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Upcoming Events

  • Musical Luncheon Series: CIM Alumni Giving Back

    May 25, 2016, 11:15 pm
    Mixon Hall

    Many CIM alumni stay in Cleveland after graduation. They’re performers and musical entrepreneurs building their own music ensembles, series and festivals and bringing the joy of music to the community in new and creative ways.  Join us as they share their talent and experiences.  Our host is pianist, Shuai Wang.

  • Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival

    June 3, 2016, 12:00 am
    Cleveland Institute of Music

    Guitars International in cooperation with the Cleveland Institute of Music presents the 16th annual Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival at the Institute. Join us in welcoming this spring’s roster of internationally acclaimed artists in a concentrated series of recitals, premieres, master classes, lectures and exhibits celebrating the classical guitar and art music: solo and ensemble, old and new.
  • Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival

    June 3, 2016, 7:30 pm
    Mixon Hall

    Jason Vieaux, guitar

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.

   Learn How To Enroll   >

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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