Summer is the best time to get a Musical Head Start on Fall

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Summer is the best time to get a Musical Head Start on Fall.

Now when you have a few extra hours to spend with children and discover their interest, Summer can be a good time to explore violin lessons.

  1. Children can get a little head start with the basics before they get busy with school again.
  2. New habits are easier to start shaping and forming.
  3. Children have more time for listening to their pieces without the burden of homework.
  4. Parents have more time to help children get the right books, equipment and instruments to do the job with.
  5. You can avoid the rush during the first month of school in Sept.
  6. You can get first pick on the schedule you would like to have for Fall.

Not to mention all the good things music does to help children get ready for school from the inside out of the brain when Fall finally arrives.

See you soon.

 

TEC Students play for the Musical Moments of the Irvine City Council Meeting this Oct, 2015

Three of our Book I & IV students will be playing Minuet II for the Musical Moment of the Irvine City Council Meeting this Tue., Oct. 27th.  It is fitting that the Irvine City Council begins all of its public meeting with a patriotic selection.  This allows the students to share a piece of their own choosing.  What a wonderful way to remind council members what their work in the chambers is all about before the begin the serious business of running a city.  We commend the City of Irvine for this tradition.

Our high school student will be joined by 3 more of her book IV peers from our Sister program Santa Ana Suzuki Strings/OCCTAC to play the ‘Star Spangled Banner”.  You can learn more about www.occtac.org here.

The Irvine City Council Meeting is brought to you live, at 5:00 pm on Irvine TV and if you miss it you can check the Irvine City website for meeting on demand.    In addition, we get to add another official photo of the children and the current mayor to our collection.

More details to follow as we are busy practicing.  We have only 5 minutes to shine and we want to make you all proud.

Suzuki Violin’s bookshelf: for-new-students

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If you are thinking about getting your child started with violin classes here is a list of the most important books you will need to begin with.

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The most important of them is the Suzuki Violin Book, Volume 1, Revised Edition with the CD.  The CD is especially  important so that you can get a head start listening to the Twinkle Variations softly in the background with the single repeat button.   Your goal is to start memorizing the rhythms of the first 5 variations.
Ability Development from Age Zero As a  Parent, you are encouraged to learn as much as possible about the Suzuki Method. We know that parents are busy and don’t have time for more than a few minutes of reading between all the events in their day.  Start with an introduction to the Suzuki Method that has short chapters explaining a few of the basic concepts.

This little gem of a book by Dr. Suzuki is filled with his insights about how children learn from their environment at an early age.

If you are starting a child who is between 3-6 years of age you will want to have lots of ideas for practicing at home to make it enjoyable and help you remember some of the games you played in class. The Pre Twinkle Book: Poems For The Youngest Suzuki Children will give you lots of ideas to encourage the repetitions you need to develop mastery of new skills from your lesson in a playful manner. In the back of the book are more silly words and poems for learning and singing the songs from book I that you are listening to on the CD. You will get lots of mileage from this little book.

There are a few more books on the list you may find helpful depending on what kind of learner you are. A new version of
which provides a biography of Dr. Suzuki’s story.

If you have difficulty remembering details from your lessons one good souse used by many new teachers is

The easiest Suzuki oriented catalogue to use is:
http://www.young-musicians.com/product-p/mn11x.htm It is small and user friendly.

But if you can’t find it there a larger catalogue you can try is:
http://www.sharmusic.com/Accessories/Books-DVDs/New-Pre-Twinkle-Book-by-Merrill-and-Brandt.axd#sthash.oDAnKHI0.dpbs Shar may still have better stock and prices than Amazon most days.

You will be plenty busy listening to the CD and reading the first book in the list but if you have more questions go to my main website at www.got2twinkle.com and give me a call.

Spring is the Best Time to sign up for summer Violin classes

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Now is the best time to get an early start on violin classes for the summer. Give your older beginner ages 7-12 a head start before they enter the school music program in the coming Fall.  Violin classes in the public schools are often large and it will be very difficult for your beginner to get the attention they need for a good start.  Now is the time to set them up for success.

Older beginners

Older beginners

 

 

Start with 30 min. weekly lessons.

 Give new students an opportunity to focus on good position and basic tone.  There is not enough time to develop listening and memory skills once school starts.  These students are much more successful if they are not faced with multi-tasking or learning to play the violin while reading music at the same time.  Internalizing good instrumental skills and connecting the fingers to their ears gives them a better foundation.

 

Older students who receive personal attention and a careful start are more likely to develop the musical habits they need to keep up with their peers in their local school music program.  Current research shows that Suzuki style students develop the listening and language processing skills needed for better study skills in school generally.  Check videos of TEC students on our main website to discover how far TEC violin students can progress if they begin study before most school programs finally start instrumental programs.

 

It’s much more difficult to change bad habits after they have formed.  Taking the time to get the right technique before students feel pressure to keep up with a large class is a much more successful experience.  Good position and technique on their instruments gives the student more endurance for enjoyable and rewarding practice.   Make the process less stressful and more musical by providing them with careful  instruction before they enter the school music program.

 

See www.got2twinkle.com for more details about entry level beginners starting at 30min. private instruction after school scheduled as early as 2:00pm on weekdays, Tue.-Thur.   Check our website and call to schedule an observation of TEC students close to your child’s age.

 

PreTwinkle classes for ages 3-4 are also available on Saturday mornings at 9:00 and 9:30.

PreTwinkle

PreTwinkler with box violin

Scientific proof that Playing an Instrument as a Child is still One of the Best Choices You Make

New research shows just why being a musical child is so important.

via Playing an Instrument as a Child Was One of the Best Choices You Made – Mic.

 “Music Enrichment Programs Improve the Neural Encoding of Speech in At-Risk Children,” was the first of its kind, according to Northwestern, that observed the effects of musical training on children involved in an already-existing program that targets at-risk kids.”