As a Suzuki teacher, my teaching philosophy is based on the principle that every child can develop musical talent once the correct learning environment is set up. I also strongly believe that parental involvement is of paramount importance for the development of the student’s talent: since the parents serve as “home teachers” during the week, taking careful notes and asking questions to the teacher are very important to the progress of the child.
Parent education is an integral part of the Suzuki Philosophy and I strive to keep my students’ parents educated about practice techniques, musical excellence and any other questions pertaining to lessons that can arise during the lessons or practice time. I have developed a reading list, which contains articles and books of interest that can help parents to understand the Suzuki Philosophy and how it works, as well as texts concerning child development that can be useful to understand children’s learning process and pace.
When teaching, my responsibilities include inspiring the child and advising the parent so our goals can be accomplished during the week. I adapt my teaching style to suit the needs of each student, so I can keep my students interested in playing and motivated by their own accomplishments.
My aim is to establish the fundamentals of good playing from an early stage of study; such fundamentals are careful listening, correct posture and efficient motion patterns. In order to achieve these goals, I incorporate pedagogical concepts from Paul Rolland, Ivan Galamian, Kato Havas, John Kendall and other pedagogues to the ideas of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, using familiar repertoire to learn new techniques. Small steps are celebrated as building blocks to a better playing technique.
In group settings, in addition to further developing students’ technique, my goal is to provide students with an understanding and appreciation of the skills required to be a sensitive ensemble player while fostering the learning process that happens when children observe their own peers.