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© 2017 by Ariana Straznicky

November 16, 2018

The holidays are fast approaching and I've curated the perfect (if I do say so myself) gift list for violin students of all ages. Ranging from cute musical jewelry to fun and practical violin accessories, there's something for everyone!

Practice Presents with Pizzazz (...

December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve is tomorrow and I'm already receiving wonderful practice updates with students completing their Winter Break Bingo board. 

Here are the notes for "Joy tot he World" and "Silent Night" (for the parents when we need a little help): 

For my Twinklers thro...

December 24, 2016

It's Christmas Eve, 2017 is just around the corner, and I'm happily reminiscing about this year. We moved the studio to a brand new space, have had three successful studio recitals, and multiple students have presented brilliant graduation recitals. I'm looking forward...

August 12, 2016

The Suzuki Method is famous for teaching children to play by ear, but what happens when it's time to read music? In my studio, I begin teaching proper note names from almost the very beginning. I start by teaching finger numbers (a.k.a. by rote), then swap over to the...

June 29, 2016

When my Suzuki families arrive for their lesson, there's plenty of hustle and bustle and amusing life updates. My 7-year old student proudly exclaims, "Guess what! I watched 'The Walking Dead' and I wasn't scared at all!" Mom quickly chimes in with an explanation, "She...

February 9, 2015


The Straznicky Violin Studio Presents: A Crash Course to Violin Tuning and Maintenance


Like many of us are feeling after yet another New England snowstorm, violins aren't big fans of winter. Once the weather changes, violins tend to be pretty obstinate. Here are a few...

December 2, 2014

The holiday season is officially here and it's time to supplement our Suzuki repertoire with some of our favorite holiday songs. After all, tis the season to be jolly! 


For my Twinklers: "Jingle Bells" in A Major





November 28, 2014

Last week, I mentioned to my students that I would be taking the day off for my birthday (It happened to coincide with the Thanksgiving holiday) and a few students said they wished to play "Happy Birthday". I was, of course, honored, and happy to oblige. I have about 7...

November 2, 2014

Every year around Halloween time, we have a special group class called "Spooky Suzuki", where we play Halloween-themed games, learn spooky versions of our favorite songs, and, of course, dress up in costume! 


November 2, 2014

This October, we took our music to the streets of Southington and performed at the Apple Harvest Festival. My two Suzuki group classes, Twinkle and Book 1, performed their favorite pieces and the crowd loved it.