Washington Crossing Violin & Viola Studio: Carol Gwen Kiefer

Washington Crossing Violin & Viola Studio: Carol Gwen Kiefer


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


Beginning students learn to play by rote, listening to targeted music from the Suzuki recordings. To a great extent, children learn according to their parent's willingness to guide them 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 are incorporated with graded Suzuki and supplementary repertoire for a holistic instrumental music education.


Each month students meet twice for 30 - 60 minutes in a group class setting. As well as building community through common experience, the class provides the needed opportunity to perform for each other in a supportive environment. In addition, students learn sensitivity to tone, style, and musical form which prepare them for successful orchestral experiences. We play Suzuki and chamber music pieces, review technical skills and ear training, as well as music theory and history not covered in the weekly lesson.

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