Here you can make a FREE Suzuki music lesson observation appointment if you want to get your child started with Suzuki music lessons or would like to visit our studio.
With my extensive experience (25+ years) as a professional violinist and a Registered Suzuki Violin Specialist I offer lessons, from beginner to advanced, at my Northeast Dallas studio.
In addition to performing and conducting, I enjoy sharing my life with Suzuki families, and offering my depth of knowledge to my students, while helping their parents to continue supporting their learning.
Dr. Shinichi Suzuki believed two main ideas about the natural development of language, which he realized could also be applied to musical education. This influenced his creation and implementation of the Suzuki Method:
For young children, The Suzuki approach to music learning is the most natural and simplest method to learning music.
It extends from ear training, and goes beyond the basics to the most intricate aspects of musical expression.
Regardless of your child’s performance level, the principles of the Suzuki Method can bring excitement and progress toward musical excellence.
Suzuki’s influence has personally made me a better teacher by providing me with an extensive variety of performing, conducting and teaching experiences.
My students directly benefit from my experiences by acquiring a solid technical foundation of violin technique, thereby achieving the highest standards of musical performance.
I know firsthand the incredible benefits of working with great Suzuki teachers, and have had the privilege of learning from teachers like Nancy Jackson, Paul Landefeld, Pat D’Ercole, Michelle George, Cathy Hargrave, and Joanne Melvin.
By working with them, I have been given a holistic approach and perspective on Dr. Suzuki’s teaching methods.
Suzuki Strings Specialist &
Registered Suzuki Violin Teacher
If you would like to learn more about how Suzuki violin lessons can help your child, I would be delighted for you to observe my teaching methods.
If you would like to schedule a visit to the studio, please Contact me here to make arrangements.
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Violinist Rigo Murillo has earned the warm respect from his listeners and colleagues through his signature vivid and multicolored tone, clear yet spontaneous eloquence, and well-defined expression.
He is able to capture even the youngest of audiences’ imaginations with his inspiring musical conviction.
Rigo has shared the stage with world-acclaimed artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Jean Pierre Rampal, Doc Severinsen, and Ray Charles, among others.
In addition, he has performed in master classes with renowned artists such as Mayumi Fujikawa, Gregory Feigin, and Alexandre Brussilovsky, and played as a member of the Pensacola Symphony, Meridian Symphony, Mississippi Opera Orchestra, as well as concertmaster of the USM Symphony and the Mesquite Symphony.
Rigo is producer of a compilation of instrumental songs performed on violin, titled “My Heart’s Music,” is featured on several recordings of Jewish liturgical and folk music, and has appeared as a guest soloist with the Ollin Yoliztli Chamber Orchestra.
He is the founder of the Suzuki strings program in the Greenville (TX) public schools, and teaches private and group violin lessons in the Northeast Dallas area while keeping an active performing schedule in the North Texas region.
Rigo has received honor degrees in violin performance and music education from The University of Southern Mississippi, where he was also granted the McGraw Violin Chair Award. He holds an Artist Diploma in violin performance from the Ollin Yoliztli Institute in Mexico City, where he studied with Sergei Gorbenko, the former concertmaster of the USSR Radio and TV Orchestra.
He is a registered Suzuki teacher and active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and Vice-President of the North Texas Suzuki Association, having studied Suzuki pedagogy with Michelle George, Joanne Melvin, Pat D’Ercole, and Paul Landefeld.
Additionally, he has been a faculty member at The University of Southern Mississippi Suzuki School, Bass Memorial Academy, Violinspire Suzuki Workshop in Hattiesburg, MS, and the American Honor Orchestra Festival. Rigo Murillo’s musical leadership has taken him to excel as music director of the USM Civic Orchestra, director of operations of the USM Symphony Orchestra, and music director at Mount Sinai Congregation in Mexico City.
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The highest standards of music teaching, violin technique, performance, musicality, and enjoyment.
With the Suzuki violin program, your child (as young as 3 years old) can successfully learn to play the violin beautifully using the Suzuki Method approach (see other children playing the violin).
Your child will be learning by listening, imitating, and repeating sounds, just as we learn to talk.
The Suzuki Method creates a partnership between the teacher, parent, and child, inspiring a fine musical ear, self-confidence, and a lifelong love of music.
The “Suzuki Parent” attends all individual and group violin lessons and receives from the teacher all the necessary tools to help your child with daily home practicing, as well as to provide for the Suzuki music listening assignments.
No previous music or teaching experience is necessary.
How it works
With the Suzuki Method violin program, children learn violin through both individual and group lessons. Each child receives a weekly individual lesson and a group lesson, concert, recital, or other group activity every month.
In addition to individual and group violin lessons, students take music reading and theory lessons as part of their weekly instruction. This comprehensive approach assures that, students not only play the violin beautifully, but that students also learn to read, write, and understand music notation and how music works.
The Suzuki music curriculum gives students a well-rounded music education that goes beyond the “typical” weekly private lesson. Our curriculum has taken many of our former students to the heights of music performance. It is designed to take our music students to the highest levels of musical excellence.
Our complete, all-inclusive music curriculum includes:
The teacher, student, and parent meet each week for an individually-focused lesson -one child at a time. While one, two or three children may be present at the same lesson, the teacher’s violin instruction is focused on one child while the other children and parents observe quietly, learning from the instruction. The length of the lessons may vary depending of the number, age and skill level of the children in the lesson, being from 30 to 90 minutes. Listening skills, posture, rhythm, and tone are developed. At home, the parent works with the child on daily violin practice and listening throughout the week.
During a child’s first semester of Suzuki violin lessons, lessons #1 – 3 may be dedicated mainly to instruct the parent to develop a rudimentary understanding of the violin. The child observes and participates in those lessons. After that introductory stage, the child becomes the main focus of the lessons.
Essential to the Suzuki Method are group lessons, where students listen to one another play, interact musically, work on violin technique, play musical games, learn theory skills, and learn locomotor skills. Group lessons are part of the regular instruction. Other activities such as concerts, recitals, and workshops are also part of the program.
Music Theory Lessons
Music Theory lessons allow children to read and write music notation, to understand how music works and to hear and read is merely a means to an end – music students should be able to use their music theory skills to play their instrument in a more informed manner and to compose their own music.
Because of developmental differences in young children, Suzuki violin teachers recommend that children begin studying between the ages of two-and-a-half and six years old. Admission into the program may require a short meeting between the parent, child, and teacher to determine whether the program is what you and your child need. Additionally, parents receive training on the Suzuki philosophy and approach. Contact us to request more information.
How to Begin
Most Suzuki teachers recommend that parents and children observe several Suzuki lessons before registering. Parents take a course covering the basics of the Suzuki philosophy and principles of helping the child with daily practice. It is recommended that children younger than 4 attend at least a semester of early music education classes.
For further details on how to attend violin lessons and details describing the Suzuki Violin program, go to our contact page.