IN HWA LEE

Making Every Lesson Count

 

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

I found my passion for helping students as a Cello Instructor while I was living in New York City.  


My teaching philosophy has evolved from my own performance experiences, my amazing Cello teachers, the Suzuki method, and love for music.

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BEAUTIFUL TONE,
BEAUTIFUL HEART.

Shinichi Suzuki

“It is in our power to educate all the children of the world to become a little better as people, a little happier.” 

“Our aim needs to be the nurturing of children. The moment we rigidly convince ourselves, “Education is what we’re after,” we warp a child’s development. -1-  First foster the heart, then help the child acquire ability. This is indeed nature’s proper way.” 

 
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SUZUKI METHOD

MOTHER-TONGUE APPROACH

"Musical ability is not an inborn talent but an ability which can be developed. Any child who is properly trained can develop musical ability, just as all children develop the ability to speak their mother tongue. The potential of every child is unlimited."

 

EVERY CHILD CAN BE EDUCATED.

Everyone believes that children have the ability to learn language and that they should be taught to speak, read, and write.  This is not an acquired knowledge but an ability inborn in all human beings.


When given the proper environment, every child has the ability to learn music.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

Parents play a crucial role in Suzuki. Suzuki spoke of a triangle between the student, teacher, and parent, in which each member must contribute equally. Being part of a Suzuki program requires a commitment on the part of the parents.


Learning takes place in an environment of co-operation between teacher, parent and child.

POSITIVE ENVIRONMENT/ENCOURAGEMENT

As with language, the child’s effort to learn an instrument should be met with sincere praise and encouragement. Each child learns at his/her own rate, building on small steps so that each one can be mastered. Children are also encouraged to support each other’s efforts, fostering an attitude of generosity and cooperation

EARLY BEGINNING

Children are immersed in language from the moment they are born. While it is never too late to begin learning an instrument, being exposed to music from a young age greatly facilitates learning.

LISTENING

Children learn words after hearing them spoken hundreds of times by others. Listening to music every day is important, especially listening to pieces in the Suzuki repertoire. 


Listening to music every day is essential to develop an awareness of the “vocabulary” of music: a beautiful tone, accurate rhythm and intonation, phrasing, and musical expression.

REPETITION/PRACTICE

Human ability develops through practice and exercise.  Repetition is essential in learning to play an instrument.


Memory is patterned and developed every day through constant repetition and positive reinforcement. 

"Musical ability is not an inborn talent but an ability which can be developed. Any child who is properly trained can develop musical ability, just as all children develop the ability to speak their mother tongue. The potential of every child is unlimited."

“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning”

Plato

 

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