The Pre-Twinkles Program is open to children 3 to 6 years of age, usually in a classroom setting. Classes are led by Master Suzuki Violin Teacher, Martha Shackford, and feature live violin or piano accompaniment. In the Suzuki approach to musical instruction, parental involvement is crucial to the musical development of the child. Therefore, The Shackford Violin Studio encourages parents and caregivers to participate and enjoy this exciting class along with their child.
An introductory to the violin in a group setting with 5-7 students/class
Pre-school and Kindergarten children are introduced to violin learning as well as general music through rhythm, singing, movement, listening in a group setting.
Same as Mini Twinkle, but a parent is required to be present, to practice with the child at home, and to facilitate listening to the Suzuki music the child will be learning.
Each student receives both a 30 minute weekly private and a 30-minute group violin lesson with a parent present at all lessons, practicing at home, and facilitating home listening to the Suzuki Music. This is an ongoing program aiming for violin and musical literacy.
The weekly violin program for beginners consists of:
The Individual Violin Lesson is attended by both the student and the parent. At first, most of the time will be devoted to instrumental instruction for the parent and student. Gradually, as the child matures, gains in physical strength and coordination, and develops greater concentration and a longer attention span, they will absorb more and more of the lesson time. Ultimately, the parent relinquishes all but a few minutes at the end of the lesson.
This time is saved for consultation with the teacher on practice suggestions as well as goals for the at-home work.
The Group Violin Playing Class prepares the children both physically and musically for playing the instrument. When the children in the group have advanced, they begin playing together. The class reinforces the work done in the private lesson and provides incentive and stimulus important for very young children.