Small Group Instruction with 2-4 children with parent participation $200. every 12 weeks * 30 min. weekly instruction
Private Instruction for 1 child with parent: $300. every 12 weeks * 30 min. weekly instruction
Initial Registration per student $60.
* Membership tuition based on year round continuous participation. If notified in advance, arrangements for make up lessons can be made case by case and scheduled before or after an absence. Students who leave the studio for 4 weeks will need to reregister and pay Registration fee as new students. See Tuition Calendar.
Each Student is an important part of the classroom environment. Children look forward to familiar friends. Parents are asked to be consistent about attendance so that they can create a consistent environment that each child is comfortable in.
All students are invited and encouraged to observe other students in the program. To develop motivation all students are encouraged to participate in Group Lesson Activities. All levels of students are invited to perform in recitals and Play-in-the Park activities. Please see Studio Calendar.
Parents are expected to attend all lessons and support the child with their leadership. Parents will need to master the same basic skills which the child must master as well as become familiar with Musical Parenting skills they will need for practice at home. Please be sure children are listening every day. Develop practice habits and routines which are developmentally appropriate.
Consistent attendance is especially important to success for preschoolers. Young children look forward to predictable environments with friends they have learned to trust. Parents are asked to be as considerate as possible to other families participating in the class.
Develop daily listening habits and activities, Master PreTwinkle skills at child's pace. [Learn 4 Twinkle Rhythms, Develop bow hold by using balance, Develop endurance to balance violin on the shoulder, Learn to play bow patterns for each Twinkle Rhythm with music]. These routines will be recycled so that child can begin making progress through Book I after child can play Twinkle with fingers..
Parents may choose one of two available instructional styles. Each is scheduled for 30 min.
A. Small Group Lesson with 2-4 children accompanied by one parent, ages 3-4 with parent participation.
B. Parent takes private instruction with child, Lessons are first with the parent and then little by little more activities include the child as they become ready. Over time child develops attention span for their own private instruction.
Preschooler - ages 3-4, PreTwinkler
See also Ages and Stages for General information for new students.
Suzuki Violin CD Vol. I Revised Edition
Students are encouraged to listen to at least one book level above the book they are playing in.
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. PreTwinkle students will be listening to each Twinkle Variation in this way so that they can play them in class spontaneously with out fear.
Take time to read these pages so you can be prepared for your first classes and have everything you need at home to practice effectively on those things that PreTwinklers need to start doing first. Parents at the Beginning level will find it helpful to read as much of the required reading as possible before starting.
Most reading and instructional materials needed can be obtained through Young Musicians or Shar music. Some materials for the PreTwinkle Class are items you can find in your own home or easily get locally. PreTwinklers will not need a violin in their first weeks of class. The information you need for choosing an instrument is included in your instruction time. You will have plenty of time to consult your teacher so that you can get the correct instrument to make the most of your progress.
As mentioned in the Instrument Tab, Parents will have plenty of time to consult Ms. Cynthia about obtaining the best violin for your child while they master the skills they need to develop as PreTwinklers before becoming Twinklers. The maturity of your child will determine how much time they will need instruction at the PreTwinkle level.
Required: CD players and a DVD player in convenient locations.
Items recommended for use at home: Small Drum, Rhythm sticks, Small light ball, Scarves or streamers, Bean bag, Smelly scented markers, Stickers, Gummy life savers, Eraser toys.
Box Violin: Pizza box size piece of card board, Empty DVD or VHS boxes, rubber band and sponge, for box violin. Dr. Scholl's mole skin plus.
Items needed for Twinkler:
Foam wedge, firm foam which will be custom trimmed for shoulder rest with real violin. Cloth, lint and chemical free for cleaning violin. Dr. Scholl's callus pads for chin rest.
More information on violin care
Please read the information under this tab carefully before making any purchases of any kind for a violin. It will save you money. It is very difficult if not impossible to obtain refunds for musical instruments at a local music store.
A violin will not be needed until the last half of the PreTwinkle process. The PreTwinkler will begin using the bow after they master basic listening and motor skills. Preschool Students will usually start with box violin, foot chart and pencil bow until they are able to master basic motor skills needed to hold the bow and then the violin
1/32 or 1/16, size violin Scott Cao STV 017, will be needed when students can arm slide 4 Twinkles with the music. Each student will be measured for their unique body type and size by the teacher in the studio. Please, Do not purchase an instrument with out consulting the teacher you plan to study with. It is difficult to obtain refunds for musical instruments.
New Parents of PreTwinklers are required to read the following books.
1. Ability Development from Age 0
2. They're rarely too old and never too young "To Twinkle"
3. The New PreTwinkle Book*
* Supplementary games and activities for practice at home.
Reading the above materials will begin to give you the understanding that you need to be effective in Musical Parenting and help you to create the environment at home to help with practicing.