Violin & Cello First Steps

Young Suzuki Violin Student

Suzuki Violin & Cello – Summer 2020

Suzuki Violin & Cello Summer Program Overview

Here, you can learn about the Summer First Steps program for beginning violin and cello.

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.

About Suzuki Violin & Cello First Steps

Summer First Steps provides an introduction to the Suzuki approach for violin or cello

The 6 week Summer Suzuki First Steps Program is a great way to assess your child’s readiness for school year instrument lessons.

Parent & child attend together as part of a small group class.

For Ages 4 1/2, 5, 6 and 7.

Summer First Steps Class Choices


Schedule pending.  If you are interested in Cello First Steps, please email Program Director,  We can be in touch with you as soon as the schedule is finalized.


Violin Schedule for 2020

Wednesdays in Worcester (6 weeks) at 10 Irving Street / All Saints
4:30-5:15 with Amy Matherly
Class Schedule:    7/1, 7/8, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29 and 8/5


Thursdays in W. Boylston (6 weeks)
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

Tuition & Registration for Suzuki First Steps

Tuition:  $162

To register, click the button below and you will be directed to a web-based registration form.   If planning to pay with credit card, when you click submit, you will be redirected to the online payment portal.     If you prefer to mail in check for payment, please note that your registration will be processed when payment is received.

First Steps Web Reg Form

Need a Student Size Violin or Cello?

A representative from Johnson String Instrument will be at the School – 10 Irving Street, Worcester – on Monday, June 29, 2020 from 4:00-5:00 with rental instruments and supplies.

Registered parents will receive information in advance regarding when to visit in order to arrange for and select a rental instrument (purchase is not needed).

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

About Ashley Peck

Ashley Peck is currently completing a masters degree in Suzuki Pedagogy at the Hartt School of Music.  Ashley has several years experience teaching the Suzuki method prior to entering graduate school.  Read more about Ashley Peck, Cello

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