Every Child Deserves A Great Teacher

To be a successful teacher, a musician must be a performing artist who has the experience and passion to teach and the intense desire to inspire the young student. The teacher must first of all be a seasoned professional performer in order to teach even the youngest beginner. They must have a talent for teaching which includes imagination, patience and compassion. They are required to complete two years of teacher training beyond their advanced degrees.

The great teacher cares deeply about the individual student and is committed to realizing the potential in each child. The great teacher must be able guide the student’s parents to participate in their child’s progress.

Our Artist-Teachers continue their own love of learning and pursuit of perfection throughout their careers.

Our Teaching

The Mozart Academy incorporates the best principles and practices of instruction without a rigid adherence to any particular method.

Music teaching is very individual and we have as many “methods” as we have students. With very young beginners we use the best elements of the Suzuki Method.

At the heart of Suzuki principles is the conviction that “every child has unlimited potential.” The way of teaching, developed by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki in the 1940s, was inspired by the observation of the way language is learned in early childhood through the communication skill shared between parent and child. Suzuki based his approach on the belief that:

“Musical talent is an ability which can be developed. Any child who is properly trained can learn to play, just as all children develop the ability to speak their mother tongue. The potential of every child is unlimited. It is our duty to unlock that talent.”

Unlike Suzuki, we begin note reading from the earliest lessons. We prefer to start string students before the age of five. With few exceptions we accept piano students after age seven. While we do not believe in vocal training for students under the age of 16, we do provide the elements of singing in choral classes which includes breathing techniques, pitch control and sight singing.

Our ultimate goal is not simply to develop musicians, but to help develop each child’s character and to nurture loving human beings through the study of music.

Brain Science

The value of intensive early musical training and exposure to serious music is formidable as it stimulates brain development and aids memory. All pathways of the brain are used simultaneously when a student practices or performs music. Ultimately this aids all learning.

Music is a language that all people can speak. It knows no barriers: racial, cultural, social, educational, or economic.

Parents’ Involvement & Obligations

No child learns alone. We require parent participation in the child’s lessons. Classes are offered for parents to further their ability to help the students at home between lessons.

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