I have had the great privilege of attending two of Irina Gorin’s workshops over the past two summers. The depth of knowledge she has to share about how to reach young children but also help them to create a musical sound is unmatched. Since this method is different from traditional American methods, I highly recommend attending her workshops to see it used in action and to hear why each step is important so students are successful with Tales. Even with students I have chosen not to use Tales with, I still use many of the techniques she demonstrated to release tension and to teach rhythm and notes in a sequential order. One of my favorite parts of the workshop was watching her teach a 5-year-old student. It was magical to see her connect with the student.