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Eric Davenport, M.M.Ed
Eric wants children to enjoy the accomplishment of not only learning to play the violin, but learning to play it well.
He has experience teaching violin lessons at large music schools, public schools, private schools, private studios, and even a Suzuki School in Peru. Although he has experience teaching middle and high school orchestra, elementary general music and chorus, his emphasis has always been on teaching the violin using both the traditional and the Suzuki Violin method.
Eric’s wide range of experience teaching Suzuki Violin lessons and his formal education in the Suzuki Violin method have convinced him that:
The very young, ages 2 1/2 to 5, benefit the most and are developmentally primed for violin lessons.
Reasons for an early start:
Most fundamental motor patterns emerge before the age of 5 and are merely stabilized beyond that age.
Young children love repetition and can be captivated by learning something new, slowly but thoroughly.
They love pleasing their parents with their new learning.
As young children learn the skills to play an instrument as challenging as a violin, they are working on their attention and memory skills, both valuable for academic learning.
University of Wisconsin-Madison – Bachelor of Arts
Shenandoah University Conservatory – Bachelor of Music
University of Georgia – Master of Music Education
Eric is a registered Suzuki Violin teacher and has taken twelve Suzuki training workshops and classes.
Every Child Can! – Ronda Cole – 2004
Violin Unit 1 – Nancy Lokken – 2003
Violin Unit 1 – Ronda Cole – 2004
Violin Unit 2 – Edmund Sprunger – 2005
Violin Unit 3 – Linda Case – 2009
Violin Unit 4 – Vera McCoy-Sulentic – 2009
Violin Unit 5 – Edward Kreitman – 2013
Violin Unit 6 – Alice Joy Lewis – 2014
Violin Unit 8 – Carol Dallinger – 2015
Fundamental Violin Technique and Overview Units 1-5 – Ronda Cole – 2010
The Development of Bowing Technique, Twinkles to Eccles: Violin – Alice Joy Lewis – 2014
The Development of Left Hand Techniques from Twinkles thorough Eccles – Alice Joy Lewis – 2015
Practicum– Christie Felsing – 2016
Suzuki Early Childhood Education Prenatal and early Years, Stage 1 – Sharon Jones – 2016
Please click here for Eric’s credentials with the Suzuki Association of the Americas.