Round up for Fall PreTwinkle Violin Classes

PreTwinkle Violin classes are specially designed for Preschoolers ages 3-4 and their parents.   These classes are scheduled on Saturday mornings every 30 minutes  from 9:00-11:00 depending on enrollment.   Each classes size is for 2-4 children with at least one parent.  

We welcome you to come and observe or even participate in a sample PreTwinkle class in September.    Please contact Ms. Cynthia about scheduling a 30min session on an up coming Saturday when you can stay for a full class.

For the next two weeks we have the 19th and 26th of September available  in the TEC Studio for demonstration classes and observations where classes are usually held.     Please call to schedule for:   9:00am, 9:30am, 10:00 or 10:30.

 On Saturday, Oct. 3 we will have PreTwinkle demonstrations at the Irvine Global Village Festival.   TEC  students will be doing demonstrations at our booth in the Kids Village from 10:00pm-6:00pm.    PreTwinkle Demonstratons will be at 10:00 and 1:00.   If you come by at 4:00pm our older students will  be performing for 20min. over at the Cultural Pavilion.    Please check Current Events on this blog for links to more information.

Dress comfortably for sitting on the floor and moving about with your preschooler.   The very first classes start with large motor activities, labeling body parts and moving to music with manipulatives.

Fall is the best time to start in order to make the most steady progress through out the year for most families.     Students can be introduced later in the year as they become at least 3 years of age.   It is not recommended to start a child younger than age 3 in PreTwinkle Violin classes.   Very important kinds of development need to occur so that children can fully participate in the experience.

Children at this age are just beginning to get control of their fingers and are able to stop and start activities.   A good indicator is that they are beginning to manage potty training easily and are becoming verbally expressive.   They are becoming socially brave enough to make friends in a small group if given enough time to become comfortable with their surroundings.

Parents are encouraged to participate more in the beginning classes while children need a little leadership.   If your child is shy give them several weeks to really settle in and make friends with the teacher and the other children.

If you decide to enroll your child be sure to read the “Ready  Go” pages on the www.got2twinkle.com site and make plans to get a copy of the Suzuki Violin CD Vol. 1.     Initial Registration is $50.    Tuition is $200. every 12 week season based on year round participation.    See TEC Calendar.

Give Ms. Cynthia a call if you are interested in the classes in the studio.   We look forward to meeting you.

Training of a Suzuki Teacher, documented.

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I was just on my SAA membership profile and noticed that they kindly put all of my Suzuki Teacher Training Experience on an accessible document.   Below you can see all of the training I received state side as well as with Dr. Suzuki.    Going all the way back to Doris Preucil you can see the first classes I took at the University of Northern Iowa where I met Martha Holvik and read my first copy of Nurtured by Love.     A book I read all night and into the next morning until I could finish it.    The UNI was also the place where I 1st met John Kendall when Dorthy Delay came from Juilliard to do master classes at Martha and Doris’s invitation.

In 1986 Dr. Suzuki came to the Institute at Stevens Point, Wisconsin where I took Book 5 with Allen Lieb.     Sensei was scheduled to do a group lesson on stage with all of the teacher trainees.   It was the first time that he worked with my bow hold.    Later after class Allen and Bette convinced me that I should attempt to go to Japan.   That they were kindly willing to recommend me.

Japan

You can see where it took me the next two years to save and prepare all of my paper work for the journey.    The month that I was scheduled to leave for Japan the last Centuries Emperor Hiro Hito died.   They decided to hold the funeral on the day that I was arriving at the airport.    My flight was almost cancelled for a reschedule.   Then they called back and said I would be arriving the day of the funeral when their was almost know one at all in the airport.   It was a national holiday.    The ride up the mountain to Matsumoto was very quiet.  It rained all day.   I took it as a significant passage of time.

My plan was to stay for 3 months.   Some how they became 3 years.  I soon became completely involved in the experience of Japan and studying at the Kaiken with Dr. Suzuki.   That story is a complete website in itself.  

