The Method


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The Method for Children and Adults











Mother Tongue Learning
This is the concept which inspired Dr. Suzuki to apply the model of learning a native language to talent education. Students as young as 3 years old listen to music in a nurturing environment before picking up an instrument, then learn to play at their own pace.

The Suzuki Triangle: Student-Teacher-Parent
In a Suzuki studio the parent and teacher have responsibility while the child has only needs. All are equally important!

The Law of Ability
As parents know and as Dr. Suzuki believed, our children have innate talent. We as adults have the ability and duty to tap into that well of natural capability.

Beyond Basics

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Decades of teaching have shown me the Three Pillars are a great starting point. In keeping with Dr. Suzuki's philosophy I blend his way of teaching with the insights, repertoire and pedagogy from the great musicians I've been fortunate enough to study under.

Having established good practice habits and technical skills students have a foundation for whatever music intrigues them. The guitar is an instrument boundlessly fascinating in its diversity, so I design an individual program of study reflecting each student's interests while guiding them as they grow musically.






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The studio sees adults as lifelong learners who bring considerable skills and life experience to their study of the guitar. Whether refreshing lessons from years past or just beginning, adults make wonderful students. An individualized program is designed for each adult, since everyone is unique. Whatever your goals are, we will work together you to make your progress swift and satisfying.


Technique, or playing with efficiency and comfort, is important to safely and easily get the most out of the instrument. I enjoy passing on what I learned from my 20 years studying under Patrick O’Brien, (see his Wikipedia listing) a past master of “building a player.” Many adults find the ability to read staff notation opens whole worlds of music, and choose to become musically literate in this universal form of notation. If you are already playing, we work on repertoire, delving into the rich international heritage of the 500 years of the guitar music.


Wherever you are on your musical journey, my job is to get you further along in an enjoyable way. 


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