Magdalena Richter, Strings Department Chair

We welcome students beginning at the age of four to begin their musical studies at NEC Prep. For our youngest students interested in learning a string instrument, we have a few options. Students can begin taking regular private lessons under the traditional strings method or can choose to enroll in our Suzuki strings program. The decision to begin with traditional private lessons versus Suzuki is a personal choice. There is no right or wrong answer; it is important to find the best fit your child and your family.

To learn how to get involved and for help in deciding which route is right for you, please contact the Prep office. You will also find some helpful materials below. We encourage young students who are undecided between Suzuki vs. Traditional to sign up for the Traditional Strings placement meeting with Magdalena Richter, Strings Department Faculty Chair.

String Private Lessons

Private instruction is the foundation of a sound musical education and we welcome our youngest students to begin their private study at NEC Prep. At NEC Prep, the depth, expertise, and diversity of our faculty assure a great match for our students' individual needs. A unique feature of our private lesson program is that it includes the opportunity to participate in workshops, recitals, and evaluations, which gives every student valuable performance experience and feedback from a variety of teachers.

Private lessons of 30, 45, and 60 minutes are offered for students of all levels (including beginners!). Prospective string students must set up a placement with Magdalena Richter, String Department Chair, who will advise each student regarding an appropriate studio teacher placement and path of study. Please fill out the placement form below or contact the Prep office.

For information on how to get started, please click here. Private lessons can begin at any time during the school year.


Suzuki Strings Program

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.

Learn more about Suzuki classes

Recommended Classes by Age

Strings Ages 4-7


Strings Ages 8-11