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THE WELL-BALANCED VIOLIN STUDIO

Cultivating a Life long love of music in every student

 

About the Studio

Located in Albuquerque, The Well-Balanced Violin Studio offers Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE) classes, Suzuki Violin Lessons, and other customized violin lessons for students of all ages and levels.

The studio's mission is to develop each student’s highest individual potential of instrumental playing, musicianship, and character. Every child can play the violin, and our aim is that every student can play the violin free from tension.

Our goal is two-fold: to cultivate a life-long love of music in each student, and provide the life-long ability for each student to play the violin without pain or injury.

 

Why Suzuki?

The Suzuki Method is a natural and step by step approach to music education. While the method was designed to teach young children (ages 4+) to play the violin, students of all ages and levels have had great success with the Suzuki Method. The method was developed more than fifty years ago by Japanese violinist and philosopher, Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, after he realized that children all over the world learned to speak their native language from their mothers with ease. This ordinary process occurs thousands of times throughout the world every minute, and extraordinarily demonstrates the learning potential in all children. From his discoveries, Dr. Suzuki developed the mother-tongue approach to teaching the violin, based on the way children learn their native language from their mother.

From his discovery that all children have the same potential to learn their native language, Dr. Suzuki had another revelation that talent and ability was not a gift at birth. By observing children learning to speak from their environment, Dr. Suzuki discovered that every child possesses the potential to learn every detail and nuance of their local dialect, showing that talent and ability can be learned and trained through their environment. From his discoveries, Dr. Suzuki called his method Talent Education, believing that talent was no accident, but learned and trained. 

In the Suzuki Method, character development of the child is equally important to learning about music and playing an instrument. Dr. Suzuki's dual purpose was to develop noble human beings and provide talent education, so that students can apply the concepts from the Suzuki Method to all learning.

 
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About the Teacher

Jessica Emery is the founder and instructor at The Well-Balanced Violin Studio. Jessica is a violin teacher and early childhood music educator that uses the Suzuki Method to teach music to children from birth. She also teaches Intermediate/Advanced violin students the importance of taking care of your body while playing the violin. She believes that preventing unnecessary tension, pain, and injuries at a young age will unlock the ability and enjoyment of playing the violin for life.

Jessica received her Bachelor of Music in Classical Violin Performance from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. She studied with Elisabeth Small, former Associate Concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony and pupil of Dorothy DeLay, as well as Alison Gooding Hoffman, First Violinist of the Nashville Symphony and founding member of the Grammy nominated Alias Chamber Ensemble. 

After her studies at Belmont, Jessica received her Masters of Music in Violin Performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX where she studied with Diane Kitzman, Principal First Violinist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Jessica has received Suzuki teacher training from Charles Krigbaum in Violin Books 1-4, and training in Suzuki Early Childhood Education Stage 1 with Lynn McCall and Wan Tsai Chen.

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Suzuki Early Childhood Education

 

The Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE) program is a musical class for children age 0-3 and expecting mothers. One of the key concepts of the program is that the ability of a child develops early. Dr. Shinichi Suzuki believed that ability develops from age zero, meaning it is never too early to begin nurturing the ability of a child. In support of Dr. Suzuki’s claims, scientific studies show that the development of a child begins in utero, and learning begins prior to birth.

The SECE program uses music as a tool to teach young children concentration, sensitivity, self esteem, vocabulary, reading, math, social skills, emotional skills, cognitive skills, motor skills, readiness skills, character development and more. These skills are nurtured to prepare children for later learning in school, as well as learning an instrument. Children in SECE show significant developmental progress, and many who begin SECE in utero or at birth are now within the 99th percentile of language development. In addition, the children in SECE show amazing musicianship skills that can carry over into instrumental learning. While children are not required to continue with instrumental studies, they enter private music studios as beginner instrumental students with more musical experience than students far beyond their age. The children who begin SECE in utero or at birth can develop perfect or nearly perfect pitch by the end of their 4 years of SECE classes.

Through this program, children are able to socialize with others, have fun with music, and develop a memorable and nurturing bond with the parents. The Suzuki Early Childhood Education program is an incredible opportunity to develop ability in your child from the earliest possible moments.

 
Can you conceive of thinking, ‘It is best to teach my child how to speak when he is five years old. Therefore he should not hear anyone speak until then.’ Nonsense! If a person actually did that to a child, it would be far too late for learning the language. When cultivating plants, it is obvious that a seedling will wither if it is assumed that no water, sunshine, or fertilizer should be given to the plant until a specific time, and then it is flooded with all three. Humans also exist within the realm of nature. In principle, we are no different than plants. There was a conversation between Darwin and a mother: ‘From what age is it best to educate a child?’ ‘How old is your child?’ ‘My child is a year and a half.’ ‘Then you are a year and a half late.’
— Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, "Ability Development From Age Zero"
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Suzuki Violin Program

 

The Suzuki Violin program is a music education curriculum for children age 4+. The program includes a private lesson and a group lesson each week to learn the violin in a nurturing and positive environment. In addition to the private and group lessons each week, students are expected to practice and listen to recordings daily at home in order to be successful. Also, at least one parent is expected to be involved in the lessons and at home to supervise and assist the student as the “home teacher”. The program includes multiple performance opportunities through recitals and performances in the community each year.

In addition to learning violin and musicianship skills, the Suzuki violin program uses music as a tool to teach children problem solving skills, perseverance, self esteem, time management, concentration, responsibility, leadership, cooperation, creativity, patience, sensitivity, attention to detail, reading, math, cognitive skills, motor skills, character development, and more. These skills are nurtured to prepare students for success in their academic studies and beyond. Students in Suzuki violin lessons have shown significant success in academic studies, and many students who begin violin at an early age go on to study at prestigious universities and Ivy-league schools. In addition to the high academic level, all Suzuki students become musicians and enjoy music for life.

Similar to the SECE program, children are able to socialize with others, have fun with music, and develop a memorable and nurturing bond with their parents in Suzuki violin. This program is an incredible opportunity to cultivate a life long love of music and beautiful character in your child.

 
Music exists for the purpose of growing an admiral heart.
— Dr. Shinichi Suzuki
Thank goodness we found Jessica. Jessica is so patient, she stays positive and has a million creative ways to keep our daughter engaged and learning. Jessica took the time to figure out what works best for our daughter’s learning style, it wasn’t just one way fits all, or just do it my way. We all love being at the Well Balanced Studio and can’t wait for the wonderful years of violin to come!
— Paul and Liz Titus, parents
What I love about Ms. Jessica the most is that she is fun, and I like the way she teaches me so I can understand and not get bored!
— E. Titus, student
Ms. Jessica is a fantastic teacher and violinist! Any student will be lucky to study at The Well-Balanced Violin Studio.
— Sarah Williams, parent
Jessica is a fantastic violinist and teacher! She is very committed to her student’s education and development, and the love she puts into her teaching is inspiring to all those around her. She is dedicated to her own education to give her absolute best to her students. I highly recommend Jessica to anyone looking for excellent violin instruction from one of the best educators I know!
— Chloe Ross, violinist, violin teacher, and owner of The Studio Violin
Jessica is a great teacher! She is calm and patient with each student, and she creates a structured environment that is perfect for learning. She also keeps the lessons positive and fun! After studying with Ms. Jessica, my daughter loves to practice and looks forward to her violin lesson and group lesson every week.
— Michelle Roberts, parent

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