Different levels of Membership in the studio are recommend for different levels of students. PLease consult Ms. Cynthia
Private Instruction: $300. every 12 weeks * 30 min. weekly instruction (beginning students age 5-8 in Book I)
Private Instruction $450. every 12 weeks * 45 min. weekly instruction (students ages 9-14 in Book II and up)
Private Instruction: $600. every 12 weeks * 60 min. weekly instruction (older students 12 and up or in book IV and up)
Initial Registration per student $60.
* Membership tuition based on year round continuous participation. If notified in advance, arrangements for make up lessons can be made case by case and scheduled before or after an absence. Students who leave the studio for 4 weeks will need to reregister and pay Registration fee as new students. See Tuition Calendar.
In the Suzuki Method it is not enough just to attend your private lessons. Students who participate in supplementary activities are the most motivated to practice and make progress.
Observation of fellow students in the studio. All students are invited and encouraged to observe other students in the program. See Observation policy.
Group Instruction. Supplementary to your private lessons. To develop motivation all students are encouraged to participate in Group Lesson Activities. All levels of students are invited to perform in recitals and Play-in-the Park activities. Please see Studio Calendar.
Ensemble participation. Students who are developing reading skills by the middle of Book 2 may want to look for opportunities to play with an ensemble in one of the programs where Ms. Cynthia teaches. A wide variety of ethnic fiddling is also available. Please let Ms. Cynthia know of your interest. If you are interested in joining a school orchestra please let Ms. Cynthia know about the auditions involved well in advance so she can assist you.
SMAC Festivals, Workshops, Institutes. All Suzuki Students from Twinklers and up are encouraged to participate.
Other activities covered that may be included in the membership for a given level of instruction.
New students of any age who are new to the Suzuki Method still need a parent's guidance and encouragement to establish the habits of effective musical study. Parents are expected to attend all lessons and support the child with their leadership as needed. Parents will need to take notes during lessons and supervise listening and practice at home until child is mature enough to take responsibility for their own progress and practice activities. Parents need to play a significant part in organizing opportunities for regular daily listening habits. They must also assist Ms. Cynthia in developing age appropriate practice habits and routines which are recommended during instruction.
Younger students: If parents take time to help young students develop skills they need to organize their practice these students will become more and more independent over time. If students this age reach Book II by age 8 they have opportunities to participate in early Preparatory Orchestra experiences in the community for younger children which are not available in the public schools until 4th or 5th grade..
Older Students: Older beginners or High School students may find it helpful to have someone record or take video of their lessons to study with at home. Because their are so many new habits and routines to get used to they may need someone to help them take notes during their lessons until they begin to adjust their new technique or study habits.
Each student who comes from another program or method comes with different needs. Ms. Cynthia's objective is to find out what the student has already mastered and help the student fill in the gaps that are still remaining in the foundation of the students ability. During this time of adjustment students are encouraged to work on easier pieces with the goal of removing as much difficulty and complexity from their pieces so they can focus on better tone and more comfortable playing position. New skills can be acquired and internalized as habits and natural impulses more quickly when the student can focus on one problem at a time.
By listening and memorizing shorter and more accessible pieces a student is not distracted with the added problems of reading notes. It is much easier to focus and isolate technical problems in music that we have memorized. Good Suzuki Students make changes in their playing ability by doing this all the time.
For non-Suzuki students, learning less difficult pieces which they do have not established habits of playing for, can be a way of freeing up their bow arm or changing their left hand position. It is not an easy process to un learn habits of playing which one is doing unconsciously. By creating a new approach to warm ups and Tonalizations to wrap around your practice time a student can begin to fill in the gaps that are missing in their playing and make break throughs that free them to play more difficult pieces in the future.
Private Instruction for 45-60 minute weekly lesson.
45 minute lesson recommended for Book I students. As transfer students you may need more time to review the practice activities needed each week.
60 minute lesson time recommended for:
Students who expects to take significant breaks for family travel which are difficult to make up.
Students who find themselves progressing quickly to longer pieces in Book II and III
Preschoolers and PreTwinklers see Preschoolers ages 3-4.
See the menu above or on the left side to find the level of study you are interested in.
