New Students

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.

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.

Finding an Instrument

Instruments offered:

  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Bass
  • Piano

The Sato faculty are skilled in selecting the correct sized instrument and in giving advice as to where to obtain an instrument. We ask that beginning parents refrain from obtaining an instrument for their child until they are placed with an instructor.

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.