The Suzuki Method -
Every Child Can Learn
Kim is a registered Suzuki instructor. She also uses traditional methods of instruction in order to accomodate specific student needs.
Violinist Shinichi Suzuki developed his method by applying principles of language acquisition to the learning of a musical instrument. He called it a "mother-tongue approach." The method is comprised of 8 principles:
Parent Involvement - Parents are encouraged to engage directly in their children's musical education, attending lessons and working with the teacher to create a stimulating learning environment.
Early Beginning - Just as infants learn their native language with ease, an early start with music fosters fundamental skills. Still, it's never too late to start.
Listening - We learn words by hearing others speak them. Likewise, listening to music daily is a critical element of every student's practice.
Repetition - Students build their musical vocabulary by returning continually to the pieces that they have mastered, giving confidence and nuance to their performance.
Encouragement - Each student learns at their own rate, and progress should be acknowledged with praise from teachers, parents, and other students.
Social Learning - Students participate not only in private lessons, but also in group lessons and performances. We encourage them to cooperate, support, and teach one another.
Graded Repertoire - Students learn canonical pieces from a curated repertoire designed to present techniques in the context of historic works of music, rather than technical exercises.
Delayed Reading - Students start by learning to play simple pieces primarily by ear, and they begin to read music only after they've acquired a basic technical competence with their instrument.
Kim is registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She is certified through Book 5 of the Suzuki Institute sequence.
She accepts students ages 3 and up.
Lessons and recitals may take place online through Zoom.