Bio

I began my studies as a Suzuki violin student at the age of six. I was a student of Carol Sykes, who studied with Dr. Suzuki in Japan. I then went on to study at the Longy School of Music, as a student of Janet Packer, in the Young Performers program…

Philosophy

Shinichi Suzuki realized that every child learns to speak their native language in the first few years of their life by listening to and imitating their mother’s voice. He devised a method to teach music to young children in the same way that we learn language…

About

In the Fall of 2013 I will start a suzuki violin program from my home in JP. I plan to start small, with one group of beginners. As I add a class of beginners each year, and that first group grows into advanced players, I hope to plan many fun events, and join in the exciting things that are happening in Jamaica Plain. I envision playing at first Thursdays, Wake up the Earth, and other local events.

"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"

Recent Blog Posts

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Aug 15, 2020

How to set up for a Zoom lesson

I have found that teaching remotely is very effective. When a student is set up well, I feel that the quality of the lesson is close to equal to an in person lesson. On the other hand, if the student is not set up well for the lesson, I don’t feel that they get the same quality lesson as someone who has taken the time to set up. Here is what you need to have a high quality remote lesson: -Use a computer that is not a Chromebook. Chromebooks...

Sep 16, 2013

Getting back into a routine after the summer break

It’s September. This post is going to be more about my experiences practicing with my now 5 year old daughter, Aya. I have many students and parents who go through similar struggles to ours, and I’m hoping it will be helpful for you to read about the start of our second year. We took the summer off. In May, Aya had her first group concert, and was very very proud and happy. I was hoping it would motivate her to take more ownership over her practice. I hoped she...

May 13, 2013

Example of a group concert

Our Spring group concert is next weekend (May 18th at 9am) at Longy. It will be our last concert at Longy, and I encourage anyone who is interested in Suzuki method violin to come see it. The concert will be a typical example of a Suzuki concert, with all the kids in the program sitting on stage. We start with the most advanced piece of music, and as the pieces get easier, more kids stand up to join, until the end, where we play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star together....

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Recent Work

Here you'll find my thoughts on the Suzuki method, music education and more.

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