About the Suzuki Method

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Creating a successful teacher/student relationship is very important to us. Our faculty members have many specializations, diverse talents, teaching styles and personalities. The more we know about the way you or your child learns, personal goals and interests, the more likely that we will create a lasting and rewarding partnership.

Your first step is to fill out the profile form. The Music School Registrar will receive your form, and after careful review, a member of our admissions team will contact you to discuss placement with a Music School faculty member.

About the Suzuki Method

Children all over the world have their first musical experience through the Suzuki Method. Developed by the late Japanese teacher Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, the method uses the “mother tongue” approach to learning, based on the ease with which young children learn to speak their language. Dr. Suzuki discovered that these same principles apply when teaching young children to become fine musicians. Suzuki lessons focus on ear-training, developing good instrumental technique and producing a beautiful tone.

After these fundamental skills are established, and when the young child is old enough to read words, we introduce step-by-step music reading. The Suzuki approach stresses a balanced, triangular relationship with the teacher, the parent and the student. This marvelous early childhood approach helps parents create positive musical environments in their homes and guides them in their daily schedule as they help their children learn to play an instrument.

Group Class is an integral part of the Suzuki Program, along with Private Lessons. Group Classes meet weekly, develop ensemble skills, musical literacy skills, and provide a community of peers that is critical to every child's success in the Suzuki Method. Once a teacher has determined that any student has developed enough playing skill to participate in Group Class, it is a required part of the Suzuki Program and students must participate if they wish to take Private Lessons with any registered Suzuki instructor

Suzuki Focus

  • Suzuki lessons focus on ear-training, technique and beautiful tone.
  • When the student has developed solid fundamental playing skills music reading may be introduced.
  • The Suzuki approach stresses a balanced, triangular relationship with the teacher, parent and student.

There are four components of our Suzuki Program:

New families are asked to observe both a private lesson and a group class in their area, or areas, of interest before entering the program.
In this course parents will gain a thorough understanding of the Suzuki philosophy and method of instrumental music teaching.
Private lessons focus on developing good playing posture, tone, technique and expression.
Group Classes
Develop ensemble playing, a review of repertoire, ear-training, singing and rhythm activities; music reading and music games.

Suzuki Sampler

For Younger Children

Dr. Shinichi Suzuki believed that all children possess the ability to learn music and that, if supported in a nurturing home environment, that ability could be developed to a very high level in every child, by every family. The idea of “Talent Education” maintains that musical knowledge and skills can be taught in the same way parents teach their children language—by taking small, manageable steps, and keeping a positive outlook throughout the lifelong learning process. The “mother tongue” approach to learning, based on the ease with which we all learn to speak, is most effective when children are young and most flexible in mind, body and spirit.

Suzuki Sampler is highly recommended for parents of younger children (ages 3-5) who have little or no knowledge of the Suzuki Method and whose children have not expressed interest in a particular instrument. Parents will attend an Introductory Class, which will provide a background in Suzuki philosophy, Suzuki program structure at the RI Philharmonic and outline home teaching strategies. Practical application of the Suzuki method will be demonstrated by our Suzuki instructors; using games, child-friendly activities and limited hands-on demonstration, we will introduce young children to a different instrument each subsequent week—violin, cello, piano, and guitar.

FIRST CLASS Saturday, January 13
SCHEDULE 45min • 12 weeks
TIME Saturdays; 12pm
LOCATION Carter Center
TUITION $222 (including $55.50 deposit)
FIRST CLASS Saturday, September 28
SCHEDULE 45min • 9 weeks (no class on 10/12)
TIME Saturdays; 12pm
LOCATION Carter Center
TUITION $184.00
FIRST CLASS Saturday, March 28
SCHEDULE 45min • 8 weeks (no class on 4/11 & 5/23)
TIME Saturdays; 12pm
LOCATION Carter Center
TUITION $184.00

Every Child Can! An Introduction to Suzuki Education ©

This course was created by the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) to provide a background in the philosophy and method of instrumental music instruction for children pioneered by Japanese violin pedagogue Shinichi Suzuki (1898-1998). The course is open to music teachers, college music students and parents whose children study music using the Suzuki Method, and is presented as a one day, six-hour class. It is not specific to one instrument, but provides a general introduction to the Suzuki Method for all instruments. This course is the required first step for anyone who wishes to become a Suzuki teacher, but it is also valuable to anyone interested in music education for young children.

We offer Suzuki Lessons & Classes for Violin, Guitar, Piano and Flute.
The Suzuki Method is ideal for children ages 4-9.

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