The Suzuki Academy

The Suzuki Academy at CMS

Suzuki Instruction is Available for Violin, Viola, Cello & Piano

The late Japanese violinist, educator, philosopher, and humanitarian Dr. Shinichi Suzuki devoted his life to developing a method for teaching music to young children. His method is based on his belief that, “Musical ability is not an inborn talent but an ability which can be developed. Any child who is properly trained can develop musical ability, just as all children develop the ability to speak their mother tongue. The potential of every child is unlimited.” Dr. Shinichi Suzuki used this philosophy to formulate what he called the “mother-tongue approach”. This approach teaches young children to learn musical skills similar to how young children learn to speak – through observation and imitation. Dr. Suzuki believed that all children should study music to help nurture and develop their characters.

Special Features of Suzuki Education:

  • Parent involvement
  • Beginning lessons at an early age
  • Use of sequential material presented by knowledgeable teachers in an organized and clear manner
  • Nurturing a student’s cognitive, emotional, social, language and physical development through music while developing ease, balance and confidence
  • Development of a child’s sense of self-discipline and work ethic
  • An environment that enables each child to reach their fullest potential
  • Social interaction and motivation among students through group classes
  • Listening, repetition and reading
  • Encouragement

The Suzuki Academy at CMS

The Suzuki Academy combines the best of Suzuki and traditional instruction for students. The Academy accommodates students who are complete beginners to advancing level players. Beginners are to participate in weekly private instruction and weekly Group class while advancing students participate in more traditional methods with weekly private lessons, music theory classes and chamber music ensembles. Depending on age and level, a students may participate in the CMS Music Certification program adding music theory to their regular schedule.

Tuition for the Suzuki Academy program includes:

  • The appropriate group lesson or ensemble
  • Parent Education for new Suzuki parents
  • Participation in special Suzuki Academy concerts at CMS and outside CMS
  • Rehearsals and performances with a professional accompanist
  • General CMS Student recitals
  • Written progress report at the end of the year
  • Access to the CMS music library

Dress Code:
All Suzuki Academy students must purchase a Suzuki Academy red polo shirt to wear at all Suzuki performances, workshops and events. The cost of the shirt is $20.00.  Black or dark dress pants/skirts and dark socks/tights and dark shoes. No jeans or flip-flops. During a general CMS Student Recital, instead of the Suzuki polo shirt students may wear something else that is considered presentable.

Suzuki Academy Syllabus, Overview, and Info:

  • Students and parents in the Suzuki Academy are required to have fun, smile, and make friends.
  • Students, Parents, Instructors, and CMS Administration must have strong open communication with each other. Emails, phone calls, carrier pigeons, texts, flyers, and all others are encouraged. Email is our primary tool to communicate. Also, please follow CMS on Facebook.
  • An Interview lesson with Raymond Mallari will be a 3-step process in which the prospective student and parent will observe a Private Lesson, observe a Group Lesson, and finally have their Interview Lesson.
  • Students specifically in Mallari’s studio must be in both Group Class/Pre-Chamber plus individual Private Lessons. New students are allowed 2 consecutive quarters to be in just Private Lessons before adding Group Class/Pre-Chamber. If after 2 consecutive quarters, student does not add Group Class/Pre-Chamber then the student must transfer out of Mallari’s studio. To truly honor the Suzuki Approach, a student must be in both private lessons & group class.
  • Parents must make every effort to be in the Private Lesson and Group Lesson with the student, especially those who are under 9 years old. Suzuki Parents are required to attend the Suzuki Parent Education courses.
  • Students in the Suzuki Academy must participate in the Fall Harvest Concert, Spring Blossom Concert, and Performathon at CMS. Students are also higly expected to make every effort to participate in off-site concerts such as Library, Retirement home, Rita’s Water Ice, Ursinus College, Immaculata University, Providence Town Center, YMCA, etc. In addition to these group style concerts, students are also welcome to participate in the general CMS Student Recitals. Students are required to perform in 3 general CMS Student Recitals per school year.
  • Parents must make every effort to familiarize themselves with the Suzuki Approach with online resources and/or books.
  • Suzuki Academy students must purchase the Red Performance Polo T-Shirt at $20.00. It is part of the CMS Fashion Line.
  • Suzuki Academy students and parents must also familiarize themselves with the general CMS Student Handbook with all the policies.

