Suzuki Education

“If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.” -– S. SUZUKI

Music is the language of the heart without words. – Dr. Suzuki

The Suzuki method was developed by the Japanese violinist/educator Dr. Shinichi Suzuki in the 1950s.  The method focuses on violin onlylistening and technical skill development through positive reinforcement and repetition, in much the same way that one learns to speak.  Through his work, Dr. Suzuki proved that all people, even young children, have the ability to learn if they are raised in a supportive and enriching environment.  Students range in age from three years to adult.

The Suzuki philosophy emphasizes the importance of nurturing the student’s musical growth through a variety of approaches, including family participation and community music-making.  Parents/caregivers of younger students are actively involved in their child’s lesson and continue to work with their child at home between lessons, thus becoming the “home teacher.”  Suzuki families are required to participate in weekly individual lessons and monthly group classes that are arranged by age and ability.  Special interest workshops are occasionally offered to supplement group classes.

Suzuki Instructors
Cello-Anne Brennand
Flute – Whitney Kelley
Guitar – Rick Pruitt
Violin – Kat Fritz, Nancy McNeill, Sarah Murray
Piano – Christine Armstrong, Barbara Grout, Amanda Setlik Jones

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Required Parent/Caregiver Education Class or Lesson – NEW!
Because parent/caregiver involvement is a fundamental component of the Suzuki structure it is very important that they have some basic information about the program.  Parents/caregivers are required to attend one free meeting before beginning lessons or may choose to use the first, paid lesson as a parent/caregiver educational meeting.  Parents may also attend this meeting if they are interested in the Suzuki Method and would like more information.

Winter/Spring Term:
Friday, January 10, 5pm.
Monday, February 3, 5pm.
Saturday, March 8, 11am.
Tuesday, April 8, 6pm.
Friday, May 2, 5pm.


violinsMonthly Suzuki group classes
Suzuki group classes reinforce concepts and repertoire introduced in private lessons.  Depending on the level of the group they may include pre-Twinkle songs, instrumental position games, an introduction to note-reading, and/or review of the Suzuki repertoire in an ensemble setting.  Students enrolled in Suzuki lessons are required to also enroll in the appropriate group class.  The tuition will be added to your registration.

Tuition:  $15/class

Cello –  January 19, February 23, March 16, April 13, and May 18, 2014 – Anne Brennand
Flute – TBD, Whitney Kelley
Guitar – Parents’ Class (optional): Monday or Saturday TBD, Rick Pruitt


Piano – Saturday, 1:00pm-4:00pm, hour-long classes organized by ability, Amanda Setlik, Barbara Grout
Fall Term: September 14, October 19, November 16, December 14
Winter/Spring Term: January 11, February 8, March 8, April 12, May 17

Violin Groups

Violin – Pre-twinkle: Monday, 4:00pm-4:45pm, Kathryn Kilian Vovk
Violin – Beginning:  Monday, 4:45pm-5:45pm, Kat Fritz
Violin – Intermediate:  Monday, 4:45pm-5:45pm

Fall Term:  September 9 & 23, October 7 & 21, November 4 & 18, December 2 & 16
Winter/Spring Term: January 13 &2 7, February 1 0& 24, March 10, April 7 & 21, May 5 & 19

Guitar Groups

Guitar – Beginning: Monday, 4:30pm-5:30pm, Rick Pruitt
Guitar – Intermediate: Monday, 5:30pm-6:30pm, Rick Pruitt

Fall Term:  September 9 & 23, October 7 & 21, November 4 & 18, December 2 & 16
Winter/Spring Term: January 13, February 3, 10& 24, March 10, April 7 & 21, May 5 & 12

Tuition:  $15/class



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