Starting as a little boy who barely knows what a violin is, “J” is now able to play quite a few songs on his 1/10 violin.
His achievement in the past year is so unexpectedly remarkable that it almost seems magical to me.
The other day, he was humming a new song and suddenly turned to me with sparkles in his eyes saying, “Mommy, I want to play this on my violin!”
I can tell how much he is enjoying the journey of music. And I’m glad that we started this journey with HKSMI.
(Ingrid, Suzuki STEP 3 mother, Son age 5)
Highlights of our STEP 3: Violin/Viola/Piano Program (beginners ages 4-7)
- Child-centered education.
- Nurturing & Supportive Educational Philosophy.
- Multiple learning styles (direct/observational).
- Highly-Qualified Teachers.
- Parents Participate too!
- No musical experience necessary!
- Parents learn to coach their child at home.
- 2-classes per week
- Semi-private lesson called a master class, where you learn to play your instrument.
- Group class to learn to play in ensemble and learn team work.
- Performance Opportunities
- Progressive Graduation Recitals – no stressful exams!
- Students progress at their own pace!
- Semi-private lessons scheduled Monday to Friday, please speak with the director.
- Beginner Group Classes for August 2019:
- Violin: Saturdays 10:45am
- Cello: Saturdays 9:15am, 1:45pm
- if this time is not possible please let us know and we will wait-list you for when we open a new class time.
- Free observation and meeting with director.
- Tuition is pro-rated from registration date.
- 36-weeks per year (two 18-week terms)
- Be in touch for more details on registration.
We are now accepting new students ages 4 to 7 into our STEP 3 Violin/Viola/Piano Program.
Our STEP 3 program is based on a philosophy developed by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, of Japan. Dr. Suzuki pioneered a method of teaching instruments which encourages the development of a nurturing and supportive music-making community. This community includes the student, teacher, parent and other children of various age and is built through regular lessons, group classes, and concerts. It is a little like growing up in a musical village!
Structure: Two classes per week
The instrumental program consists of two basic parts: semi-private lesson, called a “master class” (2 students & parents), and a group class (up to 15 students & parents). [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]
Throughout the year there will also be special events and concerts.
The Suzuki method is designed around ten repertoire books for violin and eight for piano. These take approximately 10-12 years to complete if attendance is regular and practice is consistently of good quality. There will be ample opportunities for supplemental musical growth as your child grows. Please see further studies. [/read]
Semi-Private “Master Class” Violin Lesson
The 55-minute master class lesson is a semi-private instrumental lesson.
Children learn incredibly fast from each other, and the master class environment harnesses the power of both direct teacher instruction and in-direct observational learning.
[read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] Beginner masterclass lessons will normally have up to two students participating. When the student reaches a level that requires a 45-min lesson for themselves they will overlap with another student to observe.
What to Expect in Master Class Lessons:
- Children and parents enter the room and prepare for the lesson.
- Then the students alternate between actively learning together and taking turns with the teacher.
- When it is not their active turn to stand in front of the teacher they should be prepared to sit quietly and read, colour, or do some other quiet activity. They are not required to sit perfectly still and watch, passively listening while doing a quiet activity is sufficient. They should be ready to rejoin the active lesson when called upon.
- Parents should be prepared to take notes on both lessons and to attend their child as needed in during their observational phase.
- Near the end of the lesson, there is time for parents to ask questions, review what their child needs to practice, and take a short lesson together to learn how to play the violin and help their child during daily home practice.
- Please see Parental Involvement or Expectations of Parents in Lessons. [/read]
Group Class Lessons
Group classes are held as a 45-minute ensemble class with ten or more students.
In this class students learn a range of age appropriate musical and general skills. Musically, they learn how to work together as a team since ensemble work is vital for string players (ie. orchestra/chamber music).
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They also learn about musical elements, techniques, and skills best taught in a large group (how to blend, how to create group dynamics, listening for ensemble members etc.). Children also attend master class lessons. In the initial year, there will also be section of each group class reserved for the parents to learn together on their instruments.
What to Expect in Group Lessons: The children will take out their violins and line up to be tuned. Once tuned the students should take their spots and wait for the class to begin. Activities will focus on group dynamics instead of individual attention. If a child needs extra help the parent is welcome to come to their aid. Parents will generally sit on the sides of the room and take notes for home practice. Parents should also be ready to participate when called upon. During the initial period a portion of the beginner group class will be for parents to learn on their own instruments. [/read]
Both my two girls, ages 6 and 7, enjoy learning from Ms. Evelyn and the Suzuki way of teaching very much. They are much more confident now to performance in front of people. Charlotte even brought her violin to school and played in front of her class and other classes during recess! In the past, I would never imagine she would be so brave. As a parent, I benefit tremendously from attending classes with the girls. Practicing violin has become my daily routine. I never thought I would be able to pick up a new instrument before we joined HKSMI. (Jaslyn, Suzuki STEP 3 mother, Daughters ages 6 and 7)
At HKSMI, we are planning for your child’s musical future. As the students at HKSMI grow, so will our programming. There will be ample musical opportunities for your child to thrive and excel right at HKSMI until they reach the end of secondary school.
[read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] In the future, we will add chamber ensembles and orchestras, as well as optional classes in folk music, music theory/reading and other interesting programs. When students enter their teenage years there will be opportunities for them to develop their leadership skills through mentoring younger students and assisting teachers at concerts and group classes. [/read]
“E” and “E” can’t remember the days when they started their Suzuki journey at the ages of 3 & 4. They don’t even recall that my husband and I had to learn to play the violin alongside them (but didn’t even finish Book 1 when they surpassed us at Minuet 3)! And now, 9 years (and 10 books) later, they cannot imagine how their lives might have been without the Suzuki method.
I feel blessed to say that I was able to be there with them every step of the way: every lesson, every group class, every recital, and every graduation. And now as they enter their teenage years, they continue with these lifelong skills beyond our home, joining their school orchestra and the HK Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. Through the Suzuki teaching, they’ve learned to practice diligently on their own, play passionately with their peers, and nurture others who might benefit from their music.
Every please teach me and thank you for teaching me bow that they take, I am reminded of how fortunate we are to have joined the studios of our loving Suzuki teachers Ms. Evelyn and Ms. Jennifer. We are so thankful to have walked down this path that Dr. Suzuki created, and hope that we have done justice to his philosophy beautiful tone, beautiful heart.
(Sandra, Suzuki Parent of Young Artists, Ages 12 and 13)