Suzuki Strings Program
COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL
About the Suzuki Method
The 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
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.
The Suzuki Workshop Weekend is an intensive, two-day workshop for Suzuki violin and cello students 4 years old and up that brings nationally recognized teachers and clinicians to the Community Music School. The workshop involves small, medium, and large group classes, a guest recital, and a final group concert. In addition, all students have the opportunity to learn from others through scheduled observation time. Advanced violinists have special opportunities, including an optional master class with a visiting guest artist. Fees for the biennial Suzuki Workshop Weekend are included in the Fall/Spring tuition. The Community Music School will host the 2016 workshop in March 2016.
The Suzuki Ensemble is comprised of students who have advanced to the highest level of accomplishment in the Community Music School 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 Hall, and most recently with the Piano Guys at the Fox Theatre.
How to Get Started:
- Those seeking Suzuki instruction must contact the Community Music School to add their names to the orientation list.
- Call: (314) 968-5939
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Youngest Beginning Age of Students
Violin: 4-6 years
Cello: 5-7 years
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
New Student Orientation: Saturdays, September 19, 26, October 3, 2015
Semester Dates: August 15, 2015 (returning students) - January 9, 2016
New Student Orientation: Saturdays, January 16, 23, 30, 2016
Semester Dates: January 19 (returning students) - May 27, 2016 (plus June 2 for Thursday lessons, June 4 for Saturday lessons, and June 6 for Monday lessons)
June 18 - August 1, 2016
Summer session is for returning students only.
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. 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.
Find out more:
- Tuition Rates & Fees
- Financial Assistance & Scholarships
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- Questions? Call (314) 968-5939 or email email@example.com
Resources for Current Suzuki Students:
- Individual Lessons
- Suzuki Strings Program
- Kindermusik & Young Years Music Program
- Orchestras and Ensembles
- Music Today
- Preparatory Program
- Summer Music Programs
- Young Composers Competition
- 90th Anniversary Celebration
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