Claire’s diverse musical studies, travels, and innate passion for teaching have led her to have a dynamic and holistic approach as a music educator in Cincinnati, OH. An active music teacher since 2002,Claire enjoys teaching violin, cello, guitar and songwriting to adults and children. She lives and breathes the Suzuki philosophy that “every child can”, and takes it one step further, believing that “every person can”. Claire believes that music, being truly universal, is an integral part of the human experience, and that everyone should have an equal opportunity to learn and love music. She strives to share her love of music with her students, and to nurture and cultivate the artist within.
The child student
Suzuki violin and cello education is primarily geared towards those younger beginners. The Suzuki method is designed to follow the natural linguistic patterns of the brain, by first learning music by ear with daily listening (hearing the language), then learning to play (talking), and finally note-reading. It involves parents in daily practice, as well as weekly lessons.
Claire Timmerman also teaches songwriting, beginner guitar, jazz/ blues/ rock (and more) on fiddle and cello, as well as improvisation.
Suzuki group classes encourage a shared musical growth experience. This allows a safe space in which they can learn their true strengths within a group. Additionally, creating a positive group learning environment with the shared repertoire encourages self-motivation for practice and concerts. This leads to well practiced communication skills, peer motivation and confidence building for each student, which translates from music into other academic subjects as well.
(Above)Students enjoy an improvisational jam session to celebrate their 100 days in a row of practicing! (Below) Students rehearse to play at a wedding.
Being an adult beginner of any subject is especially humbling experience. This is why Claire takes the approach of listening to the motivation of each individual student, and tailoring the curriculum to accommodate those motivations.