Suzuki Violin Program in Greenbelt
Alessandra Schneider teaches a Suzuki violin program in Greenbelt. She began about five years ago at Holy Cross Lutheran Church and now teaches at Greenbelt Baptist Church. Recently I visited her studio and observed two individual lessons.
Ian is 4 years old. He started violin a year ago.
Schneider shows Ian the right position of the bow.
Ian’s mother observes the lesson and takes notes. The Suzuki method is a method of teaching music developed by Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki. Students start young (as early as 4) and learn by rote. They participate in individual lessons and group classes and are encouraged to take part in recitals and other performances. Parents are highly involved in their children’s learning experience. They are asked to take notes during each lesson and recreate it at home during daily practice.
Ian bows to his teacher at the end of the lesson. Ale Schneider has a bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education and master’s in Violin Performance and Suzuki String Pedagogy. She teaches in Greenbelt and Annapolis.
Matthias is 15 and he transferred to Schneider’s program a year ago.
Matthias and Ale Schneider look at notes.
Matthias’s mother observes the lesson.
There are ten Suzuki books for violin from “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” to Mozart concertos, and Matthias is at book 7. Schneider is certified to each all ten Suzuki books, and she says that she will branch out once the student is advanced. Matthias is working on Kreisler’s Praeludium and Allegro.
Schneider meets with each student once a week for individual lessons. The length of the lesson depends on the student’s skill level and runs from 30 to 60 minutes. Twice a month, students also attend group classes with others on the same level. This class teaches them to play with others. In addition, every semester, students participate in solo and group recitals. The current fall semester will end in late January, and Schneider’s Greenbelt students will give a group recital on January 26 at 3 pm at Holy Cross Lutheran Church on Greenbelt Road. All are welcome to attend.