Mrs. Cottontail brought her bunnies to our bunnyballads recital (pre-twinkle approach) followed by the Suzuki Volume 1 Recital!
My Name Concerto complete with stuffed animal.
All Smiles with Mrs. Twinkle!
Everyone join in together!
Look at that playing position!!
Andantino by Suzuki
Mrs. Twinkle performance
Everyone received a Recital Award.
Bunny treats for after recital! Mrs. Twinkle baked her carrot cake cupcakes.
Mrs. Cottontail brought her friend, Peter, for after recital bunny time!
Peter with his tuxedo on.
The silliest student got the 'bananas bananas' award. Bananas for a silly banana!
The newest student got the green banana award. Time to watch him ripen!
Minuet No. 1 by J.S. Bach (but actually written by Christian Petzold)...
lots of focusing for Minuet No. 1!
Go Tell Aunt Rhody
Both the Bunny Ballads Recital and the Book 1 Recital were a ton of fun! Can't wait to add Book 2 pieces to our next recital!
Great job everyone!!!!
Even siblings tried violins! Group picture!!
Song Parades through the house!
Violin Parades.... in the laundry room?!
Watching Sound of Music & eating popcorn!!
Using our excellent concert etiquette to watch each other play our Bunny Ballad Christmas Recital!
This student got the 'bananas bananas' award.. as you can see her legs are going bananas in this picture!
This student finished her Bunny Ballads & we ate carrot cake cupcakes, salami bunnies, carrots, and other bunny snacks!! Party!!
Group Class Twinkles!
Beautiful Chapel in the Wake Forest Baptist Hospital!
Lovely Guitar- Violin duo of O Come Little Children!
Beautiful Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Duet!
Song of the Wind Duet!
Lightly Row ~
All of us got beautiful flowers and recital awards!
Went to Cold Stone after 100 days of practice was completed!!!
This is our silly picture:
Our first group class was a success! We had much fun making up our own twinkle: ice cream - donkey - elephants!
We were challenged by calling out numbers, standing on one foot and playing our chocolate twinkle with a chocolate tone!
This quote by Suzuki sums up our goal when it comes to learning the violin and playing with others in group class:
“Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.”
― Shinichi Suzuki
Strawberry Blueberry Twinkle while standing on ONE FOOT!P
Pepperoni Pizza Twinkle Duet
We are playing long bow Twinkle while one student is calling out numbers that we have to yell out while we are playing together!
“I play with children so that I can learn from them.”
― Shinichi Suzuki
Song of the Wind Duet with the teacher!
“Beautiful tone, beautiful heart.”
― Shinichi Suzuki
Playing Twinkle and Lightly Row and we are learning how to read and count notes! We even played some duets today! :D
"Friend with the bees"
Friend with the bee sticker on her bow stick! She found that she can make a brilliant sound when playing in the middle of her bow! :D
In the picture above, she are working on accents with the bow!
Monkey Song!!! "I'm a little monkey.. climbing up the ladder... going to the top to.. get a green banana!!"
What parents are saying:
Learning to read note values as well as music notes is an important part of Suzuki music lessons.
Playing with other musicians is fun! Duets are even performed in Group Class! Playing together is an integral part of the Suzuki method.
Here the student is encouraged by the teacher to find the right balance of speed, contact of the bow, and arm weight that the student needs to produce a beautiful sound! Playing beautifully from the heart was one of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki's goals for young children.
Christmas Party Suzuki Violin Group Class 2014. We started off with a silly Twinkle.. follow the leader!
Group Classes don't just have to be serious, but they can be fun! We are sticking our tongues out here while we are playing 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star'.
Playing recitals can show all of our hard work!
Here a student is playing 'O Come, O Come Emmanuel' for a Christmas concert at his church.
The students at Westminster Academy were excited to learn about violin playing! photo is courtesy of: Kathryn Brannan
In the Suzuki violin method, beginning students learn to hold the violin by first holding a rice box! Can you believe that? I still can't! As crazy as this is--- it works! The violin student can first focus on learning to hold the bow while their muscles can get stronger to hold the rice box and then eventually, the violin itself! picture by: Kathryn Brannan
In this picture above, the student bows on her arm and holds an 'air violin' to feel what it is like to push and to pull the bow! Photo taken by: Kathryn Brannan
Each child got to do the 'Suzuki handshake' (not seen in photos) and each child held the rice box. Photo credit: Kathryn Brannan