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Suzuki Intro with Matilda

TUESDAY, 9.17.19 AT 8:45 AM

Parents are invited to an introduction to Suzuki music lessons at WMS on Tuesday, September 17 at 8:45 a.m. If you are interested in learning more about the Suzuki method of instruction, please come. Attending does NOT mean you are signing up for lessons! The meeting is to explain what Suzuki is and how well it fits with the Montessori way of teaching. 

Suzuki lessons at WMS are taught by Andy LaFreniere and James Czeiner.

Andy LaFreniere is the owner of the Newtown Suzuki School in Newtown.  He is an excellent guitarist and educator, a presenter at national Suzuki conferences and has taught guitar on the college level at WCSU for more than 20 years. Andy was one of the first music educators in America to begin teaching Suzuki guitar and has been on the SAA guitar development committee for 25 years. Andy comes to WMS to give lessons and has been doing this for 5 years.

James Czeiner is a Juilliard graduate and Grammy award winner, and parent of Henry James in Beth’s class. James has had a lot of experience with Suzuki and began a program for inner city NY children when he was at Juilliard.

“There are tremendous values to be gained from seriously participating in a Suzuki program,” said Matilda Giampietro, the director of our music program. “The life skills gained by learning to practice and the process of moving from not knowing something to mastery through perseverance and process are valuable for us in all parts of our lives. The latest research is showing that people who have seriously studied an instrument in childhood for several years have changes in their brains for the better, and this change translates into an advantage throughout their lives. But the most important reason to learn to play an instrument is the marvelous gift that music is and what it offers us in the development of the person.” 

Matilda offers the following resources on the benefits of early music instruction.

Early Music Lessons Have Longtime Benefits

Musicians’ Brains Might Have an Edge on Aging

Suzuki Association of America