Suzuki Strings

Our Program

Dr. Shinichi 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.

A letter from our Suzuki Director

Dear Suzuki program families,

I’m pleased to announce our '18-19 theme, “Sharing our work, showing our growth.” Throughout the year, we’ll explore what it means for musicians to share their work, especially through collaborative work and performances. Many of our special events for the year celebrate our theme, as you’ll notice on the ’18-19 Suzuki Program Events list.

Please plan to attend the Parent Meeting on Saturday, Sept. 29th, 1:30pm in the Recital Hall. Suzuki faculty will discuss in detail the opportunities available this year, along with ways the year’s theme can inspire practice and listening at home.

Talk to your teacher about the 10 Performance Challenge. Details about the challenge will also be covered in the 9/29 parent meeting. General guidelines and worksheet are attached.

Add the year’s events to your calendar – see the events listing on the Resources page for Play-Togethers, String Fest, and other important dates.

You can always find the group class schedule on the SJSM website calendar page or on the pdf version of the ’18-19 calendar marked “SG.”

Looking forward to a great year,

Carlynn Savot

Components

Early start

Suzuki lessons are available to students as young as four years old. For aspiring string players under the age of four, please see our Suzuki Early Childhood Education information to learn more about early preparation and building a solid foundation for the study of an instrument.

Parent involvement

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 for 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 class builds a strong community

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

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 with the guidance of the teacher.

Positive environment

In lessons and group class, motivation is built on success. Challenges are broken down into manageable pieces, and each step is celebrated. Mirroring the process of language learning, this positive environment fosters the student’s ability to accomplish difficult goals.

Daily practice

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 of new skills.

Ongoing parent education

An initial parent orientation session plus occasional parent gatherings support work at home through the sharing of experiences and guidance from teachers.

Next Steps

Call us or send the contact form requesting a phone call or an in-person appointment and tour. We will be in touch with you

  • to answer any questions you have;
  • schedule opportunities for you to observe lessons and group classes;
  • talk about teacher matching and scheduling.

Resources

Group Class
Schedule

Get Started!

450 North Syndicate St.
Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55104
(651) 690-4364

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