I am a Suzuki violin teacher in Canton, GA.
I have been playing the violin for 24 years and have been a member of various youth, community, and university orchestras. I have received teacher training through the Atlanta Suzuki Institute and am registered with the Suzuki Association of America. I am part of a rich Suzuki community through which I will continue to receive further training, mentorship, inspiration, and ideas.
I am also a Suzuki mom three times over -- my two daughters are violinists, and my son is a cellist. The experience of working with them has been challenging but so rewarding. We have made memories together, and I have had the delight of seeing my children develop their character and skills through the pursuit of musical excellence. I am excited to share this experience with you and your family.Laura Cotton
THE SUZUKI METHOD
Who was Dr. Suzuki?
Dr. Shinichi Suzuki was an innovative violin teacher from Japan who believed that any child can reach a high level of ability on the violin given a superior education and environment. Talent is developed, he argued, not inborn. He also believed that in helping children to develop musical skill, he was helping them to form a noble character. In today’s language, we might say that he believed in nurture rather than nature, and that he cared about educating the whole child.
People who met Dr. Suzuki when they were children describe him as a person who saw them as they were, who understood and respected them as no other adult did. Suzuki teachers today strive to be this kind of adult in the lives of the children they work with. We see his genuine love and respect for children as a model for how all children should be treated.
The Mother Tongue Method
Dr. Suzuki based his teaching methods on the way children learn their native language. He observed that a young child can learn even a very difficult dialect this way: by listening daily to the language starting at a very young age, by progressing in small increments, and by making many repetitions of a skill before moving on to the next, all while receiving encouragement and feedback from an engaged parent. He found that by following this pattern, the development of musical ability is just as inevitable as the development of speech in one's native language.
The success of the Suzuki method depends on what we call the Suzuki Triangle: a partnership made up of the parent, the teacher, and the student. How you work with your child at home is every bit as important as what I teach in lessons. I offer a parent class that will equip you to be as effective as possible on the five or six days a week when you don’t see me.
LESSONS WITH MISS LAURA
Your tuition covers all of the following classes and lessons during the regular school year. It also covers a reduced number of lessons and group classes over the summer. My holiday schedule follows the Cherokee County School calendar.
Introduces the Suzuki philosophy and method.
Weekly for one month
Learn to play the violin, gain confidence for helping your child.
Weekly for one month
Individual 15- 30- or 45-minute lessons, depending on age and level.
Weekly after first month
Group games and activities to develop skill. Student learns to play in a group.
Biweekly after first month
Recitals and Concerts
Group concerts and solo recitals are held throughout the year.
When students complete a Suzuki book, we hold a graduation recital.
Once per book.
Parents are expected to attend all lessons and group classes and to take notes as needed so that teacher recommendations can be followed during practice at home.
“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.”