Vanessa's Violin Studio

Vanessa's Violin Studio

Suzuki Violin and Viola School

Whole Music Learning

A big goal for the studio is to provide a music community to support parents and students on their musical journey.  Like Dr. Suzuki, I believe character development goes hand in hand with ability development. Tone, technique, music theory and professional development are included in the private and group lessons.  Hopefully our musical journey together can last many years!
The early years are crucial for developing mental processes and muscle coordination. Formal training may begin at age 3 or 4, but it is never too late to begin.

online lessons

We all have emergencies once in a while and I do my best to work around rescheduling needs. If you're unable to attend lessons in person, we can usually still meet virtually. If you or your child are experiencing symptoms of sickness, let's schedule the lesson online. I have an asthmatic child and appreciate your sensitivity to this.
If you're experiencing or expecting severe weather, please let me know so we can plan to meet online.

Home Coach Classes

The success of our music studio is possible because of supportive engaged parents! During Home Coach classes, parents learn basic violin mechanics, tuning and even how to play! We discuss how to keep children engaged, help them manage frustration, set realistic goals, improve time management skills and more!
To get a head start, please read Nurtured by Love by Dr. Suzuki and purchase the Suzuki Violin School Volume 1 CD, or download this music volume on itunes!

Process to Enroll

I'd like to invite you to observe a private lesson and interview me. For families with younger children, we'll schedule Home Coach classes before formal lessons begin. These don't take long and are a worthy investment to arm you with the skills you'll need to manage daily violin play time with your child. Parents are encouraged to attend all lessons, even for older children and teens.
I’m so grateful for the referrals form past and present students. You make it possible for me to live my dream of making a difference in kids’ lives. Thank You!

Suzuki in Spokane & North Idaho

How to Develop Talent!

Every Child Can Learn

More than fifty years ago, Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki realized the implications of the fact that children the world over learn to speak their native language with ease. He began to apply the basic principles of language acquisition to the learning of music. Parent responsibility, loving encouragement, constant repetition, etc., are some of the special features of the Suzuki approach.

Parental Involvement

As when a child learns to talk, parents are involved in the musical learning of their child. They attend lessons with the child and serve as “Home Coaches” during the week. One parent often learns to play before the child, so that s/he understands what the child is expected to do. Parents work with the teacher to create an enjoyable learning environment.

Listening and Repetition

Listening to fine music should begin at conception. Listening to music every day is important, especially listening to pieces in the Suzuki repertoire so the child knows them immediately. Each child learns at his/her own rate to master each step. Students encourage and support each other’s efforts, fostering an attitude of generosity and cooperation.

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Suzuki Literature

Well trained Suzuki students are brilliant note readers as well as polished performers! Most professional violinists used the Suzuki approach in their early studies. Theory skills need to be taught along side the Suzuki repertoire. The Suzuki literature is designed to present technical problems to be learned in the context of the music rather than through dry technical exercises.

St Patricks Day Parade!

Thanks to all who made this another amazing St. Patricks Day parade!

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Vanessa’s Violin Versions

Announcements! Stay tuned for group playing and performance opportunities!

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