Contact Us: (343) 540-8536
Contact Us: (343) 540-8536
What an exciting time! There are a couple different ways to start your child's violin journey. New families can start in the Twinkle Stars program and transition into the violin studio at any point during the year. This is ideal for younger beginners, 2.5-6 years old. Older beginners will have a different path to start their violin journey. You can find out more about all the program options by checking out the Program Info menu. Send me a message through the Contact Us page,
or call the studio (343) 540-8536 for more information.
New students can be accepted at any point during the year, however, after September 1, acceptance into the studio is limited by the availability of lesson times.
Lesson times after 5pm are always in high demand. Please consider coming earlier in the afternoon if your family schedule permits.
All students age 18 and younger participate in group class and private lessons. The Twinkle Stars program is offered for students who are not quite ready to take violin lessons (ages 2.5 to 6 years old), or are currently on the studio waitlist for a private lesson slot.
Absolutely! All families interested in the Hammond Suzuki Studio program will have the opportunity to observe group class or a lesson video. This will be part of the intake process. Please contact the studio for options.
Participating caregivers have an integral role. Caregivers are responsible for helping the student practice daily and listen to the Suzuki repertoire recording. Caregivers will also be responsible for taking notes in lessons and group class. This may also include taking pictures or small video clips of lesson activities.
Absolutely! Listening to the Suzuki recording is the most important part of learning to play. Students learn from listening to each piece repetitively. They acquire an understanding of the melody, violin tone and musical expression from listening before they are able to play the pieces.
Practicing is a daily event. It is important to plan a daily practice time into your schedule. In general, beginners need 15-30 minutes to practice. This is a very general guideline as every student is different.
No! Just as every child can learn, every caregiver can too. Every lesson and group class is an opportunity to learn more about the violin and about music. If you have any music experience in your life, it will be an asset, but it is not essential.
Private lessons and group classes have different purposes. Lessons focus on the individual student. Group classes are for developing ensemble skills, connecting with peers and experimenting with the violin. The combination provides a comprehensive musical environment for each student.
Every studio participant is given the opportunity to request lesson times that fit their schedule. At the time of registration, studio participants are asked to provide at least 2 weekdays and a time range for their weekly private lesson. Debbie will take all of these requests and piece together the lesson schedule. This schedule will remain the same for the entire year, except in exceptional circumstances.
When making lesson time requests, please consider the following things:
Your lesson time is reserved for you and your child. It is important that both of you be able to remain fully centred in the violin lesson. If siblings are able to play quietly for the length of the lesson they are welcome to attend. There is space in the studio for them to sit with a quiet activity.
No. Please wait until you have discussed proper sizing and what equipment will be needed before purchasing or renting an instrument. Instruments that are not sized properly or have defects in set up can not be used for lessons.
Registration is completed through an online portal, after and initial meeting and observations have taken place. If you are transitioning from the Twinkle Stars program, the registration materials will be shared at the time of transition.
Studio fees are paid by e-transfer or post dated cheque series.