Suzuki Violin & Cello

“If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance.  They get a beautiful heart.”   –Shinichi Suzuki

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The Suzuki Violin Program at Pakachoag engages students at every level – beginner to advanced.

Program Overview  –  Join Us –  Ages  –  Enrollment

 Getting Started  –   Lessons & Classes  –   FAQs

Suzuki Violin Teacher Training

Suzuki Violin & Cello Program Overview

Pakachoag’s Suzuki Violin Program is based on the Suzuki Method used world-wide.

What is ‘Suzuki’?

The Suzuki Method is based on the philosophy that “every child can”. The parent, child and teacher work Suzuki Cello 2015 Wtogether so that the child can learn to play a musical instrument.

Suzuki’s approach is modeled after the manner in which we learn to speak, through listening and imitation.  Students acquire basic playing skills through learning a set of variations of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and then begin learning songs by ear. Music reading instruction begins later, so that instruction can focus on developing a beautiful sound, accurate intonation and musicianship.

Students attend both a private and group lesson each week and are expected to listen to music and practice every day. Parents are required to attend all lessons and practice at home with their child.

The three components to a Suzuki Program:

  • Parent Education:  Parents of beginners will gain an understanding of the Suzuki philosophy and method by participating in a training course. This course consists of six hours of class time held over the first two months of the school term. Continuing support will be offered through meetings, online activities, and suggested reading.
  • Lessons:  The weekly private lesson focuses on developing good playing posture, tone, technique and musicianship.
  • Group Classes:  In group class students learn to play together, review skills learned in private lessons, and meet others who share their interest in music.

Join Us

During the course of the year, we offer various Suzuki-specific events. These include:Suzuki Friends 2015 W

  • Late August and Mid-January Parent Information Sessions and Play-Ins
  • Suzuki-specific performances scattered throughout the school year
    • Check the School Calendar to view a monthly listing of events – – look for “Suzuki”.
  • A 6-week Summer Quick Start program

Ages: 4 1/2 Years and Up

For children under the age of 5, we make the decision regarding readiness for lessons on a case-by-case basis based on a few simple questions, followed by a quick teacher assessment. One or more years of Music Together classes, including participation in the Music Together Big Kids class, can be highly valuable in preparing a child for private lessons.

The Summer “Suzuki Quick Start” program is also a good opportunity to determine readiness.  Visit the Summer Page for more information.

Enrollment:  Full Year?  Mid Year?

Enrollment in the Suzuki program is based upon an academic year commitment, although a half year (January to June) is also possible at a reduced rate.  Enrollment is linked to two fee structures:

  1. The private lesson fee is determined according to your start date in keeping with the guidelines associated with the School’s private instruction program.  Visit the  Private Instruction Program page for general information.  View the Annual Payment Schedule for Suzuki Program and Lessons 2016-2017  for the school-year suzuki program payment schedule.
  2. The Suzuki program fee is either $650 ($550 for additional siblings) annually (September to June) or pro-rated to $400 if enrolling between January and March. This fee is in addition to the private lesson fee.

Once a family is established beyond the beginning Parent Education Cluster, as an on-going full year Suzuki family, you will attend weekly private lessons and group classes from September to June. Private lessons are subject to the same make-up policies as the regular school private instruction program. Group classes missed by a student/family cannot be made up.

Getting Started: The Parent Education Cluster

Parents of beginners attend six hour-long classes starting in September or January. During this time period, the child will take private lessons only. Group classes for the child will begin after the parent training sessions have been completed.

Lessons & Classes

About Your Individual Lesson as Part of the Suzuki Program:

Students begin with a 30 minute lesson. As the child advances, the length of the lesson will increase to 45 minutes and eventually 60 minutes. A parent is asked to be present at the lesson in order to learn with the student and to take notes for home practice.

The Director will work with you to arrange a lesson day and time that suits your schedule.

About Group Classes as Part of the Suzuki Program:

Suzuki Program students participate in a weekly group class in addition to private lessons. In group class, students learn to play together, review and reinforce skills learned in the private lesson and polish pieces for performance. Group classes provide support, motivation and fun to both students and parents and are as important as the private lesson in a student’s musical development.

Students are placed according to their playing level, and not necessarily according to age. Class assignment is made by the Suzuki Coordinator in consultation with your private teacher. Your child will get the most out of the group class when it is held on a different day from the private lesson so please plan to come twice a week.

Guidelines for Sibling Attendance at Group Classes (and Lessons):

In order to make class time as productive as possible for all involved, we ask that families review our Suzuki Sibling Attendance Guidelines.  If you have any questions, please contact our Suzuki Program Coordinator, Amy Matherly at

Suzuki FAQs

Please click 2015-2016 Suzuki Quick Facts & Group Schedules for a quick overview of current tuition, group schedules*, and other discounted ensemble opportunities in addition to the weekly group class.

*Please note that the group schedules are generally mapped out in May/June of each year, with the updated schedules posted here in September each year.

Additional benefits of the Suzuki Program at Pakachoag include:

  • Suzuki-specific performances both at the school and in the community
  • Access to a school accompanist for at least one rehearsal prior to a solo performance
  • On-going parent education through meetings, our regular e-mail newsletter and printed materials
  • Weekly Group classes

Suzuki Violin Teacher Training

For more information please visit the Suzuki Teacher Training Page.