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Kendall's Book 1 Recital

Posted by gretchenleanna on March 4, 2014 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (253)

Giving a full book recital is one of the biggest undertakings a student will do as he or she progresses through the Suzuki books.  It can be daunting and nerve-racking, but it also marks a huge accomplishment and gives the student a goal to aim for and then an experience to be proud of.  In honor of meeting this challenge, I am excited to congratulate Kendall Humphres for her recital last Friday!  She played confidently and I thoroughly enj...

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Box Violins (with pictures!!)

Posted by gretchenleanna on January 22, 2014 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (185)

When a student is just beinning violin lessons, there is so much excitement and so many new things: new things to learn, new things to touch, new things to hear, new ways to move. All these new things make lessons interesting and engaging, but after a little while, they have the potential to become frustrating or intimidating. This is why I love the box violin!


With the box violin, students learn a lot of the basic principles from rest position, to the parts of the instr...

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Practice Tips

Posted by gretchenleanna on April 8, 2012 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (63)

Every child goes through the "I don't want to practice" stage, and without any guidence on how to work through it, that period of time can be frustrating and even downright defeating.  Just remember that they will get through this and will usually love their instrument even more once the start to hear how good they sound with proper practice.  It is my hope that these tips can help sooth tensions and even reenergize your child's desire to practice!

Have a Rou...

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Suzuki Question and Answer

Posted by gretchenleanna on April 8, 2012 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (3066)

The Suzuki Method has become almost a house-hold name in America, but what exacly sets it apart from more "traditional" lessons?  In this post I will answer some of the big questions about what the method is, how it works and what is expected from the child and the parents.  Please feel free to ask additional questions; I look forward to your feedback! 

Q: What is the Suzuki Method?

A: It is a talent education program that is based on how children...

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