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.
GROUP LESSON SCHEDULE
PIANO GROUP CLASSES
Book 1 & 2: Tuesday, 5:30 PM
Advanced: Monday, 6:30 PM
VIOLIN GROUP CLASSES
Early Book 1: Saturday, 10 AM
Late Book 1 & Book 2: Saturday, 11 AM
Advanced: Wednesday, 6 PM
LITTLE STARS CLASS
Saturday, 10 AM
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 on an a la carte basis and are open to flexible scheduling.
Fall 2016 Suzuki Academy Schedule
September 6, 2016 - Private Lessons Begin
September 10, 2016 - Suzuki Open House and Parent Meeting
September 17, 2016 - Group Classes Begin
October 1, 2016 - First Solo Recital of the year (Suzuki Academy of Kalamazoo)
October 29, 2016 - Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Student Performer Showcase (Miller Auditorium - strings only)
November 13, 2016 - Solo Recital (Suzuki Academy of Kalamazoo)
November 21-27, 2016 - Thanksgiving Break / Makeup Lessons Week
November 30, 2016 - Group Concert (Crosstown Parkway Apartments)
December 4, 2016 - Suzuki Showcase (Kalamazoo Country Club)
December 24 - January 8, 2017 - Winter Break
January 28, 2017 - Solo Recital (Suzuki Academy of Kalamazoo)
February 5, 2017 - Last day of the Fall 2016 Semester
February 18, 2017 - End of Semester Group Concert (Friendship Village)
Spring 2017 Suzuki Academy Schedule
February 6, 2017 - First day of the Spring 2017 Semester
March 12, 2017 - Solo Recital (Suzuki Academy of Kalamazoo)
April 3-9, 2017 - Spring Break / Makeup Lessons Week
April 23, 2017 - Solo Recital (Suzuki Academy of Kalamazoo)
May 21, 2017 - Suzuki Showcase (Kalamazoo Country Club)
June 10, 2017 - End of the Year Group Concert (First Congregational Church)
Summer 2017 Suzuki Academy Schedule
June 19 - July 23, 2017 - Summer I
July 24 - August 27, 2017 - Summer II
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.
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.