Photo Credit: Scott Mayo

Photo Credit: Scott Mayo

Rachel has the right balance between having high expectations and teaching with precision, yet is always patient and encouraging to the children.
— Cherie Kuhne, mother of a 7 year old student

As a student, I benefitted from both Suzuki and traditional instruction. I strongly recommend the Suzuki approach for young beginners, but also know a more traditional approach may be better for older beginners or advanced students. I work with both!

What is Suzuki? A method of learning the violin based on how we learn language - naturally!

What Makes it Unique? The method is based on the belief that all children can learn - talent is nurtured, not born. The Suzuki method: 

  • moves at the pace of the child
  • get kids playing quickly
  • combines private lessons and ensemble playing
  • trains the whole body - ears, eyes, and hands
  • include parents - family learning opportunity!

When is a Traditional Approach Better?

  • Kindergarten and elementary-age children typically love the early Suzuki pieces, but adolescent and adult beginners may prefer to start with a different curriculum
  • Students who are already quite advanced may benefit from supplemental technical studies, or may wish to study standard works not included in the Suzuki curriculum
  • In either method, however, my core philosophy remains the same: talent is nurtured, and teaching is always tailored to the individual