A Touch of Classical Plus, Inc. - Calderon Music Studio

“Teaching is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens.” – Shinichi Suzuki
All string students learn the Suzuki repertoire. 

Pre-Level 1 (typically ages 3-6) - Purchase books here. 
  • Pre-music reading and violin exercises that I create. A binder will be supplied to you at the first lesson.
  • My First Violin Fun Book, Larry Newman
  • Reading material for parents: Nurtured by Love, Dr. Shinichi Suzuki or Ability Development from Age Zero, Nagata & Suzuki.

Level 1 (for students in Suzuki books 1 and 2) - Purchase books here.

  • Suzuki Violin or Viola Books 1 and 2
  • 60 Etudes by F. Wohlfhart Op. 45, No. 1-17
  • Scales Plus! William Starr or Scales for Young Violinists or Violists, Barbara Barber
  • Double Stop Beginnings for Violin, Cassia Harvey

Level 2 (for students in Suzuki Books 3):

  • Suzuki Book 3
  • Schradieck
  • 60 Etudes by F. Wohlfhart Op. 45, No. 18-37
  • Scales for Advanced Violinists or Violists, Barbara Barber
  • Melodious Double Stops, Book 1, Josephine Trott, No. 1-8
  • School of Violin Technic, O. Sevcik, Op. 1, Part 1, No. 1-2

Level 3 (for students in Suzuki Books 4, 5, 6) - Purchase books here.

  • Suzuki Books 4-6
  • Schradieck
  • Scales for Advanced Violinists or Violists, Barbara Barber
  • R. Kreutzer, 42 Studies, Nos. 2-5
  • Melodious Double Stops, Josephine Trott, Book 1
  • O. Sevcik, Preparatory Trill Studies, Op. 7

Structured with the parent and the child in mind, the weekly private lesson for ages 3-10 utilizes the methodologies of Dr. Suzuki and Mimi Zweig. Parents attend quarterly educational meetings, typically via Zoom, and they are active participants in their child's weekly lessons taking notes and asking questions at the end of the class. The expectation is that students ages 11 to adult take notes, manage their at-home practice time, and follow any teacher-suggested tips on having a practical at-home practice session.

The weekly group component supplements the student's lessons. Here, the student learns to play the instrument with their peers and understands music theory concepts through engaging in games on and off the instrument. Once the student has begun to "talk" on their respective instrument with ease, they move into the learning of reading the pitch.

Not all method books align with a student's learning style. Over the years, the following piano instruction and theory books are the ones that have yielded the best results with my students and are the ones I currently employ:
  • Mayron Cole Method (this is free by clicking on the link, or you may purchase it through Amazon)
  • Suzuki Piano books
  • Alfred's Basic Adult All-in-One Course Books 1 and 2
  • Fundamentals of Piano Theory for Prep Level to Book 10. Brand-new beginners will purchase the red introductory book. 

Purchase all other books here