Mrs. Nora Hamerman
Piano, Voice Teacher
I am Nora Hamerman and I teach Suzuki piano because I think it is the best way for children of all learning styles to learn to enjoy performing beautiful music. I have a background as a choir director, vocal trainer and accompanist, and was a Suzuki parent of two children who studied violin. I was won over to the “mother tongue approach” of Dr. Suzuki as I saw the delight and skill of the young Suzuki violinists and also because as someone who has learned several foreign languages, I believe this is not only the best way for very young students but can work as a way to learn music at any age.
My studio combines weekly individual lessons with monthly group lessons where we work on performance skills, theory, movement, and musical culture. I use The Music Road and Music Mind Games to teaching note reading as soon as students have achieved a basic mastery of listening and producing a beautiful tone on the piano. In keeping with Dr. Suzuki’s philosophy, I use poetry to help students learn to memorize and to express themselves.
I try to provide many performance opportunities for my students, including recitals, group lessons, the annual Ensemble Festival sponsored by the Fairfax Loudoun Music Fellowship, and the Piano Guild auditions each spring where students can received an independent evaluation of their progress, as well as a variety of competitions and festivals offered in this area.