Discover Talent – Develop Ability – Dare to Shine
Silver Strings offers musical training that is rooted in the Suzuki Method and includes weekly private lessons, bi-monthly group/theory classes, workshops and regular performance opportunities to keep students inspired, motivated and connected to their immediate, and larger musical community.
Don’t hurry don’t rest. Without stopping, without haste, carefully taking one step at a time will surely get you there.
- Shinichi Suzuki
The Suzuki Method
The basic principles of the Suzuki Method consist of listening, repetition, motivation, and encouragement. The primary goal is to nurture not only the child’s musical abilities but also the total human being. The Suzuki philosophy involves more than beliefs about music. As teachers, it is our responsibility not only to build skill, but to nurture the human heart. Suzuki intended for students to experience the joy of becoming a violinist and, as a result of dedicated study, a better person.
Benefits and learned life skills:
- Communication Skills
- Stage Presence
- Setting Goals
- Good Listening Skills
For more information on the Suzuki Method please visit the Suzuki Association of the Americas
The observation period for prospective families offers a glimpse into the musical community and helps develop an understanding of student and parent expectations. The observation period is free of charge and the length of time may vary depending on age and maturity. A minimum of 4 lessons and 2 group classes is recommended before a decision is made to move forward.
Students attend individual lessons weekly. The teacher works systemically, paying attention to the whole child: physical balance and health, violin technique, tone, expression, musicality. The practicing parent serves as an extra set of eyes and ears at lessons and during daily practice.
At home, parent and child work together in daily practice. Parents use notes to replicate teaching points from the lesson and execute practice assignments. It is the parents responsibility to develop a safe atmosphere for practice and provide encouragement for their child. The goal is to build ease through repetition, and to reveal the artistry that is inherent within each child.
Twice a month students come together for group/theory class where a host of new challenges await them such as: leading, following, watching, playing exactly together, musical expression as a group, and evolving a piece through ensemble rehearsal. Each student is an integral part of the class encouraging cooperation and friendship. Indeed, this is the essence of chamber music: the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and there is much joy, freedom and passion that comes from making music with others.
Music Matrix is a blend of music making, reading and movement. In order to develop music literacy skills, students are grouped by age in classes focused on learning theory skills experientially with peers. Music Matrix classes blend highlights from Suzuki, MMG, Orff, Dalcroze, and World Music Drumming methods, to learn theory concepts from the string players perspective.