JOIN A SUZUKI STRING ENSEMBLE!

The Suzuki Program offers two string orchestras, open to both Suzuki students and Community Music School students between the ages of 7 and 18: Praeludium Strings, for beginning and intermediate music readers, and Sinfonia Strings, for students with at least 5-6 years of experience on their instrument.

These ensembles rehearse from 1:20-2:10 pm on Sundays throughout the school year. Sign up today to audition to join an ensemble this fall!

What is the Suzuki Method?

The Suzuki method is based on the philosophy of Japanese violin teacher Shin’ichi Suzuki, who believed that “every child can learn at a high level if given the right environment”. He suggested that if children are able to learn their home language and dialect perfectly, then correspondingly, all children will also be able to learn to play music, and based the method on the way we learn language: through exposure, imitation, encouragement, repetition, addition, and refinement. Parents are involved at every step of the way, working with the teachers to create a successful learning environment.

Our Suzuki Program

Our Suzuki Program at BKCM offers programs in violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, piano and flute. All Suzuki students participate in a three-part curriculum that provides the essentials needed for instrumental music education: private lessons, group/theory classes and yearly group & solo recitals.

GROUP & THEORY CLASSES

Alongside private lessons, Group and Theory classes are critical components of our Suzuki Program. Suzuki parents also attend group and theory classes and fold weekly assignments into their daily practice. Over the course of their time in the program, students become role models and leaders in their group classes. When they’re ready, they face the challenge of being less experienced and looking to others as role models. Both positions build motivation and valuable confidence and leadership skills that can help them in all areas of their lives.

PERFORMANCES

Students in the Suzuki Program perform at least four times per year in solo recitals and group showcases. Performing takes practice, so we provide students with performance classes throughout the semester, preparing them to step onstage completely at ease with the music they have chosen. These opportunities nurture self-assurance, resilience, and confidence. Attending these performances deepens listening skills and focus and instills a lifelong love of music, allowing us to celebrate each child’s progress and strengthen our community.

Orientation & Enrollment

Tuition Breakdown

ADDITIONAL FEES

$260 Materials Fee for 2024-2025: Includes Puppy Pack, Suzuki Book 1, Helping Parents Practice, Nurtured by Love, and parent information materials.

$45 Registration Fee for 2024-2025: The registration fee is charged upon registration and is non-refundable. This fee is paid once per family per school year.

$45 Payment Plan Fee for 2024-2025: If you choose to enroll in one of our payment plan options, you will be charged the payment plan fee which is paid once per family per year.

$45 Late/Missed Payment Fee for 2024-2025

SUPPLEMENTARY LESSONS

Additional private lessons outside of the package. Prices per lesson for 2024-2025 school year:

  • 30 minutes – $99
  • 45 minutes – $128
  • 60 minutes- $152
  • 75 minutes – $173
  • 90 minutes – $190

The Suzuki Parent

Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE) & Bridges

A young Suzuki student during a Suzuki Early Education class.

Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE)

Ages 0-3 • Saturdays & Mondays

SECE creates a nurturing and supportive environment for young students to develop their musical abilities as well as social skills and connection. During each class, teachers will lead families through a curriculum of songs, rhymes and activities designed to keep children engaged in a calm, focused environment.

Suzuki String Orchestras

Praeludium & Sinfonia Strings

Ages 7-18 • Sundays • 1:20-2:10 pm

BKCM offers two string orchestras for both Suzuki and CMS students: Praeludium Strings, for students with beginning or intermediate reading skills (middle of I Can Read Music Volume I or equivalent), and Sinfonia Strings, for students with more advanced reading skills and at least 5-6 years on their instrument.

These orchestras are open to violin, viola, cello and bass students by audition. Students perform a variety of repertoire from standard string orchestral pieces to classical, pop and improvisation. Students expand their sight-reading skills, while developing the ability to follow a conductor and play together. Students are encouraged to practice ensemble repertoire with their private lesson teacher.