Suzuki Instruction

EMA is proud to offer Suzuki based instruction.

Dr. Shinichi Suzuki believed that the potential of every child is limitless. He applied how children learn a language to how they learn music. He called it the “mother-tongue approach.”

In addition to private Suzuki instruction, group classes are offered periodically throughout the year as a way to build skills, play music with other students at your same level and have fun. Find out what group lessons are currently being offered. 


Suzuki lessons start as young as 3 years old and use the method developed by violinist Shinichi Suzuki called the “mother-tongue approach.”

Some of the key elements of this method include:

  • Early Beginning
    Suzuki lessons begin at age 3 or 4, but it is never too late to start.
  • Parent involvement
    Parents attend lessons with the child and serve as “home teachers” during the week.
  • Listening
    Children learn words after hearing them spoken hundreds of times by others. Children will listen to the Suzuki pieces so that they will know them by heart.
  • Music reading
    Children learn to read after they can speak. In the same way, children play songs they know on their instrument before learning to read music.
  • Learning with other children.
    Along with private lessons, regular group classes give children additional learning opportunities and fun with their peers.

Traditional lessons start the beginning student on reading music and playing at the same time. Depending on the instructor and instrument, usually private lessons start around age 7, when the child is reading fluently.

Our lesson coordinator will discuss your goals for your study with you and will then find the teacher that will be a best fit for you. Trial lessons are available upon request.

Lesson length is determined during your initial meeting. At the beginning, when students are very young, Suzuki Lessons are 15-minutes weekly.

Semester tuition (18 weeks)
15-minute lessons $288
30-minute lessons $576
45-minute lessons $864
60-minute lessons $1152

The summer session is 12 weeks. You choose the weeks you will be taking lessons and then pay only for those lessons.

Yes, need-based financial aid is available to all families and individuals. We believe that music is an integral part of everyone’s life. Read our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement.

Learn more about Financial Assistance

Suzuki students participate in two recitals a year that are free and open to the public. Students may also play for community events and at local retirement homes.

  • Cello
  • Flute
  • Piano
  • Viola
  • Violin