Columbia College Chicago

Suzuki Instruction

WHAT IS THE SUZUKI METHOD?

The Suzuki Method stems from the fundamental principal that Every Child Can Learn. Just as every child learns his own language, every child can learn to play an instrument. Dr. Suzuki trained teachers to break down larger concepts, such as 'how to hold the cello', into smaller easily learned exercises. Each exercise is carefully thought out and sequenced so that over the course of a few lessons, the child learns the entire task of 'how to hold the cello'. Suzuki trained teachers use positive reinforcement to encourage a fertile learning environment, while maintaining high standards of execution.

Parents are an integral part of each lesson and form part of the Suzuki Lesson Triangle, serving as the at-home teacher. The Suzuki Method is tailored to teach very young children, as young as 3 years old. The goals of the Suzuki Method are to enrich the lives of children by playing a musical instrument and to give each child the satisfaction that comes from the ability to do something well. The philosophy of the method teaches the child discipline, memory, focus, self-esteem and confidence, among other skills.

HOW DOES THE SUZUKI METHOD DIFFER FROM OTHER METHODS OF TEACHING MUSIC TO CHILDREN?

THE SUZUKI PROGRAM AT SHERWOOD

At Sherwood, we have built an engaged and loyal community around the Suzuki program that nurtures a safe and fun environment for students, parents and teachers. Our events include year-round parent education classes, book club meetings, fundraising opportunities, field trips, and performances at cultural institutions around Chicago.

Our faculty at Sherwood includes over a dozen Suzuki trained instructors. Our teachers are actively engaged in the larger Suzuki community and are members of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Our faculty participate in ongoing Suzuki Teacher Training and development activities in our effort to ensure that our program offers high quality instruction.


Suzuki Instruction

Ages 3-12

Suzuki Instruction is offered for the following instruments:

AGE 3 (at instructor's discretion): Violin, Cello 
AGE 4 and older: Piano, Guitar, Flute, Harp, Viola

New students are welcome to start Suzuki Instruction at any time throughout the year, tuition will be pro-rated for new students starting after the start of the fall term.

  • Once enrolled in Suzuki, students are expected to remain in the program through the end of the school year.
  • Group class assignments will be determined by the Suzuki Program Manager according to student level.
  • Participation in Sherwood's Suzuki Program requires attendance by the student and a parent/caregiver at a weekly individual lesson and a weekly group class.

Tuition Rates

30 minute lesson & group class: $54/week
45 minute lesson & group class: $67/week
60 minute lesson & group class: $82/week

If you are ready to enroll in lessons or have additional questions, please visit our 'How to Register for Suzuki' page, or click the first link in the menu on the right. 

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Suzuki Preparatory Program

The Suzuki Preparatory Program welcomes Suzuki students of all levels ages 4 and up studying violin, viola, cello, piano, flute, harp or guitar. The Preparatory Program supplements conventional Suzuki classes through our innovative cross curriculum, offering a robust and complete music education in a fun and engaging atmosphere.

Preparatory Classes include:

EURYTHMICS: A kinesthetic approach to teaching music education that emphasizes the concepts of singing, rhythm, and improvisation using the body as the instrument, thereby enhancing physical awareness and experience of musical expression.

PERFORMANCE CLASS: A weekly recital class that strengthens student's performance techniques, builds confidence on stage, and develops proper audience etiquette.

NOTE READERS: For students who are Suzuki Book 2 and above, this reinforces note reading of both treble and bass clefs. 

SUZUKI READING ORCHESTRA: For students who test out of or successfully complete Note Readers, students develop sight reading and ensemble playing skills in a chamber orchestra setting.

CHAMBER MUSIC: For students Suzuki Book 3 and above, students develop ensemble and performance skills in small ensembles of 3-5 students.

This is a 38 week program. Classes run on Saturdays starting September 6, 2014.
Tuition is $250.00 for the 38 week program for students taking private lessons at Sherwood.
Students interested in the Suzuki Preparatory Program who are currently taking private lessons outside of Sherwood may enroll in the program for a fee of $800 per year.

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