FAQs

Andrea Coyle's Violin & Viola Studio
  1. What do I need for the first lesson?
    Required

    • Suzuki Book 1 and CD (or digital recording) and other sheet music
    • A quality violin or viola (please ask for instrument sizing)
    • I can read music volume 1
    • Notebook for keeping lesson notes and practice logs
    • Folder or binder for keeping practice logs, handouts, programs, loose sheet music, and other materials
    • Pencil
    • Rosin
    • Shoulder pad or rest (we will discuss this in the lesson)
    • Cleaning cloth (a small piece of T-shirt works very well)
    • Bag for carrying lesson materials

    Recommended

    • Recording Device such as an iPhone to record parts of the lesson
    • Suzuki CDs Vol 2-4
      Music stand
    • Metronome
    • String Swing Violin Hanger
  2. How much should my child practice?
    a. Parents and students are expected to practice and listen daily
    b. Each student is required to practice and listen for approximately the length of their lesson. This may be more or less as discussed in lessons
    c. “Only practice on the days you eat.” – Shinichi Suzuki
    d. Parents and students are expected to practice and listen daily. Work hard! Your teacher’s assignments should be carried out fully so that your teacher can help you be your best. Please prioritize LISTENING and REVIEW. Each student is required to practice and listen for approximately the length of their lesson. This may be more or less as discussed in lessons. Parents and students are required to take notes during lessons and classes. Parents and students are also required to keep a practice log of daily practice.
  3. What can I do to get my child to practice?
    Learning to practice is part of the process. Take note of what works and what doesn’t. I recommend following the Suzuki Parent Discussion Group on Facebook and articles on the Suzuki Association of Americas website in addition to reading the following books.
    a. Nurtured by Love
    b. Teaching from the Balance Point
    c. Ability Development from Age Zero
    d. To Learn with Love
  4. What do we need to do to maintain the instrument?
    a. Clean the instrument regularly with a soft cloth
    b. Replace the strings annually
    c. Rehair the bow annually
    d. Wipe the rosin off the strings daily
    e. Rosin the bow every other day
  5. What is the best age to begin music lessons?
    a. I begin students as young as 3. The ideal age for most students is 4-7. I recommend that students be able to count to 10 and know the alphabet, in addition to being able to focus for approximately 10 minutes at a time. These skills will also be developed in lessons.
    b. Parents must be able to commit to practicing daily with their child and attend lessons, group classes, and recitals.
  6. When will my child be able to practice independently?
    a. Students should be able to practice independently by age 13. We will work together to develop a plan to scale back your involvement with practice over time.
  7. Do you offer discounts?
    Siblings taking back to back half hour lessons are eligible for a discount. Please ask for details.
  8. May I video lessons?
    I encourage parents to video parts of the lesson to supplement their notes. I ask that you not share these videos on the internet as they are designed for personal use and are made specifically to help your child learn.
  9. Should I buy or rent an instrument?
    I recommend purchasing an instrument. You will have a higher quality instrument that can be traded in when you are ready to upgrade to the next size or quality.
  10. Why do you teach the Suzuki Method?
    I believe that through a strong Suzuki Triangle (parent-child-teacher) relationship we can build great skill on our instruments and develop good character. I teach with love and believe in developing the whole child.
  11. Why is listening so important?
    Your child should listen to the recording everyday. Through listening, they will develop awareness of tone, rhythm, pitch, and musical expressiveness. Just as a child needs to hear language before attempting speech, a child needs to be familiar with the pieces they will play before attempting to play them.
  12. Why is reviewing so important?
    Reviewing, renewing, and repeating previously learned pieces and skills will help solidify the child’s musical ability. It will also help develop memory, concentration, and the learning process. There is the added benefit of continuing to polish a piece to the child’s current best. Imagine if you only used words you recently learned! To really develop fluency in music the child must continue to review everything they have learned. Dr. Suzuki once said “Ability breeds further ability!” As the child continues to internalize and polish review pieces and skills they are preparing to developing new skills and future pieces.
  13. What does tuition cover?
    a. Your tuition covers your monthly lessons (regardless of the number of lessons), group classes, studio events such as recitals and parties, teacher’s time spent on administrative duties, teacher’s time spent attending book recitals, parent education nights, and studio incentives.
    b. Tuition months include several built in make up lessons to accommodate missed lessons due to any reason by either the student or teacher. No make up lessons will be given.  Please note that you may request a video chat lesson if you are unable to physically attend your lesson time.
    There are no refunds.
    c. Please note studio breaks as indicated on your MMS calendar.
    d. Your tuition is your membership to the studio, not simply a given number of lessons.
  14. What other costs are associated with lessons?
    Some examples include addition books and materials, competitions, festivals, institutes, workshops, summer camps, youth orchestras, and accompanist fees.
  15. When is tuition due?
    Your tuition is due by the 1st of each month September through June. If you choose to write a check instead of utilizing Paypal through My Music Staff, please make the check out to Andrea Coyle. Please mail this check by the 1st of the month to 3897 W. Grand Ave, Denver, Colorado, 80123.