Community School of the Arts

Suzuki Program

Suzuki Instruction is offered in piano, violin, viola, cello, guitar, and harp.


Student, Parent, and Teacher work together in the Suzuki Triangle

CSA’s comprehensive Suzuki program is nationally recognized, with 20 faculty members and 450 students. The Suzuki method is based on the philosophy that every child has the potential to reach a high level of musicianship, and the learning process corresponds to the way a child assimilates language—through listening, imitation and practice. 

Our Approach

  • Students typically begin between the ages of 4–6. 
  • Parent takes an initial Suzuki Parent Education course, attends all lessons/classes with the student, and supervises home practice.
  • Initial emphasis is on rote learning, position, technique, and tone, prior to introducing note-reading.
  • Tuition includes a weekly 30 minute private lesson, along with a required repertoire class (string, guitar students) or musicianship class (piano, flute students). The classes motivate through peer interaction and strengthen musicianship through performance, ear-training, theory and sight-reading.
  • Students participate in concerts, festivals, and recitals held in Conservatory performance venues.

Steps to Enroll

After submitting registration materials, you will be contacted for placement with a teacher.

  1. Observe two lessons
    Pre-taped observations links:
    Suzuki Early Cello Lesson >>
    Suzuki Early Piano Lesson >>
    Suzuki Early Violin Lesson >>
    Suzuki Intermediate Piano Lesson >>
    Suzuki Advanced Piano Lesson >>
    Suzuki Intermediate/Advanced Strings Lesson >>

  2. Register 
    Complete the registration form (pdf) and submit with $35 registration fee to the CSA office.

  3. Prepare to purchase/rent an instrument.  
    For piano students, a non-electric piano is required. String and harp students must be measured by their teacher prior to purchasing/renting an instrument. 

  4. Purchase the following:
    - Suzuki Volume 1 CD + Book
    - Nurtured by Love by S. Suzuki
    - To Learn with Love by W. Starr Available at Wheaton College Bookstore or online booksellers

  5. Take the required Suzuki Parent Education Course 
    Cost: $85. Offered Fall semester. Download a registration form (pdf) and submit with payment.


Private lessons + group class
30 min/15 weeks | $639*

*A $40/semester Events Fee applies to all private lesson students to cover administrative and production costs of concerts, festivals, and studio recitals  

Semi-private Lessons–Suzuki Little Stars

An excellent, economical way to begin instrument study! These one-semester classes offer beginning Suzuki lessons in a small group setting (4–6 students). After completion students advance to private lessons. Parent attends classes and supervises home practice.

Little Stars: piano (4–6 yrs)
45 min class/15 weeks | $282
WED | 5–5:45 pm | Pierce 115 | Andersen
*TUE | 3:40–4:25 pm | Pierce 311 | Andersen

Little Stars: violin (4–6 yrs)
45 min class/15 weeks | $282
MON | 4:15–5 pm | Pierce 108 | Weddle
*MON | 3:30–4:15 pm | Pierce 108 | Weddle

* fall semester only

To register complete the registration form (pdf) and submit with $35 registration fee to the CSA office.  

Suzuki FAQs

How does the Suzuki Method differ from other methods of teaching music?
  • Students begin at a young age 
  • Parents play an active role in the learning process
  • Listening and rote learning are emphasized prior to note-reading
  • Technique is taught in the context of each piece
  • Pieces are refined through constant review
  • Students perform frequently
Is my child ready for Suzuki?

Beginning Suzuki students should be able to:
  • Listen attentively to an adult read an age-appropriate book
  • Follow short instructions cooperatively
  • Stay on-task with a hands-on activity for 15 minutes
Our faculty recommends preparing your child for private lessons by enrolling them in an Early Childhood Music class. Visit our Early Childhood Music page for classes offered.


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