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Suzuki Program

Our Suzuki program begins at age 3 years, and is based in the belief that young children learn to play music in much the same way they learn their native language—through listening, repetition, support, and parent involvement. The initial process of learning to play by ear develops muscle memory and also provides the student with a robust foundation for note reading. This comprehensive program of study is based on the philosophy of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki.


The teacher and parent have equally important roles in the success of each child’s experience with the Suzuki method. By attending all lessons, supervising daily listening, and practicing with the student, the parent is an active participant in the learning process. Click on the link for Suzuki 101 to find out more about the supplemental group class for beginning students and their parents.


The Suzuki Program at Hochstein offers much more than an individual music lesson. Lessons are supplemented by weekly 50-minute group classes (see link in sidebar for group class schedule). It offers children a chance to develop other important aspects of their lives, including self-discipline, memory, focus, self-esteem, and confidence. Hochstein’s Suzuki Program also provides many opportunities for public performance.


Our Suzuki program continues into the tween years with group classes complementing individual lessons. Note-reading and musical skills continue to be developed during these years, and class levels continue through Suzuki Book 5. As a result, many of our students develop and refine the skills necessary to succeed in our chamber ensemble and orchestral programs. 


Hochstein’s Suzuki faculty have all studied Suzuki Pedagogy and they are passionate about helping students experience the unique Suzuki approach to learning.


To learn more about our Suzuki program, you are welcome to observe lessons and group classes. Contact the main office at 585-454-4596 to make arrangements for an observation time.


If you have in-depth Suzuki Strings questions, contact Marcos Kreutzer, Suzuki Program Coordinator and String Department Co-Chair via email.


Click here for information about our Tuition Assistance.