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Emma O'Keefe, Founder and Director, Grow With Music

Emma O'Keefe B.A, B.MUS, Dip. Ed.(Primary) is a Cello and Early Childhood Music Educator specialising in the Suzuki Philosophy of Music Education from birth and beyond. She has two children, Liam (10), who plays the cello, and Amelia (8), who plays the violin.

She has a Bachelor of Music degree in Cello performance (UWA), a Diploma of Education (Edith Cowan), and is an accredited Suzuki Teacher Trainer in Cello and Early Childhood Music. She is currently undertaking Early Childhood Care and Education studies at Murdoch University in Western Australia, and is committed to the promotion of quality education in the early years as supported by the National Quality Standard and the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (COAG, 2009) in the nurturing context of the philosophy of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki.

She has been teaching Suzuki Cello since 1995 and in 1999 established the first Suzuki Early Childhood Music programme in Western Australia. 

Grow With Music, is now one of several programmes under the partnership of Suzuki Early Childhood Education (WA). Visit www.secewa.com.au for more information.

At Grow With Music, we have a close-working group of highly committed Suzuki Music educators who value the importance of ongoing shared collaboration and co-operation in upholding the Suzuki Philosophy while drawing on the principles, practices and outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (COAG, 2009). We appreciate the current emphasis on the provision of quality service of education and care in the early years as a result of the recent government initiative to improve current practices.

Through ongoing mentorship and professional inquiry, we strive to continually provide a fresh, dynamic and lively practice for our children and families in the name of the Philosophy of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki while drawing on the principles, practices and outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (COAG, 2009).

Susannah Endersby, Suzuki Violin and Baby/Toddler Music Teacher
susie@heatoninvestments.com.au  

I began my journey with The Suzuki Method as a 6 year old when I began learning Suzuki Violin. I was heavily involved in music throughout my school years and studied Music Education at The University of Western Australia. I have taught the Violin for 15 years, working in various schools in Perth. I reconnected with the Suzuki community when I enrolled my first child into the Suzuki Early Childhood classes at 10 weeks old.

Since then, all of my three children have participated in the baby/toddler music classes, the Suzuki Kindy program and have progressed to instrumental lessons. After a year of being inspired by the benefit music had on my own and other children in the baby/toddler music classes, I began training as a partner teacher, as well as becoming an accredited Suzuki Violin teacher (primary level). 

 

Krista Low, Suzuki Cello Teacher (Attadale, W.A)
lowkrista@gmail.com

I am currently completing my Suzuki Primary Teacher Accreditation with Emma O'Keefe. I have been playing cello since 2003 and in 2012, I graduated from the University of Western Australia with honours in the Bachelor of Music course. In 2013, I commenced a Masters in Music (Research) to study 20th century cello performance practice with Dr Suzanne Wijsman.

My interest in the Suzuki philosophy stems from its holistic approach to education as well as the way it encourages close collaboration between teacher and parent to benefit the child. I think this is an approach offered by few other music methods and I feel privileged to be working alongside Emma and Josie!

       

Josephine Fountain, Suzuki Cello Teacher (Dalkeith, W.A)
phine_f@hotmail.com

I began my musical journey at the age of three with Suzuki violin lessons in Sydney, and transferred to the cello at the age of eight. Since then I have enjoyed performing with the WA Youth Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra, Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute, West Australian Symphony Orchestra and the WA Charity Orchestra. I am currently completing the honours year of my Bachelor of Music at UWA, studying with Dr Suzanne Wijsman.

In 2011, I commenced Suzuki Primary Teacher Training with Emma O'Keefe. I feel drawn to Dr Suzuki's philosophy, particularly his assertion that all children can develop wonderful abilities (musical and otherwise) given the love and support of their families and teacher, and the emphasis on the development of character as well as talent in children. I now teach Suzuki individual and group lessons privately and at Presbyterian Ladies' College and MLC, as well as participating in events run by the Suzuki Cello School of WA with Emma, Krista and Jessica.


Jessica Young, Suzuki Cello Teacher (Dalkeith, W.A)
jessicaadeline.young@gmail.com

My love for the cello began at the age of seven, through Suzuki Cello lessons under the tutelage of Emma O’Keefe.

Upon receiving a Music Scholarship four years later, I moved to Methodist Ladies’ College where I had the privilege of participating in various small ensembles, choirs, bands, and the Symphony Orchestra, of which I was the Cello section leader for five years. This has given me the opportunity to explore my musicality, experience performing in internationally renowned locations overseas, and realise that despite achieving my A.MusA in the Piano in 2012, my heart still primarily lies with the Cello.

Having graduated from MLC in 2014, I have commenced my undergraduate studies at the University of Western Australia and am currently learning the Cello with Dr Suzanne Wijsman. I am now undertaking my Suzuki Primary Teacher Training in the hopes of being able to impart my love for the instrument to younger children. As the eldest child in my family, I have witnessed both myself and my siblings’ musical journeys through the Suzuki Cello and Piano School, and have thus experienced the benefits of the Suzuki Method’s nurturing approach to teaching music first hand.

I want to give each child the opportunity to grow in this same positive and supportive environment, and feel honoured to be able to work alongside such passionate and wonderful teachers.

Elizabeth Murray, Suzuki Early Years Learning Educator 

My involvement in Suzuki Early Childhood Education began when accompanying my nieces and sister-in-law to Grow With Music. Eleanor, the youngest niece, started attending in-utero. I had the privilege of hearing her first words to me in song! She started to sing the lullaby "Bye M' Bye" (from the Suzuki repertoire) that I had been singing to her regularly, often to soothe her. Inspired by my Suzuki experiences and passion for music, I then became qualified as a Teacher of Suzuki Early Childhood Music. I have had the pleasure of working with Jenny McCormack at "Music Time for Babies and Toddlers" for several years. In 2010 I completed my Masters of Education (Early Childhood) and also began working with Emma O'Keefe at "Grow With Music".

 I find it a joy to be involved in young children's sense of awe and wonder, openness, playfulness, imagination and creativity, and their developing sensitivities towards others. What attracts me to the Suzuki approach is that it fosters the crucial child/parent/teacher relationship, and teaches music but at the same time embraces the total development of the child. Dr Suzuki's guiding principle was "character first, ability second". It is apparent to me that no matter whether or not these children go on to become musicians, they (and we) have benefited in so many ways and been given such a fine foundation from which to grow.