The best way to introduce yourself to the Suzuki method of learning is through observation. When you contact us at MSA, whether your interest is in violin lessons or early childhood music classes, we will invite you to observe several lessons and classes.
If you are interested in starting your child in violin, viola, cello, or harp lessons…
You will need to first participate in our parent education course and we will then match your family with a teacher who best suits the needs and personality of you and your child.
Parent involvment is fundamental in the Suzuki method of learning. Parents must be prepared to learn the fundamentals of the philosophy and of playing and caring for the instrument. They must attend and take notes at each lesson and practice at home with their child. In the beginning, parents are asked to actively participate in group classes (as the teacher requests) and, as the student advances, support them by observing and applauding.
Additionally, parents are expected to provide logistical support in terms of lesson and group class equipment, provide support in attending concerts on a regular basis, play appropriate recordings daily at home, and along with the teacher, create a positive musical environment of support, encouragement and understanding.
If you are interested in participating in the Caterpillar Music Class…
Caterpillar Music Classes are open to children, ages 0-3 years and their parents. Families are welcome to try a class at no charge. Throughout the class, parents are asked to support their child through full participation and sensitive observation at each class and by creating an enriched musical environment at home through daily listening to and interaction with the songs and rhymes on the curriculum CD. Parents who follow these guidelines become keenly aware of the sequential growth and development of their child’s abilities in addition to strengthening the bond they enjoy with their child through the enjoyment of music!