Sequoyah Suzuki Strings
Violin and Cello lessons for ages 3 and up
in a positive and loving environment
Violinist and Teacher
Karen Kartal has over 25 years of teaching experience, teaching beginner through collegiate level. She has completed Suzuki Certification training from pre-twinkle through book 10, plus studies in advanced and supplemental literature. She has a Masters Degree in violin performance, plus has completed three years toward her doctoral degree.She has taught at the collegiate level, and in several Suzuki programs throughout the United States.
She has performed as a soloist with many orchestras, and has won first prize in many competitions, including the MTNA National Chamber Music Competition. She has performed with orchestras in Taiwan, Japan and Italy's Spoleto Festival, as well as throughout the United States from New York's Lincoln Center to the Oregon Coast Music Festival.
She was the Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Knoxville Symphony until 2005 and she is currently Concertmaster of the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra.
Cellist and Teacher
Cellist Theodore Kartal has over 30 years of teaching experience. Theodore Kartal joined the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in 1998. Prior to that, he was a cellist with the Shreveport Symphony, and principal cellist of the South Arkansas Symphony. He is currently principal cellist of the Oak Ridge Symphony and Bryan Symphony Orchestras.
He studied cello in Istanbul, as well as at the Paris Conservatory and here in the United States, earning two Masters Degrees. As a student, he won many concerto competitions. In 1993, he won the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion prize in Houston, Texas. In 1982 he was First Prize winner of the Istanbul Cello Competition.
He has been a frequent soloist and recitalist in his native country as well as in Italy, Germany, France, and here in the United States. He has performed in orchestras, festivals, and tours from the Lincoln Center in New York; to the Oregon Coast; Spoleto Italy and many others. During his travels, he has had the opportunity to perform solos as principal cellist with Renata Scotto and Luciano Pavarotti, among others. Prior to moving to the United States in 1991, he was Professor of Cello at MSU University of Istanbul.
Sequoyah Suzuki Strings
Students have weekly private lessons where technique, reading skills and new pieces are learned. They also attend group classes at least twice monthly where skills are reinforced, pieces are polished and prepared for recitals, and ensemble skills are learned. The students perform in a fall and a spring recital. In addition, Holiday music is prepared in the fall, and performed in December in recital and at retirement communities. The students learn in a positive, encouraging environment following the philosophy of the Suzuki Method.
Students who study a musical instrument
or participate in a musical ensemble:
Show significant increase in self esteem and overall self concept.
Show significantly higher levels of mathmatics proficiency by grade 12.
Increase thinking skills and intellectual development.
Report the lowest lifetime and current use of all substances.
Learn self discipline and time management skills.
Have a greater appreciation for beauty and art.
The Suzuki Philosophy
All children have high ability.
All children have the ability to reproduce
the delicate nuances of any dialect.
All children learn in small steps and at different rates.
All children are capable of many repetitions,
and enjoy repeating what they have learned.
All children have a great memory capacity and if they hear
something many times, they will memorize it without effort.
A five year old knows and can use several thousand words.
Children learn best in a positive, nurturing environment.
The Suzuki Approach
Begin as early as possible.
Move in small steps.
Either the mother of father attends the lessons.
Daily listening to recordings.
Develop playing and aural skills before reading music.
Create a positive environment.
Group lessons (in addition to private) provide motivation.
Cooperation, not competition.
Develop the whole child.
"All Japanese children speak Japanese."
"Why do all children possess the natural ability to speak
their mother-tongue quite effortlessly?
Therein lies the secret of how to educate all human ability."
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