Frequently asked questions

Why study classical guitar?


Classical training for children develops many cognitive skills not developed by other kinds of music. For adults, building on their already huge skillset is satifsying. And since it's more challenging everything else is easy to play, or so my students of all ages tell me.




What is the Ewald Suzuki Guitar Method?


The ESGM discovers, nurtures and evolves each child's innate abilities. Children develop cognitive, life and social skills as they learn to play remarkably well. While some of my students become professional musicians, the goal for all is to grow into wholesome human beings.




What is the difference between a classical guitar and other kinds of guitars?


A classical guitar, also called a Spanish guitar, is a hollow-bodied wooden instrument with nylon strings. An acoustic guitar is similar but with steel strings. The nylon strings of a classical guitar are easier on the fingers than steel. Any genre of music can be played on a classical guitar while pop, jazz and rock are generally more suited to an acoustic or electric guitar.




What about reading music?


In this method students play "by ear" before they learn to read the notes. This is Dr. Suzuki's "mother tongue" approach to learning music: playing "by ear" at first allows a young guitarist to concentrate on how hands and fingers work. As in learning a native language, written notation comes after. Being able to read musical notation allows a player to communicate directly with composers across the centuries and national boundaries.




Is this affordable?


The tuition at the Ewald Suzuki Guitar Method is competative and a Group class is included in the tuition. Monthly payment plans are available as well as tuition paid by the term.





Annalisa Ewald, Dir.

The Ewald Suzuki Guitar Method, LLC

149 Water St., Apt. 15, Norwalk, CT

203.979.4004

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