What is the Suzuki method?

The Suzuki method is based on the “mother-tongue” approach – the idea that all children have the ability to learn their native language and can learn to master anything else in the same way.  In the case of the Suzuki method, very young children are learning to play a musical instrument.  This approach involves a lot of listening, playing by ear in the first stages of learning, and attention to the child’s whole environment.  For more information, visit www.suzukiassociation.org and read these books:

Nurtured By Love by Shinichi Suzuki

Ability Development from Age Zero by Shinichi Suzuki

To Learn With Love by William and Constance Starr

What are the parent’s responsibilities?

The parent is responsible for creating an environment in which the child can learn best, and the parent is considered the child’s home teacher.  The parent attends every lesson with their child and practices with their child every day at home.  The cello teacher is the model for how to play the cello and is the guide for both the student and parent for how to practice at home.

What is the time commitment?

Study of the cello includes daily practice and listening to the recordings, weekly private lessons and weekly group lessons.  In addition to lessons and practicing, there are at least two studio recitals per year.

Group lessons take place on Friday afternoons, 5:00-7:00pm.  Private lessons are scheduled Monday through Friday.

Where do you teach?

I teach in three locations: Knox Church in South Minneapolis, my Home Studio in Southwest Minneapolis, and Breck School in Golden Valley.