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      Safeguarding the Suzuki method

      “The Suzuki method is both a philosophy and a pedagogy created to give a high-                                                      Cristina da

      quality music education to children as young as three, but great for any age”.                                                     Costa Brookes

               he method       based in the Algarve. She   Additionally, parents are
               was born from   has had Suzuki training and   asked to attend the classes as
               Japanese culture   aspiring musicians can have   they will assist their child’s
      T and has been           online and in person group   musical journey. The reason
      adapted internationally. The   or private lessons from   this involvement is crucial is
      method was derived from   ages three up to adults,   so that they can guide their
      Dr. Shinichi Suzuki who   at the Conservatório de   children’s practises at home.
      was a Japanese violinist,   Portimão. One of her   Reading sheet music is
      educator, philosopher and   fun lessons named ‘Meet   taught but only once
      humanitarian. Dr Suzuki’s   the Instruments’ is for   the child has become
      mission was to nurture   children ages three to five.   familiar with playing their
      and develop each child’s   Rebecca’s teaching creates   instrument and has learnt
      character through the study   a “nurturing environment   good posture. This idea was
      of music as he wanted to   which allows children to   obtained through the way
      “build noble children”. Dr   grow and create”. These   in which children learn to
      Suzuki lived to be 99 years   lessons offer an introduction   speak before they read or
      old and his legacy continues   to instruments and allow   write. Children will learn
      to influence families    children to play a child   to read music once they
      worldwide.               size string instrument   develop basic technical
      He realised that children   themselves and a baby   competence on their
      learn to speak their native   grand piano. This will give   instruments. The Suzuki
      language with ease and so   them the chance to choose   method is warm which you
      he wanted to apply the same   their favourite instrument.   can truly feel when you meet   Rebecca’s teaching creates a “nurturing environment which allows children to grow and create”
      teaching method to learning   They sing and play musical   Rebecca, she is so passionate
      music. The Suzuki approach   games and listen to Rebecca   about teaching children and   sense of community with   instrument”.  Rebecca really   she minored in piano and
      embodies specialist key   play different instruments,   her face lights up talking   the aid of this teaching   “wants the arts to thrive”   cello in college, in order to
      principles which are present   including, the violin,   about her students. She   method and for it to   and she is “trying to build   become a better violinist
      in his book “Nurtured by   cello, piano and guitar.   really wants to provide a   become their “sanctuary and   more of an arts community   and ultimately improve as
      love: The classic approach                                                support”.               here in the Algarve”. She   a Suzuki teacher. Rebecca
      to Talent education”.                                                     Rebecca was created to   really “saw room for the arts   safeguards Dr Suzuki’s
      These principles include:                                                 teach and has worked    in Portimão as it has lots of   method and develops
      learning from a young                                                     really hard to reach musical   potential in a post Covid   his philosophy as she
      age, parental involvement                                                 excellence. Alongside   world”.                 has already successfully
      and responsibility,                                                       teaching she performs three   Rebecca was born into   established two Suzuki
      encouragement, repetition,                                                recitals a year and hopes   Suzuki as she came from a   education programmes
      learning with other children                                              to put on more shows post   home where both parents   in America and now has
      and delayed reading. This                                                 Covid. Her philosophy is   were musicians so she   brought this fantastic
      method is taught with love                                                that “instruments are hard   learnt to play different   opportunity to the Algarve.
      and dedication and enhances                                               to master with talent so   instruments from early   For more information and
      the individual as one learns                                              why not make them easier   childhood, even later   to book please check out the
      music by ear.                                                             to learn through a nurturing   receiving training from   Facebook page ‘Violinguru’
      Rebecca Chrisopherson is                                                  environment and give    Dr Suzuki himself.      or email SuzukiAlgarve@
      an extremely talented music                                               children the opportunity   Rebecca decided to do a or call Rebecca
      teacher for 25 years, now   Rebecca Chrisopherson is an extremely talented music teacher  to find joy with their   performance degree where   on 915 847 703.
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