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Prospective Suzuki students

Lesson Information

InstrumentTuition per 30-, 45-, 60-min. lesson*Starting ageLocationRequirements
Strings$54.60, $70.40, $89.004–6Main Campus and the Universalist Church of West Hartford (Fern St.)Observe 5 private lessons and 1 group class
Piano$42.90, $58.00, $75.205–7Main CampusObserve 5 private lessons and 1 group class. An acoustic (not an electric keyboard) for daily practice.
Guitar$54.60, $70.40, $89.004–6Main campus, Simsbury satellite, Universalist Church of West Hartford (Fern St.)Observe 5 private lessons and 1 group lesson.
Flute$43.80, $59.20, $76.80 6–10Main CampusObserve at least 2 lessons and group classes
*A $25 registration fee may apply

The Hartt Suzuki Program is one of the largest and most reputable Suzuki schools in the country. 

We offer Suzuki instruction in violin, viola, cello, guitar, flute, and piano for children as young as four. As in traditional methods of instruction, students take weekly private lessons. Suzuki students attend group classes (weekly for string students and monthly for pianists). Students perform in monthly recitals, group concerts, and community presentations.

The Suzuki program requires the active participation of a guardian, including mandatory attendance at all lessons and group classes and a willingness to serve as the child's at-home practice partner.

In addition to weekly lessons and group classes, we offer Suzuki orchestras the annual summer Hartt Suzuki Institute, which attracts students from across the country, and a spring Suzuki workshop.

Being a part of the Hartt Suzuki program is a long-term commitment. In this fast-changing world, we stay constant. We plan to be there in 14 years for your child’s senior recitals. Our alumni have attended such schools as University of Connecticut, Dartmouth, Smith, Princeton, Columbia, Boston College, and NYU. We keep in touch with our graduates,  and some are even teaching the children of our first students!

What is the Suzuki Method?

Young Suzuki violin student rehearsing

The Suzuki method of teaching music to young children is based on the way they acquire language. It is also called the "Mother Tongue method."

Young children are wired to process sound. From birth to age three, a child learns an incredibly complicated language, which includes all the rules and local nuance. How? By hearing the language spoken constantly around themplus family encouragement. This is what violinist Shinichi Suzuki realized when he began to develop his method in Japan in the 1940s.

In the Suzuki method, the steps prior to playing an instrument are broken down into small increments similar to a child’s first vocalizations. Games and activities are used in the lessons to provide a fun, nurturing environment in addition to a strong element of family involvement.

Our long term goals are to help the student play well, to teach them to self-analyze and correct, and eventually to become musically literate while learning to appreciate the beauty of the instrument and its repertoire.

What happens in Suzuki lessons?

  • incremental instruction based on how children learn language
  • music-related games and activities
  • individual and group instruction

Why do families join Suzuki classes?

Families join our Suzuki program to

  • have fun making music
  • increase mutual respect and understanding between parent and child by using healthy communication
  • enrich the child's aesthetic sense
  • foster self-esteem and self-discipline
  • develop focus and concentration
  • teach commitment and responsibility
  • gain an appreciation and respect for the body and its proper use

How is Suzuki different from other methods?

Early beginning

Students begin the Suzuki method between ages 4 and 6 (piano students begin between 5 and 7). The Suzuki method recognizes and encourages the quick development students can make at this age.

In addition, we expect our students to

  • practice and listen to their repertoire every day
  • participate in two recitals each year
  • perform in one ensemble concert per year (as appropriate)
  • perform in optional monthly school recitals

Family involvement

Guardians provide the vital element of encouragement. When a young child first says “ma-ma,” our reaction is one of pleasure. We never say, “Is that all you can say?” This basic truth is why family support is so important. Positive encouragement keeps the child aiming high and working hard.

Guardians are responsible for

  • attendance at all lessons and group classes
  • taking notes during lessons
  • supervising daily practice
  • attending four parent classes each year

After registration, the first six group classes are for adult practice partners only. These meetings form the creation of a nurturing home environment for successful practice. Parents are introduced to elementary skills, ensuring a common ground with their children.

Listening

Students listen to recordings of their Suzuki repertoire every day to facilitate the aural learning process.

Repetition

Students learn small musical ideas, repeat them, and then re-use them in more sophisticated ways. Just like when we learn a language.

Learning with other children

Students learn to play with other musicians and become motivated by their peers. They are encouraged to support each other’s efforts, develop generosity, and create a sense of community.

Reading readiness

Children learn to read after their ability to talk has been well established. In the same way, Suzuki students develop basic technical competence on their instruments before notational literacy.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at 860.768.4451 or harttcomm@hartford.edu.