Saturday, October 17, 2009

Suzuki violin workshop

Rhiannon's Suzuki workshop was not what I expected. No violins were involved on this occasion, because the group, two dozen children was working on basic rhythm structures, involving lots of clapping games. It was enchanting to this diverse group of mostly 5-6 year olds at play with their teacher, with all their different approaches, personalities and temperaments displayed.

The second half of the morning, children from the higher classes came in, and all performed in a concert. Altogether seventy odd children of junior school age were playing violin together, and the sound wasn't nearly as excruciating as might be imagined - but such is the marvel of the Suzuki learning technique. It was well worth the journey to witness.

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