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Studio Philosophy

 Dr. Suzuki taught that every child can learn. As a student of Dr. Suzuki's teaching, I believe that every child can and will benefit from studying the Suzuki method. I strive to individualize my teaching style to fit a student's strengths. While the Suzuki repertoire is the foundation of my teaching, I also use supplemental repertoire that enforces the basic concepts introduced through the Suzuki method.                                                                                                                                                 My goal with every parent is to teach both musical and pedagogical concepts so they will inspire their child in the beginning of Suzuki instruction, learn about their child's personality and learning style in the intermediate levels of instruction, and enjoy their child's musical development, appreciating their hard work ethic during the advanced levels of Suzuki instruction. My hope is that parent and child will share the thrill of polishing a piece of music and the excitement of starting a more challenging piece, creating an atmosphere at home where music is considered an essential part of their lives.                                                                                                                                  My goal with each student is not to produce the next Joshua Bell or Itzhak Perlman, but to teach the student how to break large problems into small pieces they can master. I feel this gives students the tools necessary for music to become a meaningful way to communicate their personality, thoughts and feelings. I also feel that my teaching style encourages students to appreciate and support the arts for the rest of their lives.                                                                                                                      Dr. Suzuki believed that it is not talent, but rather the environment a person is exposed to that determines whether or not they will be musical. This belief is the reason my own children are involved in the Suzuki method and why I continue to enjoy teaching young people the violin... 

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