Teaching


Helen is an ESA Level 5 Graduate Suzuki Teacher with the British Suzuki Institute. Although private tutors are not required to hold a DBS, Helen holds a valid enhanced DBS check (formerly known as the CRB).

in She teaches privately from her home in Orpington and runs her own branch of the Kentish Suzuki Group. The group regularly perform in concerts around the Bromley area and have perfomed in the Royal Festival Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Trafalgar Square. Students have gained places in the National Children’s Orchestra (NCO) as well as local Bromley Youth Music Orchestras (BYMT). Numerous students have graduated from her studio to take up places at conservatoire level. They have also won numerous prizes and awards at the Bromley Festival, Sevenoaks Festival and Tunbridge Wells Festival. From 2014, Helen can now present students privately for GCSE and AS / A-Level Music, independent of secondary schools.


Email for availability: helen.kentishsuzuki (at) gmail (dot) com


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“I firmly believe that cultural and musical aptitude does not come from within, and is not inhereted, but occurs through suitable environmental conditions” 

Nurtured by Love, Dr Shinichi Suzuki. p.13





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Teaching Credentials

BMus (TCM) IIi in Music from Trinity College of Music 


PGCE (QTS) from the University of London’s Institute of Education.


Level 5 ESA Graduate Suzuki Teacher with the British Suzuki Institute.




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“If a person works at playing the violin well, he develops the talent to overcome any difficult problem by working, then the talent will be born to accomplish even the hardest problems easily” 

Ability Development from age zero, Dr. Shinichi Suzuki; p.62



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The Suzuki Philosophy


The method that we call the Suzuki method was created by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. The philosophy believes that through the teacher and the parent (the home teacher), the student will excel in their personal development through the learning of an instrument. the aim is to produce well-rounded, fine human beings through the experiences brought on by learning an instrument, not necessarily the goal to produce outstanding musicians.


“If a person works at playing the violin well, he develops the talent to overcome any difficult problem by working, then the talent will be born to accomplish even the hardest problems easily” Ability Development from age zero, Dr. Shinichi Suzuki; p.62


Suzuki’s teaching is based around the concept of language teaching. The idea that the student can already speak their language fluently bell before learning how to read write gave Dr. Suzuki the idea of the “Mother Tongue” method. When learning a language, a child would initially listen to the words in their surroundings before trying to imitate the language itself. Suzuki took this idea and extended it to teaching the violin. Each student listens daily to recordings and the melodies are then taught to the student by ear. This gives an opportunity for the student to concentrate on the technical and performing aspect of learning the instrument.


Dr Suzuki believed that as a home-educator, the parent has a major role to play in the Suzuki Method. The parent attends the lessons with the child and the parent is encouraged to be part of the learning process. The teacher instructs the parent during the lesson and gives elements of the lesson to practice on at home. During the lesson, parents are encouraged to take notes and ask questions. It is important that the parent understands the task in order to implement it at home. It is the responsibility of the parent to ensure that the work is done at home on a daily basis, which must also include listening to the recordings. A child cannot be expected to learn the art of how and when to practice if this is not guided. Discipline is a vital component in raising children. It is also a vital component for success at anything in life.


“The parent guiding the child’s practice must not lose sight of the ultimate aim. To make the child independent of parental help.” The Suzuki Violinist, William Starr; p.22


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