Group Class Guide

The Pre-Twinkle group program serves as an introductory period before committing to a schedule of individual lessons:

Group Prerequisites Purpose / Focus
Parent
Orientation
n/a By appointment
Suzuki overview – philosophy and practical applications
Technique instruction
Ongoing discussion group on music education and child development topics
Pre-Twinkle Core (Group A) Age 3+ and Parent Orientation Resumes Sept 2017
(summer observation opportunities available)

Social interactions, gross motor skills and fine motor skills activities, foundations for rhythm and pitch, etc.
Listening, singing, and moving emphasized as basic tools for experiencing and making music
Pre-Twinkle Master Class (Group B) Kindergarten or by approval Resumes Sept 2017
(summer individual lessons available)

Technique instruction via short lesson segments during a time shared with other children
Leadership role in Pre-Twinkle A
(Transition to individual lessons) When the pacing of longer individual lessons is appropriate for the child’s emotional, physical, and musical foundations OR if the parent wishes to continue with his/her own technique and share a lesson time with the child
(Siblings) A younger sibling typically starts by sharing the older sibling’s lesson time or may join Pre-Twinkle separately

The following violin groups are in addition to regular individual lessons:

Group Prerequisites Purpose / Focus
Twinkle “Getting ready” independently most of the time
Twinkle Variation A independent
At least 2 other Twinkle rhythms
Sat 2:05-2:45
Introduction to using the violin in taking turns, listening, and following in a group
Continuing development of musicianship through singing and moving
Previewing future skills
Book 1A Twinkle variations polished
Song of the Wind fluent
Sat 2:05-2:45
Listening and following in a group
Continuing development of musicianship through singing and moving
Introduction to solo performing
Reinforcing early/mid book 1 technique and musicality
Previewing future skills
Assorted activities to prepare music reading
Book 1B Perpetual Motion fluent Sat 1:30-2:00
(Book 1A also required)

Continuing development of performing skills
Introduction to visual rhythm and pitch patterns
Introduction to reading and ensemble skills
D major / transposition
Book 1.5 G major finger pattern, scale, arpeggio (Etude fluent) Sat 1:30-2:00
(Book 1A or Orchestra also required)

G major / E minor / transposition
Fingerboard geography & note names
Supplementary ensemble pieces
Reinforcing mid/late book 1 technique and musicality
Previewing future skills
Introduction to music notation
Introduction to leadership
Book 2 Musette fluent Shared with orchestra
Fingerboard geography & note names
Supplementary ensemble pieces
Reinforcing book 2 technique and musicality
Previewing future skills
Continuing development of reading and ensemble skills
Book 4 By approval Shared with orchestra
Orchestra By approval Sat 12:45-1:25 and otherwise as needed
Development of reading and ensemble skills in orchestral context