Washington Crossing Violin & Viola Studio

Carol G. Kiefer



As when a child learns to talk, parents model musical behaviors that influence young children's developing music aptitude. In the Suzuki Method, professional, well educated instrumental teachers help parents create an enriching 
environment conducive to enjoyable music making. Parents act as “home teachers” during the week framing practice time from notes taken at lessons. One parent learns to play the violin before the young child begins lessons. In this way, children are motivated to imitate what they hear and see. Parent and child learn along with the teacher in a structure termed "the Suzuki triangle". 


Beginning pieces are learned by rote combined with classical music listening and a parent's willingness to guide their child through successive levels of learning. Suzuki Method music books and reference recordings are used to target the individual needs of each student. Traditional training with scales, etudes, and varied studies suitable for the advancing student incorporated with graded Suzuki and supplementary repertoire for a holistic instrumental music education.


Each month students meet twice for 45 or 60 minutes in a group class. As well as building community through common experience, the class provides the needed opportunity to perform for each other in a supportive environment. Students learn to blend tone and style preparing them for 
constructive orchestral experiences. We also play Suzuki and chamber music, review technical skills, learn additional skills and information not covered in the weekly lesson.

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