Suzuki Strings Program | Webster University

Suzuki Strings Program



About the Suzuki Method 

Suzuki Saturday at the CMSThe Suzuki method of instruction is based on the philosophy and teaching of the late Japanese educator Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, in which young children learn to play the violin, viola and cello the same way they learn to speak – by listening, imitating and repeating sounds.  Just as children learn to read after they learn to speak, Suzuki students learn note-reading after developing aural skills and proper instrument posture. 

The Suzuki method creates a partnership among teacher, parent and child. The parent attends lessons and group classes with the child, learns to play the instrument and becomes the “home teacher.”  Community Music School Suzuki students listen to the recorded repertoire, attend weekly private lessons, semi-monthly group classes and spend time reviewing and polishing skills along with new material.

Suzuki Ensemble 

The Suzuki Ensemble is comprised of students who have advanced to the highest level of accomplishment in the Community Music School's Suzuki String Program.  The Suzuki Ensemble has performed in Missouri, Illinois, Ohio and Wisconsin, and in 2006 toured and performed in Europe.  The ensemble has performed in elementary schools, retirement communities, on television, at Powell Symphony Hall, the Fox Theatre with The Piano Guys, and with Time for Three. 

How to Get Started:

  1. Those seeking Suzuki instruction must contact the Community Music School to add their names to the orientation list. 
  2. Invitations to attend the parent orientation are mailed prior to Fall and Spring semesters. 
  3. The required three-session parent orientation, for which a fee is charged, is held once or twice per academic year and spread over three consecutive Saturdays. During that time, there are also lesson and group class observations.
  4. Following completion of the parent orientation, children are scheduled to begin lessons.  Tuition for new students is pro-rated for only the weeks following orientation. 

Youngest Beginning Age of Students
Violin & Viola:  4-6 years 
Cello:  5-7 years  

Lesson Length
30, 45 or 60 minutes per week; plus 2-hour group classes twice per month (no group classes during summer semester)

Length of Semester 
Fall and Spring:  18 weeks each
Summer: 6 weeks 

Session Dates
Fall 2019
New Student Orientation: Saturdays, September 14, 21, 28, 2019 
Semester Dates: August 17, 2019 (returning students) - January 8, 2020

Spring 2020
New Student Orientation: Saturdays, January 18, 25, February 8, 2020
Semester Dates: January 21 (returning students) - June 8, 2020

Students enrolled in Suzuki instruction will need their own instrument.  Because of the nature of Suzuki teaching, the parent will need his/her own violin or viola.  Cello parents will use their child's instrument.  To ensure proper size and quality, please do not rent or purchase an instrument until you have been placed in the program and have consulted with your child's teacher.  


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