MUSIC SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN
Director: Elio Galvagno
Education through music starting
at three years of age.
Playing as speaking
Children begin to turn their gurgles into words through
listening, imitation, continuous repetition and stimulation from adults. At the
beginning, they only know a few, simple words, then they learn more complex and
sophisticated words. In the same way, the Suzuki methodology develops the
capacity "to speak" through an instrument.
At what age can they begin?
A musical environment must be created around the child as soon
as possible. At the age of three children can come to a Suzuki school with their
parents for the class in rhythm.
The mother and father
The weekly lesson, which requires the parent' s active
participation, is backed up by daily practice at home. Playing the teacher with
father and mother helps to teach new skills and develop talent.
The family environment
Children are products of their environment. From the moment
they are born, first the family, then the society around them develop some
characteristics and inhibit others. Human babies are the most helpless of all
offspring: they depend on us to become a complete, vital and sensitive person.
Age: 3-5 years old.
Frequency: once a week from October to May. In June, participation in the
first instrumental lessons.
Aim: the formation of the rhythmic and melodic ear, the development of
physical co-ordination and dexterity, improving memory, self-control and
Lessons: in group.
Age: from four years old. After the completion of the
first course of rhythmic instrumental, the child, depending on the interests and
attitudes displayed, begins the instrumental courses.
Frequency: once a week from October to May. In June, the Students’ perform
the Final Concerts and the Diploma Parties are held.
Instruments: guitar, violoncello, violin and piano.
Age: 7-8 years.
Frequency: From early September. An integral part of the school calendar.
Aim: Preparation of the concert programmes of the concerts.
For the parents
Listening programme: the mother
(sometimes when the child is still in her womb) and the father approach the
school and take part in the program of listening to music, which involves them
both at home and in attending concerts. Thus, the child grows us surrounded by
Introduction to the instrument: after the first course of rhythmic
instrumental, the parent takes part in the course of "introduction to the
instrument". The aim is to teach parents the first pieces in the repertoire.
Thus, the mother or father will be ready to play with their child at home.
The orchestra rehearsals have great educational value. They
are in fact the place where:
• everyone co-operates for a common good with their own abilities;
• children learn how to listen to different voices and to dialogue with them,
thus developing the musicality of the ensemble;
• responsibility and commitment are tested;
• solidarity and friendship are encouraged.
The main aim of the concerts is to introduce other children to
music at as young an age as possible. The orchestra holds about ten concerts a
Bodies wishing to hold a concert of The Little Suzuki Musicians can phone
or write to the school.
The orchestra travels all expenses paid (bus – train – food – accommodation).
Accommodation can be offered in religious institutes, youth hostels or with
families, in the case of school exchange.
A week entirely dedicated at "playing in orchestra".
It originated from the Suzuki method so that pupils on the final courses have
the opportunity of enrich their studies by meeting students and professionals
from all over Europe.
Period: Last week of August.
Admission: Lower Course.
Place: School of High Musical Perfection of Saluzzo
The Little Suzuki Musicians
The chamber music group "The Little Suzuki Musicians"
of Saluzzo was born in 1988. It is made up of thirty guitarists, violinists and
cellists of between the ages of four and thirteen.
In the last 15 years The Little Suzuki Musicians have held more then 150
concerts in Italy and abroad and have appeared on television programmes
(including "Lo Zecchino d'Oro ") and at international meetings for children’s
music groups (France, Scotland, Eire).
They played in concert halls, among which the Lingotto in Turin, Liberty Palace
in Milan, the Concert Hall at the Conservatory in Bologna, the Ponchielli
Theatre of Cremona, the Rome Philharmonic Academy.
In 1996, they recorded the Compact Disc "When the kids help each other".
On May 31 1998 during a concert in Sarajevo the profits from the sale of the CD
were handed over as a contribution to the reconstruction of the Bosnian
capital’s "Children’s Library". The next day they played at Mostar as guests of
the "Centar Pavarotti International".
Maestro Suzuki after more then
of activity has left us this great message:
"MUSIC MAKES EACH PERSON’S HEART FULL OF
“if I play every day
I get better
“Music makes me
happier: I like playing
and being listened to”
are the products
of their environment
|Through the sound
of his instrument the child expresses his feelings
|All children have talent:
everything depends on their education
FOR INFORMATION, COURSE ENROLMENT,
Tel. & Fax 0175 46119
Galvagno Suzuki Guitar
Via Monviso, 1 - 12037 Saluzzo