Suzuki Academy Schedule 2017 – 2018:

Weekly Group Sessions:

  • Tuesdays 5:30-6:45pm – Pre-Chamber Ensemble & Musicianship : Book 4 & above, with private instructor permission. Mrs. Julienne will lead rehearsals & Musicianship class. Students must purchase the Theory Book.
  • Thursdays 5:30-6:15pm – Suzuki Group & Musicianship Class: Book 1 – 3. Students will alternate between repertoire & Musicianship with Mr. Ray every week. Students must purchase the Theory Book.
  • Summer Session weels of July 10 – August 7, 2017
  • Quarter 1 begins week of August 28, 2017
  • First Suzuki Group is Parent Education : Thursday August 31, 2017 5:30pm – 6:15pm. Mr. Ray will host the Parent Education session. Parents in Suzuki Group are expected to attend.
  • Suzuki Academy at Ursinus Community Fair : Friday September 15, 2017 Time : TBA
  • CMS Halloween Themed Student Recital : Friday October 27, 2017 7:00pm
  • PreChamber and Group combined rehearsal: Thursday Nov 2 & Nov 9, 2017 5:30pm. No regular PreChamber on Tuesday Oct 31 & Nov 7.
  • Suzuki Fall Harvest Concert : Thursday November 16, 2017 5:30pm – 6:15pm
  • CMS Holiday Themed Student Recitals: Friday Dec8 & Dec15 7:00pm
  • CMS Strings Festival : Saturday March 3, 2018 : Day event
  • CMS Student Showcase : Sunday May 20, 2018 3:00pm – ticketed event
  • PreChamber and Group combined rehearsal : Thursday June 7 & May 31, 2018 5:30pm – 6:15pm
  • Suzuki Spring Blossom Concert : Thursday June 14, 2018 5:30pm – 6:15pm
  • ViVace Strings Day Camp : June 25 – June 29, 2018 9am – 12noon (Subject to change)

Suzuki POP! – The Paper Orchestra Program for Suzuki Beginners

  • Ages 4-7
  • Tuesdays 4:00-4:45pm January 16 – February 6, 2018
  • Instructor: Ray Mallari
  • $50

Suzuki POP! (Paper Orchestra Program) is a 4-week workshops for children ages 4-7. During class, students will build a violin out of everyday household items, sing and move with their instrument through a variety of activities building musical skills, learn to watch, listen and follow a conductor and learn more about the Suzuki method of music learning. Suzuki POP! Students will be invited to participate in the Suzuki Academy group class on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 5:30pm. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Sign up today! Call 610.489.3676.

Suzuki What?! Suzuki Parent Education Class

Suzuki Parent Education Class for Current and Prospective parents. A Three-part session overview of the Suzuki method. A large part of the Suzuki triangle is the Suzuki parents! Parents participation contributed to the success their child’s Suzuki experience. More than fifty years ago, Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki realized the implications of the fact that children the world over learn to speak their native language with ease. He began to apply the basic principles of language acquisition to the learning of music, and called his method the mother-tongue approach. The ideas of parent responsibility, loving encouragement, constant repetition, etc., are some of the special features of the Suzuki approach.
  • Three-Part Session: Wednesdays at 6:00-6:45pm with Julienne Ikegami
  • January 17, 24 & 31, 2018
  • Cost: $36 Pre-Registration Required: 610-489-3676 or

