Susan Jarvis, Suzuki Department Chair
Shinichi Suzuki believed that “any child who is properly trained can develop musical ability just as all children develop the ability to speak their mother tongue.” This approach to learning is based upon a close relationship between the child, parent, and teacher. The parent is present at all classes and lessons and learns how to become the daily home teacher. The principles of the Suzuki method include daily listening, development of concentration and memory skills, learning to work with other students, parents, and teachers in group activities, and continual repetition, mastery, and refinement of techniques, which allows students to build on successes. The Suzuki approach sustains a positive environment for growth.
Students are required to register separately for private lessons and weekly group class.
Beginning Suzuki students are encouraged to participate in the Eurhythmics program.
Suzuki String Faculty
Suzuki Group Classes
In addition to weekly private lessons, Suzuki students attend a weekly group class based on repertoire level. Parents are required to attend and participate in the group classes. Group classes are strongly recommended through Book 4.
The group classes serve many pedagogical purposes, some of the main benefits are:
- Learning to watch, listen, and follow the teacher.
- Provides a larger community of fellow string players and opportunities to perform and learn in a supportive group environment.
- Rhythm, reading, and music in addition to the Suzuki repertoire is also an important part of the group class curriculum that supplements the private lesson.
All Suzuki group classes meet on Saturdays for 28 weeks.
|Violin Group A||Pre-Twinkle||10:15-11:00 am|
|Violin Group B||Book 1A||11:00-11:45 am|
|Violin Group C||Book 1B||11:00-11:45 am|
|Violin Group D||Book 2||10:15-11:00 am|
|Violin Group E||Book 3||9:15-10:00 am|
|Violin Group F||Book 4||9:00-10:00 am|
|Viola Group A||Pre-Twinkle/Beginner*||10:15-11:00 am|
|Viola Group B||Book 1 & 2||10:15-11:00 am|
|Viola Group C||Book 3 & 4||9:15-10:00 am|
|Cello Group A||Pre-Twinkle/Beginner||11:00-11:45 am|
|Cello Group B||Book 1 & 2||10:15-11:00 am|
|Cello Group C||Book 3 & 4||9:15-10:00 am|
*Viola Group A (Pre-Twinkle/Beginner) meets with Violin A (Pre-Twinkle).
Placement into the Suzuki program is made by level not age. Fall placements take place in September.
If you have already completed a Suzuki Placement, please click here for information about how to Register for a Suzuki Group class and/or private lesson.