Teaching Philosophy

With a basis in Suzuki’s talent education method and the belief that all children can learn, the AVIVA Young Artist Program draws upon the influences of Galamian, Flesch, Paul Rolland, Mimi Zweig, Maria Montessori, Dalcroze, Orff and others. The ultimate goal is to educate happy, healthy and well-rounded young musicians who have the technical, theoretical and expressive means to enjoy a lifetime of music, regardless of which path or profession they choose.

Basic principals:

  • Every child has the ability to learn and brings his or her own unique and positive qualities. All students aged 3+ are welcome, regardless of their current level of ability, learning challenges,  physical development or socio-economic background (including adults!)

  • Daily practice is essential. Efficient practice is the key to success.

  • The cultivation of musical excellence and a fine character go hand in hand as we strive to do our best, develop discipline and appreciate hard work. 

  • A positive and patient environment is essential for productive lessons and practice. Happy kids learn better.

  • Aural development and technical facility should be developed in tandem from an early age.

  • A adult should never do for a child something which he or she can do for him/herself. 

  • A well-rounded music education includes the development of an complete skill-set:  technical proficiency on the instrument; the ability to perform in a healthy way; awareness of style and form; a practical knowledge of music history, rudiments and harmony; fluency in aural skills and solfeggio; and the ability to make music with others. These should be taught from the first lesson. 

  • A student’s musical development (and the methods for teaching) should be directly related to his or her age and cognitive development.

  • Parents are partners in their children’s musical education, and should be actively involved in lessons and daily practice. It is the job of a teacher to nurture the parent-child relationship.