Violin & Cello First Steps

Young Suzuki Violin Student

Suzuki Violin – Summer 2020

We’ll be emailing in spring 2021 to confirm when updates for summer 2021 are posted.

About Suzuki Violin First Steps

Summer First Steps provides an introduction to the Suzuki approach for violin or cello. For summer 2020, we are just offering violin classes.

  • Parent & child attend together as part of a small group class (in-person or online with zoom).
  • Children should be aged  4 1/2*,  5, 6 or 7 years old.
  • We’ll assist with instrument rental prior to our first start date.
  • In-Person or online to be confirmed by Wednesday, June 24th.

*Child must be at least 4 1/2 as of July 1st.

As of June 25, this class is on hold.  Interested?  Please email

Tuition & Registration for Suzuki First Steps

Tuition:  $162

You can choose to either:

  • Pay in full upon registration; or
  • Pre-Register and pay $10 to hold your space; with the remaining $152 charged automatically on June 26th.
    • If you pre-register with deposit, we’ll ask for your charge card to be on file and will automatically charge for the remaining tuition on June 26th.
    • If you pre-register with deposit and notify the office  at BEFORE June 26th that you have decided not to proceed, we will cancel final payment.

Deposits and follow-up payments or payment in full upon registration are non-refundable.

To register, click below and you will be directed to a web-based registration form (step 1); then, when you click ‘submit’ you will be redirected to the payment portal to complete registration (step 2) with deposit or tuition in full.

  • If you prefer to mail in check for payment, please complete step 1 and mail in check within two days of submitting your form.  Please note that your registration will be processed when payment is received.
First Steps Web Reg Form


The 6 week Summer Suzuki First Steps Program is a great way to assess your child’s readiness for school year instrument lessons.  We’ll be offering this program either in-person or online, as the situation requires.

The Suzuki Method is based on the philosophy that every child can learn to play a musical instrument. Suzuki’s approach is modeled after the way we learn to speak: through listening, imitation, repetition and refinement, and parental support.

The goal of our First Steps class is to get children excited about learning to play the violin.  We’ll also help child and parent experience some of the basics needed for learning how to play an instrument.  That includes developing small/fine motor skills needed for violin playing, helping children focus and follow directions, and offering guidance on beginning the habit of daily practice.  As part of our class meetings, families will become more closely acquainted with the Suzuki approach. As we enter weeks 5 and 6, you’ll have enough information to decide if you and your child are ready to join our more formal school year program.

Remote vs. In-Person for Summer First Steps

If we are unable to meet in person this summer, we will teach our small group classes by zoom.  Our focus will be a little different for the online program.  We’ll include weekly music games and activities designed to develop the ear, and build physical coordination and concentration.  We’ll have some sharing time so children can get to know other children in the class.

For online, we’ll also do a little hands-on with violins (not as much as if /when we are able to meet in-person) to include orientation of left hand vs right hand; exploring sound by plucking strings; and becoming acquainted with the violins “physical geography”.  We’ll address the finer skills involved in holding the instrument and playing first notes for when we can meet in person.

Summer First Steps Class Choices

Violin Schedule for 2020

Wednesdays in Worcester (6 weeks) at 10 Irving Street / All Saints or Remote (Determined by July 1st)
4:30-5:15 with Amy Matherly
Class Schedule:    7/8, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12


Thursdays in W. Boylston (6 weeks) or Remote (To be confirmed by July 1st)
4:30 – 5:15 with Madalyne Cross
Class Schedule:  7/9, 7/16, 7/23 (no class 7/30), 8/6, 8/13, 8/20

Need a Student Size Violin or Cello?

We will assist in connecting you with Johnson String Instrument prior to class start date.

Registered parents will receive information in advance regarding instrument rental.

Need to Miss a Week or Two?

If you have to miss one or two weeks of group class as part of the quick start program, we will ask that you sign up for a 30 minute private lesson at the current per lesson tuition rate in order that the teacher can keep you on track with your group.

Please email Amy Matherly, program coordinator, at upon registration or tell your teacher during week one that you have to miss a class. Your teacher will work with you to find a private lesson time (before or after your week of absence).

School Year vs. Summer

The school year Suzuki program includes both a weekly private lesson and group class.  The summer First Steps program is an introductory group class.

Visit our Suzuki Program page for more information about the School year Suzuki program.

First Steps Faculty for Suzuki Violin & Cello

Both Amy Matherly and Madalyne Cross have current and extensive Suzuki Association of the Americas registered training in the Suzuki approach.  Both have taught the Suzuki method for well over 10 years.

About Amy Matherly

In 2012, Amy became a Suzuki Association of the Americas Teacher Trainer and was awarded an SAA Certificate of Achievement. In addition to teaching, she has published many articles and method books about Suzuki teaching, music reading and fiddling. She has been a Pakachoag faculty member since 2009 and is the coordinator of the Pakachoag Suzuki program.

About Madalyne Cross

Madalyne Cross joined the Pakachoag faculty in 2015.  Madalyne holds a BM degree from New York University under the direction of Stephanie Baer and a MM with an emphasis in Suzuki Pedagogy from the Hartt School where she studied viola with Rita Porfiris and Suzuki Pedagogy with Teri Einfeldt.

Read more about our First Steps teachers via the links below.

Amy Matherly, Suzuki Program Coordinator, Violin
Madalyne Cross, Violin

Learn more about the Suzuki Method by visiting the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Other Summer Suzuki Offerings

Our Summer Suzuki Program also includes two other choices according to your level:

  1. Summer Suzuki Let’s Play Camp.
    For students playing in Suzuki Books 1 or 2.
    Learn More

2. Summer Fiddle Band.  For intermediate to advancing violinists.
Learn More

We also offer private lessons with Suzuki trained string teachers (or non-suzuki/traditional teachers), as space and schedules permit.