Suzuki Department - Core Philosophy
|Suzuki Department Chair - George Little|
The Conservatory offers Suzuki method instruction in violin, viola, cello, flute, guitar, piano, and bass for students age three years and up. The Suzuki method, also called the "Mother Tongue" method, is modeled on the way children learn language. The method's philosophy is based on the belief that talent is not inherited but nurtured within a child's environment. The instruction, which includes both parent and child, engages the entire family in the development of the child's natural potential to learn and become a happy and productive person and musician.
Students may start lessons on violin, viola, cello, flute, guitar, and bass as young as age three.
Our lesson prices are based on two 17-week semesters.
Prices below are for the 2015-2016 academic year.
|Private Lesson||Group class|
|17 weeks||34 weeks||17 weeks||34 weeks|
Students will be placed in an appropriate group class by their instructor. Placement is based on age, ability and instrument.
- There is a significant amount of parental involvement in the Suzuki method
- Suzuki students learn by ear and by rote
- Suzuki students are required to attend weekly group classes in addition to weekly private lessons
The biggest factors that determine whether or not the Suzuki method is the right choice for a student are:
- Age: Is your child younger than 7 years old? SSC invites students under age 7 to consider Suzuki lessons. The Suzuki method is the only option for students age 3 and 4. Students age 7 and up should consider traditional lessons unless their family is committed strongly to the Suzuki philosophy.
- Parent Involvement: With the Suzuki Method, parents are expected to attend lessons and help their child practice at home. Due to their young age it is unrealistic to expect effective learning to take place at home if the student practices independently. Parents do not need prior music experience themselves and will receive all the information they need in the lesson from the teacher. If possible, the same parent should attend each lesson. Parents whose schedules prevent them from participating in weekly lessons and daily practice sessions should consider traditional lessons if the student is old enough.
- Instrument Choice: Suzuki is offered for all strings (including Bass), guitar, flute and piano. Traditional lessons are the only option for all other instruments.
- The Suzuki Method is a nurturing approach and makes learning an instrument easy by using small, incremental steps to establish proper technique.
- Suzuki instruction focuses on learning by ear which helps establish a student’s musicianship at an early age making music a more naturally integrated skill.
- With Suzuki, students can start younger which provides the maximum benefits of early music instruction including improved academic performance and creativity as well as establishing behavioral and discipline patterns that can contribute to well-rounded development.
- SSC’s Suzuki program incorporates regular classes and multiple performances through the school year which allows opportunities for students to become comfortable on stage in groups and as soloists.
Parents wishing to enroll their child in the Suzuki Program must observe both a private and a group Suzuki lesson before registering and must attend a parent orientation meeting with the Suzuki Department Chair before their child begins lessons. To begin the enrollment process, please fill out the online student profile form.
Basic Musicianship Workshops
Students enrolled in Private Lessons or Suzuki Instruction are eligible to attend Basic Musicianship Workshops.
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violin and viola
|Susanna Johnson, violin||George Little
cello & bass
|Cynthia Weller viola||Lauren Whittaker
Financial aid is available for those who can document financial need.
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