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If any of your kids have asked for guitar lessons,  I highly recommend Annalisa Ewald. She teaches her own combination of Suzuki/reading notes, which helps the little ones start playing very quickly.  My son started with her at age 5, at his insistence, and she instilled a passion for music (in addition to all of the other proven benefits of learning instrumental music) which has lasted. He is now  a music performance/economics major at University of Michigan.

Testimonial by former student, Isaac Sellhausen

I was inspired to learn the classical guitar at three-years old when a five-year old girl in my Montessori School class gave a recital at a school gathering. I was first amazed, then hooked. I begged my mom to ask my teacher how my classmate had learned to play. That began the next 6 years of Suzuki guitar lessons with Miss Annalisa Ewald.

We performed at recitals at many local venues; the Stamford Mall at Christmas, the Whole Foods community stage, Stepping Stones Museum, Southport’s Pequot Library and the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium’s Shark Tank!

Shin'ichi Suzuki, himself said, “I want to make good citizens. If a child hears fine music from the day of his birth and learns to play it himself, he develops sensitivity, discipline and endurance. He gets a beautiful heart.”


Studying guitar for so many years with Miss Annalisa has given me a calm patience and quiet confidence, and ability to stick with something, no matter how difficult. I fully intend to bring this effort and diligence to my college career, to stick with problems, no matter how difficult, until I have achieved my goals.

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Why Small Businesses Matter in Norwalk: The

Ewald Suzuki Guitar Method

Three questions with Annalisa Ewald, founder of The Ewald Suzuki Guitar Method.


Annalisa Ewald studied classical guitar with Sophocles Papas, colleague of Andrés Segovia, and after studies at San Francisco Conservatory and Bard College won grants for five concert series in NY State from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA,) initiated the Warne Lounge Concert series for the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C. and has been a featured performer for numerous societies and festivals including the Villa Lobos Festival, the Washington, D.C.Guitar Society and the Santa Barbara Bach Festival.


Why did you start your business?

I started my business to teach life skills to young people through the study of the classical guitar using the mother tongue method: hear first, play it, read it later!

What is your best-selling product/service?

Private guitar lessons for children and adults!

How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?

Factory Underground recording studio help me to design my website and recorded my top 10 billboard albums.

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