General Music Classes can be started with pregnant mothers, you will feel the kicking! When a child is very young the brain is developing exponentially and as much exposure to music (in all its forms) has been shown to be formative for brain development. our Early Childhood Classes offer age appropriate classes from 0-3 and 3-6. These classes are a great introduction to Suzuki Instrumental Instruction.
While every child is different, girls as young as 4, and boys as young as 5, are at an ideal developmental moment to start instrument instruction. Of course, starting later might be better for your child and remeber it is never too late to start – even as a teen or adult! A good point to remember – young children need an adult at every moment of their education and so choosing when to start your child it is as much about how much time you have to learn with your child.
The Suzuki Method consists of three facets – a curriculum of graded pieces, a philosophy of positive learning, and system of learning first by ear and then reading. While a very young Suzuki child learns music by ear as a second language older chioldren and adults benefit from these same techniques taught in an age appropriate balance. If you read our faculty bios you will see they are not just Suzuki Teachers, they are musicians at the very top of their field able to use their training to teach at every age.
Learning at a very young age requires the help of a parent to guide practice. If you have the time and inspiration to work with your child we recommend that your child is ready. If you are in doubt we suggest you take our Early Childhood Class and let our expert teacher advise you.
Choosing an instrument doesn’t come easily for everyone. Generally, children are drawn to instriuments they are exposd to – if a parent or relative plays that can be inspiring. But for most families choosing an instrument can be tricky. Learning music is not so much about the instrument you choose but the journey you take. Come to the school with your child and let them experience the classes as an observer, come to a Pillow Concert at the school or let them listen online. The more you immerse your child the easier it gets to choose (remember certian instruments are physically impossible for young children to play – start by looking at the Suzuki Instruments listed on our site to know what is possible for your child).
Musical parents often inspire their children but if you don’t have music in your family it might seem daunting. its not! In fact, we often find that discovering an instrument through your child’s lessons can be one of the most rewarding things you will do. And letting your child show you their progress can be an important part of their growing up as adults.
If you have visited our website you will see we are no ordinary msuic school. we believe in an immersive artistic experience. Throughout the year we invite in artiosts, host free concerts and stage free family activities for your to be a part of. These are part of the annual fee charged to each family. In addition to our educational events your child gets the opportunity to take part in our calendar of fall and spring recitals and take part oin the final concert each year.
We don’t rent instruments but your teacher can advise you through the entire process. We recommend you not to rent or purchase an instrument before your first lesson but come and talk with your teacher. They can tell you the size and style of instrument appropriate for your child, and suggest a few places to call.
Your child will grow and as they do they will move from a small instrument to a full size. Unless you have lots of siblings planning to take an instrument, we recommend you rent a high quality instrument until your child has fully grown.
The private lesson teaches the techniques vital to learning an instrument. The group class teaches a child how to play with others and creates a community in which your child can grow. In piano, the group class is a music theory class, vital to them as they learn to read music.