Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, a violinist and educator, stated, “Man is the son of his environment.” As parents, we strive to provide that essential climate where children can grow without any barriers to their success. The essence of the Suzuki philosophy is the “mother-tongue approach.” Dr. Suzuki realized that all children learn their native language with ease. Suzuki used this universally successful approach to learning a language as the basis for learning an instrument AND the Suzuki method was born!
The Suzuki philosophy teaches every child can learn through the mother-tongue approach and immersion in music as a second language. Families who join Suzuki Strings will experience this pathway to excellence with the support of the teacher-student-parent triangle, including access to our four-week parent class at no additional cost!
The Omaha Conservatory Suzuki Strings program includes:
- A weekly individual lesson with a Suzuki-trained instructor
- A weekly group repertoire class with peers studying at the same level
- A four-week home teacher class for parents, designed to help prepare the family for a successful musical journey
- We encourage participation in ensembles tailored to grow music reading skills in tandem with their repertoire progress. Conservatory Players, Strings Chamber Ensembles, Cello Choir, and Frontier Strings are all eligible Omaha Conservatory ensemble programs. Placement video required for all.
- Inspiring supplementary activities throughout the year, such as:
- Musical Bridges Strings Festival
- Suzuki Summer Institute (at discounted rate)
- Suzuki Strings at Omaha Conservatory of Music requires participation in the weekly Suzuki Repertoire Classes along with individual instruction with a Suzuki teacher.
- Cost: $500 annual tuition and includes one ensemble and one repertoire class (placement based on audition). Students in this program must be enrolled in individual lessons at OCoM.
- Save $100 by bundling the ensemble and repertoire class!
- If you do not wish to participate in an ensemble, tuition for just Suzuki Repertoire class is $300 annually.
- Please Note: In the event your student’s instrument and level does not have minimum repertoire class enrollment, we will reach out to you to create a tailored educational path and plan for your student.
The Suzuki method includes four key ingredients:
- Environment: Immersion in the language = Being around music as much as possible, whether it’s participating in a string group class, listening or practicing at home, attending a concert or musical event, or in an individual lesson.
- Repetition: Saying new words many times until they are part of your vocabulary = Playing new and old pieces and practicing skills until they are mastered. Dr. Suzuki once said, “Skill = Knowledge + 10,000 times.”
- Encouragement: Praising every small step = Learning in a positive environment and always acknowledging the small victories. Staying positive regardless of the pace at which skills are developing.
- Refinement: Improving pronunciation and articulation = Polishing a technique and making it automatic through review of past repertoire, performance, and group class experiences.