INICIATIVES WITH A COMMON GROUND: THE IDEA OF "MUSIC FOR A BETTER WORLD"
Ever since I began training as a teacher, I was always interested in teaching music to change society,
to contribute with that very thing I know I do best.
I got my first job teaching disadvantaged children thru the non-profit organization 'Musica Furura' in Parla.
After that, I got involved in other projects with similar goals until in 2015 I found 'Dalanota':
a community of volunteers that spread music-related knoweledge at a modest public school in Madrid.
An organization that I am really proud to be part of.
However, I don't only work in my native country. For instance, just recently I finished a summer project for
'Dejando Huellas' Fundation in Puerto Tejada, Colombia, and I am open to projects of that nature as well.
"Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.” Shinichi Suzuki
Principles of the Suzuki Method :
1. Parent Involvement: The father or mother will learn with the child. They will attend the classes with the kids, that way parents will be able to help the kids when practicing at home daily.
2. Early Beginning: Children are especially open to learning new mental processes and physical skills when they are very young. Children are especially attuned to sound during their years of language acquisition, so this is an ideal time to start developing sensitivity to music as well. However, it is never too late to start learning an instrument!
3. Environment and Listening: Children learn to understand speech and to speak in an environment saturated with language, and this same principle can be applied to music too. We can do so by going to concerts with them, playing pieces from the Suzuki Repertoir, or others, at home... We will try to do as much as we can to make music be a part of the kid's environment.
4. Repetition: In learning to speak, children learn a word and then use it many, many times. It becomes part of their vocabulary, and a building block for their communication. Similarly, children continue to play their "old" Suzuki songs long after they first learned them, so that they become part of their musical vocabulary. "Old" pieces are used to teach new skills.
5. Group Lessons: Children practice their language skills by talking with friends their age. In the same way, children can develop their musical skills by playing with other children who are playing the same music. Group lessons build motivation and community, as children see other students' accomplishments and make new friends.
6. Postponing Reading: Same way we don't teach kids to read before their speaking skills begin to consolidate as such, Suzuki students must reach certain basic level in terms of technique when playing the instrument prior to working on music sheets.
For more information about the Suzuki Method click here
Weekly classes of the appropriate length according to level and age in Spanish or English.
Classes for small groups that motivate children to keep on learning and improving with their instrument.