
invited to attend Group lessons for the whole studio of beginners on Saturday
afternoons. This is an opportunity for your box violin
child to see 'Twinkles' who are bowing on their violins and possibly
doing fingers. PreTwinklers will be invited to
participate in beginning activities. Currently PreTwinklers have their
PreTwinkle Classes on Sat. mornings.
Students in Violin Bk. I and up are coming every Sat at 3:00pm
during the school year to play Suzuki Repertory and Fiddle Music.
Ask Ms. Cynthia for a TEC Schedule. For additional
inspiration and insight parents are encourage to bring their child to
observe older children who are studying in the studio during the week.
It could be the magic 10 min. of the week.
Kindermusik in the PreTwinkle Class
Ms. Cynthia incorporates her favorite Kindermusik
activities in her PreTwinkle
classes in her desire to make the children feel comfortable and meet both the physical needs as well as the
social needs of the children. The Kindermusik
curriculum provides a well rounded musical experience for children that
ties in perfectly with the PreTwinkle child's need for movement.
Sharing favorite songs and games provides the children with a sense of
musical bonding. She has chosen basic skills from the
curriculum that feed in to the skills that the children will need for
Now that Ms. Cynthia is so busy on Saturday mornings
teaching Violin, she has not had time to teach the official Kindermusik
curriculum. But she recommends the Kindermusik experience to
any parent planning to place their child in a Suzuki program.
This curriculum offers materials for Babies and Toddlers.
Got Violin? Don't panic!
You will not need a violin during the first 5 to 7
months of PreTwinkle classes. Your child will be so busy
preparing for that violin experience.
Instruction about finding the right violin for your child is provided
during the PreTwinkle classes. Having the
opportunity to observe other students in the studio will also help you
make a better choice. Your child will most likely spend 3
years on the first instrument you obtain for him/er, before s/he
needs to get a larger size. More handouts and
information will provide parents a variety of reliable sources for 1/32
and 1/16 size violins that our parents have had good results with.
Do not rush out and get an instrument at a local music store.
General music stores often do not carry small enough instruments for preschoolers and
will charge you more for the special order. They do not have
anyone who is trained to understand what is needed for a preschooler.
It is also very difficult to get a refund from a local music retailer.
Get Ready, Set, Go!
--is a check list of things you do need to do and get to
start as a PreTwinkler at TEC in the order that you will need them. We
encourage you to print info taps on New
for your own reference. We know that parents are busy and that
getting organized is half the battle. In addition there is a list of
items required for study at TEC for each stage of learning.