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8 Rules For Caring For Your Instrument in the Hot and Cold Months

Emily Bauerlein, BSS Violin & Viola Instructor Caring For Your Instrument in the Hot and Cold Months   Taking care of our instruments is one of the most important things to do. When we are living in an area, such as Buffalo, we can never really know what the weather will be from one day Read more about 8 Rules For Caring For Your Instrument in the Hot and Cold Months[…]

When should classical guitar strings be changed?

Peter Zalocha, BSS Guitar Instructor When should classical guitar strings be changed? Nylon guitar strings are constantly under approximately 90lbs of tension when in tune. That, and daily practice can seem to wear the strings out rather quickly! Generally, bass strings wear out more quickly than treble strings, and it makes sense to purchase extra Read more about When should classical guitar strings be changed?[…]

Is my child progressing at a normal rate?

Emily Greetham, BSS Violin Instructor “Is my child progressing at a normal rate?” I heard this question many times during parent-teacher conferences at Buffalo Suzuki Strings. I found this question difficult to answer. After pondering this question a bit more, I have a few thoughts to share. I’m not sure there is a “normal” rate Read more about Is my child progressing at a normal rate?[…]

Suzuki Early Childhood Music: Zero through 3 is so young!

Kela Walton, Suzuki Early Childhood Music & Harp Instructor Zero through age 3 seems so young, what can children possibly gain from the class?   These classes give children a big head start. Brain research tells us that much learning happens before age three. Science continues to prove that in these first years visual, spatial, Read more about Suzuki Early Childhood Music: Zero through 3 is so young![…]

What are Suzuki Early Childhood Music Classes?

Kela Walton, BSS Suzuki Early Childhood Music and Harp Instructor What are Suzuki Early Childhood Music Classes? Are they related to the Suzuki Method?   Dr. Suzuki believed that a great window of opportunity in a child’s life is opened between birth and the age of three, and he encouraged Dorothy Jones to create a Read more about What are Suzuki Early Childhood Music Classes?[…]

What does “pre-twinkle” mean?

Shannon Levine, BSS Cello Instructor I signed my child up for lessons and went to the introductory meeting, and I keep hearing the term “pre-twinkle” —what does that mean?   It’s secret Suzuki teacher code 🙂 Joking aside, it’s a category label for young students who are just learning how to play their instrument. The Read more about What does “pre-twinkle” mean?[…]

So, What Is A Scale?

Shannon Levine, BSS Cello Instructor In the world of music, scales rule! If you are just starting lesson for your child or you are trying to figure out some of the lingo your new teacher is using, scales are probably one of them. What is a Scale? In the most general terms, a scale is Read more about So, What Is A Scale?[…]