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Suzuki

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
Laura Williamson, violin/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 class based on repertoire level. Parents are required to attend and participate in the group classes.

The group 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.

Schedule

ClassLevelTime
Violin Group APre-Twinkle9:15-10:00 AM
Violin Group BBook 1A11:00-11:45 AM
Violin Group CBook 1B11:00-11:45 AM
Violin Group DBook 2/310:15-11:00 AM
Violin Group EBook 3/49:15-10:00 AM
   
Viola Group A*Pre-Twinkle9:15-10:00 AM
Viola Group BBook 1 & 210:15-11:00 AM
   
Cello Group APre-Twinkle/Beginner9:15-10:00 AM
Cello Group BBook 1A11:00-11:45 AM
Cello Group CBook 2/310:15-11:00 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.

Please see below for a detailed description for each of our group ensemble classes.

VIOLIN GROUP A or PRE-TWINKLE/TWINKLE: This class is for beginning Suzuki students and the practicing parent. It is a very important stage for students and parents to learn to work together, as well as layer the foundation for setting up proper technique completely before playing songs. Students will work on beginning foundational steps and cover the Twinkle variations and Twinkle Theme over the course of the year. The first 8 classes are for the parents only; parents will be learning about the Suzuki philosophy and learning to play the Twinkle Variations and Theme. *Eurhythmics is highly recommended for all beginners.

VIOLIN GROUP B or BOOK 1A: For students in Book 1 who have completed the Twinkle Variations and are working on Lightly Row through Andantino at the beginning of the fall semester. (Andantino is the 11th piece in Suzuki Book 1.) *Eurhythmics is recommended for all students at this level.

VIOLIN GROUP C OR BOOK 1B/2: This class is for students who are working on Etude (the 12th piece in book 1) through Gossec (the 1st piece in Book 2) at the beginning of the fall semester. *Eurhythmics and/or Chorus are recommended for all students at this level.

VIOLIN GROUP D OR BOOK 2/3: This class is for students who are working on Chorus (the 1st piece in Book 2) through Martini (the first piece in Book 3) at the beginning of the fall semester. *Advanced Eurhythmics, Chorus and/or Orchestra are all recommended at this level.

VIOLIN GROUP E OR BOOK 3/4: This class is for students working on pieces in Book 3 and 4 at the beginning of the fall semester.*Orchestra and beginning theory are recommended at this level.

VIOLA GROUP A or PRE-TWINKLE/TWINKLE: This class is for beginning Suzuki students and the practicing parent. It is a very important stage for students and parents to learn to work together, as well as layer the foundation for setting up proper technique completely before playing songs. Students will work on beginning foundational steps and cover the Twinkle variations and Twinkle Theme over the course of the year. The first 8 classes are for the parents only; parents will be learning about the Suzuki philosophy and learning to play the Twinkle Variations and Theme. (Up in the air how many classes the parents will do...in the past NEC has done 3 classes at the beginning of the year for parents).*This class meets with the beginner violin class for the first year.*Eurhythmics is highly recommended for all beginners.

VIOLA GROUP B: This class is for violists in books 1-3 at the beginning of the fall semester. *Eurhythmics, Chorus and/or Orchestra are recommended at this level.

Cello Group A PRE-TWINKLE/TWINKLE: This class is for beginning students who have never played the cello before.  It is a very important stage for students and practicing parent to learn to work together, as well as layer the foundation for setting up proper technique completely before playing songs.  Students will work on beginning foundation steps and cover the Twinkle Variations and Theme over the course of the year. The first 8 classes are for the parents only; parents will be learning the Suzuki philosophy and learning to play the Twinkle Variations and Theme.  Parents are required to read Nurtured by Love by S. Suzuki,  rent a full size cello, and come to classes with the Suzuki Cello School, Vol.1 book. *Eurhythmics is highly recommended for all beginners.

Cello Group B OR BOOK 1: For students in Book 1 who have completed the Twinkle Variations and are working on Lightly Row through Minuet No.2 (last piece in Book 1) at the beginning of the fall.  *Eurhythmics is recommended for all students at this level.

Cello Group C OR BOOK 2-3: This class is for  students who are working on Long Long ago Theme and Variation (the 1st piece in book 2) through Allegro Moderato  (the end of the book 3) at the beginning of the fall. *Advanced Eurhythmics, Beginning theory, and Chorus are recommended at this level.  

 

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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