PRE-TWINKLE PROGRAM

The Pre-Twinkle experience is a time for planting the musical seeds for our youngest musical students. If we give them time and proper nurturing, they will begin to grow, a little at a time! The Suzuki triangle models the relationship between parent, teacher and child as they work, share and have fun together to learn music.

Pre-Twinkle at Preucil begins with parents and children observing at least two private lessons to watch the triangle at work. These observations will be scheduled by the teacher after a family has been placed. We also encourage these parents and children to observe group classes, recitals and play-ins. This experience gives new students and parents an idea of what to expect and confidence in their own potential.

Guidelines

1. Please note that students ages 3 and 4 begin in Pre-Twinkle partner lessons; students ages 5 and above begin in private lessons.

2. Pre-Twinkle classes meet two times per week and are comprised of two to three students of similar ages.

3. Pre-Twinkle classes are usually offered in the morning or early afternoon (9AM-3PM) depending upon faculty availability.

4. PreTwinkle classes are offered in fall and spring semester, not during the summer term.

5. Since parental involvement is an integral part of the Suzuki method, parent attendance is required at both classes.

6. Students ages 3 and 4 do not begin lessons until a satisfactory match of Pre-Twinkle ages and faculty times have been found. Please be patient, this often takes time.

7. If a student’s age is close to 5 years (4 ½ and beyond) and a partner cannot be found, you will be contacted to start private lessons at the next available opening.

8. For Preucil preschool students interested in enrolling in music lessons, please consider the following time/day options when you complete your placement form: immediately before the start of the preschool day

Key Concepts

  • Children develop at different rates, and we do not expect them to move at the same pace. Each child will develop as an individual, not in competition with others, but sharing with each other.
  • Parents often learn more by observing someone else’s child than their own! Each child gains from watching and listening to friends and from being observed by others.
  • “Enjoyment of the moment” is a key phrase. We hope parents will enjoy their children’s development and trust in what is to come.
  • The Suzuki Philosophy is based on love, and discipline is part of love. As children begin lessons, we train them to understand behavior expectations. We count on parent’s help and cooperation to aid in the child’s progress and make sure that the atmosphere in the class promotes learning.
  • Children and parents are expected to be on time and stay until the class or lesson is concluded.
  • We do not make up these classes. If the Pre-Twinkle student has to miss, we ask the parent to come, take the lesson, observe the other children, and participate in the discussions.
  • Parents are encouraged to call the teacher if they have questions, problems, or simply need reassurance.

The Pre-Twinkle Violin Program: Level I (The First Year)

Two thirty-minute classes per week with two to four children, each with a parent. The teacher may decide on a thirty-minute class length if there are two children in a class, depending on their age and needs.

This approach offers ample hands-on experience for the teacher and student and time for training the parent as home teacher. Class will meet twice weekly but class size and makeup may change over the year. Scheduling decisions are made to offer the best training situation for each child.

Classes include discussion of Suzuki philosophy and its application, questions and answers, parent lessons, individual instruction with each student, observation of each other’s lesson and group activities.

The Pre-Twinkle Violin Program: Level II (The Optional Second Year)

Two thirty-minute classes per week with two children, each with a parent. Students may stay in partner lessons for the second year, move to private lessons or utilize a combination of the two, based on teacher recommendation.

Teacher and parent decide whether to proceed to a second year of partner classes at the end of the child’s first year of study. Level II provides an additional year of instruction on the skills and topics introduced in Level I.

Once the student has reached a minimum playing level, he/she is eligible to join the Foundation Class (at an additional fee) on Thursday afternoons. During the Foundation Class, several children work together with the teacher to review fundamental violin skills and pieces already learned. This group experience continues throughout Suzuki study and is enjoyed by the students.

Children move to individual thirty-minute lessons and continue to participate in the string class curriculum following Level II (Level I for some children) at the discretion of the teacher.

The Pre-Twinkle Piano Program

Two thirty-minute classes per week with two children or two forty-five-minute classes with three children, each with a parent.

Classes include discussion of Suzuki philosophy and its application, questions and answers, parent lessons, individual instruction with each student, observation of each other’s lesson and group activities.

Two group classes per week are highly recommended for beginners under age five. However, if scheduling in a group setting is impossible, the three or four year-old beginner and parent can enroll in a thirty-minute private piano lesson. After the first Pre-Twinkle year, the teacher determines whether the student’s age and attention span indicate readiness for another year of group class or move to a thirty-minute individual lesson.

The Pre-Twinkle Cello Program

Two thirty-minute classes per week with two to four children, each with a parent.

The cello program uses the same approach described for the violin Pre-Twinkle program. Twice-weekly Pre-Twinkle cello classes continue until the teacher and parent decide the child is ready for individual lessons. At that time, the student joins the Thursday afternoon Book One cello class.

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