About Marnie Thies
I am a Suzuki violin teacher trained in books one through ten. In addition, I have taken the Suzuki Violin Practicum unit with Christie Felsing and other enrichment courses. I believe that one of the cornerstones of the Suzuki method is parental involvement during the lesson and have noticed that students advance more rapidly when there is parental involvement. I like the delayed note reading with the Suzuki method because a student is able to focus more on technique. However, later in book one as a student's technique is more developed, I believe it is also important to develop note reading skills as becoming a good note reader is just as important. 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 for violinists.
As a reliable and patient teacher, I have worked with students of all ages/abilities and backgrounds. During my lessons, I model how a student should practice. Practicing efficiently is important for learning pieces correctly. I also believe that having the correct shoulder rest and chinrest is very essential to avoid problems with TMJ and other jaw disorders. The proper 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
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.