Friday, July 21, 2017
Children ages 3 and up are invited to Mercyhurst University on Saturday, Aug. 5, to sample the newest offering from the university’s Sullivan Conservatory of Music: Suzuki music lessons on violin, viola and cello.
Free sessions are scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon and from noon to 2 p.m., during which kids will experience:
A free mini recital
An instrument petting zoo
An introductory lesson
A group activity
Two Suzuki-registered teachers are teaming up to launch the program. Lisa Brown, who earned her master’s degree in cello performance from Carnegie Mellon University, is a new adjunct faculty member in Mercyhurst’s D’Angelo Department of Music. She enjoys teaching students of all ages and completed her Suzuki teacher training in 2009 at The School for Strings in New York, studying under Pamela Devenport.
She’ll be joined by Mary Moser, who holds a Master of Music in performance and pedagogy from Arizona State University. She has also trained with many of the leaders in Suzuki education, and believes children have an almost limitless ability to master whatever is presented to them, when presented properly.
More than 50 years ago, Japanese violinist Shinichi 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 to the learning of music, and called his method the mother-tongue approach. To learn more about his philosophy, visit suzukiassociation.org.
Suzuki lessons will begin at Mercyhurst this fall when the Sullivan Conservatory begins a new term of music lessons for the community the week of Sept. 11. Traditional lessons are available from professional musicians in voice, piano, violin, flute, clarinet and saxophone, in addition to the new Suzuki string program. For further information concerning the traditional lessons, contact conservatory director Rebecca Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org.