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Upcoming Events

  • Cleveland International Piano Competition

    July 26, 2016, 10:00 am
    Kulas Hall

    Golandsky Institute Workshop
    Edna Golandsky, Founder and Artistic Director of the renowned Golandsky Institute, presents a workshop and Q&A session for area piano students. The Institute is the preeminent center for the teaching of the Taubman Approach, which gives pianists the tools to play with brilliance and ease.
  • Lunch and Listen Recitals

    July 26, 2016, 12:30 pm
    Mixon Hall

    CIM alumnus Ben Malkevitch, piano, playing All-American Gems, including works by MacDowell, Barber, Bauer and Bernstein.
  • Cleveland International Music Festival - Faculty Recital

    July 31, 2016, 7:00 pm
    Mixon Hall

    The 1st Cleveland International Music Festival will be held from July 29th, 2016 to August 6th, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. World-famous music maestros and eminent music educators will offer young pianists, string players and singers individual professional instruction. Cleveland is a city with abundant musical resources, and the Cleveland International Music Festival, with professionalism and precision, aim to cultivate CIMF as one of the most influential music festivals internationally.

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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