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Did You Know?

Music lessons can improve memory and learning ability in young children by encouraging different patterns of brain development, research shows. The researchers focused on 12 children, six of whom attended a Suzuki music school, using a Japanese approach which encourages children to listen to and imitate music before they attempt to read it. The other six had no music lessons outside school. They found the musical group performed better on a memory test also designed to assess general intelligence skills such as literacy and math ability.

Sources: BBC News; “Music and the Mind,” Gillian Wansbrough in McMaster Times Fall 2006, University of McMaster


Did You Know?

Music majors are the most likely group of college grads to be admitted to medical school. Physician and biologist Lewis Thomas studied the undergraduate majors of medical school applicants. He found that 66 percent of music majors who applied to med school were admitted, the highest percentage of any group. For comparison, (44 percent) of biochemistry majors were admitted. Also, a study of 7,500 university students revealed that music majors scored the highest reading scores among all majors including English, biology, chemistry and math.

Sources: "The Comparative Academic Abilities of Students in Education and in Other Areas of a Multi-focus University," Peter H. Wood, ERIC Document No. ED327480 "The Case for Music in the Schools," Phi Delta Kappan, February, 1994


Student Benefits

• Develop essential musical skills
• Set challenging goals
• Balanced course of study
• Receive school credits, certificates,            certificates and awards
• Build tools for success: discipline,            confidence, and time management
• Enhancing cognitive development
• Improve academic achievement
• Inspires creativity and self-expression
• Music literacy

Student Benefits


The Suzuki MethodT

The Suzuki Method

Jeremy and Lalitha teach in the highly-effective Suzuki method, a natural approach which makes use of the way a child instinctively learns. It is sometimes called the mother-tongue approach. At home, children learn to speak by listening, watching and repeating. In this way they learn correct pronunciation, accent, intonation and so on. Once they have a basic ability to speak the language, they are formally introduced to reading and writing.

In music, as in language, the ear is critical. From the beginning, the ear is emphasized so that the student learns accurate pitch, beautiful sound and pleasing tone while they are learning how to play the instrument. Then, when they have learned to “speak” the basic language of the instrument, we can introduce them to other skills such as reading music.

The “Suzuki Triangle” – a mutually-supportive relationship of parent, teacher and student further strengthens the learning experience both at home and inThe Suzuki Method the lesson. Group lessons and recitals are also an integral part of a student’s development.

Suzuki’s motto was “every child can” and the method makes it possible for any student to achieve a high level of success on their instrument.

Suzuki Program Features

The Suzuki Program includes enrichment components that are age-specific and sequential.

A fundamental component of all programming is the relationship between teacher, parent and student. By working together, all three build an enriching and nurturing musical environment for the student’s success. Parents need no background in music. They will learn alongside their child.

The program is a multi-year commitment and through a combination of weekly individual studio instruction and group classes which goes beyond music instruction to also help ensure the student’s academic success.

This vibrant group atmosphere is a great place to explore musical concepts such as musicianship, collaborative work and the art of performing.

The finest instrument is the mind! - Royal Conservatory of Music

Testimonials

Our whole family feels so fortunate to have Miss Lalitha in our lives. She is a constant source of inspiration and motivation for me and my two boys, aged 10 and 6 years. Her musicality, cheerfulness and professionalism combine with her sensitivity to children’s developmental stages and personalities to make an outstanding teacher. She is always open to discuss struggles with home practice and has many fresh ideas to keep things interesting. The Suzuki method has proven itself over and over again with my boys, who are turning into wonderfully confident, musical people who are not afraid to perform and share their music. Miss Lalitha’s motto, practice makes it easy, has become ours as well. We look forward to many more years of working together! Miss Lalitha is a true gem and I never miss a chance to recommend her!

Trudi & Dave and boys


Lalitha has been wonderfully inspiring to Sarah since she began lessons at Lalitha’s studio two years ago. Lalitha has clear goals for Sarah so that she knows exactly what she must focus on in a piece of music or technical exercise. Lalitha’s expectations are very high without being unreasonable: these expectations have always been something Sarah feels inspired to work hard to achieve. Lalitha mixes the hard work at lessons and in theory classes with a great deal of humour a very positive, enjoyable approach that facilitates a fabulous rapport with her students. She is able to creatively find connections between Sarah’s other interests and what she is learning on the piano, giving her a tangible correlation which helps to deepen her understanding of how to approach the piano. Lalitha is a lifelong learner, always finding ways to improve her own playing and teaching ability. She is not merely a highly qualified teacher, but has been a true mentor to Sarah.

The Beatties

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