New Students

Our goal from the beginning will include success, quality, and fun!   Learning the beautiful language of music has a wonderful impact on expression, creativity, concentration, self-esteem, and discipline. We also build a supportive community through regular group lessons and performances. First two lessons will be for parents only, then children will begin glockenspiel. Once parent demonstrates ability to play Twinkle Star on guitar and child plays Twinkle on glockenspiel – then children will begin guitar.  We are building a musical foundation to ensure success and fun with guitar! Parents will participate in each lesson, and then guide consistent practice, music listening, and fun at home.  Here´s more about the parent´s responsibility.

Required Reading: Dr. Suzuki’s Nurtured by Love explains the approach to this fun musical education method.
Tuition and Studio Policies
Monthly tuition of $130 included weekly private lessons, and supplemental group lessons, as well as group jams, casual performance opportunities at festivals or farmers markets, or formal guitar recitals. 
Requirements:
A quality, nylon string classical guitar – rent or consult teacher before buying, Suzuki Guitar CD & Book, Footstool, Tuner.
Suggested Children’s Guitar: Strunal Solid Top Classical Guitar approx. $265. Rent: $30/Month. You may purchase locally at Shem Creek Music.  I prefer that we avoid the local $50 toy-like guitars for children.  They are harder to play and lack quality sound. Guitars should be as tall as the child’s belly button when standing up.
Glockenspiel: Recomended purchase at Shem Creek Music. I recommend a Wide Bar, with at least 13 keys, not a tiny cheap colored one.  The Lyons Wide Bar Diatonic Alto Glockenspiel is much easier for younger children to hit the bars, and has a fine tone compared to the cheap toy like glock’s.

Parents Guitar: Classical Nylon String required. Purchase or rent.
Please consider looking quickly at Suzuki Guitar instrument options and philosophy: http://www.suzukidad.com/guitar-gear-for-suzuki-students/childrens-guitars/

Membership of the Suzuki Association of the Americas is a great option that will give you access to parent forums and a subscription to the Suzuki journal, among other things.