Begin Your Musical Journey with Us

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 year coincides with the school year, with private and group lessons commencing in September and ending in early June. In the summer, only private lessons are offered in two separate five week sessions, Summer I and Summer II.

 
 
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Violin & Viola

Violin and viola private lessons provide a nurturing environment where students and parents participate in self paced instruction. Through lessons, the parent will learn with their child, and be able to act as their “home teacher.” Our instructors work with the student and parent on how to establish a practice routine, so that important concepts can be cultivated at home. Throughout all of this, the goal is to learn to love music. The ability to play music with others is essential to having a rewarding musical journey. In group class we learn how to play as a violin section. This includes learning how to follow a leader, how to listen to others while playing, and how to use all the skills learned in the private lesson in a group setting. It’s also an opportunity to work with different teachers and guest artists, learn new music and styles, and to play games and have fun.

Instructors
Jacob Olbrot, Josh Holcomb, and Harmony Kelly

Monthly Tuition

$135/mo - 30 min lessons + group
$195/mo - 45 min lessons + group
$250/mo - 60 min lessons + group

Supplies to get started

  • purchase or rent a violin

  • Suzuki Violin Book I

  • Your instructor may suggest additional resources

Group Class Schedule
Violin group classes are held at the First Baptist Church of Kalamazoo (315 W. Michigan Ave) unless otherwise noted by the instructors.

Saturday | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Young Beginners (3-5 year olds)

Saturday | 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Early Book I (beginners 5+ years old & students who are in 1st half of Book I)

Advanced Violin Class

Saturday | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Late Book I & Book II Class


Suzuki Method Piano

Our Suzuki piano program consists of two lessons weekly, a private lesson and a group class. A parent attends all lessons with their child, and practices daily with their child at home. While all ages may benefit from our Suzuki piano program, beginners are typically 3-7 years old, and have not previously studied piano. Suzuki piano program students have the opportunity to participate in various recitals throughout the year. The Suzuki piano program may be a good fit for you if your child is between the ages of 3-7, you can attend group class in addition to your private lessons, you want your child to benefit from the Suzuki method’s delay of musical notation reading, and you want to partner with your child and their teacher, taking notes and asking questions in lessons and practicing daily with your child at home.

Supplies to get started

  • must have piano or weighted keyboard at home for practice

  • Suzuki Piano Book I

  • Your instructor may suggest additional resources

Instructors

Jessica Mauer

Monthly Tuition

$135/mo - 30 min lessons + group
$195/mo - 45 min lessons + group
$250/mo - 60 min lessons + group

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Group Class Schedule

Friday | 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Beginner Piano

Traditional Piano

Unlike Suzuki piano, traditional piano students attend one weekly lesson and will start learning to read musical notation early on in their musical trajectory. A traditional piano group class is offered for advanced students. The private lessons are ideal for students 5 years of age or older. It is strongly encouraged for parents to sit in on lessons and participate in them as well as practicing with their child at home, but it is not necessary to the methodology. Each of our traditional piano instructors has their own style and flair and they teach many different pedagogies.

Supplies to get started

  • must have piano or weighted keyboard at home for practice

  • Suzuki Piano Book I

  • Your instructor may suggest additional resources

There is no group class schedule for traditional piano.

Instructors

Dan Koshelnyk, Somi Yoon, Michael Zutis, Pablo Valladares

Monthly Tuition

$100/mo - 30 min private lessons
$160/mo - 45 min private lessons
$200/mo - 60 min private lessons


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Cello

The Kalamazoo Suzuki cello program is considered to be one of the top Suzuki cello programs in the country, and is taught by renowned SAA Teacher Trainer Grace Field. The program consists of a private and group lesson weekly. Highlights of the well known program are the opportunities to play at New Year's Fest, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra pre-concert program, the KIA and many other local venues. In addition, a master cellist is invited each year to work with the students in a master class setting. Cellos are available to rent from Grace for a reasonable yearly fee.

Group Class Schedule

Thursday | 4 pm - 7:30 pm

Times varying for different levels. Consult Grace Field for additional information.

Instructor

Grace Field

Monthly Tuition

Please call Grace for all pricing information:
269.365.0966

Supplies to get started

  • purchase or rent a cello

  • Suzuki Cello Book I

  • Grace may suggest additional resources


Guitar

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Our guitar program consists of one lesson weekly, with measured goals set at the end of each session to encourage daily exploration of music on the instrument at home. Parents are welcome to attend lessons in order to guide their children's process of discovery. Almost any age is a good time to start learning the guitar! For students who have previous experience on the instrument, the first lesson includes an assessment of skill and a short discussion about the interests, ambitions, and goals of the student to launch their musical journey. Since the guitar can play so many different roles in music, emphasis during sessions is placed on the student's interests, while also developing a solid foundation of rhythm, harmony and chord voicing.

Supplies to get started

Guitar

There is not currently a group class for this instrument offering.

Instructor

Mike Savina

Monthly Tuition

$100/mo - 30 min lessons, no group
$160/mo - 45 min lessons, no group
$200/mo - 60 min lessons, no group


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Percussion

This interactive and fun musical route will set you up with lots of basic rhythmic skills; counting, keeping time, notes & strokes, and music reading. You will also learn lots of basic percussion instruments like shakers, hand drums, bass drums with sticks, and body percussion. This super fun musical experience creates different drum grooves that fit together to form songs and dynamic performances.

Instructor

Dede Alder

Monthly Tuition

$135/mo - 30 min lessons + group class
$195/mo - 45 min lessons + group class
$200/mo - 60 min lessons + group class

$100/mo - 30 min lessons, no group
$160/mo - 45 min lessons, no group
$200/mo - 60 min lessons, no group

Supplies to get started

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There is currently no group class schedule for this instrument.

 

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