The Suzuki Method – ages 3 years to adult

The Suzuki Method of music education began in the middle of the 20th century by Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki. Dr. Suzuki believed that the best and most effective way to learn music is to be exposed to it from a very early age. He calls this the “mother tongue” method—young children learn to play an instrument in the same way that they learn their own language: by listening, absorbing, and copying. The parent attends the lesson as an integral part of the learning process. In general, the age at which a child is taught to read music is the same as when he or she is learning to read books in his or her own language. Dr. Suzuki’s philosophy is one of “Talent Education”; he does not believe that only certain people are born with “a gift”, or “talent”, rather that each child has infinite potential. He believes that in teaching the child music, a medium for the emotional and spiritual growth of the child is being created.


Suzuki Private Instruction

Private Instruction is at the heart of our Suzuki program. 

Instruments taught using the Suzuki Method at the Music School: violin, viola, cello, flute, and piano.

Suzuki Violin and Viola Instructors: Deborah Markow, Rebecca Carle

Suzuki Violin and Cello Instructor: Chris Cavanaugh

Suzuki Violin Instructor: Heather Bond

Suzuki Piano Instructor: Terry Barton

Suzuki Piano Instructor: Karen Lindsay

The Suzuki approach begins a child’s music education at a young age, often  3 or 4 years old, and teaches music as a language would be learned. Time is spent listening to music to develop auditory skills and memory. The Suzuki approach utilizes repetition of skills to build confidence in young players.

The Suzuki lessons are paced to develop playing techniques in small, successful steps. The student attends a lesson with a parent, who is a vital and active participant in every lesson, and brings focus to home practice. A partnership between teacher, parent, and child strengthens the success of the child’s learning and offers a lifetime of rewards for the family.

Key Elements to the Suzuki approach are:



*Small, Successful Steps

*Parent, Teacher, Student Triangle


Building a Learning Community – Suzuki Open Houses

Experience the Suzuki Method first hand! Come and learn what this unique approach is all about, how it will benefit your child, and the commitment level involved.  These will be inspiring, fun and informative events that will help you make a decision about whether or not to enter into the world of Suzuki!

Each Open House will include activities for parents and students. Student of all playing levels and instruments are welcome. Students who have not started to play an instrument will enjoy participating as well.  The Suzuki teachers work together to present an evening of complementary activities, answer questions and make music happen. The evening starts at 5:30 and concludes at 7 p.m.

Ages: All Ages
Class Time: TBD
Dates: TBD
Tuition: Free

Suzuki Group Classes

Group classes are an essential piece to the Suzuki Method of instruction. Classes provide an opportunity for students and parents to listen and observe others’ teaching and learning. The following set of group classes are organized by instrument and level of instruction. Group classes are offered for students already enrolled in private Suzuki lessons.

Suzuki String Class

Group Violin Classes are open to students in books 1 through 4. The group class is an opportunity for students to work together on a set of predetermined repertoire. Group class experiences will lead to group performance opportunities throughout the year. Group classes are free of charge for MCMS private students. Every effort should be made to attend on a regular basis.

Instructor:  Debbie Markow
Class Time:  TBD

Dates: TBD

Suzuki Class Tuition: $15 per class for non-Music School Suzuki students
*Free for Manchester Community Music School private students.

Suzuki Piano Group Class

Instructor:  Terry Barton
Ages: Students working in Books 1 through 4
Class Time: Friday 5:45-6:45pm
Number of weeks: 5
Dates: All are Fridays, held in Room 305 from 5:45-6:45 pm

October 4th, November 1, February 7, March 6, April 3

Suzuki Class Tuition: $15 per class for non-Music School Suzuki students

*Free for Manchester Community Music School private students.