After graduation at TERI I stayed on until February of the next year just to savor the experience of being there with out the pressure of preparing for the graduation.    I also made a point of scheduling my departing flight on the 3rd anniversary of Hiro’s Funeral.

California

That Spring California erupted in Flames.   It was a sign of the economic tide that was to come.   I sat watching the news and found my self wondering what I could do in this new home to make a difference.   It was great to see Bette Dyer again in 93 at Occidental in Pasadena, in LA.    I went back to visit Stevens Point one more time while its founder was still active.   So much had changed.   After being in Japan for 3 years I saw things so differently.  I had changed and I had so much to do.   We needed to find better ways to teach American children.    This list does not show the Montessori training and teaching or the Kindermusik activity.

I am grateful to all of the teachers you see on the list below.   They gave me a view to a whole new way of looking at teaching violin.    Seeing one of my students play a Seitz Concerto at the age 6 for John Kendall at a workshop in LA was very rewarding.    It was as close as I could get to sending such a student back to meet Dr. Suzuki.    Most of all I continue to feel an obligation to Sensei to do more.    I can not do enough to continue his work in the world.

Ms. Cynthia

 

Suzuki Association of the Americas

Cynthia Faisst

has completed and registered teacher training for

Level order

Course Location Date Trainer
How Muscles Learn Southern California Suzuki Institute Jul 2025 2003 Susan Kempter
Violin Foundation 1A University of Northern Iowa Jul 1014 1978 Doris Preucil
Violin Foundation 1A Talent Education Research Institute Feb 20 1989Dec 20 1991 Shinichi Suzuki
Violin Foundation 1B University of Northern Iowa Jul 1014 1978 Doris Preucil
Violin Foundation 1B Talent Education Research Institute Feb 20 1989Dec 20 1991 Shinichi Suzuki
Violin Book 2 American Suzuki Institute Aug 1318 1984 Evelyn Hermann
Violin Book 2 Talent Education Research Institute Feb 20 1989Dec 20 1991 Shinichi Suzuki
Violin Book 3 American Suzuki Institute Aug 49 1985 Evelyn Hermann
Violin Book 3 Talent Education Research Institute Feb 20 1989Dec 20 1991 Shinichi Suzuki
Violin Book 4 American Suzuki Institute Aug 1116 1985 Bette Dyer
Violin Book 4 Talent Education Research Institute Feb 20 1989Dec 20 1991 Shinichi Suzuki
Violin Book 5 American Suzuki Institute Aug 1015 1986 Allen Lieb
Violin Book 5 Talent Education Research Institute Feb 20 1989Dec 20 1991 Shinichi Suzuki
Violin Book 6 Talent Education Research Institute Feb 20 1989Dec 20 1991 Shinichi Suzuki
Violin Book 6 Southern California Suzuki Institute Jul 2529 1993 Bette Dyer
Violin Book 7 Talent Education Research Institute Feb 20 1989Dec 20 1991 Shinichi Suzuki
Violin Book 8 Talent Education Research Institute Feb 20 1989Dec 20 1991 Shinichi Suzuki
Violin Book 9 Talent Education Research Institute Feb 20 1989Dec 20 1991 Shinichi Suzuki
Violin Book 10 Talent Education Research Institute Feb 20 1989Dec 20 1991 Shinichi Suzuki
Overview Books 1-10: Violin Southern California Suzuki Institute Jul 2227 2001 John Kendall
Recent to Older in Date order

