Most programs aimed at teaching the violin, an instrument that has been around since the 16th century, use the same classical music and rote repetition of learning to play just the notes on the page. The O’Connor MethodTM promotes a future in which young musicians quickly develop the skills to socialize in more creative self-guided and impromptu ways: jamming, listening together, forming bands, sharing ideas, composing, and improvising in ways that also promote multi-instrumentality.
What is truly exceptional about this New American School of String PlayingTM is how it utilizes a precise selection of the most endearing melodies in American music and great folk tunes, to create a more fun and immersive learning experience for the students. The Method makes it a point to represent all of the Americas and the musical styles found within, including classical, folk, Latin, jazz, rock, and ragtime. The gradual advancement of left-hand technique, bowing skill, and ear training through these timeless songs and styles truly resonates with the violin student. The music is simply catchy and fun to learn resulting in faster development and longer term persistence in playing the violin, among other string instruments including cello, viola and bass. Indeed the violin is perhaps one of the best instruments for early adoption by younger children given it’s availability in a multitude of sizes without impacting musical.