The Suzuki Method encourages a musical atmosphere in the home. The approach combines listening at an early age, proper technique, reinforcement, and active parental involvement. Classes in violin, viola, cello, flute and piano are designed for 4-6 year-olds. At Hoff-Barthelson, each child has a weekly private lesson, group instrumental class, and a eurhythmics class. While the child attends eurhythmics class, the parent attends his/her own instrumental class to learn how to assist the child during home practice. Hoff-Barthelson Suzuki students begin to read music after they have mastered proper balance and posture and have developed a keen sensitivity to listening.
Hoff-Barthelson Suzuki students have numerous performance opportunities throughout the year. There are fall and spring Suzuki concerts and annual “playdowns” at which students work their way through the Suzuki books. They also perform twice annually during the Festivals in Style. Students are eligible for admission to the Young People’s Symphonette when they are reading at the Suzuki Book III level.
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The Suzuki Method is modeled on a concept of early childhood education that focuses on factors which Shinichi Suzuki observed in native language acquisition, such as immersion, encouragement, small steps, and an unforced timetable for learning material based on each person's developmental readiness to imitate examples, internalize principles, and contribute novel ideas. Suzuki noticed that all children pick up their native language quickly, and even dialects which adults consider "difficult" to learn are spoken with ease by young children. He reasoned that if children have the skill to acquire their mother tongue, then they have the necessary ability to become proficient on a musical instrument. He pioneered the idea that any pre-school age child could begin to play the violin if learning steps were small enough and if the instrument was scaled down to fit their body. He modeled his method, which he called "Talent Education”, after his theories of natural language acquisition. Suzuki believed that every child, if properly taught, was capable of a high level of musical achievement.
Preschoolers are introduced to violin studies and the joy of making music in a group experience. Rhythm and pitch patterns drawn from the first Suzuki songs are introduced through the music and movement component of this class. Pre-Twinklers progress to the full HBMS Suzuki Program. One 40 minute class weekday afternoons ~ 30 weeks.