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Exploring Music series
Dr. Suzuki and Dr. Montessori both recognized that one can ignite a passion for music in young children through proper introduction. Both pedagogies recognize the importance of the noble heart and believe that repetition and reinforcement allow students to master musical concepts early in their development.
At the Suzuki School, music is part of our daily routine. Music is incorporated by teachers in the core curriculum starting at the infant level. As the child gets older, a more extensive focus on music is offered and taught by dedicated music instructors. Primary and PrePrimary students are given ample opportunities to share musical experiences with family and the community through performances scheduled throughout the year. In addition, the school offers a variety of extra music enrichment options for families who are interested in additional music exposure for their children outside of normal class time.
From the very beginning, music is an integral part of every Suzuki child’s day.
What happens in Suzuki Sounds?
Level I and II: Our music curriculum includes group singing and instrument play with a variety of percussion instruments, as well as combines puppetry and props to introduce the youngest students to chants, rhymes, finger plays, seasonal songs, and traditional lullabies and folk songs.
PrePrimary: Pre-Primary students have opportunities to explore a variety of percussion instruments while being immersed in traditional folk songs, multicultural, and seasonal songs as well as echo, action, and direction songs. These young students synthesize these experiences as they perform for parents during the Suzuki Thanksgiving Performance. Our music teacher, visits the Pre-Primary classrooms several times a week to introduce these younger children to the beauty and wonder of music.
Primary: The Primary music program includes group singing and instrument play with movement to help to develop gross motor skills and coordination while experiencing music. Using a variety of styles of music and songs these students explore fast and slow tempos, loud and soft dynamics with movement, games, and instrument play. These students practice aural discrimination, matching pitch, and maintaining a steady beat. Children in Primary are also introduced to Montessori bells, which offers the children lessons in pitch, matching and grading notes on a diatonic scale.
Third-year Primary The Third-Year Primary music program identical to the Primary music program with the addition of the Suzuki Singers choral program offered to all Kindergarten students. As part of a wonderful Suzuki tradition, the Kindergarten students practice and participate in Suzuki Singers, a choral group performs traditional and non-traditional holiday songs in English, French, and German for the Atlanta community in venues such as the Atlanta International School German Market, Lenox Mall, the Alliance Theatre, as well as area businesses, schools and nursing homes.
Music Enrichment: The Suzuki School also offers music enrichment classes throughout the year, with registrations beginning in August, January, and May. These classes can include class-specfic music enrichment, violin, and piano.
Meet the Music Program Director
Mr. Adrin, or “Mr. A” is our Music Director at the Suzuki School, as well as the Music Teacher for the Buckhead Campus. Mr. A is a Georgia native and has been teaching music for over 15 years to everyone from infants to adults in a variety of settings. He has been with Suzuki since 2011 and took over the Music Program in 2014. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in French Horn Performance from Columbus State University and has completed all of the coursework for a Masters Degree in Music Education and Master of Arts in Vocal Performance from the University of Georgia. In addition to teaching music at Suzuki, he frequently performs as a harpist and countertenor in the Atlanta Community, including Lauda Early Musicum.
Meet the Instructors
Miss Amanda Caban is the Music Teacher at the Ponce City Market Campus. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from Stetson University. She is an accomplished vocalist as both a Mezzo Soprano and a Dramatic Soprano. In 2016, she performed in a production of “The Magic Flute” in Italy. She has been a local vocal instructor as well as a vocal adjudicator for the Atlanta Music Project and Florida Federation of Music Clubs.
Miss Rachel Senior is the Music Teacher at the Northside Campus. She is originally from Miami, Florida and relocated to Atlanta over 10 years ago. Rachel taught at the Suzuki School in 2006 as a PrePrimary teacher, and left to teach 6 years as an Elementary School Music Teacher in the Atlanta Public School system for several years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Bethune Cookman University, Master of Science Degree in Psychology from Capella University, and a Specialist Degree in Education Curriculum and Instruction. We are so glad to have Rachel back!
Miss Marina Dmitriyev leads Suzuki Violin Instruction at the Suzuki School and also teaches Group Piano lessons at all three campuses. She has been a Suzuki Method teacher for numerous years and has started Suzuki String Programs in Russia, New York, as well as Georgia. She has been teaching with the Suzuki School since 2009. She has also been an active free-lance Violinist performing with the Albany State Orchestra for many years.
Miss Fira Kvaktun is a Suzuki institution! She has been with the Suzuki School since 1994. She is originally from Belarus, Russia. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Pedagogy, Psychology, and Early Childhood Education from Belarusian State University as well as a Diploma and Certification in Music. She has decades of teaching experience, including being a preschool music teacher, piano instructor, as well as teaching music to deaf children. Miss Fira now teaches part time at the school as a Pre-Piano Instructor.