SBC Institute of Violin & Piano

SBC Institute of Violin & Piano


Tobias is a 16 year old musician from Germany who desires to spend the coming school year as a high school exchange student. He was planning to live with a family in Twin Falls, but they have encountered medical issues and can no longer host him. He has already been accepted at Canyon Ridge High School and Twin Falls High is willing to accept him as well. We are seeking a family in either district who would like to share their home with Tobias while he is here.
Tobias is an accomplished musician, playing violin and piano with an orchestra. He also enjoys fishing, camping, ballroom dancing (very popular in Germany) and computer programming. He speaks English, German and French and has insurance and spending money to cover his needs.
Host families are volunteers who provide a bed, three meals a day, transportation when needed and exposure to life in beautiful Idaho. It is that easy! Couples with children of any age and those without children at home are encouraged to host.
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Suzuki Violin & Viola & Piano Lessons (Non-Suzuki) (Private & Group Instruction)
Lessons in-person

Operating as usual


Getting ready for Suzuki graduation next Saturday! Students have been working hard, and I am excited to get to celebrate their musical achievements!


Correcting theory assignments can sometimes be interesting, or at least induce a laugh! I would have to agree with Edward’s assessment of D-flat minor. Ew! C# minor reads and plays so much easier. 😂

Timeline photos 02/18/2022

So exciting to hear the revised recordings for Suzuki Books 4-6 will be released soon!

Coming Spring 2022!
The International Suzuki Association, in conjunction with Alfred Music, is pleased to announce the highly anticipated recordings of the Suzuki Violin School, Volumes 4–6 by internationally renowned violinist Augustin Hadelich in collaboration with pianist Kuang-Hao Huang.
The new recordings will replace all existing ones associated with the Suzuki Violin School International Editions, Volumes 4–6. Upon release, recordings will be available on CD and via digital download and for teaching and practice purposes within SmartMusic.


FINALLY! I ordered this music back in September, and the books finally arrived earlier this month (in February). I suppose that's to be expected when you order music from Germany. Ha, ha!

Photos from SBC Institute of Violin & Piano's post 02/12/2022

The warmer weather this week had me reminiscing about when we held group classes outside back in October. (Pictures from October 2021 for reference.) Beautiful skies, pretty weather, and violin music! It was divine! Spring tends to be VERY windy around here, but maybe we will have some Fridays where it's calm enough to be back outside. Fingers crossed. ;)


Summer Suzuki institutes are on the horizon!

Registration for the 2022 Intermountain Suzuki String Institute is now open!

Registration is open to violin, viola, cello, bass, trumpet, and Suzuki teacher trainers - mark your calendar for 2022!

To register, please visit:


Also, congratulations to Cole K. for being the first to learn and master 60 piano pieces in our 2021-2022 Polished Pieces Challenge! Keep up the good work!

Photos from SBC Institute of Violin & Piano's post 12/28/2021

In no specific order (though I will type alphabetically as listed below), I would like to recognize the efforts of these 10 piano students for having mastered 30 pieces and achieving their first milestone (goal point) in our 2021-2022 Polished Piece Challenge! Many of these students are well on their way toward 60 pieces! Keep up the fabulous work!

Aysai C.
Cole K.
Elian C.
Genevieve A.
Kynlee R.
Olivia C.
Penny B.
Reese C.
Stella P.
Xavier K.

Photos from SBC Institute of Violin & Piano's post 12/28/2021

Our 2021-2022 Polished Piece challenge is well underway! I thought it would be a good idea to post an update, so that we are all working toward even more progress during the spring semester. But I have been so impressed with everyone's progress thus far!

This is our 3rd year of doing this challenge with piano students. The goal is to learn and master as many pieces as possible during the school year. Last school year, we had several students who mastered well over 100 pieces each! It is incredible to see the growth in piano students each subsequent year as they work toward outperforming their total number from last year.

I will be posting specific mention of students who have already completed 30 and 60 piece milestones (or goal points).

