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.


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 sit in on a 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.

Suzuki Strings: Lessons for Violin, Viola or Cello

Lessons are arranged by consultation with the Dean’s Office.


The Suzuki Strings program includes instrumental study of violin, viola, and cello with teachers who have been specially trained in the Suzuki Method. Individual lessons are taught in 30, 45, and 60-minute sessions and are supplemented by a weekly, 50-minute group class. Group lessons are a key part of the Suzuki program. They are grouped by instrument and level. (see the links at left for the group class schedule)


New Suzuki students and parents learn ways to reinforce instruction at home by participating in Suzuki Strings 101. Hochstein welcomes and encourages parents of prospective students to observe lessons and group classes before enrolling in the program. 


Please call (585) 454-4596 to request a detailed Suzuki Brochure and a copy of the group class schedule or click here for the group schedule.


FEE: $20 registration fee. $32* fee per half-hour lesson (includes the group class). Schedules and fees are arranged by appointment with the Dean’s Office. With enrollment in Suzuki Strings, families pay $54 per quarter for one Music FUNdamentals or Children’s Dance class, and reduced fees for Choir or other ensembles. (Fees are as of Fall 2016.)

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Suzuki Parent Education

Because parents play such a vital role in the process of learning through the Suzuki method, Hochstein provides guidance and support through periodic parent education classes throughout the school year. Suzuki parent education is a requirement of the program, and is included in the general Suzuki fees. See Suzuki Strings 101.