Suzuki Academy Faculty

Raymond MallariRaymond Mallari, Suzuki Department Chair, Suzuki Violin & Viola

Raymond Mallari graduated from West Chester University with a degree in Viola Performance. He continued his graduate studies at West Chester University in both violin and viola emphasizing pedagogy. His orchestral participation includes Temple University Symphony Orchestra, West Chester Symphony Orchestra, Lower Merion Symphony, Pottstown Symphony Orchestra, Kennett Symphony, PA Philharmonic, ChescoPOPS, and Philadelphia National Symphony. Internationally, he had the pleasure of touring China with the Philadelphia National Symphony 2011—2012. He participated in the 2013 ChamberArt Madrid Music Festival as principal violist, earning a certificate diploma of chamber music. His chamber music activities includes numerous String Trios, String Quartets, Guitar Quintet, and Piano Quintets. He was a participant in the MTNA Young Artist and Chamber Music Competition placing Alternate in the 2009 Chamber Division, an Honorable Mention in the Young Artist 2008 Division, and a National Finalist in the 2009 Young Artist Division. Mr. Mallari teaches violin and viola beginners to advancing levels and is a Suzuki certified instructor. In addition to working at CMS, Mr. Mallari is also a faculty member at Immaculata University and Ursinus College.

Sang Mi ChungSang Mi Chung,  Suzuki Piano

A native of Korea, Sang Mi Chung completed her Bachelors of Music at Sang Myung University in Seoul. She came to the United States to study at Temple University and graduated from Esther Boyer College of Music with a Master of Music degree in both piano performance and chamber music. While at Temple, her principal instructors were Professors Harvey Wedeen and internationally renowned chamber musician Lambert Orkis. In addition to numerous solo and chamber music performances in Korea and the United States, Ms. Chung has performed with the Brahms Piano Festival sponsored by the German Brahms Society and has performed on several occasions in Hamburg and Heide Germany. She was also invited to perform a solo recital for the Afternoon Music Club Concert several times.  Recently, she was selected  to perform for “The Vladimir Horowitz Steinway Concert” in Philadelphia using his 9-foot concert grand piano. Ms. Chung has taught piano for more than 12 years and is a certified Suzuki instructor having completed Book 1 training with Joan Kryzwicki. She has served as an adjunct faculty member and resident artist at Temple University. She is currently the organist and choir director for several churches in the Greater Philadelphia region.


Eric Coyne, Suzuki Cello

Eric has been an active teacher, performer, and chamber musician in the Philadelphia region since 2001. In addition to his work at Community Music School since 2002, he has been a faculty member of the Westminster Choir College Conservatory, the Nelly Berman School of Music, and The Music School of Delaware. He currently teaches music theory and chamber music at The Music School of Delaware, and has been a Master Faculty member of the Community School since 2009. From 2002-2005, he was ‘cellist of CMS’s ensemble-in-residence, the Mühlenberg Piano Quartet, and is currently ‘cellist of the Illustra Trio. Other performing commitments include Symphony in C, Classical Revolution Philadelphia, and the Murmuration Improvisation Ensemble. He holds a B.M. in Cello Performance from the University of Iowa, and an M.M. and Performance-Pedagogy Professional Certificate from Temple University.  Eric is also a certified Suzuki instructor.  Eric is a Master Level Faculty member at CMS.

Julienne Ikegami, Suzuki Violin

Julienne Ikegami received her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and her Master of Music in String Pedagogy at Temple University, Boyer College of Music and Dance.  While studying at Temple, she actively participated in many ensembles, including the Temple University Symphony Orchestra, where they have performed at the Kimmel Center, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall.  Julienne also participated in many notable music festivals, such as the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, and Domaine Forget International Music Festival.  Additional opportunities also allowed her to perform overseas throughout Europe and Asia. Julienne enjoys performing solo, chamber music, and in orchestras and actively freelances in the Philadelphia area.  Julienne teaches violin students beginner through advanced levels and is a certified Suzuki instructor. In addition to Community Music School, she also teaches at her home studio in Drexel Hill PA.

Seth TrumboreSeth Trumbore, Suzuki Piano

Seth received his B.M. in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from Temple University where he studied with Harvey Wedeen. His graduation honors include the Jacobs Music Company Steinway Award and the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges award.  While at Temple, Seth receive training in the Suzuki Method and is a certified Suzuki instructor having completed Book 1 training with Joan Kryzwicki. After receiving chamber music training from the Settlement Music School under Sidney and Shirley Curtiss, Seth has become very passionate about collaboration and is active in the community assisting soloists and various musical organizations. In addition, he currently serves as assistant organist at Church of the Holy Spirit in Harleysville.

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