This violin program is built on the basic philosophy of the Suzuki Method, which is that all children can learn to play beautifully in a nurturing environment, and that talent can be taught and is not necessarily innate. The Suzuki Method was designed by Shinichi Suzuki, a violin teacher in Japan, who thought that music could most effectively be taught in the same way that language is learned. The child's environment is filled with the music they are to be learning. Technique and repertoire is broken down into small steps which are mastered, reviewed, and added to. Children participate in group classes so that they are a part of a bigger community of growing musicians.
Students receive 40 private lessons, 20 group lessons, and participate in a variety of events and concerts over the course of the year.
Parents attend and take notes during private lessons so that they can act as home teachers and can coach their children through daily home practice. Parents play a recording of the pieces being learned daily so the student not only learns music by ear, but also develops a strong sense of pitch, rhythm, pulse, and musicality. Note reading is introduced in Book 1 so that students are also receiving a strong foundation of sight reading. Sight reading is an imperative skill for learning more advanced repertoire, and for playing in orchestras and chamber ensembles.
Group class is where community begins, and creates a current of inspiration that pulls students steadily forward. It is also the place where students hone their collective performance skills so that they can deliver polished performances to a variety of audiences. Group class participation is an essential part of our Suzuki Studies program.
Group class is held on alternating Friday evenings from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at Saint Clements Episcopal Church (1501 31st Avenue South, 98144). Students from later books are encouraged to participate in earlier class levels in order to apply more advanced techniques to already mastered repertoire, as well as to prepare for upcoming concerts. The group class schedule is as follows:
6:30-7:00: Book 1
7:00-7:50: Books 2-4
8:00-8:30: Books 5-6
8:30-9:00: Books 7-10+
Annual tuition is due in September or may be divided into 12 equal payments paid at the beginning of each month. There is additionally a one time annual eve fee of $100 per child.
Tuition for a 60 minute lesson time slot, including group class, is $3,780, or monthly payments of $315.
Tuition for a 45 minute lesson time slot, including group class, is $2,832, or monthly payments of $236.
Tuition for a 30 minute lesson time slot, including group class, is $1,896, or monthly payments of $158.