By Debby Teich
On September 27, from 10:30am to 11:30am, families will have an opportunity to introduce their children to the world of classical music at the Young at Art Museum/Broward County Library in Davie. Children violinists from the Suzuki Music Academy will be presenting “Violin Kids Play for Kids Storybook Adventures Special.”
During the free concert, a group of eight musicians, who range in age from 3 to 15, will play classical favorites by Mozart, Vivaldi, Bach, and Beethoven. They will perform short classical music pieces and interact with the audience with songs and musical games. The concert is perfect for kids, age two to five, who are accompanied by a parent or caregiver.
“The kid-friendly interactive presentation gives even the very youngest children and their parents the opportunity to experience a joyful musical event and ideal introduction to classical music,” said Richard Coff, Academy Director, who was trained by the creator of the Suzuki Method and has served as a consultant for classical music programming and documentaries for PBS, ABC, and the BBC.
For more than 30 years, the Suzuki Music Academy has been using the Suzuki Method, which is recognized by musicians and music educators as an effective way to provide formal classical music training to even the youngest children. The children that train at the Academy meet for classes one or more days per week. They also work daily with practice and checkups at home.
“Over the years, we have been encouraged by our success in meeting the Academy program’s two primary goals – to maximize the considerable benefits that children can enjoy through formal classical music study and to provide the children of South Florida with superior formal classical training,” said Coff. “It is widely recognized that, along with the development of fine and large motor skills, self-discipline and poise, the best classical music training can effectively support children’s general development, by fostering the abilities to memorize and focus attention. Self-assurance comes with musical mastery.”
Michelle Doyle’s five-year-old daughter, Skylar, has been studying at the Academy for almost three years. “The best part for Skylar is how she feels confident in performing for friends and family,” said Doyle, who lives in Davie. “The environment the Academy provides is warm and welcoming.”
Dabby Chui’s 10-year-old daughter, Kiana, has been studying at the Academy for eight years. “The Academy has helped my daughter develop more confidence in performance and the love of music,” said Chui, who lives in Cooper City.
Young at Art Museum/Broward County Library is located at 751 SW 121 Avenue in Davie. For more information, call 954-357-5437 or 954-797-7777.