What to Expect

Suzuki Violin Lessons in Rochester New York.

You and your child are about to discover a fun and enjoyable path to music making!  At Suzuki Arts Rochester (SAR), you and your child will have a weekly private lesson together and a monthly repertoire class with all SAR students and their families.  We have lots of opportunities to perform!  Along with repertoire class concerts, SAR holds book recitals, studio recitals, and other planned events.  As part of the program, you will attend a parent education class when you first enroll.  Here, you will have the opportunity to discuss the philosophy more in depth and to learn how to practice with your child at home.  An important aspect of the philosophy is having your child listen daily to recordings of the short songs that he or she will eventually play.

The centerpiece of the Suzuki philosophy is the triangle relationship of the parent, child, and teacher.  It is essential that the parent attends all lessons and all repertoire classes with their child.  During a lesson, it is helpful for parents to take notes while the teacher is working with the child, so that when it is time to practice at home, the parent feels comfortable and equipped.  Of course, I will always do my best to help you with your questions over the phone or by email!

Unlike other traditional methods of violin playing, you and your child will be expected to keep current and to review all music from the Suzuki repertoire.  During repertoire class, students have the opportunity to play together with our piano accompanist.  This is a fun and integral part of the method.

It is true; the philosophy does demand a certain level of commitment on both your and your child’s part.  Once you see how it works, together you and your child will create a deep bond and a great sense of worth.  Though many students continue on with successful musical careers, good Suzuki teachers do not strive to make professional musicians out of their students.  They strive to have their students experience self-worth, a good work ethic and a strong, moral character.  And of course, a lifelong love for music.

“What is man’s ultimate direction in life?   It is to look for love, truth, virtue, and beauty.”
–Dr. Shinichi Suzuki