Beth and her family have been residents of Yountville for eighteen years. Beth feels blessed to have been able to learn to play the violin when she was a child. She has always been grateful to her violin teacher for the joy and fulfillment she has received from being a violinist and would now like to pass this gift to other children. She believes that the ability to make music is one of the greatest gifts you can give a child.
Beth’s approach to instruction draws from a Suzuki base using creative and imaginative activities, playing musical games, and teaching rhythm and movement. Her goal is for the students and the parents to enjoy musical study.
Beth is an active member of the Suzuki Association of America, and her Suzuki training, under teacher-trainer Cathryn Lee (San Francisco), is registered at the national headquarters of the Suzuki Association of America in Boulder, Colorado. One of her favorite things to do is attend the Suzuki Summer Institute with her students in Santa Rosa every summer. She is also an authorized Pathways Charter School vendor in Northern California.
Seventy years ago, Suzuki realized the implications of the fact that children the world over learn to speak their native language with ease. He began to apply the basic principles of language acquisition--parent responsibility, loving encouragement, constant repetition, etc.--to the learning of music, and called his method the "mother-tongue approach."
The early years are crucial for developing mental processes and muscle coordination. Listening to music should begin at birth; formal training may begin at age three or four, but it is never too late to begin.
As with language, the child’s effort to learn an instrument should be met with sincere praise and encouragement, building on small steps so that each one can be mastered. Children are also encouraged to support each other’s efforts, fostering an attitude of generosity and cooperation.