The cornerstone of our philosophy is that every child is unique and over the course of learning how to play these instruments they will have highly individualized needs. Together, it's our job as their teacher and as their parent to help them navigate this process as they discover how to make a beautiful tone on their chosen instrument. In our experience, this is a model that works well in helping students to master the difficult skill of playing a stringed instrument and to reap the many benefits of music education.
For young students:
We believe that the Suzuki method offers younger students a wonderful opportunity to access instrumental music lessons through listening and age-appropriate physical activity. The philosophy entails that every student can learn how to play the violin or cello, given the right environment and system of support. It is based on language acquisition theory, where students are immersed from a young age in the environment that uses the language we’d like them to become fluent in; in this case, music and the violin or cello. To achieve maximum impact, this is best done when a student is very young as a child's brain absorbs this kinds of information much more efficiently than that of an adult. To succeed, student, parent and teacher need to work together in the early years of study as a team in order to give students the solid foundation musically and technically. This home environment is supplemented as part of a larger environment and community through the teacher’s studio. The group class creates a larger community of musicianship, emphasizes the joy of making music together and provides a source of community and resource on the Suzuki journey for the student and practice parent.
This means that we need your help! Until the student reaches an age where they can practice independently we need you to:
- Be the home teacher during practice sessions.
- Attend every lesson.
- Take notes on what the teacher does in the lesson so you can support and recreate it at home.
- Listen daily with your child. The listening is to give you both an aural guide to what each piece should sound like.
- Group classes are designed to motivate students and so they can have fun playing with their peers. Attend every group class.
For older students:
While the benefits of having a home practice partner are undeniable, there comes a time in every student's development when a greater level of independence is both desired and needed. Our teachers understand this important distinction and make every effort to tailor the instruction to the individual student; if the student feels uncomfortable in their environment, progress will most likely not be made. Through 1:1 instruction, older students learn to develop their organizational and time-management skills, as well as the discipline needed to take control of their own learning and development.
Students will have the opportunity to partake in group classes appropriate for their level and age, as well as encouraged to take a leadership role in guiding and acting as mentors for our younger musicians. We are passionate about developing a thriving musical community amongst our students and our older students play an extremely important role in shaping and enriching that community.
Beyond their private violin or cello instruction, our older students will be encouraged to explore performance opportunities in and around the Houston area, as well as to attend summer institutes and workshops across Texas and throughout the USA.