Like many Suzuki programs, we offer weekly private and group lessons. Private lessons help students work at their own pace while receiving one-on-one time with an instructor, whereas group lessons provide unique ensemble and repertoire experience and the joy of making music with their peers and teachers. Students are assigned to a group according to their current level of playing. The purpose of these weekly groups is to teach the student to play with others, blend their sound, enhance music reading, and to gain an understanding of group dynamics.
Our popular Little Stars class is a fun program for preschool-aged children. In a stimulating environment, students are introduced to fundamental music skills that are the building blocks of Suzuki-method instruction.
Our year coincides with the school year, with group lessons commencing in September and ending in early June. In the summer, private lessons are offered in two separate five week sessions, Summer I and Summer II.
GROUP LESSON SCHEDULE
VIOLIN GROUP CLASSES
Young Beginners (3-4 yr olds): Saturday, 9:30 AM
Beginners (4-6 yr olds): Saturday, 10 AM
Late Book 1 - Book 3: 11 AM
Advanced: Wednesday, 6 PM
PIANO GROUP CLASSES
Book 1 & 2: Thursday, 6 PM
Advanced: Monday, 6:30 PM
LITTLE STARS CLASS
Saturday, 9:30 AM
Fall 2017 Suzuki Academy Schedule
September 5, 2017 - Private Lessons Begin
September 9, 2017 - Violin Group Classes Begin
October 28, 2017 - Halloween Party at Suzuki Academy of Kalamazoo
November 19, 2017 - Group Holiday Performance (Portage District Library)
November 21-26, 2017 - Thanksgiving Break/Makeup Lesson Week
December 9, 2017 - Suzuki Showcase (Friendship Village)
December 23, 2017 - Winter Break begins; no group classes during winter break
January 8, 2018 - Back from Winter Break!
February 3, 2018 - Group Concert (Friendship Village)
Spring 2018 Suzuki Academy Schedule
February 5, 2018 - First day of the Spring 2018 Semester
March 31 - April 8, 2018 - Spring Break / Makeup Lessons Week
June 2, 2018 - Last day of classes for the school year!
Summer 2018 Suzuki Academy Schedule
June 11 - July 13, 2018 - Summer I session
July 16 - August 17, 2017 - Summer II session
*Additional dates may be added throughout the school year.
Each student has a weekly private lesson with their instructor. Length of the private lesson varies from 30-60 minutes, according to the age and playing level of the student. Private lessons are scheduled by our instructors.
Group lessons are designed to be age and skill appropriate, and go hand in hand with the private lessons. Group lessons are an integral part of the Suzuki method. At the Suzuki Academy of Kalamazoo, you can expect the following as part of our curriculum:
- Suzuki repertoire and technique - this reinforces what is learned in private lessons, as well as expands upon that to apply private lesson concepts to a group ensemble.
- Alternative string methods - improvisation, fiddle, blues, bluegrass.
- Music theory
- Sight reading
- Aural comprehension
- Music history
- Performance practicing
The core curriculum for all SAK students is a series of music books that have been established by Shinichi Suzuki, as well as others. The beauty of this curriculum is its focus on small, success oriented steps. Used by Suzuki students worldwide, it allows students to play easily together using harmonies and duets.
An integral part of the Suzuki curriculum is listening to the Suzuki pieces on CD. This is done as "background listening" (pieces are played during dinner, at bedtime, in the car, or while the student is reading), or "focused listening" (the student follows along with the sheet music, while they are listening to note-specific dynamics.