Course Location Date Receipt
How Muscles Learn Southern California Suzuki Institute Jul 2003  
Overview Books 1-10: Violin Southern California Suzuki Institute Jul 2001  
Violin Book 6 Southern California Suzuki Institute Jul 1993  
Violin Book 10 Talent Education Research Institute Feb 1989–Dec 1991
Violin Book 9 Talent Education Research Institute Feb 1989–Dec 1991
Violin Book 8 Talent Education Research Institute Feb 1989–Dec 1991
Violin Book 7 Talent Education Research Institute Feb 1989–Dec 1991
Violin Book 6 Talent Education Research Institute Feb 1989–Dec 1991
Violin Book 5 Talent Education Research Institute Feb 1989–Dec 1991
Violin Book 4 Talent Education Research Institute Feb 1989–Dec 1991
Violin Book 3 Talent Education Research Institute Feb 1989–Dec 1991
Violin Book 2 Talent Education Research Institute Feb 1989–Dec 1991
Violin Foundation 1B Talent Education Research Institute Feb 1989–Dec 1991
Violin Foundation 1A Talent Education Research Institute Feb 1989–Dec 1991
Violin Book 5 American Suzuki Institute Aug 1986
Violin Book 4 American Suzuki Institute Aug 1985
Violin Book 3 American Suzuki Institute Aug 1985
Violin Book 2 American Suzuki Institute Aug 1984
Violin Foundation 1B University of Northern Iowa Jul 1978
Violin Foundation 1A University of Northern Iowa Jul 1978

Suzuki Association of the Americas
1900 Folsom St Ste 101
Boulder CO 80302
www.suzukiassociation.org

Last updated
Jan 26 2009

Weekly Group Lessons at TEC, keep students motivated about practicing for their private lessons.

Every  Suzuki program should offer group lessons each week as a supplement to their weekly lesson.   All students taking a full 30 min. weekly private lesson at TEC is encouraged to participate in the group so that they can continue mastering and reviewing the violin skills that they are acquiring in from their personal instruction.  

TEC Group lessons are on  Saturdays at OCCTAC and share with the SASS program where we have more classroom space for children to move around in.   It is wise to check the schedule on the www.got2twinkle.com as there are sometimes adjustments in the schedule.    We have it linked on our Google Calendar on the the TEC ED Center pages at the top.

Group lessons are an opportunity for all of the Suzuki Violin children to meet and play together.   In order to stay motivated about practicing at home young violinist need to be making friends and relationships with other musicians.  It is an opportunity to review pieces and skills everyone knows and it is an opportunity to hear more advanced students who play pieces that younger students aspire to play in the future.

All Suzuki Students in our program from Pretwinkler to Advanced students are encouraged to participate.   New students and shy students are encouraged to come and observe.   Younger children are invited to watch more advanced group students for short periods at a time depending on their attention span.   Parents can learn more about the breadth of the program by observing students at different levels and skills.

The PreTwinkle group is an opportunity for our youngest children to bond and become comfortable with the teacher and new Suzuki friends they will be studying with in the future.   Through games and play they prepare their ears and their bodies for holding and playing the violin.   In a social group setting we can build up their endurance to hold  thier instruments with good posture for longer periods at a time

In the Fall older students are busy reviewing the pieces that they will need for Festival and auditioning for orchestra.   We would also like to have informal recitals at this time, at least 4 times a year  where the children have the opportunity to play their pieces for others.   Please watch for these in the Calendar.

Most importantly group lessons is a place where children can experience more of the fun of playing with friends and develop confidence in themselves. Children who have ample opportunities to review pieces they know and can play them easily begin to relax and enjoy their playing more. See advice from thie award winning Suzuki student.

Ray Chen: I started playing the violin at the age of four. I’m not quite sure where I got the idea; however, I do know that it was my idea, as I picked up the toy guitar, put it under my chin and played it with a chopstick… the lessons then followed. I started with Suzuki Method, which was fun and made me want to play. Every Saturday there would be a “group lesson” where all of my teacher’s students would gather and have a lot of fun. At the time, there were two things that were important to me about those group lessons: the part where I played in front of everybody, and the break where we would snack on cookies and cordial.

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My teachers back in Australia have included the Hawkins Family. I studied with them for five years. They were very involved with Suzuki and emphasized the “having fun” part of playing music. It seems like a lot of players these days are forgetting this important aspect, especially as they get older and become more self-conscious.

–1st prize winner Ray Chen about group lessons in his Australian Suzuki childhood.