“Teaching music 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. Shinichi Suzuki
Karin received Suzuki piano training under the instruction of Susan Fralin (Lynchburg, VA) for 8 years, including 5 years of superior rankings in National Guild Auditions. She has played for pleasure since, serving at church and playing in weddings. Her teaching began with her own children and grew from friend’s children to teaching lessons with Valley Music Academy in August 2017.
Karin has completed “Every Child Can” as well as Piano Unit 1 & 2 classes via Suzuki Association of the Americas and plans to continue her education annually. You can visit her SAA profile here.
A passion for children
Karin has 4+ years experience providing behavioral and academic support to children/adolescents with various mental health diagnoses. Her clients included children with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, anxiety/depression, PTSD, among others.
The Suzuki Method was founded by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, a Japanese violinist. Suzuki originally developed this unique approach to teaching music for his own instrument, the violin. However, materials are now available for viola, cello, bass, piano, flute, harp, guitar, recorder, organ and voice.
Suzuki based his approach on the belief that “Musical ability is not an inborn talent but an ability which can be developed. Any child who is properly trained can develop musical ability, just as all children develop the ability to speak their mother tongue. The potential of every child is unlimited.”
There are some special features of Suzuki’s approach that differentiate it from traditional learning. Karin holds to each of these principles in her own teaching.
Lessons are based on the concept of teaching music as one would teach language. Babies are first introduced to language by hearing parents speak. They then begin to babble and eventually to speak themselves. We later send them to school to learn written language, after they can speak fluently. Similarly, the Suzuki Method teaches children how to play first after hearing what the music should sound like, and teaching them to read music later.
Learn about how the mother-tongue approach begins early here.
Learn the importance of listening to the music we are about to learn to play here.
Learn why Suzuki students do not learn to read music right away here.
As when a child learns to talk, parents are involved in the musical learning of their child. They attend lessons with the child and serve as “home teachers” during the week. Some parents opt to learn to play before the child begins lessons, so that s/he understands what the child is expected to do. Karin will often help parents learn what a student is learning during a lesson so that they can practice it correctly at home. Minimally, the parent should be able to explain back to Karin what is expected to be practiced at home.
Learn how vital encouragement is here.
Learn why practice does not make perfect here.
Suzuki has a set repertoire of seven books. The songs are a means to an end, tools to teach skills. Each song is tailored to teach specific skills. Therefore, progress is not judged by the number of songs the student can play, but by the quality of their playing. A high focus on technique and tone is applied from the very beginning so that the students can carry their sense of musicality with them as they go.
Learn about performing here.
Learn why repetition is essential here.
VMA is the Valley’s Premiere Music Academy, with over 15 Professional Music Teachers offering private instruction on more than 30 instruments, voice, music writing, theory, Digital Music (DAW), Suzuki Piano and much more. Karin has been giving lessons at VMA since August 2017.
Valley serves students of all ages with experienced teachers. All teachers have either University training or professional performance experience. Their convenient location in Waynesboro, Virginia offers a safe location for students to learn. Whether you are interested in learning Suzuki piano or another instrument, VMA is a great resource.
Please visit Valley’s website at http://valleymusicacademy.org/ for more information.
You can reach VMA by phone at 540-942-8648
Every time you feel in God’s creatures something pleasing and attractive, do not let your attention be arrested by them alone, but passing them by, transfer your thought to God and say ‘O my God, if Thy creations are so full of beauty, delight, and joy, how infinitely more full of beauty, delight and joy art thou Thyself, Creator of all!…
While listening to music can evoke emotion, being able to produce music oneself has a cathartic effect. I can listen to a recording of “The Storm” by Frederick Burgmuller, but the act of using my own two hands to create “The Storm” allows me to enter in to the scene and to participate…
If you would like to sign up for lessons, please follow the links from Valley Music Academy’s website and we can add you to our schedule!
Valley Music Academy is located at 500 South Wayne Ave. Waynesboro, VA 22980; It is inside of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church. Lessons are held on the first floor from the back entrance.
For other questions, please email Karin Constant at firstname.lastname@example.org