Music + Talent Education = Kind Character

We’re a Suzuki Violin Studio for children ages 2.5+ established by Glenda Walsh Crouse in 2003! Our Westminster, Maryland studio welcomes families of all backgrounds and abilities.
Our program offers comprehensive violin training and artistic development through the Suzuki Talent Education method. Children learn music the way they learn their native language—through immersion, games and play! Our focus is to nurture both musical skills and the whole child. Fostering life skills, a love for learning and kind character. Student levels range from absolute beginner to conservatory auditions for college music majors. For more details, call.

Why choose Suzuki over Traditional Methods ?

Dr. Suzuki observed that all Japanese children became fluent in Japanese.

He applied language acquisition to the study of music. That is, learning music the way we learn our native language—through emersion!

Dr.Suzuki’s main goals were twofold:

1) To develop kind human beings that use empathy to create change and 2) to educate children HOW to learn, so that the skills they learn through violin study can be applied to study of any discipline. Also know as becoming talented.

A Social Justice Movement

Dr. Shinichi Suzuki studied violin in Germany during the 1920’s and witnessed the rise of Fascism, White Supremacy/Nationalism —the environment that birthed the Nazi party. Upon returning to Japan he also saw similar ideology. Suzuki witnessed first hand the atrocities that these dehumanizing ideologies create and understood that people are not inherently born with these ideas; rather they are educated into people. He observed that it’s a person’s environment that shapes them to do kind acts or hateful acts. He wanted to educate children to have good character (discipline). It’s through the study of violin playing, that one learns to discipline their thoughts, emotions & actions. Talent education instills a sense of responsibility to act for the good and happiness of ALL people. Dr. Suzuki believed that if every child could be educated in the spirit of kindness, the world would become a kinder, happier and more peaceful place. “Every child can,” Dr. Suzuki’s famous saying, means that every child can develop the skills needed to play violin and to have a kind heart. It also means adults must breakdown all barriers that limit a child’s access to education and a nurturing environment— Including all economic, political and social obstacles.

Talent= Ability to Aquire Skill

In the Suzuki method “Talent” is something one fosters. Talent is a skill that one can develop.

When we say a person is “talented” we mean they have cultivated the ability to learn new skills; They have learned how to learn!

Dr. Suzuki said that “Every child can!” Meaning that all children have the ability to develop talent.

A child is not born “talented” or “gifted” or with a gene that makes them superior to another.

Every child can learn to play the violin if parent and Sensei work together to create the right environment that enables a child to develop talent.

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Individual lessons held in my studio located in Westminster, MD 21158 Full address disclosed during initial phone interview.

Group classes held at a church in downtown Westminster. Full address disclosed when families are ready to observe group classes prior to enrollment.