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SuperNova pairs sophisticated music with a number of educational priorities:

  1. RIVETING INSPIRATION. Connecting familiar melodies to contemporary aesthetics, immediately engaging listeners.

  2. ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE. Demonstrating the highest level of musicianship through every aspect of this project, we encourage students to match those standards. 

  3. TECHNICAL DEVELOPMENT. Utilizing easy literature to develop advanced string techniques. 

  4. RHYTHMIC PRECISION. Strengthening “groove” and pulse when playing with rhythm section.

  5. CREATIVE CAPACITY. Granting permission and providing structures for performers to make personalized decisions.

  6. EXPOSURE & VERSATILITY. Integrating classical, jazz, popular, and world music genres.

  7. ENERGIZING REVIEW. Presenting exciting fresh contexts when returning to repertoire.

  8. MULTI-LEVEL ENGAGEMENT. Offering an appealing framework for combining advanced, intermediate, even beginning students.

  9. FIERCE EMPOWERMENT. Building self-esteem and confidence, making budding musicians feel like rock stars.

  10. UNAPOLOGETIC FUN. “Playing” music should be joyous—SuperNova delivers!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Though MELODY parts are geared towards intermediate /advanced players (Suzuki Books 2-5 and higher), courageous book 1 students have even championed these settings.


Shinichi Suzuki’s philosophy is built upon an extraordinary premise:


Each and every one of us possesses MUSICAL potential. 

Indeed, Suzuki’s approach has proven that rule time and time again. Even young children have achieved amazing feats through this progressive methodology.

 “Musical ability is not an inborn talent...Any properly trained child can develop musical ability, just as all children have capacity to speak their mother tongue. The potential of every child is unlimited.”

Shinichi Suzuki

I couldn’t agree more. Here’s my question...Does this all-encompassing logic also translate to creativity? 

Do each and every one of us possess CREATIVE potential?  


If so, imagine the implications. Our world  is changing at an exponential pace. Individuals, organizations, and communities are in dire need of INNOVATIVE, EXTRAORDINARY PROBLEM-SOLVING. 

I argue that MUSIC is one of the best platforms for fostering CREATIVITY. It is an artform offering plentiful recipes to develop this critical, transferable skill. 

However, that won’t happen automatically.  When music making first and foremost entails unbendable rule-following and “correct,” predetermined answering, it is no more creative than standardized testing or most STEM topics. 

To celebrate this value, it is essential to provide students opportunities to make DELIBERATE, PERSONALIZED DECISIONS. They must be permitted to OWN aspects of performance, moving beyond excellence alone to consider what makes their renditions UNIQUE. 

SuperNova offers a path for doing just that.

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