Violin, Cello and Piano (ages 5 and up)

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.


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.


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


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, 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.

REQUIRED SUZUKI PARENT ORIENTATION Saturday, September 12, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. This class is required for parents of all new Suzuki students and is open to other interested parents. Since success in the Suzuki approach is dependent on the parent’s role, enrollment in this PARENTS ONLY class is essential. Instructors: Beverly Poyerd and Nettie R. West

SUZUKI VIOLIN STUDENTS MAY REGISTER FOR: SUZUKI INDIVIDUAL LESSONS AND/OR GROUP CLASS. Suzuki piano students register for individual lessons only.

(6 Sessions) Includes parental instruction. This small group class is for young children who want to begin to learn to play 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.
Section 10 dates: 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 12/12 Sections 11, 12, 13 dates: 9/19, 10/3, 10/24, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5.

Section 10 is for new beginners (10 sessions)

5210  10  11:00 am – 11:45 am (S)  9/19-12/12  DCC  J Vilkelis  $140

Section 11 is for continuing Suzuki cello (6 sessions)

5211  11  12:00 pm – 12:45 pm (S)  9/19-12/5  DCC  J Vilkelis  $80

Section 12 is for continuing Suzuki violin 1 (6 sessions)

5212  12  10:00 am – 10:45 am (S)  9/19-12/5  DCC  J Vilkelis  $80

Section 13 is for continuing Suzuki violin 2 (6 sessions). For students with more than one semester of Pre-Twinkler Suzuki Violin.

5213  13  1:00 pm – 1:45 pm (S)  9/19-12/5  DCC  J Vilkelis  $80



Sections 10, 11 and 12 are for beginners ages 5-7 or advanced 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. Sections 10 & 11 (12 Sessions) consist of 8 Group Sessions and 4/30-minute individual lessons with Nettie West. Section 10 is for new beginners; Section 11 is for advanced beginners from previous semester. Class dates are 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/24, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, and 12/19. Individual lesson dates will be arranged with the instructor.

Section 10 is for new beginners

5214  10  11:00 am – 11:45 am (S)  9/19-12/19  DCC  N. West  $200

Section 11 is for advanced beginners

5215  11  10:00 am – 10:45 am (S)  9/19-12/19  DCC  N. West  $200

Section 12 (8 Sessions) consists of 8 Group Sessions for beginning students interested in group only or students taking individual lessons with other Suzuki violin instructors.

5216  12  11:00 am – 11:45 am (S)  9/19-12/19  DCC  N. West  $100