Northern Kentucky Suzuki Program at ISM

What is the Suzuki Method?

The Suzuki Method is inspired by the ease and manner with which children learn their native language or "mother tongue". Developed more than 50 years ago by Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki, the Suzuki Method is now taught worldwide on many instruments, including violin, viola, cello, piano, flute, guitar, and harp. Recently, Suzuki voice and trumpet were introduced.

Dr. Suzuki’s approach adapted some basic principles of language acquisition. Scroll down to read more about Dr. Suzuki's approach.

About the Northern Kentucky Suzuki Program at ISM

Our program offers Suzuki violin, viola, and cello.

For beginner students, private lessons are 30 minutes each. Beginner parents are also taught violin/viola and share the lesson with their child. We encourage prospective families to contact us about scheduling lesson observations.

Our Suzuki teachers are professional musicians with a minimum of an undergraduate degree in music performance. They have also taken Suzuki Teacher Training courses through the Suzuki Association of the Americas and have extensive Suzuki experience.

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2019-20 Suzuki Program information:

During the academic year, September - May, Suzuki students receive:

  • 32 weekly private lessons. See our locations.

  • 16 group classes (45 minutes each), as scheduled at Immanuel UMC. Contact us for the Suzuki Program calendar.

  • Several opportunities for public performances both as a group and individually.

Immanuel UMC: 2551 Dixie Highway, Lakeside Park, 41017

Academic Year Tuition:

  • 30-minute Suzuki lessons, and group classes: $113.78/month

  • 45-minute Suzuki lessons, and group classes: $152.89/month

  • 60-minute Suzuki lessons, and group classes: $192.00/month

Registration information can be found on the Registration page.

For a complete Calendar of Events and Programs, please CLICK HERE.

School policies can be found on the Policies page.

2019-20 Suzuki Program Performances: Open and free to the public

  • TBA

Dr. Suzuki’s approach towards music education adapted some basic principles of language acquisition:

Parental involvement in a nurturing environment.
The parent learns to play the instrument before their beginner child does. This allows them to better understand what the child is learning. During daily practice, the parent becomes the "home teacher" and provides demonstration for and assistance to their child. They are expected to participate in all lessons and classes alongside the student.

A healthy learning environment is emphasized, and is created by the parent and the private teacher in partnership. This environment includes structured practice, sincere encouragement, acknowledgement of the child’s efforts, appropriate praise, and patience, with minimal distractions.

An early start.
While it is never too late to start learning an instrument, the most important developmental years are the early years. Listening to classical music can begin at birth. Lessons can begin as early as age 3 or 4; many students begin during their preschool or kindergarten years.

Listening and repetition.
Children listen to words over and over again as they learn to speak. Likewise, Suzuki students listen repeatedly to recordings of professional musicians performing the Suzuki repertoire.

Small, progressive steps in a non-competitive setting.
Each student learns at his/her own rate, building on small steps so that each one can be mastered well. Previous repertoire is continually refined and polished, and is frequently used as a platform for learning new, more complex techniques. By the time a Suzuki student reaches Violin Book 4 (there are 10 books), he/she will know over an hour’s worth of music by memory.

Other important aspects of the Suzuki Method include the use of a well-designed curriculum and peer learning. Note reading is not taught until basic playing techniques have been mastered, making the Suzuki Method an ideal way for young children to learn the violin.

Immanuel School of Music
2551 Dixie Highway, Lakeside Park, KY 41017
(859) 341-8555