FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why study music?
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At what age should my child begin lessons?
SSN offers classes for all ages, from newborns to adults. Most children are ready to start an instrument around age 4.
Ages 0-3: Suzuki Early Childhood Education
Ages 3-4: Suzuki Prep
Ages 4-5: Early Beginners
Ages 5-18: Core Program or Advanced Program
Adults: Private Lessons on all instruments, Private music reading and composition lessons, Adult Cello Ensemble
Can my child take private lessons only?
No, all children ages 5 and up must enter the core program, which includes three classes per week.
Isn't That a Huge commitment?
We offer a comprehensive Suzuki program to our students, designed to cultivate real musical ability and eventually a deep facility for fine music in the context of an instrument. However, we recognize the multifarious demands of modern life, and we usually try to schedule two classes on one day, so that families will only have to come to the school twice a week. However, that’s not always possible. In addition, students are expected to practice regularly at home. As a result, our students experience true mastery of the music they are playing, resulting in greater enjoyment and self-confidence.
Can I enroll partway through the school year?
Yes, we accept enrollment throughout the year. Tuition is prorated according to the start date.
How do we decide on an instrument?
The child should play an instrument that he or she is excited about playing. If the child is 3-5 and hasn’t yet selected an instrument, the Suzuki Prep class offers an introduction to all of the instruments taught at SSN. Another way to decide is to bring the child to observe different lessons at the school; observations are free, and are a required part of the enrollment process. Finally, live concerts, recordings, and even YouTube videos can help children decide on an instrument.
MUST MY CHILD BE MUSICALLY GIFTED?
Dr. Suzuki believed that all children have the ability to play an instrument when taught in a supportive environment through a process similar to the way they learn to speak.
DOES THE PARENT NEED MUSICAL TRAINING?
No. The parent learns along with the child.
DO I STUDY THE INSTRUMENT ALONG WITH MY CHILD?
Most of our teachers start by teaching the parent for a few lessons, then switching to the child. The parent lessons help the parents to become a good "home teacher" -- the one who supervises practice at home. Although some parents choose to continue with lessons, the parent's primary role does not require parallel instrument study.
WHY DO PARENTS CHOOSE SUZUKI INSTRUCTION FOR THEIR CHILDREN?
Parents do it because they observe that their children, in addition to mastering an instrument, acquire self-respect, self-confidence, and the capacity for self-discipline.
WHAT DOES "SUZUKI METHOD" MEAN?
Simply put, Suzuki students learn to play an instrument in a positive environment, taking gradual steps built around listening and practice that are carefully designed to make progress natural. The parent is as important a participant in the learning experience as the teacher and student. Read more here.
WHO ARE SUZUKI TEACHERS?
They are trained musicians certified to teach the Suzuki Method who enjoy educating children.
WHAT ARE "GROUP CLASSES"?
Group classes are composed of children at roughly similar skill levels who play together to polish their common repertoire. The classes offer frequent, low-pressure opportunities to play for others. They also add an important social dimension to music study.
WHAT IS SOLFEGE, OR MUSICIANSHIP?
Solfege classes are for ear training. Solfege and music theory together create the Musicianship class. Students learn such music basics as intervals, dynamics, rhythm, and sight reading. Note reading begins in this class as well.
HOW DOES SUZUKI AFFECT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PARENT AND CHILD?
Many parents appreciate the special music-centered time they can spend with a child away from the rush of daily life.