Space is still available for the spring semester!

Spring Semester will include 15 weeks of lessons from January 14th through May 20th

(Please read my most current STUDIO POLICIES and look over the SCHEDULE before registering) 

(Group classes for students ages 3-5 preparing to start private violin lessons)

(For Pre-Twinkle students ages 5 & up who are ready to start private violin lessons and group classes with their "real violin.")

(For students who already "know how to Twinkle.")

(Includes monthly master-classes. Skype lessons are encouraged, but not required if taking lessons with another Suzuki teacher.)

(Includes weekly private lessons. Group classes, jams, and master classes are encouraged, but not required for adult students.)



Monthly Newsletter

January 5th, 2016

     Happy New Year! I hope everyone is having a fun and relaxing winter break. The spring semester won't start until the orientation group class on January 14th, but there are a few orders of business that families should be taken care of before then. Please look over my most current studio policies for the spring semester, and if you haven't already, please mark down everything on the schedule page of my website. There have been a few updates and changes since the hand-outs I had in December.

     There have been quite a few updates to my studio policies since building my studio back up in Anchorage. Both new and returning students should make sure they look over my most current studio policies so not to be caught off guard by any changes. A few of these changes are for my own well-being, but most everything is for the benefit of the students' success in learning, and for my studio to thrive throughout the future. Please don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions after reading through the updated policies.

     The online registration due date has been extended to January 10th. (This should allow students still figuring out their academic extra-curricular schedules a chance to figure out which lesson times will work for them.) All new and returning students will be required to submit registration. Keeping track of how best to contact families, updated contact information, schedule requests, and permission to photograph is so much easier for me when it can all go into one nice spreadsheet.

     One pretty big resolution I will be working on for my studio this year is effective communication with student families. It has been wonderful to have parents attending every private and group lesson, but sometimes I feel like there is still just not enough time for parents to get questions answered, or for me to get all the information out in the short time between lessons or classes... This is why I will be setting aside time after every Twinkle Tots class at 11:30 for a short parent discussion. (Activities and supervision will be provided for children during the parent discussion.) I hope to cover a different topic at each discussion, but also allow some time for parents to ask questions about anything else.

     Finally, before I forget... Twinkle Graduates have a stage set scheduled at the Anchorage Folk Festival at 2:15 on Sunday, January 22nd. All students who can play Boil Em Cabbage Down should plan on arriving at the UAA Professional Studies Building by 1pm so we can rehearse backstage before hand. The Anchorage Folk Festival is a completely free event that runs from January 19th through the 29th, so even if you can't perform with us on the 22nd, I encourage everyone to try to take advantage of at least a few of the free performances, workshops, and dances happening during the festival. For more information, go to

     As always, please don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I will try to keep the schedule page of my website up-to-date throughout the month. Happy fiddling!


Upcoming Events


Twinkle Tots Group Class


For students ages 3-5 preparing to start private violin lessons.


Twinkle Stars Group Class


11:30 Parent Discussion 11:45 Twinkle Stars (pre-twinkle songs) 12:00 Music Mind Games 12:15 Twinkle Graduation Practice (Please stay and watch advanced groups for as long as you'd like! Watching and listening to the advanced pieces will make them easier to learn in the future!)


Twinkle Graduates Group Class


12:00 Music Mind Games 12:15 Twinkle Graduation Practice 12:30 Advanced Suzuki & Fiddle Pieces 12:45 Parent Discussion (Advanced)


Seward Master Class (tentative)

Seward, AK

For students who live in Seward, AK. Students should be taking regular lessons either with Amanda (via Skype) or another Suzuki violin teacher. $25 is due at each Seward master class. (Please note that Seward master classes may be cancelled or rescheduled if the class size will be too low or if weather does not allow me to get there from Anchorage.)


Private Lessons Start

Amanda Kerr Music

(Please note that January 16th is Martin Luther King Jr. Day... if your lesson is scheduled for Mondays, and you cannot come to your first lesson on January 16th, please let me know ASAP so we can reschedule the lesson.)