THE SUZUKI PROGRAM
The Suzuki approach is based on the premise that all children learn music the same way they learn language. The idea is that if children have the ability to learn a language, they have the ability to become proficient on a musical instrument. In the beginning, learning music by ear is emphasized over reading music. This parallels language learning, where a child learns to speak before they learn to read. Children develop musical ability, gain the poise necessary for performance, and learn to read music notation as they progress.
Parent involvement plays a major role in this method. Parent and child attend the lessons, and the parent is expected to supervise daily practice.
Children are taught how to perform at an early age in the Suzuki style of learning. They perform frequently for their peers in group class or play-in to become comfortable in front of an audience. Children memorize each piece they learn and continue to review those pieces and new ones over time. The end result is that they possess a repertoire of music which they are able to perform at a moment's notice. Each piece grows in character and musicality as the child matures and develops. Self-confidence and poise grow and children develop self-esteem through their study of music.
The School of Performing Arts offers the Suzuki method in Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano.
Suzuki Violin, Viola and Cello (read on for piano)
Ages 3 and up
Young Suzuki Method beginners usually start with a 20 minute private lesson, and are encouraged to partner up with another beginner to form a learning group for their lesson. This creates a fun social environment, allows for healthy competition and motivation, and provides a learning opportunity for both child and parent as they watch the other child's lesson portion.
All students participate in a weekly group class which focuses on musicianship and ensemble skills, repertoire, reading, music theory, and music history.
Families are required to attend and participate in our parent meetings and play-ins, which usually occur twice a year.
Students will be placed by the instructor and observation of lessons is strongly encouraged before signing up. Please call (630)717-6622 and ask for Rebecca Sandrok to discuss placement of new students.
Group Classes meet on the day and time listed below. Students are placed in the appropriate level by their private teacher.
Pre-Twinkle Saturdays 9:30-10:15am (LC)
Early Book 1 Saturdays 10:15-11:00am (LC)
Late Book 1 Saturdays 11:00-12:00pm (LC)
Early Book 2 Saturdays 9:00-10:00am (KB)
Late Book 2 Saturdays 11:00-12:00pm (KB)
Book 3 Fridays 4:15-5:15pm (KB)
Cello Group Saturdays 11:00-12:00pm (JM)
Suzuki Strings Program Tuition
$505.50 / 18 wk semester - 20min Private + Large Group (45min)
$564 / 18 wk semester - 20min Private + Large Group (1 hr)
$670.50 / 18 wk semester - 30min Private + Large Group (45 min)
$729 / 18 wk semester - 30min Private + Large Group (1 hr)
$976.50 / 18 wk semester - 45 min Private + Large Group (1 hr)
$1224 / 18 wk semester - 60min Private + Large Group (1hr)
Ages 3 and up
Please call (630)717-6622 to discuss placement of new students and teacher availability
Students meet with their teacher once weekly and attend a monthly group class.
Suzuki Piano Program Tuition
30 minute private lesson + monthly group class $570 / 18 weeks
45 minute private lesson + monthly group class $817.50 / 18 weeks
60 minute private lesson + monthly group class $1065 / 18 weeks