Music Lessons for Children
In Person & Online Instruction in Violin, Piano, Cello, Guitar, Chorus, Recorder
I have been playing the violin and piano my whole life, since the age of 2! I grew up in the Suzuki Method in the US and also studied with Dr. Suzuki for a month in his studio in Japan.
I have a degree in Violin Performance from The Ohio State University with minors in piano and cello. I have Suzuki teacher training through the Suzuki Association of the Americas, am a member of the European Suzuki Association, and was a member of the first violin section of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra for 12 years.
I have been running Suzuki schools and teaching for 23 years, and love it more than ever! It is my joy and passion to bring music to others through teaching and performing. I guarantee that if you follow what I teach you and your child, your child will learn to play at a high level and love doing it!
I create a learning environment that nurtures the child and parent through music. My studio is a place of warmth, love and the joy of music.
I founded Suzuki music schools in Westport, CT (1997) and Norwalk, CT (2005). We offered a full range of Suzuki lessons for violin, cello, piano and guitar of all levels for children and adults. I am now offering Suzuki violin, piano, cello and guitar lessons in Portimão, Portugal!
Adult lessons are available as well, in person or via Skype or Zoom.
Visit the Violin Guru page for information on private lessons, master classes and video feedback packages.
Check out this article to determine if you and your child are ready to begin lessons!
The Suzuki Method
The Suzuki Method was developed by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki as a means to develop noble citizens of the world through the study of music. It follows the process of learning a language, by ear first and then with note reading, facilitating an early start for children as young as three. Older children and adults also excel through the Suzuki Method. The parent attends the lessons and helps the child practice at home until the child is old enough and advanced enough to practice on their own.
Parents of new students are encouraged to read Nurtured by Love by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki prior to or at the time of enrollment. It explains his philosophy on developing the whole child through music education.
Or listen to Dr. Suzuki here.
Music for Special Events
Rebecca Christopherson is an experienced freelance violinist and pianist who is available for your special event! She plays professionally in the Algarve Camarata and Quinteto Sull'a Corda. You can see the Camarata here and the string quintet here. She also plays in the Sunday afternoon jam sessions at Feedback in Alcantarilha. Please email suzukialgarve at gmail.com for pricing and availability.
"I wasn't sure my daughter would like the Meet the Instruments class. But, after the first class, every morning she asked me if it was music day yet! We loved the class and are now learning to play music on the violin."
"I learned so much in the Meet the Instruments class, and my daughter loved it. We are now learning to play the piano."