Tuition required for the level of instruction varies with the length of Private lesson time. 30min. 45min. 60min. scheduled with Ms. Cynthia. This is adjusted to the attention span of the student and the amount of musical materials they need to cover.
Preschoolers ages 3-4 may participate in PreTwinkle Classes or share Private instruction with a Parent. When the child reaches age 5 or is taking up the full 30 minutes playing on the open strings parents may continue by enrolling in their own private instruction.
Children ages 5 and up must be enrolled for private instruction starting at 30 min. per week.
Students who are in Book III and IV need 45 min. weekly instruction as the pieces become longer along with the attention span and endurance of the student. 60 min. weekly instruction is recommended for students in book 5 and up.
Other activities that may be age appropriate include: observation, group lessons, ensemble coaching. Participation in regional Suzuki organizations and performing organizations may provide additional experiences that enhance musical study and motivate practicing. Some of these activities are appropriate for beginning players. Choices become more numerous as students gain skill maturity and experience. Ms. Cynthia will post information about these opportunities as they come up in the course of the year.
It is recommended that parents participate to some degree in the instruction of all school age students as appropriate. Preschool and early elementary students may need the most direct participation by parents. Older students will make the best progress if parents continue to support them by taking notes or recording lesson activates in some way. Sometimes even a high school student will find it helpful to have a parent using a current form of technology to record a lesson.
All students appreciate and benefit from the support of friends and family members at performances and supplementary activities.
Each entry level of study share some universal objectives. Learning to play Twinkle is a vehicle for developing basic skills on the violin. The progress expected at each entry level of instruction is in relationship to the age and maturity of each student. Students will need to master specific skills at each level of instruction before graduating into the next level. Young children are taking the time to develop the motor coordination and habits they will need for successful study in the future. An older student may master motor and reading skills more quickly but need more help with developing a musical memory. Each student has a different attention span and endurance for practicing physically and mentally.
All of these students need opportunities for inspiration. You are encouraged to take advantage of supplementary resources for listening and seeking out musical encounters. They will be posted in the membership pages for the studio.
Instructional style will vary depending on the social development and maturation of each student. Ms. Cynthia has adapted her teaching to meet the needs of many different kinds of students from beginners at age 3 to adult or experienced students transferring from another program..
Ms. Cynthia recognizes that every student is unique. A young student may even be more advanced than his peers but is not ready for the individual instructional style of a more mature student. An older beginner may still be in Book I but be mature enough to study at a more accelerated pace. Please consult Ms. Cynthia if you have additional questions about what is appropriate for your child.
The goal of individual instruction at TEC is to prepare students to get the most out of their participation in the greater musical community of the studio, group instruction and other ensembles and musical opportunities in the community. For each student the violin is a passport to a world of musical friends.
Ages and Stages - From Preschoolers at age 3 to Adult Beginners each new student that comes to the Talent Education Center has different needs.
The links in the Menu column on the left, list the specific age and experience levels of entry for students who are new to our Suzuki Program.
The tabs above provide information unique to the needs of each type of student in the Menu on the left.
Please contact Ms. Cynthia if you still have questions after reading these pages.
Please read Ages and Stages to obtain General Information which is universal for all new students to TEC who are interested in starting instruction. Please read this in addition to the information that is specific to your child or students instructional level. See violins in the Main Menu above or on the Links in the column on the left.
The Suzuki Violin CDs come with the books. All students who are new to this method are encouraged to start listening to the first book and begin memorizing the easiest pieces regardless of the level they are playing in the books they are already studying in. This kind listening will make a difference in many aspects of their playing.
Suzuki Violin CD Vol. I Revised Edition
This is the minimum listening for effective study.
Students are encouraged to listen ahead at least one book level above the book they are currently studying in to progress more quickly.
Please see Additional Resources Recommended for Supplementary Listening.
The more listening students do the more easily they will acquire reading skills when ready.
