Crescendo Suzuki Studio

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Ages 4 1/2-7 


First-year students between the ages of 4 1/2-6 years old will share one class per week, which is limited to three families. The class will be broken into three sections: a group lesson, a parent lesson, and the private lessons.

First-year students ages 5-7 who are ready for more individual time will have two classes per week: a 45-minute group class and a 30-minute individual lesson with their parent(s).

The child will initially learn posture on a box violin, master rhythm exercises, and learn how to care for the instrument. The student will work to develop a relaxed and controlled bow hold, violin posture, and finger dexterity. The parent and child will establish a consistent practice routine including posture, singing, rhythm, and listening. The parent will learn the basic mechanics of the instrument to assist in home practice.

Student and parents work as a group on rhythm, pitch, posture, and familiarity with the Suzuki repertoire through creative activities. In order to assess each student’s progress, they will each receive a brief individual lesson which will focus more attention on the instrument. Basic music theory is introduced in the later part of this first year. Parents will also learn an understanding of the instrument while developing a basic knowledge of the Suzuki philosophy. The following year, families with well-developed practice routines will enter the core program.

First Year Students