Suzuki Strings Course Offerings

The Suzuki philosophy believes that every child can learn to play and instrument, just as they learn to speak their native language.

Little Canes -Introduction to Suzuki

Ages: 3-5 years

If you are interested in starting your child on an instrument at a young age, and curious about how the Suzuki method works, and are not yet sure what instrument would be a good fit for your child, this class is for you. Little Canes Introduction to Suzuki will introduce the basic fundamental skills needed to play the violin, cello, or piano through the Suzuki method. Suzuki violin, cello, and piano instructors will visit the class several times throughout the semester so your child has a chance to decide which instrument they would like to play. Parents are required to attend each class with their child. Classes are 45 minutes.

Pre Twinkle Violin

Eligible to begin at age 4 (addition of 20 minute semi private or 30 minute private lesson is strongly encouraged)

Students will build on the skills learned in the Introduction to Suzuki but will now be focused on the violin position, bow hold, posture, pizzicato and rhythm patterns on open strings. Short practice sessions at home with a parent and daily listening to the Suzuki violin recordings are an integral part of this class. Once students are comfortable playing with their left hand and have completed Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, they will be eligible for the Suzuki Violin Level I Class. Parents are required to attend each class with their child. Classes are 45 minutes.

Pre Twinkle Cello

Eligible to begin at age 4 (addition of 20 minute semi private or 30 minute private lesson is strongly encouraged)

Students will build on the skills learned in the Introduction to Suzuki but will now be focused on the cello position, bow hold, >posture, pizzicato and rhythm patterns on open strings. Short practice sessions at home with a parent and daily listening to the Suzuki cello recordings are an integral part of this class. Once students are comfortable playing with their left hand and have completed Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, they will be eligible for the Suzuki cello Level I Class. Parents are required to attend each class with their child. Classes are 45 minutes.

Pre Twinkle Piano

Eligible to begin at age 4

Students will learn to play the keyboard. Objectives include improving our listening and ear training, learning the piano keys, staff notation, finger numbers and hand position. Short practice sessions at home with a parent and daily listening to the Suzuki piano recordings are an integral part of this class. Parents are required to attend each class with their child. Classes are 45 minutes.

Suzuki Level I Group Class

Ages 5 and up (private lesson required)

This class will cover all the Suzuki repertoire in book 1, reinforcing what is learned in the private lesson. This class will focus on maintaining proper playing position, intonation and maintaining a steady tempo as a group. Music theory games will be incorporated into class to prepare students to read music. Parents are required to attend each class with their child. Classes are 1 hour.

Suzuki level II Group Class

Ages 5 and up (private lesson required)

This group class will cover the repertoire in Suzuki books 2 and 3. After completing level I, students will be ready to focus on more advanced techniques such as improved tone, advanced bow styling, and musicianship. Ensemble music outside of the Suzuki books will be used to reinforce students’ music reading skills. Parents are required to attend each class with their child. Classes are 1 hour.

Advanced Suzuki Chamber Ensemble

Ages 5 and up (private lesson required)

Students will cover material in Suzuki books 4 and up. Focus will be on tone production, advanced bowing techniques, and ensemble and solo playing, as well as vibrato, shifting, and double stop study. Students will learn how to prepare for solo competitions as well as participate in a Chamber ensemble with other instrumentalists in the Frost Preparatory Program.

Contact Information

Aileen Robertson
Manager Little Canes & Suzuki Strings
Frost School of Music Preparatory Program
ummusictime@miami.edu
305-284-3176