Suzuki Academy

Learn the language of music

OVERVIEW

Based on the educational philosophy of Shinichi Suzuki, the Music School’s regionally recognized Suzuki Academy applies the mother tongue approach to music study, so that students learn to play violin, viola, cello or flute as they would learn to speak language—by listening and imitating—with the support of parents and teacher. Parents attend lessons with children and assist with home study. In addition to private lessons, mandatory group classes meet regularly, reinforcing techniques and increasing students’ motivation and enjoyment, while periodic recitals and group concerts develop confidence and teach important performance skills. All Music School Suzuki faculty are highly trained in the Suzuki Method and are registered through the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Suzuki instruction is appropriate for children as young as age 2½, depending on the child’s development and the instrument. Young students are interviewed prior to receiving an approval to begin formal Suzuki studies and may be encouraged to enroll in Pre-Suzuki Music & Movement (Wilmington Branch only) to prepare for future Suzuki study.

Suzuki Academy instruction is available in Wilmington, Pike Creek and Milford. Pike Creek students attend group classes at the Wilmington Branch. Milford students attend biweekly group classes at the Milford Branch. The annual Harvest Concert, Suzuki Day and Suzuki Graduation take place in Wilmington and are included in the Suzuki Academy tuition. All Suzuki students are required to participate in these events, as well as the mandatory dress rehearsals for the Harvest and Graduation Concerts. Suzuki Day takes place in lieu of regular private lessons, group classes and Suzuki orchestras for the week prior to the event.

Suzuki Academy Blog

Currently enrolled families now have a simple way to keep in touch! Check the Suzuki Academy blog regularly for up-to-date information about group rosters, schedules, recitals and events, and more.

Programs are supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.

The Music School of Delaware is proud to be an active partner in the IN Wilmington Arts Campaign.