Every child can learn to play the violin beautifully, and can have fun doing it.

 

Nora makes sure kids feel safe, loved and understood by fostering the development of the whole child.  As a registered Suzuki violin teacher she upholds the child-centered principles of the “mother-tongue” philosophy: every lesson is joyful, celebrating the unique parent-child bond; every child sets his/her own pace of learning.

Having spent over a decade teaching violin in public schools, charter schools, independent schools and music schools, Nora has a depth and breadth of experience that allows her to hand-tailor her teaching approach to each individual child. She lives on a tree-lined street in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn with her dog, Honey, in a funny old brownstone, and currently has openings for children interested in learning violin and viola, ages 3+.


 

The Method: Designed to Imitate Speech

  1. Designed to work with the youngest children: Every Child learns to speak and every child can learn to play the violin - if given a nurturing environment. 
  2. Parent involvement: Parents get a roadmap in six introductory lessons before their children begin, and then attend weekly lessons and always practice with their children.
  3. The child sets the pace: "Never rush, never rest." Those were Suzuki's words and I believe he was right. 
  4. Love and support: Suzuki parents and teachers celebrate every achievement with the student with love, support, and a sense that this is a priority.
  5. Speak first, then read: We don’t learn to speak after learning to read. It's the same way with music: first we play by ear, then we add the element of reading music when the student is very comfortable with the instrument.
  6. Curriculum (or repertoire): The Suzuki method uses 10 books that begin with Twinkle and end with a Mozart violin concerto. Each piece builds skills logically and sequentially and is also delightful to the learner. Because the repertoire is the same everywhere Suzuki students around the world can gather to play together
  7. Group Class:  Group class is an essential component of learning to play an instrument, offering fun, motivation, and ensemble skills (learning to play together).
  8. Review: When we learn a new word, we don’t lose the old words. We add to our vocabulary. In the same way, we continuously repeat and practice pieces we've learned to make them even easier as we gain new skills.
  9. Learn by ear: Babies take in the sounds of their native tongue, and over time they learn to pronounce it perfectly. It is the same with violin. The child spends time listening to the pieces he/she is going to play, performed by a great artist, and internalizes the music and the beautiful tone all at the same time.
  10. It works: Developed after World War II, the Suzuki method has produced many of the world's finest musicians, including Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn and Brian Lewis. 
  11. A better world: Despite its effectiveness, the purpose of the method is not to create professional musicians. Suzuki believed that the process of learning to play an instrument helped children become sensitive, mindful, and creative individuals who cared about beauty and art and were excellent problem-solvers. He felt that no one with these traits could create ugliness.

A Complete Suzuki Education Consists of: 

1st Year Suzuki Violin Students:

  • Introductory Parent Course: Six hour-long parent sessions 
  • Private lessons and two group classes per month, or...
  • Semi-Private Class (2-3 students receive both group and private instruction in a natural learning situation).
  • One recital per semester
  • One group concert per semester

2nd Year and Up Suzuki Violin Students:

  • One private lesson per week
  • Two Group Classes per month
  • One recital per semester
  • One group concert per semester