Teaching

“I would highly recommend Eve for any young child interested in starting a string instrument. She takes her craft seriously, and meets children where they are to make learning both fun and effective.” – Abby Williams, parent

 

As a teacher of the Suzuki Method, I bring my 25 years of experience as a student, performer, teacher, and lover of music. My approach is most closely influenced by the work of Edmund Sprunger, Suzuki teacher and psychotherapist, and Moshe Feldenkrais, founder of the Feldenkrais Method for Somatic Awareness.

Every student will take part in weekly private instruction and a monthly group class. I teach out of my home studio which is located by the pond in Jamaica Plain. Parking is easily accessible.

What is the Suzuki Method?

Every child can play the violin. – Shin’ichi Suzuki

The Suzuki method is modeled after how children learn their native language in the first few years of life. Anyone who has attempted to learn a second language as an adult knows how challenging and difficult it is to do so. Suzuki was keyed into the innate brilliance of young children and their capacity to learn language. Applied to learning the violin, he called this approach the “Mother Tongue” method.

The “Mother Tongue” method emphasizes starting at an early age, having a parent closely involved as an at home “practice partner,” listening regularly to the Suzuki repertoire, delaying music reading until there is a fluency developed with playing, and creating an atmosphere for learning that is enjoyable and motivating which includes attending group classes.

Learning violin this way develops a child’s skills and character far beyond the scope of the instrument.

Teaching music is not my main purpose, I want to make good citizens, noble human beings. If a child hears fine music, and learns to play it himself, he develops sensitivity, discipline and endurance. He gets a beautiful heart.

Shin’ichi Suzuki

What is the parent’s role?

The parent’s role is to attend and observe all lessons as well as serve as the at home practice partner with their child. During the first stages of the process, we use Edmund Sprunger’s Building Violin Skills as a guide. The parent’s knowledge of music and the violin develops alongside the child’s, so prior musical or instrumental experience is not necessary or important. What’s important is a parent’s willingness to learn the skills to coach and support their child in this process.

When do we begin?

I teach students ages 4 and up. At any time, you can begin to observe lessons at my home studio in Jamaica Plain. All you need to do is contact me and we will find a time for you to come observe a lesson. We will then begin with three parent-only lessons. During these lessons, you’ll learn the skills you need to support your child’s learning in the beginning. I’ve found these parent lessons to be essential to the process.

Where do we get a violin?

After we complete the three parent lessons, we are ready to start with the child. Instead of using a real violin at the beginning, we use a box violin which allows the child develop facility and skills with the bow and instrument without endangering a real violin. If you’re child is like most children, they’ll probably feel disappointed that they can’t start off with a real instrument. This is a first lesson in delayed gratification, and when the real violin finally comes, it’s a very exciting moment!

In the Boston area, I highly recommend renting instruments from Johnson Strings, which offer excellent quality student instruments at affordable prices. I don’t recommend buying student instruments, because children grow so quickly and will soon need a bigger size.

To inquire further about lessons, please contact me via email:  keboltax@gmail.com