Music School adds Suzuki violin program
Rockport — Bay Chamber Music School is offering a new Suzuki violin program, led by its newest faculty member, Suzuki violin instructor Sarah Glenn. The Suzuki philosophy, developed by Shinichi Suzuki more than 50 years ago, emphasizes that anyone can become a fine musician with the right kind of guidance, especially young children. The Suzuki method is appropriate for any age, beginning as early as ages 3 or 4.
Together with Glenn, the Bay Chamber Music School invites parents and children to explore this unique approach to developing musical interest and abilities. The Suzuki violin program provides a secure and proven musical learning environment, entirely tailored to the specific needs and developing minds of young children.
Suzuki founded his method, also called the Mother Tongue method, based on the belief that children learn music best in the same way they learn language from their parents. Suzuki students learn first aurally, by listening, and through repetition. Once basic technique is established, students begin reading music, typically at the same time they begin reading in school.
Because the Suzuki method is built around the idea of learning music the same way language is learned, a great deal of emphasis is placed on the parent-child relationship. Parents attend all lessons and classes, practice with their child and create a supportive environment at home that is conducive to learning. This does not mean that parents must be musical; rather, it means that they too must be willing to learn and be an active participant in the child's music education.
The Suzuki violin program at Bay Chamber Music School includes a weekly private lesson, group classes and performances throughout the year. Instructor Glenn moved to Midcoast Maine with her family last December.
"I am so pleased to have found Bay Chamber Music School. It is a wonderful community where students can learn and grow musically and in many other ways as well. The school is especially committed to having students play together — a key component of the Suzuki method,” she said.
Glenn had lived in Boston for the previous 10 years, where she has taught violin at the North End Music and Performing Arts Center; and coordinated Education and Community Engagement Programs for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She is teaching at Bay Chamber Music School in the Shepherd Building Tuesdays and Saturdays, with rolling enrollment opportunities available. For more information about the Suzuki violin program or any of Bay Chamber's offerings, contact Joan Kulle at 236-2823 or visit baychamberconcerts.org.
Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School is a 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of people in our community through high-quality concert programs, music education and community engagement. Bay Chamber acknowledges the importance of all musical languages and encourages people of all ages and abilities to explore them both in concerts and in the classroom.
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