Suzuki

Suzuki for Violin, Cello and Piano

Suzuki philosophy states that every child can develop musical ability. Children begin study at an early age since initial learning takes place through listening and the development of the ear and memory. Attention is given to tone, expression and the technique to achieve them. Parental involvement in lessons/classes/home practice is essential to the child’s success.

Private and Group Suzuki Lessons For Children
Suzuki students register for weekly lessons. Suzuki violin students may register for a group class at the appropriate level. Parent attends each lesson or group class. Individual lessons focus on mastery of the instrument, while group classes develop ensemble skills needed for orchestral playing. With permission of the instructor, parent and child may share a semi-private lesson in which both learn to play the instrument.

Individual Lessons (14 Sessions)
Section 10 30-minute lessons $395
Section 11 45-minute lessons $580
Section 12 60-minute lessons $770
Smaller lesson packages are available with approval of instructor.

Suzuki Faculty
Suzuki Strings Coordinator: Nettie R. West
Violin Instructors: Julie Paradies, Heeja Questad, Sara Silva, Nettie R. West
Cello Instructor: Jean Vilkelis
Piano Instructors: Ariana Barkeshli, Richard Devens, Beverly Poyerd and Nettie R. West.

Instruments and Materials:
Suzuki’s book “Nurtured by Love” is required reading material for parents. Each child/parent team obtains listening CDs and books appropriate to the curriculum. Suzuki piano instruction requires an acoustic piano or a digital keyboard with weighted full-size touch-sensitive keys and at least 6 ½ octaves for home practice.

For Violin or Cello Rentals: Please contact Stamell Strings at (845) 337-3030 or
Joseph Regh Violins at (845) 297-2521.

Attention Violin Parents: Violin sizes fit the child, who should be measured by the teacher. Rental allows you to change violin size as your child grows, and rental fees may often be applied to purchase when ready. Some dealers allow trade-ins on purchased instruments as well.

  • Violin students may register for individual lessons and/or group class.
  • Cello students may register for individual lessons and/or group class.
  • Piano students may register for individual lessons only.


Pre-Twinkler Suzuki Violin and Cello: MUX 199 (ages 3 - 4)

(6 Sessions) Includes parental instruction. This small group class is for young children who want to begin to learn violin or cello. Goals are to develop focus, balance, rhythm and musical sense in a loving and supportive environment and to prepare parent and child for successful violin or cello study. For instrument rentals (and appointments for size/fitting), contact Stamell Strings at (845) 337-3030. Instruments will be required by the third session. Group meets: 6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23

5746  10  10:15 a.m.–11:00 a.m.  (S)  6/11-7/23  DCC  S. Silva  $80


Suzuki Violin Beginner Group MUX 200
(ages 5 - 9)

(6 Sessions) This class is for beginners or continuing beginners from previous semester.
For violin rentals, contact Stamell Strings at (845) 337-3030 or Joseph Regh Violins at
(845) 297-2521, after children are measured on the first class date. Section 10 is for new beginners; Section 11 is for continuing students who completed Section 10.
Group meets 6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23.

5093  10  11:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m.  (S)  6/11-7/23  DCC  S. Silva  $105
5094  11  9:30 a.m.–10:15 a.m.  (S)  6/11-7/23  DCC  S. Silva  $105