Student Resources

Music Theory

Music History & Composers

Who wrote the music you're studying? Learning about the composer's life and the time period in which s/he lived will inform your interpretation of the music. For pieces in the Suzuki violin books, this excellent website will tell you the full name of the composer and the source material of the piece.

Music Dictionaries

Recommended Articles

Practicing With Children:
Practice Basics:
Deliberate Practice: What It Is & Why You Need It
Practice Science & Strategies
On Talent

Recommended Books

  • Teaching from the Balance Point by Edward Kreitman: This book is my top choice for those interested in learning more about either the Suzuki method or violin study.
  • Building Violin Skills by Edmund Sprunger: Written by a child therapist and Suzuki violin teacher. An in-depth guide on practicing with young children.
  • Nurtured by Love by Shinichi Suzuki: Dr. Suzuki explains the philosophy and principles of his teaching method.
  • The Violin Lesson and Basics by Simon Fischer: Highly recommended for intermediate and advanced violinists. Simon Fischer is an expert at breaking down and describing all aspects of violin technique.
  • Practicing for Artistic Success by Burton Kaplan: A book directed toward adult musicians that clearly lays out effective strategies for practice and performance.

Recommended Websites

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