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
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
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.
- 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 Department Chair, Suzuki Violin & Viola
- Tuesdays or Thursdays 6:00-6:45pm – Suzuki Group Class: Book 1 – 3. Students must attend either group class each week. Students beyond book 3 will move up to participate in the CMS Chamber Music program.
- First Suzuki Group is Parent Education : Tuesday 8/27 &Thursday 8/29 6:00pm – 6:45pm. Mr. Ray will host the Parent Education session. Parents in Suzuki Group are expected to attend.
- Suzuki Fall Harvest Concert: Friday, November 15, 2019 7pm
- CMS Holiday Themed Student Recitals: Friday Dec 6 & 13, 2019 7:00pm
- CMS Student Showcase : Sunday May 17, 2020 3:00pm – ticketed event
- Suzuki Spring Blossom Concert: Friday, June 12, 2020 at 7:00pm
Suzuki POP! (Paper Orchestra Program) is a workshops for children Pre-K through 2nd Grade with a parent or caregiver. 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. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Sign up today! Call 610.489.3676.
- Suzuki POP! Camp: August 5-9, 2019 9am-12pm Tuition: $175