Our Readiness classes are designed as a transition step between the learning environment of a general group music class and the more focused and directed learning involved in a private lesson. In class we practice and play many of the Pre-Twinkle activities common for every beginning violin, flute, or cello student. We sing the parts of the instrument, practice finger games, practice playing and identifying the Twinkle rhythms, and listen to beautiful string or flute playing live. String students and parents work together with the help of the teacher to make beautiful bow holds and set students’ violins on their shoulders or cellos grounded between knees. Flute students practice posture and breathing, flute sign language, and headjoint olympics. By the end of the session, students are actually helping each other practice and are training their ears, bodies, and minds to be better ready for focus of a private lesson. It has been very rewarding to see the students build their skills together and make connections with each other in the process!
Tentative Fall 2019 Readiness Schedule
Saturday, 10:45-11:30 at 45 Tiemann Place with Molly
Sunday, 11:30-12:15 at 218 W 72nd St with Hillary
Sunday, 9:30am at 218 W 72nd St with Kayla
Monday, 3:45pm at 218 W 72nd St with Zara
“This is the third year that my daughter has been taking lessons at Silver Music (first, Violin Readiness class; now, at five years old, she’s in her second year of Suzuki violin)…If music lessons were like this when I was a student, I might still be playing…”