The Suzuki Program for violin, viola, cello & piano is based on the teachings of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, the Japanese founder of the "Mother Tongue" methods of music education. His belief is that children have the ability to learn a musical instrument in much the same way that they learn to speak their mother tongue. The children begin their musical training at a early age-3 and up-guided by two principals:
1) Musical talent is not inborn.
2) All children can learn music if the proper environment is created and the child's abilities are further nurtured and trained
The Suzuki Program is a distinguished music education program. It offers expert instruction on the violin, viola, cello and piano, along with a full array of musical experiences to provide a comprehensive musical education.

Group classes for ages 3-12
Depending on age and ability level, the student will participate weekly in several group classes including:

• Group Violin, Viola, Cello Instrument Lessons
Training is offered for beginning and intermediate students on a once-a-week basis. Eight to twelve students are assigned to groups based on age and skills level (30 to 45 minute lessons)

• Private Lessons

Students enrolled in group classes receive the fundamentals of their instrument instruction in private lessons. Lesson length varies from 25 to 60 minutes. The learning and skills acquired in private lessons are reviewed and enhanced through participation in group classes.

Piano Master Classes
The four Master Classes offered each semester give students more experience in the art of performance, as well as acquiring audience communication skills and more stimulation to practice work. (60 minutes each)

• Basic Musicianship
All beginning instrumental students participate in Rhythm and Movement classes. Children are introduced to basic concepts of musicianship: singing, listening and movement. This is an excellent class for the development of musical and social skills.(30 minutes per lesson)

• Solfege and Music Theory
The reading, writing and voicing of musical notation forms the basis of this curriculum. The reading includes: rhythm, melodic and harmonic intervals, triads, chords, and 1-2-3-4 voice melodic and harmonic dictation. This ear training leads to music literacy. Solfege is a method of sight singing using vocalization (30 to 45 minute sessions)

Note: Students may register separately for "Basic Musicianship" and "Solfege and Music Theory" classes. The program also offers a separate class in Rhythm and Movement for the very young, ages 2-4 as an introduction to music prior to their enrollment in the instrumental program.

• Ensemble
This class is designed to develop skills in sight reading and conducting. It includes rhythmic training and experience in playing music for three of four parts by a variety of composers. Admission to this class is based on the students level of skills. (45 minutes per session)

• The Beginners Orchestra
Students 8 years old and up who play at an intermediate level are offered the unique experience of an early orchestral training experience.
Both orchestras perform concerts each year.

• The Intermediate Orchestra
Students 11 years old and up who play at an advanced level are exposed to a detailed and high quality orchestral training experience.

Both orchestras perform concerts each year.

• The Viola Class
This class is especially designed to train violinists, playing at an intermediate and advanced level, to develop skills in reading the viola clef and learning to play the instrument. Besides gaining knowledge of another instrument, it increases the student's chances for acceptance to prestigious colleges and universities.

All students must be registered for both private and group lessons. Arrangements for private lessons are made directly with Suzuki Program director, Mrs. Nicole DiCecco.