Suzuki Method Violin Classes for children ages 3-5.

Tuition

Pre-Twinkle students start in “pods” with other brand new families. Tuition fees are per child for the 11 week quarter. Tuition due at registration. No refunds, credits or makeups for missed classes. Pods meet for 30 minutes, weekly.

Scheduling

  • 2 children enrolled: $165 per child.
  • 3 children enrolled: $ 110 per child.
    • The difference in tuition is due to the amount of individual time each child has with me. In a class with two children, each child will receive 15 minutes of individual time. With three children per class each child receives 10 minutes of individual time.

Pre-Twinkle students start in “pods” with other brand new families.

  • New pods start lessons at the beginning of each quarter (September, December, March and June.)
  • Each quarter runs 11 weeks. See the studio calendar for closings.
  • The day and time of your pod is to be determined during registration. Families will be paired based on scheduling needs. For example, if two families indicate they are available on Tuesday at 5 pm, both families will be assigned to that time slot.
  • The class size is not guaranteed. Size is dependent on how many families enroll for the time slot. However, each pod is full at 3 children.
  • Pods are scheduled during current studio hours; beginning at 3pm and ending by 8 pm on Monday. Tuesday or Thursday from 4-8pm.

If due to scheduling needs I can’t match you to another family, or you can wait until the following quarter to enroll. While waiting for the next quarter, you have two options:

OPTION 1: You are welcome to attend multiple pre-twinkle demo classes and recitals. Your family is welcome to OBSERVE group classes and individual lessons. You are also welcome to ask questions or set up a meeting with me to further discuss lessons and the suzuki method. Tuition: FREE!

OPTION 2: Children may enroll in the Pandas Group class to participate in all games and activities after observing a group class. For the instrument playing portion of the group class, children may use a foam violin; observe the class or choose to listen to one song and then go home. Children do not not need a real violin, and should not get one until officially enrolled in the pre-twinkle program. Children do not have to participate for the entire class but are expected to not become a distraction if observing. Children and parents may come and go during the class as needed. Families are also welcome to all the items in option 1 above. Families will need to observe one group class before enrolling. Panda class meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 6:15-6:45pm. Tuition: $40 per quarter (pro-rated if starting mid quarter).

Class Structure

  • Class size: 2-3 children per pod.
  • *Mixed aged Group Classes (3-5 years).
  • 11 weeks per quarter.
  • Parents participate, take notes and practice with the child at home.
  • Your pod meets weekly at the same time. Class format is a mix of individual instruction and group class instruction. The first meeting of each month is in group format while the other weeks are the individual (semi-private) lessons. All families in the pod attend and observe the individual lessons of other students.
  • The last class of the quarter will be a mini, informal group recital. You are welcome to invite family and friends!

*More on mixed aged Classes: (3-5 years). With a larger age range the natural outcome is that of socialization; which focus on the learning needs of the individual child. Older children gain confidence and sensitivity by becoming good role models and teachers for younger children. Younger children are inspired and motivated by the work or older children. Mixed age classes also help to create a family friendly environment. 

 Registration

Click the blue rectangle below to register. Forms are only live during the following registration periods. Please email me if you have questions or have missed the registration period for the quarter.

  • Fall (Sept-Nov): August 1st-15th.
  • Winter (Dec-Feb): November 1st-15th.
  • Spring (March-May): February 1st-15th.
  • Summer (June-Aug): May 1st-15th.
Click the blue ticket (rectangle) above to complete the registration form.

Pre-twinkle Goals

The objective of the Pre-Twinkle program is to create a nurturing musical environment. In this whole child aproach children florish! Based on the Suzuki Mother Tongue Method, in which children develop skills in the same manner that they acquire their native language. Read more about Dr. Suzuki’s Mother Tongue Approach here.

Required Materials

  • Flashcards will be provided as part of your tuition fees.
  • Parents will need a notebook or some way to take lesson notes.
  • Children will begin on foam, play violins. When the child shows that they are ready for a real violin, I will guide you in the rental process. Rentals are generally $20 per month. On average, children are ready for real violin 2-3 weeks into the class.

Curriculum

Beginning with music and the ear, children establish confidence and approaches to learning that will last a lifetime. A strong bond between parent and child is the center of the approach and provides the platform on which widening skills can be practiced. Increased concentration time rewards both the child with new learning and the parent with cooperative behaviour.

We begin by introducing one small skill at a time. After a skill is mastered, a new skill is layered on top. We continue in this new and review pattern, never dropping concepts just a child doesn’t drop words form their vocabulary as they are mastered.

Using stories about nature, music, and child life; children learn about their world in an integrated way at their own pace. Concepts reinforced by activities at home with parents. We believe that a child’s first and more important teacher is the parent.

Music concepts focus on maintaining a steady beat, rhythms, melody, vocal development, ear training, musical movement. We also focus on physical skills necessary for instrumental play such as balance, coordination, large motor skillls and fine motor skills.

Life and social skills form another area for focus. Children gain familiarity with the teacher and studio, become acquainted with other students and parents. Children learn to work in a group. Everyone learns to cooperate in the parent/teacher/child triangle. Children also learn to listen, to follow instructions and gain responsibility through clean-up from our activities.

Suzuki Concepts

Every child can learn

Suzuki educators know that ability is firmly and gradually developed at one level before introducing the next level. An important facet of Suzuki teaching is the “education of Momma”. This does not refer to the “Mother Tongue Approach” but was used by Suzuki to point out the importance of the parents in the process. The thorough mastery of one skill will ensure success as the next skill is introduced. Parents must not hurry the child but allow for confidence before proceeding. Parents and teachers must not “give up”. Just as every parent knows that their child will learn and speak their native language fluently, other abilities can be developed.

Ability develops early

Success in one task will lead to more success. The earlier a child learns the satisfaction that comes with success, the earlier that child can move on to new skill development in any of the domains. (cognitive, affective kinesthetic)

Environment nurtures growth

When parents, teachers and adults around the child are supportive and helpful, when they reward the child with positive feedback for efforts they make and when they show acceptance of the small successes that children have, the environment is nurturing and helpful for growth

Children learn from one another

Children who play with other children learn from them. All children use their senses for learning and their senses will motivate them to imitate their peers (especially if it looks like fun). They identify readily with children who are a little older and represent a “working” model. They often look to children just a little younger to practice the social skills that they have learned from older children.

Success breeds success

Success in any task has some implicit rewards but when the environment provides some social or physical rewards like approval or a hug, the child quickly learns to repeat the effort.

Parental involvement is critical

When parents are supportive and actively help children, their accurate feedback helps the process of learning to focus and learning becomes thoroughly mastered. Although a child learns by experience to avoid a hot stove after touching it, the feedback for much learning is more often muted and needs to be supported by an adult.

Encouragement is essential

The social reward of a supportive parent or adult (or other child) will speed the learning and remove doubt about what constitutes success in a child’s learning experience. No encouragement negates the fundamental reward of success in any learning experience. It is possible for the physical environment to provide the reward necessary but if there is no encouragement from any aspect, the learning is not complete.