Lessons are 20, 30, 45 or 60+ minutes depending on the age & level of the student.
Most preschool aged students start with 20 minute lessons, most others with 30 minutes.
Lessons are offered Monday - Thursday depending on your schedule and openings in Mrs. Goodner's teaching schedule.
What will you learn in lessons?
Students study at their own pace with an emphasis on technique & ear training. After learning the basics of holding the violin & playing with the best sound possible students will spend time studying note reading, rhythmic exercises, music theory & scales so that they develop into well rounded musicians, as well as string players.
Parents are asked to attend lessons for students under age 12, taking notes and helping coach practice at home during the week (and are always welcome to attend lessons with older students).
Young students are most successful when we form a team of Student - Parent - Teacher & all work together in lessons and home practice. It's ok if you don't have a music background, Mrs. Goodner will give you the tools you need to do this!
There is a $60 Recital Fee Due each fall & a $60 Registration/Materials Fee Due each June to Hold your Spot for the Fall
Brookside Suzuki Strings is a year round program. SUmmer lessons are required but are by arrangement based on your schedule and Mrs. Goodner's Availability.
Preschool Beginners will start with a box violin provided by the teacher. NEVER purchase an instrument off the internet sight unseen. Teachers refer to these as VSOs (Violin Shaped objects & they often look fine but do not play well and will lead to frustration & lack of motivation.
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Christine Goodner began her violin studies before the age of three and performed on both the violin & viola all the way through High School and into college. She was an active part of her High School Orchestra, the Metropolitan Youth Symphony and the PSU Symphony before starting her family.
Mrs. Goodner has a four year degree in Early Childhood Education and has extensive pedagogy training through the Suzuki Association of the Americas on Violin and Early Childhood Music.
She has taught on the faculty of the Community Music Center, Northwest Chamber Camp, Gymboree Play & Music and the Valley Catholic Music School where she was on faculty for 10 years. Christine currently runs her own music studio in Hillsboro, OR, Co-Directs Summer Music PDX and is the Assistant Director of the Oregon Suzuki Institute.
Christine is a frequent guest speaker & clinician, has published two books about how families can help their music students succeed, and is co-host of the podcast "Beyond the Music Lesson." She writes regularly for her Blog the "Suzuki Triangle" and has had articles published in the American Suzuki Journal.
Mrs. Goodner loves helping students reach their potential and develop a life-long love of music!