Third Floor Suzuki Violin

Third Floor Suzuki Violin

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Adam Davidowitz began his musical studies at the age of four in New York City. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Syracuse University, graduating with Performance Honors. After graduation, he switched to the viola and attended The Boston Conservatory, earning his Master's degree. He then moved to Chicago to play with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for two years. He now is a regular member of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra and freelances with ensembles such as the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra and the New Philharmonic.
His primary teachers have been Elaine Blumenkranz, Ecaterina Gerson, James Krehbiel (Syracuse Symphony), Muneko Otani and Tawnya Popoff (both of the Cassatt Quartet), and Patricia McCarty (Boston Symphony Orchestra).

Adam is registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas to teach Books 1-4 of the Suzuki Method. He believes that a teacher must always strive to become better every day through self-evaluation, training from knowledgeable teachers and performing.

Adam's teaching philosophy is heavily influenced by the Suzuki Method as taught by Edward Kreitman. Concepts are introduced though a set of priorities; (in order) Posture, Tone, Intonation, Musicianship and Note Reading. It is important that the very basics of playing are dealt with at the beginning. Tension and improper technique can lead to problems and limitations on what a student can play later on. The beginning stages of learning are about how to hold the instrument and the bow properly. That is overlapped with creating a resonant tone on the instrument and then playing in tune. Thinking about progress over the long term is key.

Parental involvement is required. One parent should be consistently be present at every lesson. The first two months or so of lessons are devoted almost entirely to the parent and having them develop a very basic technique so they understand what is expected of their child and can help them at home. Daily practice and listening to the required reference recording is mandatory for rapid advancement.