Suzuki Book One – RDV

Everyone can learn to play the violin, regardless of where they live, even in rural areas or when good teachers are hard to find. Music is for EVERYONE, regardless of family background or social status, and that’s why I created my online lessons to make music ATTAINABLE for every person, including you! Finally! Online lessons for beginners that take you systematically from novice through Suzuki Book I!

If you’re looking for online violin lessons for beginners, you are in the right place.My video-based lessons take beginners step by step through Suzuki Book 1 using the method I perfected over 10 years of teaching private students.My online lessons are affordable, flexible, very high quality, and come with tons of free resources to help you make real progress at your own pace.

Bottom line: if you have an Internet connection, a violin, and a strong desire, you can get a great foundation through my online lessons.

I started to take violin lessons at my school when I was in fifth grade. I fell in love with my instrument and knew that that was what I wanted to do with my life.

But the next 15 years, frankly, were pure hell. I worked my tail off! (If you were here, I’d prove it. No tail!) I didn’t watch TV, didn’t go out with friends, I practiced on camping trips, on family vacations to Half Moon Bay. I never went anywhere without my violin.

I kept this up from 5th grade through a Master’s degree in violin performance. I buried my head in music and solitary practice. The best illustration of how single-minded I was, is that while living within 50 miles of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1998, I had not heard about it until Timothy McVeigh was sentenced to death. THIS IS NOT A GOOD THING!!!!

WHAT WAS WRONG WITH ME? It seemed like I practiced twice as hard as anyone else but only got half as far. I asked my teachers, but they couldn’t help. Some didn’t believe I was practicing that much, and some (I could tell) just didn’t believe that I had what it took to make it. In the end I realized that I was practicing LOOOOONG hours, but no teacher had ever taught me how to practice effectively. But then I had an ephiphany that changed my life.

I finally understood what was wrong during all those years of struggle when I took a course in Suzuki instruction. This class was supposed to train me to teach beginners, but instead, I was the one learning basic fundamentals that I had never been taught!

Here I was, a professional violinist, and somehow I had missed out on some of the most basic fundamentals—fundamentals which the Suzuki Method routinely gives to its BEGINNERS!

That was when I realized the value of the Suzuki Method and the value of learning to practice right, not just hard…

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