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Suzuki Program

"Our teacher is exceptional.  Her teaching skills and ability to devise an effective teaching plan for each student are amazing.  She is the finest role model in my children's lives."  CSA Parent

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. For the very young, we recommend at least one semester of Early Childhood Music prior to starting lessons.
  • 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, flute students) or musicianship class (piano students).  The group-class inspires motivation through peer interaction and strengthens musicianship through performance, ear-training, theory, and sight-reading.
  • Students participate in concerts, festivals, and recitals held in Conservatory-quality performance venues.

Two Ways to Start—Private Lessons or Semi-Private Instruction

Private Lessons

  • Instruments offered: piano, violin, viola, cello, guitar, flute, harp
  • 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, flute students) or musicianship class (piano students).
  • The classes inspire motivation through peer interaction and strengthen musicianship through performance, ear-training, theory, and sight-reading.
  • Students participate in concerts, festivals, and recitals held in Conservatory-quality 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 Flute Lesson >>
    Suzuki Early Piano Lesson >>
    Suzuki Early Violin Lesson >>
    Suzuki Intermediate Piano Lesson >>
    Suzuki Advanced Piano Lesson >>
    Suzuki Intermediate/Advanced Strings Lesson >>
    Register 
    Complete the registration form (pdf) and submit with $35 registration fee to the CSA office.
  2. Prepare to purchase/rent an instrument.  
    For piano students, a non-electric piano is required. 
    String, harp & flute students must be measured by their teacher prior to purchasing/renting an instrument. 

  3. 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.
  4. Take the required Suzuki Parent Education Course 
    - Cost: $85. 
    - Offered Fall semester. 
    - Download a registration form at csa.wheaton.edu on the Suzuki page.

Tuition

Private lessons + group class
30 min/15 weeks | $630*

*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 Instruction

Suzuki Little Stars—Piano and Violin

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 | $280
WED | 5–5:45 pm | Pierce 115
*TUE | 3:40–4:25 pm | Pierce 311

Little Stars: violin (4–6 yrs)
45 min class/15 weeks | $280
MON | 4:15–5 pm | Pierce 108
*MON | 3:30–4:15 pm | Pierce 108

* fall semester only

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

 

Suzuki Workshops (CSA enrolled students)

March 14 & 15, 2014

Piano Ensemble - Students will focus on ensemble technics, Suzuki repertoire, accompanying, and jazz improvisation.

Cello - A concentrated weekend of master classes, group instruction, performances, and musical enrichment.

Coming in 2015

Violin/Viola Workshop

Suzuki Program

"Our teacher is exceptional.  Her teaching skills and ability to devise an effective teaching plan for each student are amazing.  She is the finest role model in my children's lives."  CSA Parent

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. For the very young, we recommend at least one semester of Early Childhood Music prior to starting lessons.
  • 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, flute students) or musicianship class (piano students).  The group-class inspires motivation through peer interaction and strengthens musicianship through performance, ear-training, theory, and sight-reading.
  • Students participate in concerts, festivals, and recitals held in Conservatory-quality performance venues.

Two Ways to Start—Private Lessons or Semi-Private Instruction

Private Lessons

  • Instruments offered: piano, violin, viola, cello, guitar, flute, harp
  • 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, flute students) or musicianship class (piano students).
  • The classes inspire motivation through peer interaction and strengthen musicianship through performance, ear-training, theory, and sight-reading.
  • Students participate in concerts, festivals, and recitals held in Conservatory-quality 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 Flute Lesson >>
    Suzuki Early Piano Lesson >>
    Suzuki Early Violin Lesson >>
    Suzuki Intermediate Piano Lesson >>
    Suzuki Advanced Piano Lesson >>
    Suzuki Intermediate/Advanced Strings Lesson >>
    Register 
    Complete the registration form (pdf) and submit with $35 registration fee to the CSA office.
  2. Prepare to purchase/rent an instrument.  
    For piano students, a non-electric piano is required. 
    String, harp & flute students must be measured by their teacher prior to purchasing/renting an instrument. 

  3. 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.
  4. Take the required Suzuki Parent Education Course 
    - Cost: $85. 
    - Offered Fall semester. 
    - Download a registration form at csa.wheaton.edu on the Suzuki page.

Tuition

Private lessons + group class
30 min/15 weeks | $630*

*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 Instruction

Suzuki Little Stars—Piano and Violin

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 | $280
WED | 5–5:45 pm | Pierce 115
*TUE | 3:40–4:25 pm | Pierce 311

Little Stars: violin (4–6 yrs)
45 min class/15 weeks | $280
MON | 4:15–5 pm | Pierce 108
*MON | 3:30–4:15 pm | Pierce 108

* fall semester only

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

 

Suzuki Workshops (CSA enrolled students)

March 14 & 15, 2014

Piano Ensemble - Students will focus on ensemble technics, Suzuki repertoire, accompanying, and jazz improvisation.

Cello - A concentrated weekend of master classes, group instruction, performances, and musical enrichment.

Coming in 2015

Violin/Viola Workshop