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Suzuki lessons and group classes are arranged by consultation with the Dean’s Office. Call 585.454.4596 for more information.

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. 

Summer Suzuki Strings

A comprehensive program of study based on Dr. Shinichi Suzuki’s philosophy that all children are born with a high potential for learning and, given the opportunity and a structured, encouraging environment, any child can learn to play an instrument. Students in the Suzuki program learn to make music using the “mother-tongue” approach, the same way they learn to speak) - by listening and imitating. 

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. The teacher, student, and parent form an all-important “triangle” of learning to support the child’s musical growth. Hochstein’s Suzuki Program provides many opportunities for public performance.


Suzuki Violin, Viola, and Cello

Ages 3+

The Suzuki Strings program includes instrumental study of violin, viola, and cello with teachers who have been specially trained in the Suzuki Method. Individual instruction is provided in 30, 45, and 60-minute sessions and is supplemented by a weekly, 50-minute group class. 

NOTE: New Summer 2023 beginners will take Summer Suzuki Explorations as their group class offering. Parents of prospective students who aren’t sure about which instrument they’d like their children to take are also encouraged to take Summer Suzuki Explorations to learn more about the program. 

Please call 585.454.4596 to request a detailed Suzuki Brochure and a class schedule.

Fee: $15 registration fee; $36* fee per half-hour, $49 - 45 minute, and $61 - 1 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 reduced fees for one Music FUNdamentals or Children’s Dance class. (Fees are as of Summer 2023.)

Summer Suzuki Explorations

Tuesdays, July 11-August 15, 2023, 5:30 pm
For beginning violin, viola, and cello students and their parents, as well as students/parents exploring Suzuki lessons

Join us in this special offering for new Suzuki lesson students and their parents, as well as those families looking to explore the Suzuki approach before choosing an instrument and beginning lesson study. Participants will sing and move to music as they learn basic skills necessary for playing individually and together with others.

Students will also explore the various instruments available to Suzuki instruction at Hochstein and develop fine motor skills necessary for instrument study.

Parents will learn about the Suzuki philosophy and the all-important parent-teacher-student triangle and develop strategies for working with their child at home.

NOTE: Students who take this 6-week summer offering will move on to individual lessons and the Suzuki 101/Pre-Twinkles class in the fall.

FEE: For Suzuki Lesson Students: Included in $36-per-week 30-minute lesson fee. For non-lesson students: $15 registration fee; $78* tuition. (Fees are as of Summer 2023.)

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Suzuki Strings Group Classes for Community Participants

Permission of community teacher required
Ages 3+

Designed for children studying with a Rochester-area Suzuki teacher who does not offer a supplemental group class. Students meet weekly for a 50-minute class where they experience the joy of playing together and for one another. Classes are specific to age and Suzuki book level, and students enjoy the benefits of the social aspect of music while they work together on the common body of musical works in the Suzuki repertoire. Group classes are offered on Tuesday afternoons and evenings during the summer. Call 585.454.4596 for the group class schedule.

Fee: $15 registration fee; $78* tuition. (Fees are as of Summer 2023.)