The Suzuki Method

The Suzuki Method – or the "Talent Education Method," as Dr. Suzuki called it – is the world's most popular way of learning violin. The method introduces students to the instrument in a very natural way. Instead of lots of etudes and drills (which can oftentimes seem the farthest thing from music), students listen to and learn real classical violin pieces from the beginning. Each piece has been carefully selected to introduce new skills and reinforce earlier lessons. This allows for a natural progression in the student's playing through learning of actual tunes.

O'Connor Method

Alongside the Suzuki Method, Classical Fiddle follows the O'Connor Violin Method developed by America's preeminent fiddler, Mark O'Connor. Echoing the Suzuki Method in its pedagogy but differing in its source of tunes, O'Connor has drawn from the classics of American fiddling for his teaching repertoire. Tunes in the O'Connor Method include Soldier's Joy, Shenandoah, Florida Blues, and When the Saints Go Marching In. The two schools complement each other well and expose the student to a wide range of styles and traditions.


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