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Suzuki Program

Suzuki Music Instruction is offered in piano, violin, viola, cello and guitar.

What is the Suzuki method?

The Suzuki method is based on the philosophy that every child has the potential to reach a high level of musicianship, and the learning process corresponds to the way a child assimilates language—through listening, imitation and practice. CSA’s comprehensive Suzuki program is nationally recognized, with 20 faculty members and 400 students.

  • Students begin between the ages of 4-6
  • Parent takes an initial Suzuki Parent Education course, attends all lessons/classes with the student, and supervises home practice
  • Initial emphasis is on auditory learning, position, technique, and tone, prior to introducing note-reading
  • Tuition includes a weekly 30 minute private lesson, along with a required repertoire musicianship class (for students through grade 8). The classes motivate through peer interaction and strengthen musicianship through performance, ear-training, theory and sight-reading
  • Students participate in concerts, festivals, and recitals held in Conservatory performance venues
  • Students begin at a young age 
  • Parents play an active role in the learning process
  • Listening and auditory learning are emphasized prior to note-reading
  • Technique is taught in the context of each piece
  • Pieces are refined through constant review
  • Students perform frequently

Beginning Suzuki students should be able to:

  • Listen attentively to an adult read an age-appropriate book
  • Follow short instructions cooperatively
  • Stay on-task with a hands-on activity for 15 minutes

Early Childhood Music classes prepare your child for private lessons, and are recommended by CSA faculty. CSA's comprehensive, multi-age Early Childhood Music program develops aural skills, motor coordination and self control while instilling a lifelong love of music. CSA's Early Childhood Music program begins at 6 months old.

Suzuki Little Stars classes offer beginning Suzuki lessons in a small group setting (4-6 students).

Steps to Enroll

After submitting registration materials, you will be contacted for placement with a teacher.

  1. Observe two lessons 
    Pre-taped observations links:
    Suzuki Early Cello Lesson >> 
    Suzuki Early Piano Lesson >>
    Suzuki Early Violin Lesson >>
    Suzuki Intermediate Piano Lesson >>
    Suzuki Advanced Piano Lesson >>
    Suzuki Intermediate/Advanced Strings Lesson >>
  2. Register 
    Complete the registration form (pdf) and submit with $35 registration fee to the CSA office.
  3. Prepare to purchase/rent an instrument  
    For piano students, a non-electric piano is required. String and guitar students must be measured by their teacher prior to purchasing/renting an instrument. 
  4. Purchase the following:
    - Suzuki Volume 1 CD + Book
    - Nurtured by Love by S. Suzuki
    - To Learn with Love by W. Starr Available at Wheaton College Bookstore or online booksellers
  5. Take the required  Course 
    Cost: $40 (includes materials). Registration in Suzuki will automatically enroll a parent into the Parent Education Course.  A Suzuki Parent Education binder will be distributed at the first lesson. which includes the Fall semester date for the course. 

Tuition

Private Lessons (pre K-gr 8)
Tuition includes required group class
30 min/15 weeks | $670*
45 min/15 weeks | $943*
60 min/15 weeks | $1,215*
75 min/15 weeks | $1,490*

Private Lessons (gr 8-adult)
30 min/15 weeks | $595*
45 min/15 weeks | $868*
60 min/15 weeks | $1,140*
75 min/15 weeks | $1,415*

*A $40/semester Events Fee applies to all private lesson students to cover administrative and production costs of concerts, festivals, and studio recitals.  

Suzuki Association of the Americas