The Suzuki Violin CDs come with the books. All students who are new to this method are encouraged to start listening to the first book and begin memorizing the easiest pieces regardless of the level they are playing in the books they are already studying in. This kind listening will make a difference in many aspects of their playing.
Suzuki Violin CD Vol. I Revised Edition
This is the minimum listening for effective study.
Students are encouraged to listen ahead at least one book level above the book they are currently studying in to progress more quickly.
Please see Additional Resources Recommended for Supplementary Listening.
The more listening students do the more easily they will acquire reading skills when ready.
There are 3 kinds of listening that students need to do to be successful: Preview, Current, Review and General exposure to Violin Music. We use the Single Repeat button on our listening device to memorize pieces that will be studied in class. High School student will be listening to each Twinkle Variation in this way so that they can play them in class spontaneously with out fear. At the same time begin to preview the Vol. 1 CD so that you will already have familiarity with those pieces when you start working on them.
Students new to the Suzuki Method will find it helpful to read as much of the required reading as possible before starting. Take time to read these pages so you can be prepared for your first classes and have everything you need at home to practice effectively on those things that all students need to start doing first before picking up the instrument.
Most reading and instructional materials needed can be obtained through on line catalogues who cater to the Suzuki Community:
Young Musicians Easiest to use, smaller catalogue
Shar Music More expansive catalogue with more choices.
Please read carefully the information you need about obtaining a violin. It will save you money.
See also Ages and Stages
1. CD players and DVD player in convenient locations
2. Empty VHS or 2 DVD boxes, rubber band and car wash sponge, for box violin
3. Dr. Scholl's mole skin plus
5. Cloth, lint and chemical free for cleaning violin
6. File bands rubber bands for shoulder rest
When PreTwinkle skills are mastered students will need several items for the violin outfit :
Foam wedge, firm foam which will be custom trimmed for shoulder rest with real violin. Cloth, lint and chemical free for cleaning violin. File Bands for shoulder rest. Dr. Scholl's callus pads for chin rest. See important information above about obtaining a violin. Rosin, soft dark rosin in a slider box is recommended for younger students.
More information on violin care
In order for students of any age or level to make progress it is important for them to have a violin which is both responsive and the right size so that the student can access it physically. Be prepared to exchange the violin you have for one that is the right size. It is important that the instrument is adjusted correctly. Some instruments need minor adjustments or repairs. You will make much better progress and get better results if your instrument is working properly and not getting in your way.
PreTwinkle Students will usually start with box violin, foot chart and pencil bow when ready a few weeks into the start of instruction.
Please wait until Ms. Cynthia has had an opportunity to size you on your instrument before you make any changes You may want to keep the smaller instrument you last played in case the next size instrument is still too large. Each student will be measured for their unique body type and size by the teacher in the studio. Having the right size instrument can make all the difference between success and frustration.
Ms. Cynthia recommends Scott Cao STV 017 violins because they are adjusted correctly no matter what size they are. They also stay in tune longer through out the week between lessons and keep their value better than most student instruments when you trade up to a larger size. It is also a more sturdy and lasting instrument.
You need a real wood bow with your outfit. A fiberglass bow feels strange and will not function properly or have the right in your hands.
Please, Do not purchase an instrument with out consulting the teacher you plan to study with. It is nearly impossible to obtain refunds for musical instruments from a retailer.
If you are not familiar with the Suzuki Method you are required to read the following books. If you are from another Suzuki studio you may be familiar with some of the other books.
1. Ability Development from Age 0
2. They're rarely too old and never too young "To Twinkle"
Reading the above materials will begin to give you the understanding that you need to be effective in Musical Parenting and help you to create the environment at home to help with practicing.
All students in the studio are expected to study and know pieces from the Suzuki Method regardless of their level of playing so they can participate in and play with other students in the studio. TEC Suzuki students listen to the CDs memorize all of the pieces in the Suzuki Violin Volumes starting with book I. What ever piece you are studying you need to have it memorized.
Instructional books needed by students: Suzuki Method Violin Books Vol. I - V, Revised Edition
Music books for sight reading are in addition to the pieces which you have memorized.
See Ages and Stages for additional resources.