Wait, what?–Monti’s “Czardas”

The Kanneh-Masons Play Monti’s “Czardas”

This is what can happen when a family values music for their children!  They are just plain fun to watch and listen to. Playing this for your children will get them up and on their way to school!

The folk piece, “Czardas” by Vittorio Monti, includes different sections with differing tempos.  The piece is based on a Hungarian czardas or folk dance.



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“Any child can be developed. It depends on how you do it.” Shinichi Suzuki


Midori: String breaks!

Our children learn so much by playing for each other and for the public.  Our studio does frequent service performances to share the children’s skills and to learn to play under all kinds of circumstances.  Our students learn how to react when things don’t go as planned.

In this short video, professional violinist Midori talks about what she did when the string broke on her violin not once, but twice, during a performance.  This is a good video for students to watch because Midori explains what to do when something unexpected happens.



“There is no born genius. Education is the way to develop ability.” Shinichi Suzuki



Do you see dots?

September 15 is International Dot Day.

Here is a wonderful video of the children’s book, The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds, which reminds children that they should keep trying even when they think they cannot do something. This is worth sharing with the young ones.

On September 15, 2009, school teacher, Terry Shay, read the book, The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds to his class.  It was the start of International Dot Day.  A day celebrated around the world!

When something looks hard to a child, he needs to be encouraged.  We need to show him that he shouldn’t give up just because it doesn’t come easy.  And we have to teach him that he shouldn’t compare himself to others.

Learning to play the violin is not easy; it is a very difficult instrument to play.  That’s why it is so ingenious that Shinichi Suzuki created a Method to teach violin to the very young child.  He made it accessible to all children.  As he said, Every Child Can.

Let’s encourage our children to “see the many dots”on their way to becoming excellent violin players.

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“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” Albert Einstein


Why Professional Development?

Setting Goals

In July and August 2015, I studied Violin Book 8 and “The Development of Left Hand Techniques from Twinkle through Eccles” at the American Suzuki Institute at Stevens Point, WI.


Alice joy group

Carol Dallinger group


In addition, I took the teacher training workshop for Music Mind Games Unit 1 (a curriculum for music theory and reading) with Michiko Yurko.


Michiko encourages teachers to let loose! We have no pride!


Lifelong Learning

Perhaps I believe in professional development for the same reason I am a teacher. I have a love of learning which I want to share with my students. Furthermore, the Suzuki community is one that doesn’t rest on its laurels. The American Suzuki Journal states that a “hallmark value of the Suzuki learning community is our commitment to lifelong learning.”* This is a key feature of the Suzuki Method that attracts me.

One of the most endearing messages for Suzuki teachers from Dr. Suzuki is that “we become teachers at one hundred years of age, and until that point we are all students.”* With that attitude, our studios can be vibrant, growing spaces.

Refresh and Renew

Since Suzuki teachers can be isolated in their studios, continuing education gives them an opportunity to connect with other teachers while at the same time enhance their own teaching skills. I have attended at least 11 sessions of Suzuki teacher training in cities around the country and in Peru. I am grateful for each and every learning experience, each one challenging me to grow in pedagogy. It is refreshing to experience the collegiality of other teachers, to ponder their points of view, and to feel a similar sense of accomplishment that our students have when they reach a goal.

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*American Suzuki Journal, Volume 42:2, p. 50.

“I try to take a class every year, and plan to until I don’t teach any more. I am in my thirty-second year of taking teacher training classes.” Ramona Stirling, Director-Intermountain Suzuki String Institute

Have you seen this Yo-Yo Ma Quartet?

Murray Beethoven, a Honker appearing in quartet with Yo-Yo Ma!

♪    Murray wrote his own composition: “Beethoven Quartet for Two Honkers, Dinger, and Cello.”

♪    A Honker communicates  by squeezing its nose which is shaped like a bulb. A Dinger uses the bell on the top of its head.



“Children learn to smile from their parents.” Shinichi Suzuki


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