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Pre-College: Suzuki Instruction

Suzuki instruction is offered in violin, viola, cello, bass, piano, flute, guitar, percussion, trumpet, and voice. A Suzuki-inspired aural/reading option is also offered for percussion. Developed in the 1950’s by Japanese educator Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, the Suzuki pedagogical approach is based on the premise that talent can be developed and nurtured in any child. Students may start the program at the following ages: four years (violin, viola, cello, guitar), five years (flute, bass, voice), six years (piano & percussion).

The Suzuki program includes weekly individual lessons, required group classes, and quarterly recitals. The group classes focus on performance, stage presence, ensemble skills, and music reading concepts. Students must provide their own instruments. A traditional acoustic ​piano (non-digital) is required for Suzuki piano students. Parents actively participate in the educational process by attending all individual lessons and group classes, keeping track of performance goals, and supervising at-home preparation and practice. A cooperative relationship between teacher, parent, and student is essential for a successful early experience. 

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Tuition for Individual Instruction: 

Spring 2024

30-minute weekly 
45-minute weekly$73.50/lesson
60-minute weekly$88/lesson​

​The Suzuki program includes:

  • Weekly individual instruction
    (technique, musicianship, and note reading at child's readiness)
  • Group classes
  • Performance opportunities

Tuition for Suzuki Piano Program:   

(Weekly individual lessons + four group classes) 
Spring 2024
11 weeks
30-minute weekly 
45-minute weekly $866.50
60-minute weekly $1026.00

*Please note: The Suzuki Piano Program includes a $58 group fee during the academic year.

Tuition for Suzuki Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Flute & Guitar Programs:    

(Weekly individual lessons + eight group classes)                                                 
Spring 2024
​11 weeks
30-minute weekly
45-minute weekly $898.50
60-minute weekly $1058.00

*Please note: The Suzuki Violin, Viola, Cello, Flute and Guitar Programs include a $90 group fee.

Tuition for Percussion and Suzuki Voice Lessons:

Spring 2024
11 weeks
30-minute weekly $51/lesson
45-minute weekly
60-minute weekly