New Program for Fall 2019
Beginning Suzuki Violin classes with Angela Malmberg
Suzuki Starts – Suzuki preparatory class.
At this time there are not enough students to commence running the program. We may start the program at a later date this year. Please contact the school if you are interested.
These preschool classes for children ages 3-5 are the starting point for learning Suzuki violin. In these classes, children will meet the Twinkle Bunny family and begin to develop the correct playing posture and movements for holding and playing a real violin and bow. Rhythm and singing skills are developed through fun games and songs. No instruments or books are necessary.
This will be an intergenerational learning program, with classes being open to the residents of Augustine House. “Intergenerational learning programs are planned ongoing activities that purposely bring together different generations to share experiences that are mutually beneficial” Participants will experience the joy of music-making by participating together – child, parent, teacher, and elder.
Over 50 years ago in Japan, violinist Shinichi Suzuki observed that children of any background learn their native language through listening and imitating in nurturing environments. His idea that very young children could learn music, in the same way, became known as the “mother-tongue approach”. Suzuki music uses parental commitment, loving encouragement, repetition, and a rich learning environment to create conditions for success in music. This program is based on the successes of similar programs currently being offered in Australia and the US.
“Musical ability is not an inborn talent but an ability which can be developed. Any child who is properly trained can develop musical ability, just as all children develop the ability to speak their mother tongue. The potential of every child is unlimited.”- Shinichi Suzuki