Providing students with a strong foundation and expectation of excellence in violin playing within a fun, engaging, dynamic and nurturing environment. An experienced teacher and registered Suzuki Violin instructor, I welcome students ages 3 and above. 


 Photo by Mike Bull

Photo by Mike Bull

Dr. Suzuki believed in the potential of all children. Given the right environment, every child has the ability to achieve greatness. Based on the principles of language acquisition (the mother tongue principles), Dr. Suzuki's Method can be broken into the following key components: Parent Involvement; Early Beginning; Listening; Step-by-Step mastery; Creative Repetition; Encouragement; Graded Repertoire; Learning with other children; Delayed Reading. Another key concept of Dr. Suzuki's Method is the idea of the "Suzuki Triangle". The teacher and the parent create the base of the triangle, as they work together to foster a positive and encouraging learning environment for the child; an environment where the child wants to learn. Respect and commitment between the parent and the teacher is essential to the child's success. To learn more please contact me or visit the Suzuki Association of the Americas website. Children who learn music from a young age develop strong problem solving skills and creativity, and also learn the value of dedication and patience, while gaining a strong sense of confidence and self-esteem.

"Man is a product of his environment" - Dr. Suzuki

"Music exists for the purpose of growing an admirable heart" - Dr. Suzuki

"When love is deep, much can be accomplished" - Dr. Suzuki

"Teaching is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They get a beautiful heart" - Dr. Suzuki


PRIVATE LESSONS: 
The parent and the student are both learners in the private lesson. The teacher instructs the child, and the parent takes detailed notes so that they understand the assignments given to the child. This information will help the parent better guide their child in their daily home practice.
*(Private lessons are located in my home studio - 2425 N Wagner Rd, Ann Arbor MI, 48104)

GROUP CLASSES: 
Group classes are an important part of Dr. Suzuki’s philosophy. It is a time where children can play music with their peers, encouraging each other, and be in a setting that not only reinforces their fundamental skills but also gives them the opportunity to apply these skills in new creative ways. Group classes also develops such vital abilities as collaboration, flexibility, and ensemble playing. Advanced classes will include reading/violin choir and theory components. Group classes meet on a weekly basis during the Fall and Spring term, and can vary from 45 minutes - 90 minutes depending on the level.

PARENT COMMITMENT: "Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus then thousand times is skill" -Dr. Suzuki

When enrolling your child for lessons, you are committing to attend all private and group class lessons,
and to practice daily with your child. If for some reason you are not able to attend a private lesson, have the adult attending the lesson record the lesson for you and take notes so that you know what was covered to help you successfully structure your child's home practice. This commitment applies especially to children under 10 as they are very sensitive to consistency and structure. 

The "practice parent" is ideally the child's parent, however if a grandparent or some other adult in the child's life who is able to easily and consistently practice with the child on a daily basis,would like to take on this responsibility, that would be fine.

FEES:   
A2 Hunter Studios uses a term based tuition. Payment for Fall and Spring term fees are divided into two equal payments. Each payment is due at the first lesson of the term unless other arrangements have been made prior to the first lesson. Fall and Spring term fees include 37 weeks of private and group class lessons, end of term recitals, graduation recitals, community concerts, and membership with the Ann Arbor Suzuki Institute, which provides students with collaborative pianists for concerts, additional community concert and workshop opportunities.

SUMMER LESSONS:
Private lessons are available for students in the summer, and will be individually scheduled in June. Payment for all summer lessons will be due at the child's first lesson. There will be no group classes in the summer due to families varying schedules.

Please email me directly for rate information and application forms:  a2hunterstudios@gmail.com

CANCELATION POLICY:
Lessons missed by the student will not be made up. If a child is sick, I will do my best to find an alternative time to make up the lesson, if given at least 12 hours notice. In the case of bad weather, I will contact you if we need to cancel the lesson, and will schedule an alternative time. If I am sick or need to miss a lesson, we will make up the lesson, or I will refund you the missed lesson by the end of the term.