Students with blank lines have not yet started their piece log, though they do have pieces to add. We will plan to update things when we resume lessons next week. Also, I suspect that in the craziness of finishing up our annual Christmas piece project, many students still have pieces to add to their log and record on the institute chart. We will plan to check every student's log and update next week.

Photos from SBC Institute of Violin & Piano's post 12/23/2021

I finally finished putting all my repetition and posture friends in their case today. Now it will be easy to choose a friend during lessons, and have an entire "audience" cheering students.

On a side note: Does anyone else find that breaks turn into a massive catch up on the neverending to do list? Ha, ha, ha...


How's your Christmas break going? The studio is closed for Christmas break the next two weeks, but I'm spending the first few days of my break in teacher training. Lol.


I neglected to post this update before Thanksgiving break. The studio Christmas chain was at 149 before we had a week off for Thanksgiving. An updated total to follow! Good work, students!

Scholar of the Week: Twin Falls High School's Olivia Oler 12/02/2021

Scholar of the Week: Twin Falls High School's Olivia Oler

One of our own has made the news!

Olivia is a graduating senior this year, and will be graduating in the spring and embarking on new adventures! It has been such a privilege to be her violin teacher for so many years, and I continue to be so impressed with everything she does. It is a true accomplishment to be as advanced on the violin as she is AND maintain a 4.0 and be involved with all the activities she does! (And it's a list as evidenced in this article. ;) ) I'm so happy for you, Olivia, and so proud of you! You will be amazing wherever you end up and whatever you do!

Scholar of the Week: Twin Falls High School's Olivia Oler Meet this week's great scholar!


Are you in need of Christmas violin music that will work as a stand alone performance without accompaniment or extra parts? Check out Following the Star from CHarveyPublications. There are some bowings I have personally adjusted, but this is a great resource, especially for online students.


I love these new publications featuring Studio Ghibli music for violin! I would have loved these about 10 years ago when I had several students who were obsessed with Studio Ghibli music, but I am excited to have access to these now. Check them out! I ordered my copies via Sheet Music


I spy! Can you spot the visitor we had join us during violin group class today? His favorite piece appeared to be Suzuki Allegro. I'm going to miss this beautiful fall weather. Outside group classes have been fun!


Beginner Violin Pieces Made 100× More Difficult

How to take your review pieces to a whole new level!


That's one scary ghost!


Just a reminder that Batsy is making an appearance at violin group classes (and possibly during private lessons) all month long. Being a bat, he LOVES Halloween. So practice those Bow Swings!

How to Build Musical Instruments and Symphonies from Legos - Orchestra Central 07/14/2021

How to Build Musical Instruments and Symphonies from Legos - Orchestra Central

How to Build Musical Instruments and Symphonies from Legos - Orchestra Central Have you ever wished that you could build musical instruments from LEGOs? Youtuber WowBrickArt has now made it possible. With his homemade videos showing you how to assemble LEGOs to resemble everything JS Bach and his church organ to Joshua Bell and his violin, WowBrickArt has detailed out plans on...

Piano Parents | Very Piano 07/14/2021

Piano Parents | Very Piano

Piano Parents | Very Piano Congratulations on making such a valuable investment in your child! Not only is learning the piano a fun and satisfying activity that your child can enjoy right now, but it will also have lasting benefits that your child will draw upon for years to come. As a parent there are a number of ways you .....

How to Talk to Yourself When You’re Having a Bad Practice Day (or Week) 07/14/2021

How to Talk to Yourself When You’re Having a Bad Practice Day (or Week)

How to Talk to Yourself When You’re Having a Bad Practice Day (or Week) By now, you’ve surely noticed that toilet paper is a hot commodity. And you’ve probably noticed that stores aren’t quite as fully stocked with eggs as they once were. So I guess I wasn’t totally surprised when I read a little while back that some folks began stress-buying chickens. That’s ...


