Columbia College Chicago

Suzuki Instruction


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. Mr. 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.



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: $51/week
45 minute lesson & group class: $62/week
60 minute lesson & group class: $77/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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Preparatory String Program

Suzuki string students age 5 and above are required to enroll in the Preparatory String Program, an innovative cross curriculum program designed to provide young violin, viola, and cello students with a fundamentally sound music education that incorporates movement and rhythm classes, performance classes, note reading, and orchestra in an age-appropriate setting.

*Students interested in the Preparatory String Program who are currently taking private lessons outside of Sherwood may enroll in the program for a fee of $400 per term. Please call for details.

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