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As a Suzuki Teacher & Parent I Believe...

that EVERYONE CAN LEARN - we are never too young or too old. We are exactly where we are suppose to be.

in CONSISTENCY - anything of true value in our lives deserves to be a daily habit.

ENVIRONMENT NURTURES GROWTH - fill our surroundings with things that bring us joy and inspiration; music, pictures, books, decor, people, nature, etc.

in REVIEW - always return to what we know well and and can do easily. Grow from the success of these skills.

in COMMUNITY - a place that encourages us and our beliefs.

in SMALL STEPS - plant a seed, nurture it, and watch it grow...

in OBSERVATION - learn from others, from their triumphs, but more importantly their struggles

in CURIOSITY & CREATIVITY - there is so much growth to be found in a flow state of creativity, but only if we seek out what we truly enjoy.

in NATURE & SELF-CARE - before we can take care of others we must take care of ourselves. One of the best ways to do this is to go outside!

in BEING PRESENT - learning to find stillness, calm & peace is essential

Hi! I'm Amy

I am the Suzuki Violin & Early Childhood Education Teacher at Amy's Violin School. I have been teaching private violin and group classes as well as fiddle, theory and early childhood education classes for over 10 years. I live in London, Ontario with my husband and my two daughters.

I have a lifetime's experience working with kids from looking after my own younger siblings, raising my two girls and working with children who have mental and physical disabilities. I spent two years as a support worker with VON Canada as a teenager and have learned a great deal from my little sister with autism.

 

My interests include anything creative, whether that's learning new instruments, writing, organizing, gardening, and more. I love to read and be outdoors. I care deeply about mental health and self-care as well as early childhood education and parenting. I believe that music and learning an instrument has the power to teach us about life and about ourselves, as well as exercise our brain in a way nothing else can.

MUSICAL BACKGROUND       

I started playing the violin when I was three years old. I was trained through the Suzuki method with local London teacher Sharon Jones and I received my Bachelor of Music from the University of Windsor where I concentrated my studies on music education and the violin. I spent 4 years studying with violinist Lillian Scheirich while in Windsor and with Mel Martin at Western University working on broadening my technique and repertoire further. 


I have a lifetime of performing experience from growing up participating in numerous recitals per year, playing for family and friends and events around the city. I am a past member of fiddle group Haggis Stew formerly known as Sharon Jones and the Canadian Celtic Kids and a past member of the London Youth Orchestra and the Windsor Community Orchestra. I have had the honour of playing as a soloist with Orchestra London as a child and have played at many London and Windsor businesses and weddings as live entertainment. I have a love of both classical and fiddle music and have a wide repertoire of both genres. 

Currently I perform with the group Celtic Shift - Steve Holowitz on piano and Dave Nuttall on whistle. I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn from and play with such incredible musicians. You can find our album, On One Beautiful Day on Spotify and iTunes.

CONTACT

amybarten5@gmail.com

226-377-3667

Certifications

I am a current member and registered teacher of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. I have completed my 5 year training in Suzuki Early Childhood Education through teacher trainers Dorothy Jones and Sharon Jones along with the SECE Revision Course. I have also studied the Suzuki Violin Books with teacher trainers Kathleen Spring and Paule Barsalou.

I believe very strongly in the continuing education of teachers. We are never done learning. I spend time in the summer attending Suzuki Teacher Training Institutes and workshops to enhance the lessons I provide for my students. I find so much motivation in attending these events and love to try out new ideas each year in hopes of motivating my students and families in new ways.

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