Study reveals children who play a musical instrument have better memory and attention span

Study reveals children who play a musical instrument have better memory and attention span Study reveals children who play a musical instrument have better memory and attention span 8 October 2020, 12:06 | Updated: 9 October 2020, 9:50 Children who play an instrument have better memory and attention, study finds. Picture: Getty By Sian Moore A study shows young musicians who play an instr...




Sheesh! I have to add all of these to pur chain from just the past few days! Good work, students! Also, students can still add to the chain up through December 31. Have them send me a video of them playing any Christmas piece they perfect (that doesn't already have a star/check on it). Remember to encourage your child to share their Christmas music with your family and friends!


Our Christmas chain is up to 171! I also have a pile of pieces to add to the chain after lessons today. I'm looking forward to seeing how long the chain ends up being this year!


We hit 80 on our Christmas chain before Thanksgiving! Each link represents a polished Christmas piece that students have passed off. Wishing everyone a wonderful and healthy Thanksgiving! And remember to practice! (So we can add even more links to our chain!)

Why Bigger Is Not Better for Student Violins 11/10/2020

Why Bigger Is Not Better for Student Violins

Just a reminder that bigger is definitely not better--at least when it comes to violins!

Why Bigger Is Not Better for Student Violins October 8, 2018, 10:06 PM · If you are wondering if it's all right for your young student to play on a slightly-too-big instrument, the answer is: "No!"


It may seem weird to start Christmas music in October, but every year, students start learning Christmas music so that they can learn and polish MANY Christmas carols by December. This year, it seems a little more poignant than usual. Everyone needs an extra morale boost this year, and Christmas music is a very simple way to bring in some extra happiness. No matter how low you may be feeling, it is impossible not to feel your mood elevate just a little bit when you hear Christmas music. So embrace the holiday cheer, and ask your child to play that Christmas carol one more time the next time you listen to them practicing. ;)

This picture shows the 20 Christmas pieces that were polished this past week by piano and violin students. Many thanks to Frederick, James, Claire M., Carolina, Elena, Lilly, Clara A., and Taliya for working hard this past week to get our annual Christmas chain off toda smashing start! Clara A. also gets an extra shout out for adding 7 links to the chain all on her own!


Eva completely creamed me at her violin lesson this week. For every task during her lesson that she played with a beautiful bow hold, she earned a point. And for every time she played with an ugly bow hold, I would get a point. As you can see, she kept a beautiful bow hold throughout her ENTIRE lesson! I didn't get a single point! (And I was being rather picky.)


Squeal!! Yay, Elena! She hit 25 polished piano pieces passed off this evening at her lesson! She's currently in the lead, though I know there are many students not far behind!


While cleaning up the studio today, I found this beautiful student picture tucked away in a drawer. 07/13/2020

Why Ages 2-7 Matter So Much for Brain Development

Childhood brain development is such a fascinating topic!

“Children’s brains develop in spurts called critical periods. The first occurs around age 2, with a second one occurring during adolescence. At the start of these periods, the number of connections (synapses) between brain cells (neurons) doubles. Two-year-olds have twice as many synapses as adults. Because these connections between brain cells are where learning occurs, twice as many synapses enable the brain to learn faster than at any other time of life. Therefore, children’s experiences in this phase have lasting effects on their development.” Rich experiences—from play to the arts and relationships—fundamentally shape a young child’s development.

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My youngest musician showcases his modern composition.  He is quite creative, but his lessons don't usually last very lo...
A follow up video on my last post, so you can see what all the hype is about! Yay for repetition!
Hark, the Herald Angels Sing 👼 Be very aware of the rhythm in this one. 😉
Our Suzuki 🎻 Christmas Concert is coming up on Friday, December 13!  I will be posting reminder videos for students to p...
We Wish You a Merry Christmas🎄 🎅
O Come, All Ye Faithful 🎻
A few pictures from yesterday's Piano Theory Group class. I think this is every student's favorite activity, because of ...
Also a video to show how long our Christmas studio chain was for 2018!
Angels We Have Heard on High




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