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  • Northeast Ohio Band Invitational XII

    January 25, 2015, 2:00 pm
    Severance Hall

    CWRU Symphonic Winds
    Dr. Gary M. Ciepluch, conductor
    Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony II – Symphonic Winds
    Melissa Lichtler, conductor

  • 24th Annual Black Heritage Concert

    January 25, 2015, 4:00 pm
    Kulas Hall

    Cleveland School of the Arts Ensembles
      R. Nathaniel Dett Concert Choir
      William B. Woods, director
      Joanne Poderis, piano
      CSA Chamber Orchestra
      Dianna Richardson, director
      CSA Jazz Orchestra
      Robert Davis, director
    Sanctuary Choir of Antioch Baptist Church
    Angelo Johnson, Jr., conductor


  • Orchestra | CIM@HOME

    January 28, 2015, 8:00 pm
    Kulas Hall

    Celebrating the 75th Birthday of Margaret Brouwer

    Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra
    Michael Adelson, guest conductor
    Margaret Brouwer, guest composer

Whether your child is a beginning student, a transfer student, or a sibling, we strongly encourage all parents to attend the Parent Class. The Eight-Week Parent Class is designed to create a support group for new parents in our program; encouraging members to study or review the principles of the Suzuki Philosophy and Method, as well as generating discussions about home practice and other topics of interest.

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The curriculum of the Parent Class reviews materials detailed in the new parent packet, creating discussions of Suzuki philosophy and application, assign required readings, and observe the role of the parent in the "Parent-Teacher-Child" triangle. This information will be reinforced during the private lesson. In addition, Suzuki parents will be learning the instrument alongside their children and will receive training through 'hands-on' guidance in order to continue your child's instruction at home.

Beginning students will commence with private lessons at the start of the fall semester. If the private teacher feels the student is ready to start group lessons, the child will placed in the New Beginner Class starting in November.

Instruments Offered / Finding an Instrument

The Sato Center offers lessons from the age of 4 in:

  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Bass
  • Piano

We ask that beginning parents refrain from obtaining an instrument for their child until they are placed with an instructor; the Sato faculty are skilled in selecting the correct sized instrument and in giving advice as to where to obtain an instrument. The first few lessons will include introductory steps in training the parent to be the home teacher, developing focus and concentration, as well as sizing the child for the proper instrument and helping the parent purchase or rent an instrument.

Students Age Four and Up

Suzuki study is based on both individual attention and group experiences. All Suzuki students in the Sato Center participate in weekly private and group lessons totaling an hour or more of highly specialized instruction. Additionally, beginning parents are required to attend the Eight-week fall parent class for beginning Suzuki parents before their child will join a group class. This, together with listening, home practice, and performance experiences, offers a total program for musical development and enjoyment.

The Suzuki Studies Program

Click on the links below to learn about the different components of the CIM Suzuki Studies program.

   Observations   >

   Private Lessons   >

   Group Lessons   >

   Performance Opportunities   >

   Eight-week Fall Parent Class for Beginning Suzuki Parents   >

   Suzuki Theory   >

   Workshops   >

Resources for Enrolled Students & Parents

Suzuki Fanfare

  • 100 Day Practice Club
  • Faculty News
  • Student News
  • Theoretically Speaking
  • Special Announcements

Required Reading for Parents (available through the CIM Music and Book Store):

  • To Learn With Love, William and Constance Starr
  • Nurtured by Love, Shinichi Suzuki
  • Ability Development from Age Zero, Shinichi Suzuki


Information will be provided by Kimberly and change on a regular basis. Check frequently for updates on:

  • Special Activities
  • Recitals
  • Concerts
  • Play-ins
  • Outreach
  • Workshops
  • Master classes

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