Suzuki Program

Violin and Cello (ages 3 and up)

Flute and Recorder (ages 5 and up)

Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, the renowned Japanese violinist, developed a method for teaching young children that was rooted in the idea that "every child can be educated." He believed that children learn music in the same way they learn language: by imitation. The Suzuki method has been utilized for teaching musical instruments for more than fifty years. The strength of the Suzuki method is dependent upon the triangle of the teacher, child and parent. The parent attends every lesson with the child so that he or she may function as the daily home teacher, carefully monitoring the child’s practice. The Suzuki programs run from September through June and include private lessons and group classes. For further information, please contact the Prep Center.

Suzuki Program Classes for Violin and Cello

Private Lesson (30, 45 or 60 minutes weekly)

Parents' Class

The parent working with the child at home is the one who must attend all lessons and Parents' Classes. In this class, the parent learns to play the instrument in order to facilitate serving as the teacher at home. In addition to attending all individual lessons, parents must record (either audio- or videotape) each lesson; these recordings will serve as a guide to home practicing. (45 minutes weekly)

Group Class

Group Classes develop a child's self confidence by providing a regular forum for performing both solo and group pieces. Group Classes are scheduled for 30, 45 or 60 minutes, according to age and level and determined by the director of the Suzuki Program. (30 minutes weekly for beginners; 45 minutes weekly for second-year students; 60 minutes weekly for third-year students)

Music and Movement

This class is designed as the first structured music class for children 3 to 5 years old.  Based upon the Dalcroze approach to music education, it incorporates rhythmic movement and aural training, as well as physical, vocal and instrumental improvisation. Children learn while doing what they love most: running, skipping, singing and playing instruments. The class also provides an opportunity for children to interact with other children in their age group. (45 minutes weekly)

I Can Read Music

A note-reading class for students who have achieved a degree of proficiency and coordination on the instrument. (45 minutes weekly)

String Beans

String Beans is a beginning string ensemble for violin, viola and cello. Students with basic playing and reading skills who are ready to discover group music- making are encouraged to enroll. Repertoire typically samples classical and popular styles.  Audition required. (45 minutes weekly)

The Suzuki Program for Flute and Recorder for Children

Private Lesson (30, 45 or 60 minutes weekly)

Music and Movement

This class, designed as the first structured music class for children three to six years old, is based upon the principles of Emile Jacques-Dalcroze. The Dalcroze approach to music education incorporates rhythmic movement and aural training as well as physical, vocal and instrumental improvisation. Children learn while doing what they love most: walking, running, skipping, singing and playing instruments. The class also provides an opportunity for children to interact with other children in their age group. (45 minutes weekly)

Musicianship

The musicianship curriculum is designed as a sequential course of study in the elements of music, including melody, harmony, rhythm and form. Sightsinging and dictation are included as an essential part of musical training. Understanding the building blocks of music promotes better learning and performing of pieces.  Beginning classes include games and other fun activities. (30 or 45 minutes weekly, depending on level)