Summer First Steps provides an introduction to the Suzuki approach for violin or cello.
The 5 week cello / 6 week violin Summer Suzuki First Steps Program is a great way to assess your child’s readiness for school year instrument lessons. We are offering this program in-person.
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 the final two weeks of class, you’ll have enough information to decide if you and your child are ready to join our more formal school year program.
Safety protocols posted here are subject to update as the vaccination process unfolds this spring and summer of 2021. As of March, we anticipate:
Wednesdays in Worcester (6 weeks) at 10 Irving Street / All Saints
4:30-5:15 with Amy Matherly
Class Schedule: 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11.
Thursdays in W. Boylston (6 weeks)
4:30 – 5:15 pm with Madalyne Cross
Class Schedule: 7/8, 7/15, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12, 8/19. Please note there is no class on July 22.
Mondays in Worcester (5 weeks) at 10 Irving Street/All Saints. Parking at Rear.
3:00/3:15-3:45 pm with Elizabeth Vysin
Class Schedule: Mondays 7/12, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16
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.
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 Amy@pakmusic.org 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).
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.
Amy Matherly, Madalyne Cross and Elizabeth Vysin have current and extensive Suzuki Association of the Americas registered training in the Suzuki approach. Amy and Madalyne have taught the Suzuki method for well over 10 years; Elizabeth for about four years.
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.
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.
Learn more about the Suzuki Method by visiting the Suzuki Association of the Americas.
Our Summer Suzuki Program also includes two other choices according to your level:
2. Summer Fiddle Band. For intermediate to advancing violinists.
We also offer private lessons with Suzuki trained string teachers (or non-suzuki/traditional teachers), as space and schedules permit.