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Susan Jarvis, Suzuki Department Chair
Angela Leidig, Suzuki Department Co-Coordinator
Jenny Fan, Suzuki Department Co-Coordinator

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 ensemble class.

Beginning Suzuki students are encouraged to participate in the Eurhythmics program. We also encourage students 6-years-old and up to participate in the NEC Prep Children's Choruses.

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Suzuki String Faculty

Susan Jarvis, violin
Angela Leidig, violin
LeeAnn Sutton, viola
Rachel Fabulich, viola
Jenny Fan, cello
Nancy Hair, cello
Ming-Hui Lin, cello

Suzuki Group Ensemble Classes

In addition to weekly private lessons, Suzuki students attend a weekly group ensemble 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 ensemble classes serve many pedagogical purposes, some of the main benefits are:

  1. Learning to watch, listen, and follow the teacher.
  2. Provides a larger community of fellow string players and opportunities to perform and learn in a supportive group environment.
  3. 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.


Violin Group APre-Twinkle10:15-11:00 AM
Violin Group BBook 1A11:00-11:45 AM
Violin Group CBook 1B11:00-11:45 AM
Violin Group DBook 210:15-11:00 AM
Violin Group EBook 39:15-10:00 AM
Violin Group FBook 49:00-10:00 AM
Viola Group APre-Twinkle/Beginner*10:15-11:00 AM
Viola Group BBook 1 & 210:15-11:00 AM
Viola Group CBook 3 & 49:15-10:00 AM
Cello Group APre-Twinkle/Beginner11:00-11:45 AM
Cello Group BBook 1 & 210:15-11:00 AM
Cello Group CBook 3 & 49:15-10:00 AM

*Viola Group A (Pre-Twinkle/Beginner) meets with Violin A (Pre-Twinkle).

All Suzuki group ensemble classes meet on Saturdays for 28 weeks. 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 Suzuki Group Ensemble classes and private lessons.

New to Suzuki? Want to know what it's all about? Our Suzuki brochure can answer all those questions and more!

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Visit pg. 44-46 of our course catalog for information about NEC's Suzuki program and class levels.

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