We believe that:
1. Every Child Can Learn Music
Our teaching philosophy is heavily influenced by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki’s “Every Child Can” philosophy. By understanding each child’s learning styles, interests, and physical abilities, every child’s musical talents can be developed through structured lessons, personalized attention, motivation, encouragement, and repetitions. Each child’s learning rate may vary, but every child is capable of a high level of musical achievement.
2. Building a Strong Foundation
Building a strong foundation is so essential to lifetime enjoyment and love of music. A strong foundation enables students to be more independent in learning and to have higher self-esteem in approaching more complex tasks. A strong foundation helps students learn more easily and efficiently, while it gives students a sense of direction and a means to reach higher goals.
3. Bringing Out the Best in Students
Bringing out the best qualities and characteristics in each individual through music learning is our utmost goal in teaching. Through music learning, students are able to develop transferable skills and abilities, build self-esteem and confidence, increase discipline and focus, cultivate expressions and logical thinking, and enhance collaboration with others.
This Is Why We Teach Music
Not because we expect you to major in music
Not because we expect you to play or sing all your life
Not so you can relax
Not so you can have fun
So you will be human
So you will recognize beauty
So you will be sensitive
So you will be closer to an infinite beyond this world
So you will have something to cling to
So you will have more love
….in short, more life
Of what value will it be to make a prosperous living unless you know how to live?
Nevada CDA The Choral Communique, May ’86, Marcia Neel, President and Co-editor
Advantages of Music Study
✓ Music study enhances the ability to do well in school.
✓ Music study enhances school readiness, fine motor control, use of symbol systems, following directions, concentration, memory, perseverance, visual and aural discrimination, organizational skills, task completion, and goal setting.
✓ Music study encourages abstract thought and stimulates right-brain activities—synthesis, creativity, intuition, and innovation—skills that are not covered adequately by the school curriculum.
✓ Music study develops attention span and concentration level.
✓ Music study builds self-esteem and develops initiative.
*Confirmed by research findings conducted by Dr. Frances Rauscher of the University of Wisconsin and Dr. Gordon Shaw of the University of California.