Founder and Director
After studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music in the UK, Mrs. Laura moved to Austin and completed a Masters in Music and Human Learning at the Butler School of Music, University of Texas. Mrs. Laura has been teaching music students in Austin since 2009.
'Teaching has been an incredible journey. I love to see students grow through hard work, to see their friendships blossom as they support one another in group-class, and most of all I love to see them gain the ability to express themselves through music.'
Violin & Viola Teacher
Shelby received a Master’s degree in Suzuki Pedagogy & Violin Performance at Ithaca College. She strives to inspire students and parents to enjoy practicing while learning how to problem-solve and find their voice. She encompasses breathing, stretching, yoga, and dancing and believes these actions are vital for the success of our minds and bodies, both with our instruments and in life.
Canadian pianist, teacher, and composer Graham Yates has lived in Texas since 2014 with his husband, Joe, and their black Labrador retrievers, Ava and Oreo. Graham received a Master of Music in Piano Performance at Brandon University in Manitoba. He is a piano teacher and frequently collaborates with Songbird Rising as a pianist and composer. He loves to connect with audiences and students alike to create meaningful experiences through music.
You know that feeling when you take a deep breath and a big stretch and you can feel it in every cell of your body? Well, Maggie's goal is to help kids find that feeling in each of her classes. Maggie has been working with kids of all ages in the mindfulness field for years and curates classes that include movement, games, crafts, props, and conversations to socially and emotionally grow together.
SONGBIRD RISING CORE VALUES
// To guide us all towards Joy, Freedom, Maturity, and Integrity. The highest ideal is to develop our musicianship to its fullest potential.
Create a nurturing environment
We are honest and genuine, and we accept each other for who we are.
Live into our potential
We open ourselves to possibility, and in doing so, make available our fullest potential.
Mindful practice each day. Ask for and accept help, we don't need to do it on our own.
SONGBIRD IN A NUT SHELL
GROWTH. JOY. COMMUNITY.
WHERE WE ARE FROM
// Established in 2010, the summer string camp has grown from only 8 students, taught from our home in Hyde Park, Austin TX, to an extended curriculum including many camps, and classes. Mrs Laura's violin studio has been changing too and now includes a comprehensive curriculum of private violin lessons supported by group lessons and twice yearly studio recitals.
// Songbird Rising is committed to guiding the school and its students towards their ideals and potential with our core values as the foundation.
WHERE WE ARE GOING
// At Songbird Rising Suzuki School, a strong foundation, as well as a clear vision is important. The school, ever evolving, has always consisted of both private violin lessons and the summer string camp. Throughout we have endeavored to provide a high level of education and understanding for our students. We want the Violin Studio and String Camp to be space for a strong community of joyful play and personal growth in Austin.
The Suzuki Method
// Who, What & Why....
The Suzuki Method was developed by Japanese violinist Dr Shinichi Suzuki. He desired to bring beauty to the lives of children after the devastation of WWII.
Every Child Can
The essential components of the Suzuki Method are that we are all capable of learning from our environment and that successful learning relies on creating the right environment. Suzuki noticed how children pick up their native language. He reasoned that if children have the skill to acquire their native language, then they have the necessary ability to become proficient on a musical instrument and learn the language of music.
It is often said within the Suzuki Community the ‘Every Child Can’, a statement that recognizes the ability to learn as important over innate ‘talent’.
Suzuki pioneered the idea that pre-school age children could learn to play the violin if learning steps were small enough and if the instrument was scaled down to fit their body. He modeled his method, which he called "Talent Education", after his theories of natural language acquisition. Suzuki believed that every child, if properly taught, was capable of a high level of musical achievement. He also made it clear that the goal of such musical education was to raise generations of children with "noble hearts" (as opposed to creating famous musical prodigies).
Music is an important and powerful form of expression for Human Beings
This is very much inline with Mrs Laura's own motivation to teach, that music is an important and powerful form of expression for human beings, this implies an importance on the process rather than only the product of learning to play.
Every Adult Can
Important to Mrs Laura is the idea that every adult can, in opposition to the popular idea that we can be 'too old' to learn.
Suzuki Association of the Americas