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Suzuki Program

The Suzuki program currently offers instruction in Violin, Cello and Guitar for students as young as age 4. Beginners’ classes are offered in the fall semester. Please call 860-486-1073 to discuss enrollment.

The Suzuki approach differs from traditional methods of teaching instrumental music because the student begins training at an early age, and a parent is involved in the lessons and practices with the student at home. Although not every student starts at a young age, it is highly recommended. Listening to recordings, group classes and the belief that “every child can” just as every child learns to speak a language, are the key components to this highly sought-after method. The goal is to develop the whole child, to help unfold his or her natural potential to learn, and to become a good and happy person. The purpose of Suzuki training is not to produce great artists, but to help every child find the joy that comes through music.

 

Highlights of the Suzuki method include:

  • Beginning as early as possible. The Community School of the Arts begins Suzuki Violin and Guitar lessons as early as age 4.
  • Moving in small steps. Each child progresses at his/her own pace. Mastery of each new technique gives students a sense of success and builds enthusiasm and confidence.
  • A parent attends all lessons and group classes. Because the parent plays the role of teacher at home during practice sessions, it is important for him/her to feel secure with the material and the learning process.
  • Listening to recordings. Daily listening to the Suzuki repertoire is paramount to the success of the student. The more a student listens to the material, the more quickly he or she learns. This is a basic tenet of Dr. Suzuki’s Mother-tongue method of learning, whether it be a language or music.
  • Ear Training. Just as we teach children to read after they learn to speak, the Suzuki approach postpones music reading until after the student is already playing music. This keeps the focus of learning on sound, tone, intonation, phrasing, technique, and developing a strong ear for music.
  • Group Lessons. In addition to private lessons, group classes based on experience offer valuable aids to motivation for our students in the Suzuki Program. Children learn from advanced students and from peers, often as much as from direct contact with an adult instructor.

Pre-Semester Requirements for New Suzuki Parents

All parents interested in enrolling their child in the Community School’s Suzuki Program must call 860-486-1073 to be placed. Prior to scheduling lessons, parents will:

  • complete three observations (two private lessons and one group class);
  • read “Nurtured by Love” by Shinichi Suzuki;
  • read “To Learn With Love” by William and Constance Starr
  • read through CSA Parent Packet
  • and purchase Volume 1 book and CD

Fees

Fees for the Suzuki program are the same as those for the traditional private lessons, plus a $15/week fee for participation in group.

Lesson Length Cost per Lesson Fall Session (14 weeks) Winter/Spring Session (18 weeks)
1/2 hour weekly $30 $420 $540
3/4 hour weekly $41 $574 $738
1 hour weekly $54 $756 $972
Group fee $15 $210 $270