Violin Lessons: Suzuki or Traditional Method, with focus on excellence
Violin Lesson Studio in Morro Bay, CA • Call 909-754-4015 for additional information or to schedule an introductory lesson.
Bill Alpert – Member Suzuki Association of the Americas and American String Teachers Association
Is your child fascinated by the violin? Would you like to help your child sharpen his/her physical, mental, problem solving, public performance and musical skills? Then the study of the violin can be a great choice for your family.
As a teacher, I hope to provide my students with an enjoyable and rewarding experience, and at the same time encourage them to achieve high musical and artistic goals. Students range from 4 1/2 years old to adult, and include a wide range of backgrounds and aspirations. I encourage all of my students to perform frequently, and provide frequent performance opportunities.
My studio encompasses many traditional teaching philosophies, including those of Shinichi Suzuki, Paul Rolland and Mimi Zweig. I strongly encourage my students to participate in a group instruction program; group instruction is integral to success for many students, and adds an enjoyable and inspirational social component.
Violin lessons for students aged 4 1/2 to 12 years old can be an especially rewarding process. In this case of younger students, one parent becomes an important cornerstone in a multi-year journey of musical discovery.
I consider playing and teaching the violin both an honor and a privilege. Music continues to be a lifelong journey that has brought many gifts to my life. I’m positive that it can similarly reward anyone anyone who chooses to follow its path.
When Shinichi Suzuki, at the age of 17, heard a recording of Schubert’s Ave Maria, played by a well known violinist named Mischa Elman, he was amazed that a violin could make such a beautiful tone. He had grown up around his family’s violin factory in Japan, and thought the instrument was mainly a toy. But soon he would bring home a violin, and he began to imitate the sounds made by violinists of the early 20th century. And so, he undertook a journey that would transform the world of music education.
Sinichi loved children, and felt that music could help heal Japanese children scarred by the ravages of World War II. He also felt that playing the violin was not only the domain of those with prodigious talent, but that all children could flourish musically, if taught correctly. In fact, people were amazed to hear how well so many of his young students played. But Dr. Suzuki strived not to create musical genuiuses, but to give his students a happy heart. And in that process, he strove to make a more peaceful and happier world.
Dr. Suzuki’s ideas were innovative and well ahead of their time. He believed for example, that for a child, learning music is akin to learning speech. Listening and repetition became core constituents of his program, as was parental involvement. He created a progressive and comprehensive musical repertoire that Suzuki students across the world still share today. There is a growing network of dedicated Suzuki teachers, many of whom participate in ongoing training and professional certification. The Suzuki “method” thrives through the support of many fine teachers, their students, and their dedicated families.
Bill Alpert – In the studio warming up for a performance