Getting Started

Whether you are a child or an adult, learning to play an instrument helps everyone to experience the joy that comes through music making.  When learning an instrument in an environment of encouragement and support we develop confidence, self-discipline, patience, concentration and the ability to try difficult things.

For Parents of Young Children

Depending on the age and experience of your child, lessons will follow either the Suzuki Method approach, or a slightly modified Suzuki Method approach.  This will be determined during our first conversation or visit together.  Before you commit to taking lessons, it is highly recommended that you and your child observe a lesson.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have, or to set up an observation time.  For more information on the Suzuki Method please refer to the Suzuki page.

Recommended Reading

Listed below are a variety of books on the Suzuki Method, parent encouragement and practicing with your child.

Nurtured by Love / Dr. Suzuki Suzuki

Ability Development from Age Zero / Dr. Shinichi Suzuki

Helping Parents Practice / Edmund Sprunger

To Learn with Love / William and Constance Starr

Adult Students

Whether you are someone who has always wanted to play the violin or viola, or are picking one up again for the first time in years; the philosophy of Dr. Suzuki that “any child can learn” translates easily to any adult can learn.  We will discuss your goals together and create a plan that suits your needs.

What you will need to get started

Sizing of the instrument and level of repertoire will be determined by the teacher.

~ Violin or Viola, Bow and Case

~ Rosin, Shoulder Rest and Soft Cleaning Cloth

~ Suzuki Violin or Viola Book and Corresponding CD and or Alternate Repertoire

Optional Items:

~ Combination Metronome/Electric Tuner and Music Stand