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.
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.
Violin Group Class Schedule
Saturday | 10:00 am - 10:45 am | Young Beginners (3-5 year olds)
Saturday | 10:45 am - 11:30 am | Early Book I (beginners 5+ years old & students who are in 1st half of Book I)
Saturday | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm | Late Book I & Book II Class; Advanced Violin Class
Thursday | 2 pm | Gull Lake Home School Partnership Violin Group
Piano Group Class Schedule
Friday | 5:45 pm | Beginner Piano
Percussion Group Class Schedule
Wednesday | 2 pm | Gull Lake Home School Partnership Percussion Group
Wednesday | 7 pm | Percussion Ensemble
Cello Group Class Schedule
Thursday | 4 pm - 8:30 pm
Little Stars & Lil Bean
Saturday | 9:30 am - 10 am
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.