Tina Gant and Craig Hunting are the violin teachers at Suzuki Music. With decades of teaching experience and advanced music degrees from some of the best music schools in the country, they teach advanced, intermediate and beginning students. In addition to private lessons, students are offered performance opportunities to help develop self-confidence and to share the joy of music with others.
Students learn famous concertos by Mozart, Bruch and Lalo in addition to solo works by Bach, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and Kreisler. Technique is developed through 3-octave scales and arpeggios as well as etudes by Kreutzer and Sevcik. Through rigorous preparation, students have won first and second-place at the Orlando Music Club Competition and Forest Lake Academy Scholarship Competition. Additionally, Suzuki Music prepares students for youth orchestra auditions and high-school All-State orchestra auditions.
Note reading ability is further developed and technical expertise is expanded through 2-octave scales and arpeggios as well as exercises by Kayser and Mazas. Students are encouraged to work on junior concertos by Rieding, Seitz and Vivaldi. To develop a student's sense of rhythm and sight reading, students participate in duets and ensembles.
Students learn how to hold the instrument and bow and the correct standing posture. The ear is developed through singing folk songs and the current repertoire. Through imitation, students learn their pieces by memory. For older beginning students, note reading is introduced immediately. We focus on the whole child to develop a sense of well-being in addition to learning how to play an instrument.
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