I teach in Crystal, East Bethel, Maplewood (Close to Woodbury, across from 3M) and Roseville, Minnesota

About Marnie Thies-Suzuki Violin Instructor with a Master's Degree in Violin Performance from DePaul University

I am a full time Suzuki violin instructor who has receive annual training in books one through ten at The American Suzuki Institute, UW, Steven's Point, WI. In addition, I have studied the Suzuki Violin Practicum unit with Christie Felsing..  I have taught with the Suzuki method since 2002.
I believe that one of the cornerstones of the Suzuki method is parental involvement during the lesson and have noticed that these students advance more rapidly. I like the delayed note reading with the Suzuki method because a student is able to focus more on technique. However, when a certain level of technique, perhaps as soon as book one, I begin teaching note reading skills. The Suzuki method has been a well established way to study the violin.  Concertmasters of major orchestras including the Cleveland and Minnesota Orchestra began to play the violin using the Suzuki method. Although one may not have aspirations of becoming a professional violinist, I firmly stand by this method of teaching the violin given the results it has produced.
As a reliable and patient teacher, I have worked with students of all ages/abilities and backgrounds.  In addition,I have experience working iwth students who have ADHD and Asperger's Syndrome as well as those who are gifted and talented. I believe that studying music can develop one's work ethic, concentration and patience.
During my lessons, I model how a student should practice. Practicing efficiently is important for learning pieces at a faster rate. I also believe that having the right shoulder rest and chinrest is very essential to avoid problems with TMJ and other jaw disorders.  The right shoulder and chinrest setup is also important for developing good shifting and vibrato. I feel that one of my strengths as a teacher is striving to make students' as comfortable as possible when playing. I have experience in working with students that have ADHD and other learning disabilities through the very gifted and talented. I believe that studying music can develop one's work ethic, concentration and patience.


Choosing A Violin And Shoulder Rest

To increase the chance of a long lasting and pleasurable playing experience, it is best to wait until the first lesson so I can explain what to look for in a violin and shoulder rest.

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