In the TDS, we teach strings using the Suzuki method. This method is based on the philosophy that all children have the potential to become musical. The curriculum utilizes musical pieces that are played by Suzuki students around the world, on violin, viola, and cello. Development of the musical ear is emphasized from an early age. Group activities supplement private lessons. Music reading is also taught from an early age.
In the strings lessons, the parent is encouraged to be present and to take notes. In the group sessions, adults are invited to join in the music playing. At home, the parent is expected to supervise the music practice. We have found that, in general, those students who excel are the ones whose parents dedicate time and interest in the child's musical development.
Did you know that learning to play the piano can be good for you? It's not just entertaining, it provides great exercise for your brain. When a piano student is challenged by reading music notation, he must determine how long to hold the notes, how many beats there are in a measure, and which note gets one beat during that measure. This ability along with hand-eye coordination strengthens a child's academic performance, especially in the fields of mathematics, science, and reading. Our piano teachers are here to help your child develop these skills and more at The TDS.
Young children learn appropriate vocal techniques with a specialist in the child's voice. They learn to project without harming their fragile vocal mechanism, to solfege, and to sing a variety of songs both as soloists and in groups. Older students, including adults, are encouraged to find their own voice, described by some as "the window to the soul." They develop skills in technique, sight-reading, and performance. The TDS even offers lessons for adults who think they can't sing BUT really just don't know how!
The TDS Singers meet on Wednesdays from 12:45-1:30 pm. These students receive individual attention in the group lesson as they practice safe vocal techniques, solfege, harmony, and classical, Broadway, and folk choir arrangements.
Classes for Beginners
Sunshine I (preschoolers ages 3-5)
Sunbeams I (Kindergarten-1st graders)
Tuesdays 3:30 p.m.
Wednesdays 11 a.m.
Moonbeams I (2nd-4th graders)
Mondays 5 p.m.
Wednesdays 12 p.m.
Classes for Continuing Students
Wednesdays 2 p.m.
Wednesdays 4:15 p.m.
Wednesdays 3:15 p.m.
NOTE: When six children have enrolled in a class, new students will be added to a waiting list until there are enough students to form an additional class.