As when a child learns to talk, parents/caregivers are involved in the musical learning of their child. They attend lessons with the child and serve as “home teachers” during the week. The parent/caregiver often learns to play before the child, so that s/he understands what the child is expected to do. Parents/caregivers work with the teacher to create an enjoyable learning environment. Children can begin Suzuki lessons at age 4 1⁄2. Our Suzuki program consists of one weekly private lesson and one weekly group class.

Ages 4-8 with adult partner
Instructor: Sally Martin
Instructor: Lisa Goddard
Instructor: Emily Hale
Please contact ANMS office for lesson and class placements.
Tuition: $250 for 15 Group Class Sessions
Tuition: $784 for 16 x 30 Minute Private Lessons

Students will re-enroll for the Spring semester in December/January.

Every Child Can Learn

The ideas of parent responsibility, loving encouragement, constant repetition, etc., are some of the special features of the Suzuki approach.

Early Beginning

The early years are crucial for developing mental processes and muscle coordination. Listening to music should begin at birth; formal training may begin at age three or four, but it is never too late to begin.


Children learn words after hearing them spoken hundreds of times by others. Listening to music every day is important, especially listening to pieces in the Suzuki repertoire so the child knows them immediately.


Constant repetition is essential in learning to play an instrument. Children do not learn a word or piece of music and then discard it. They add it to their vocabulary or repertoire, gradually using it in new and more sophisticated ways.


As with language, the child’s effort to learn an instrument should be met with sincere praise and encouragement. Each child learns at his/her own rate, building on small steps so that each one can be mastered. Children are also encouraged to support each other’s efforts, fostering an attitude of generosity and cooperation.

Learning with Other Children

In addition to private lessons, children participate in regular group lessons and performance at which they learn from and are motivated by each other.

Graded Repertoire

Children do not practice exercises to learn to talk, but use language for its natural purpose of communication and self-expression. Pieces in the Suzuki repertoire are designed to present technical problems to be learned in the context of the music rather than through dry technical exercises.

Delayed Reading

Children learn to read after their ability to talk has been well established. in the same way, children should develop basic technical competence on their instruments before being taught to read music.

More information regarding the Suzuki Method available from the Suzuki Association.