There are 3 kinds of listening that students need to do to be successful: Preview, Current, Review and General exposure to Violin Music. We use the Single Repeat button on our listening device to memorize pieces that will be studied in class. High School student will be listening to each Twinkle Variation in this way so that they can play them in class spontaneously with out fear. At the same time begin to preview the Vol. 1 CD so that you will already have familiarity with those pieces when you start working on them.
Some accessories are directly related to the use of the violin. Other items will be needed for music instruction and practice at home. See each instructional level for more specific items.
The violins that Ms. Cynthia recommends are set up with a case, wood bow and chinrest. You may need to add rosin in a wood block and slide box for the bow. A soft dark rosin seems to work best in CA.
Occasionally she will recommend substituting the chin rest with another model for the comfort of an older beginner.
Shoulder Rest: Ms Cynthia will custom fit a foam shoulder rest for each student for the best possible playing posture. These are particularly stiff foam wedges (usually about $4.00 YM) which support the violin so it can be held comfortably on the shoulder. Do not spend money on anything more expensive for a shoulder rest. More expensive shoulder rests are rarely appropriate for beginning violin students who are developing good posture.
Dr. Scholl's mole foam may be recommended to make a chinrest more comfortable or keep a bow from slipping.
A chemical free, lint free cotton cloth for will be needed to clean excess rosin from the violin and bow after each practice.
listening equipment, CD player, DVD player or PC
metronome - when child reaches Perpetual Motion in Book I
chromatic tuner - very handy for tuning violin at home
music stand when students start reading (ages 6 and up)
This section is required reading for any parent who has decided to start instruction. You may want to save these pages for reference. Be sure to also read the relevant information for your specific instructional level for more detailed information.
Best sources to start with on line for Suzuki music supplies, materials and music equipment which may be needed:
Keep these links in a convenient place for reference. Read these tabs thoroughly before making any significant purchases.
Warning!!. Absolutely do not purchase something as important as a violin on line. Purchasing the wrong a instrument from someone who is not reliable or just a general music store can be a very expensive experience. It can be very difficult or more expensive to return or exchange a musical instrument. Frequently it is not even possible to return an instrument. This teacher does not believe it is ethical for a teacher to also be a retailer of violins for their own students or receive commissions from a music retailer.
Beginning students will not need an instrument for their initial weeks of instruction. PreTwinkle students may not need access to their first instrument for several months. More mature students age 5 and up may want to observe other students as soon as possible so they can quickly determine what type of instrument they will need. This way the violin can be ready as soon as they reach that level of their progress.
One size fits all is not appropriate for successful progress. Each student needs to be fitted to an instrument that fits their body type as well as upper arm length. Most students will use the same size instrument for about 3 years at a time. Ms. Cynthia will show you the most reliable way to measure a violin on your body. Having the right size violin will allow you to use your body effectively to bow straight, play in tune and play with a bigger tone. It is difficult to do this if you are feeling pain in the neck, back, arms and shoulders. Having the right size violin with the right chin rest and shoulder rest is as important as having the right size running shoes for playing a sport. The correct fit will prevent injuries.
Ms. Cynthia has a list of several violin makers that our parents have found reliable and parent friendly. Do not purchase an instrument with out consulting Ms. Cynthia. She is more than happy to assist you and answer all of your questions.
All parents in the program are required to read key books about the Suzuki Method so that you can have a fuller understanding about the potential of this method. Parents play a significant roll at each level of study. The more you understand the process, the more rewarding it will be for both you and your student. For the purposes of these pages only the minimum books are listed. Successful Suzuki parents will find they have many more resources beyond the scope of this site which may prove useful.
There are some books such as the Suzuki Violin School Volume 1 - Revised Edition (Book & CD) which every student in the studio is required to have available for use for regular instruction. There are other music books not listed under these tabs that are optional and supplementary for more enhanced study and motivation. They will be listed on other pages of this site which are used by students who are experienced members in the studio.