Suzuki program structure
Parent Beginner Class–required for all parents of beginning students!
Group lessons for beginning parents provide foundational knowledge of the Suzuki philosophy. In addition, the parent will learn how to handle the instrument properly, achieve proper posture, and develop the skill to produce a clear, resounding tone.
- Parents MUST register through the Academy prior to participation
- Summer 2018 Suzuki Strings Parent only sessions: June 5-7, 6:30-8:30 pm, room 137 (Performing & Fine Arts Building)
- Summer 2018 Suzuki Strings New Beginner group classes, Mondays & Thursdays June 11-28, 2018, 4:00-4:30 pm, room 112 (Ponderosa Building)
- Fall 2018 Suzuki Strings Parent only sessions: August 27-29, 6:30-8:30 pm, room 137 (Performing & Fine Arts Building)
- Fall 2018 Suzuki group classes begin: Thursday, September 13, 2018.
Suzuki PreTwinkle Pieces
“The Suzuki Triangle” is composed of the teacher, parent, and child. This triangle forms the basis for learning. Every child will eventually have an individual lesson with a teacher and the parent will be involved as an adjunct teacher.
- New Beginning Suzuki violin students will start by learning together in group class on Thursdays for the first 5-6 weeks before being assigned a lesson time with an instructor (in addition to the Thursday Group Class.)
- Lessons will be held at the Performing & Fine Arts Building or Ponderosa Building depending on teacher assignment
- A parent should be present at all private lessons for elementary age students
- Parents and students are encouraged to arrive early to observe any individual lessons
- A 24-hour notice is necessary for a teacher to reschedule a lesson. Please contact the Academy Office or your teacher if cancellation is necessary.
- A missed lesson without notice will not be made up
Weekly group classes
The main focus of group class is on review of repertoire, performance etiquette, note reading for appropriate levels, and techniques necessary to contribute and participate in ensemble playing.
- Group lessons take place on Thursday afternoons (see group class schedule)
- Regular attendance by students and parent is imperative and expected
Teachers provide an opportunity to have an informal performance experience for their students at least once each semester.
- An accompanist will be provided for all students
- Instructors will guide students through the details of rehearsing with an accompanist
- Informal recitals take place on the Saturday of the week leading up to formal recitals–teachers will sign their studio up for a particular day and communicate this with students
- Academy enrollment includes accompaniment during formal and informal recitals for students through Book 2, and up to 20 minutes of rehearsal with accompanist each semester
- Students in Book 3 and above may need to arrange and pay for any additional time with the accompanist on their own
- Advanced repertoire should be given to accompanist no later than two weeks prior to scheduled performance
Formal recitals are designed to offer an opportunity to perform in a music hall in a formal setting for family, friends, and peers.
- All recitals take place in Ashurst Hall unless otherwise specified
- Students and families are expected to stay for the entire recital
- Students are expected to dress appropriately for formal recitals
There are many opportunities for Suzuki students to perform through the Northern Arizona community as a group each year. Group performances provide a safe venue for children to develop poise and presence for audiences. Repertoire is most often drawn from the Suzuki books. Anyone can participate in these performances, though not every student will play every piece based on the varied review. Community performances have included:
- Cornucopia Fall Festival at Thorpe Park
- Holiday Lighting Ceremony at Little America Hotel
- Mountain Campus Arts and Craft Fair at duBois Conference Center
- Coconino County Fair at Coconino County Fair Grounds
- Children’s Festival at Wheeler Park
Suzuki Strings Summer 2018 Workshop
July 16-20, 2018 from 9 am-12 pm
Classes take place in the Ponderosa Building, room 112. Each day is comprised of a variety of classes, including:
- 9-10 am – Masterclass
- 10-11 am – Music Mind Games
- 11 am-12 pm – Group Class
Suzuki cello and violin students of all ages and levels are welcome to register.