Beginning in Fall 2017, Suzuki String Program tuition will be all-inclusive and cover the full ’17-18 school year (September to early June). Because of the long-term vision for each student’s learning, families should plan for a full school-year commitment to the program.
For information on Suzuki flute or Suzuki piano lessons, please call us at 651-690-4364.
Payment options: Year-long tuition may be paid through monthly automatic billing (September – May), invoiced on the regular quarterly term schedule, or paid in advance for the full year.
2017-2018 SUZUKI STRINGS PROGRAM TUITION
The Suzuki Program enrollment includes weekly private lesson (30, 45, or 60 min), group classes, parent education,
Suzuki library,Play-Togethers, and String Fest.
can be paid in full year, per term, or per month (9 months, Sept-May):
Full year 30-min level: $1540 ($385 per term / $171 per month)
Full year 45-min level: $2080 ($520 per term / $231 per month)
Full year 60-min level: $2600 ($650 per term / $289 per month)
Violin group classes – available on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings in ’17-18.
Cello group classes – will be scheduled either on Monday or Wednesday evenings with enrolled families.
final group schedule is determined by enrollment- please check back
II. The Suzuki Philosophy
Dr. Suzuki believed that every child can be taught to accomplish challenging tasks, based on his observation that all children learn their native language. Sometimes called the mother-tongue method, the Suzuki approach draws on components of language learning, including active parent involvement, a daily listening routine, and the creation of a positive learning environment.
Through dedicated work in a nurturing environment, students build skills to achieve challenging goals (both musical and non-musical!) and develop character qualities like empathy and confidence.
Dr. Suzuki’s wish was to build noble hearts. As parents and teachers, we can help our students accomplish that goal through music.
Children learn best with great support, and in the Suzuki method, much of that support comes from a parent. The practice parent attends all lessons with the child and then becomes the teacher in home practice. One of the benefits of the Suzuki approach is fostering a working relationship between child and parent that provides an opportunity for the parent to observe and directly participate in the child’s musical learning and development.
Group lessons support and enhance the work done in private lessons. Through cooperative work, students help and motivate each other in their progress. They build ensemble and teamwork skills from a young age.
Listening is a foundation of the Suzuki approach. By listening daily to the reference recordings, the child learns by internalizing the model of tone first and then discovering how to create a beautiful tone herself, with the guidance of the teacher.
In lessons and group class, motivation is built on success. Challenges are broken down into manageable pieces, and each step is celebrated. Mirroring language learning, this positive environment fosters the student’s ability to accomplish difficult goals.
A daily commitment to practicing at home is crucial to a student’s success and motivation. Through diligent daily work on manageable challenges, students can achieve mastery at a high level of excellence.
Ongoing parent education
An initial parent orientation session (new this year!) plus occasional parent gatherings support work at home through sharing experiences among parents and tips from teachers.
Suzuki lessons are available to students as young as four years old. For aspiring string players under the age of four, please visit https://suzukieceminnesota.wordpress.com/
to learn more about our Suzuki Early Childhood Education offerings that prepare skills to be used in instrumental study.