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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 creates a close relationship between the child, parent, and teacher. The parent is not only present at all classes and lessons but is also 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 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. Group class assignments are for the year. Class descriptions are given below.

Beginning Suzuki students are also  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

All Suzuki group classes meet on Saturday.

2018-19 **subject to change

9:15-10:00

10:15-11:00

11:00-11:45

Cello Dupre Ensemble

Bk 2B-3

Cello Casals Ensemble

Bk 1B-2A

Cello Rostropovich Ensemble Bk 1A

Violin/Viola Suzuki Ensemble

Pre-Twinkle

Violin Kreisler Ensemble

Book 2A

Violin Milstein Ensemble

Bk 1B

Cello Suzuki Ensemble

Pre-Twinkle

Viola Primrose Ensemble

Book 2

Viola Fuchs Ensemble

Book 1

Violin Heifetz Ensemble

Book 4

Violin Paganini Ensemble

Bk 2B-3

Violin DeLay Ensemble

Book 1A

 

Cello Suzuki Ensemble (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 6-8 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 Book, Vol. 1, revised edition. Eurhythmics is highly recommended for all beginners.
 

Cello Rostropovich Ensemble (Book 1A)
For students in Book 1 who have completed all Twinkle Variations and working on French Folk Song through Rigadoon at the beginning of the fall. Eurhythmics is recommended for all students at this level.
 

Cello Casals Ensemble (Book 1B-2A)
This class is for students who are working are working on Happy Farmer (the 15th piece in book 1) through March in G (8th piece in book 2) at the beginning of the fall. Advanced Eurhythmics, Beginning theory, and Chorus are recommended at this level.
 

Cello DuPre Ensemble (Book 2B-3)
For students in Book 2 who have completed Witches Dance (the 9th piece in book 2) through the end of Book 3 at the beginning of the fall. Music theory class is recommended at this level.
 

Violin Suzuki Ensemble (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 6-8 classes are for the parents only; parents will be learning about 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 violin, and come to classes with the Suzuki Violin Book l, Vol. 1, revised edition. Eurhythmics is highly recommended for all beginners.
 

Violin DeLay Ensemble (Book 1A)
For students in Book 1 who have completed the Twinkle Variations and are working on Lightly Row through Perpetual Motion (the 9th piece in Book 1) at the beginning of the fall semester. Eurhythmics is recommended for all students at this level.
 

Violin Milstein Ensemble (Book 1B)
This class is for students who are working on Allegretto (the 10th piece in book 1) through the Happy Farmer (the 16th piece in Book 1) at the beginning of the fall semester. Eurhythmics and/or Chorus are recommended for all students at this level.
 

Violin Kreisler Ensemble (Book 2A)
This class is for students who are working on Gossec Gavotte (the 17th piece in Book 1) through Gavotte from Mignon (the 9th piece in Book 2) at the beginning of the fall semester. Advanced Eurhythmics, Chorus and/or Orchestra are all recommended at this level.
 

Violin Paganini Ensemble (Book 2B/3)
This class is for students working on Lully Gavotte (the 10th piece in Book 2) through Book 3 at the beginning of the fall semester. Orchestra and beginning theory are recommended at this level.

 

Violin Heifetz Ensemble (Book 4)
This class is for students working on Bach Bourree in Book 3 (last piece in Book 3) and pieces in Book 4 at the beginning of the fall semester. Orchestra and beginning theory are recommended at this level.
 

Viola Suzuki Ensemble (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 6-8 classes are for the parents only; parents will be learning about 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 viola, and come to classes with the Suzuki Viola Book, Vol. 1, revised edition. Eurhythmics is highly recommended for all beginners.
 

Viola Fuchs Ensemble
This class is for violists in Book 1 at the beginning of the fall semester. Eurhythmics and Chorus are recommended at this level.
 

Viola Primrose Ensemble
This class is for violists in Book 2 and up at the beginning of the fall semester. Eurhythmics, Chorus and/or Orchestra 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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