What is a holistic approach
to music education?
A holistic approach to music education refers to the overall development of the child as both a musician and a human being.
The holistic-minded educator will prioritize not one, but all aspects of musicianship: Excellent rhythmic sensibility, body balance, hand position, finger strength, reading skills (rhythm reading, sight-reading), performing skills, aural/pitch development, kinesthetic awareness, and a sincere desire to learn new skills.
On a much deeper level, a holistic music educator develops confidence, curiosity, and creativity in the heart and mind of the young musician. Using the instrument simply as the vehicle, albeit a very beautiful one, we cultivate the following skills:
- creative problem-solving
- conflict resolution
- breathing and working through momentary frustrations
- prioritization; not all things are equal
- body awareness (posture, weight, positioning)
- compassion toward others; mentality that "we are all one team"
- respect for ourselves, each other, and the planet
samantha's teaching mission
1. Cultivate love for music, for learning, for life, and for being present
2. Promote technical excellence to build the confidence of the student
3. Develop strong interpersonal relationships (with the student, with the family)
4. Offer clear instructions to the parent regarding home practice and expectations
5. Play games when possible
6. Nourish the profound bond that forms between a Suzuki parent and student
7. Foster spirit of collaboration; nothing is possible without teamwork and respectful communication
(for instrumental study)
- Private Lessons with home teacher (parent)
- Group classes for the students (without parent)
- Parent Education Course (Intro 8 weeks)
Rhythm studies, performance practice, music history, Dalcroze-inspired movement activities, composition, music theory games, are all practiced weekly in addition to private lessons. During weekly lessons with the Suzuki triangle team (student, home teacher, and studio teacher), we focus on technique, sight-reading, prepared reading, rhythm reading, repertoire, and building/maintaining a repertoire.