First Presbyterian adds violin, cello to Suzuki Method program

Jackson Walker and Suzuki instructor Katie D’Angelo.

Jackson Walker and Suzuki instructor Katie D’Angelo.

If your youngster is ready to learn how to play an instrument, why not try the violin or cello — the two instruments recently added to the facet of the First Presbyterian Church Nursery School’s (FPCNS) after school Suzuki Method programming.

The Suzuki Method is a language based method of teaching children musical instruments. Just as a child would learn to speak, they learn to play.

Suzuki involves the parent, child and teacher to create an environment for success. The parent is the first and most important teacher, and in Suzuki lessons parents play a very important role. Parents are required to attend lessons and learn how the instrument works to help their child learn as well. They are also given practice tools to create a positive practicing environment.

Research shows that children ages three to six-years-old who partake in Suzuki lessons show increased brain functionality when it comes to memory and processing speeds — suggesting that Suzuki may influence cognitive functioning.

The Serenading Suzuki Sessions are open to FPCNS enrolled children and First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich youth starting at the age of three. In these sessions children are offered a gentle introduction into string playing on instruments that are sized appropriately for small hands and bodies. They will learn the techniques, motor skills, ear training and focus required to make music.

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