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 make ourselves available to each other, we are honest and genuine and accept each other for who we are.
Live in to 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 camps for 24 students running twice a year out of the beautiful Trinity United Methodist Church. 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.
// Mrs Laura 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