Suzuki Strings

What is it?

The Suzuki Method is based on the principle that all children possess ability and that this ability can be developed and enhanced through a nurturing environment. All children learn to speak their own language with relative ease and if the same natural learning process is applied in teaching other skills, these can be acquired as successfully. CMC has introduced a group class program based in the Suzuki tradition for our String students. These students benefit by being exposed in learning to play in a group environment with their peers. 

CMC's string classes extend beyond the regular "Suzuki" courses offered by other music schools; they include technique, fun group playing, activities and sight-reading training. All these elements improve students' ensemble playing and aural ability. There are weekly performing opportunities, which improve performance abilities and comfort level for all students. This class provides a positive environment for all students to demonstrate their abilities. String instruments such as violin, viola and cello are very social instruments and working together with others in a group helps all students speed up their learning progress as players.

For students currently enrolled in private lessons, the addition of group classes is highly encouraged, even if it is not possible to attend the class every week. 

When is it?

NOTE: Students can join throughout the year; fees will be pro-rated. To register after September, please call our office: 416-537-5995.

IMPORTANT: Our Suzuki Group Classes are in ADDITION to private lessons: all group class students MUST be enrolled in private lessons.

For 2015-2016:

Suzuki Strings Violin Twinkle: 

TBA: call 416-537-5995 for more information

Suzuki Strings Violin Book 1-2: 

TBA: call 416-537-5995 for more information

How much does it cost?

Not including private lesson fees, the Suzuki Strings program costs:

$600 for the year for 45 minute classes (payment option of 2 Installments of $300)

*prices are subject to change without notice

Who is teaching the classes?

Kenin McKay and Eslin McKay are both certified Suzuki teachers.  Please check out their bios on our Teacher's page by clicking on their names.

Who is Suzuki?

Shinichi Suzuki (1898-1998) was born in Japan and studied western music in Germany in the 1920s. He first began teaching young children in Japan in the 1930s and further developed his ideas and philosophy of teaching during the post-war period. His approach to teaching has now spread to many parts of the world and is proving increasingly successful everywhere. Because he was a violinist, he first applied his ideas to the teaching of violin, but it has since been used with many other instruments, in nursery school teaching and other more general areas. 

The important elements of the Suzuki approach to instrumental teaching include the following:

  • an early start (aged 3-4 is normal in most countries)
  • the importance of listening to music
  • learning to play before learning to read
  • the involvement of the parent
  • a nurturing and positive learning environment
  • a high standard of teaching by trained teachers
  • the importance of producing a good sound in a balanced and natural way
  • core repertoire, used by Suzuki students across the world
  • social interaction with other children: Suzuki students from all over the world can communicate through the language of music.

    Aims of the Suzuki Method The Suzuki method has enabled many children to play music to a high standard. Substantial numbers of Suzuki trained students have indeed become highly acclaimed professional musicians. However, the training of professionals is not the main aim: the emphasis throughout is on the development of the whole child, on education through music. Dr Suzuki himself always said that his wish was to foster the human qualities in the child. At every opportunity he called on politicians, teachers and parents to ensure that the full potential of every child is developed: 
    I want - if I can - to get education changed from mere instruction to education in the real sense of the word - education that inculcates, brings out, develops the human potential, based on the growing life of the child. That is why I am devoting my efforts to furthering Talent Education: what a child becomes depends entirely on how he is educated. My prayer is that all children on this globe may become fine human beings, happy people of superior ability, and I am devoting all my energies to making this come about, for I am convinced that all children are born with this potential. 

    See also: The basic principles of the Suzuki method (TERI Website) 
    Every child can learn (and other articles from the SAA website)
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