Suzuki Violin Phx

About the Suzuki Method

Dr. Shinichi Suzuki (1898-1998) created a special method of music education called Talent Education.  He believed that every child can learn and that talent is not inborn, it is nourished and developed over time with love.  Suzuki realized that all children learn their native language with ease so he applied the principles of language acquisition to the learning of music.  He called this the mother-tongue approach. 

Shinichi SuzukiHis method of teaching is successful when these key principles are followed:
  • Parent Involvement
  • Early Beginning
  • Listening
  • Repetition
  • Encouragement
  • Learning with Other Children
  • Graded Repertoire
  • Delayed Reading 

Suzuki Links

Recommended Reading

  • Nurtured by Love - Shinichi Suzuki
  • Ability Development from Age Zero - Shinichi Suzuki
  • The Suzuki Violinist - William Starr


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What age can my child start Suzuki violin lessons?
The studio accepts children ages 3 and up. 

What is the Parent's responsibility?
When a child is ages 3--6, the parent is responsible for learning how to play the violin and taking lessons with the child. This includes sharing a 30 minute weekly lesson, renting or purchasing a full sized violin, and dedicating time to practice at home in addition to the time the parent spends with the child's practice.  The parent is the "home teacher" so it is very important that they know how to play the violin. 
From ages 6 and up the parent is responsible for attending the lessons and taking notes.  The parent may ask questions, but it is their job to stay in the background as much as possible to let the teacher and student have a productive lesson. 

What size violin does my child need?
Music stores and charts on the internet often size children in instruments that are too large.  It is best to wait until you begin lessons so that the Suzuki teacher can properly size your child. 

Will my child start lessons with a real violin?
Children ages 3--6 will begin lessons with a "box" violin that the studio will provide.  When the child is ready he/she will graduate to a real violin.

When do you introduce note reading?
On a per child basis, the studio introduces note reading at one of two milestones.  Either when the child's technique is solid or when the child is half way through book 1. 

Quick info

Lia Taylor



Fall semester runs from August 7th, 2017 until December 22nd, 2017.

Fall break is from Monday October 9th, 2017 until Sunday October 15th, 2017. There will be no lessons at this time.

The Fall recital is Saturday December 16th at 4pm at Central United Methodist Church.

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