Suzuki Strings Program: Violin & Cello


Violinist, educator and humanitarian Shinichi Suzuki believed all children possess musical potential which can be developed with proper training and a nurturing environment. He understood children effectively learn the language of music through their senses and in the company of others, just as they learn their mother tongue. The following principles are key: begin at a young age, learn by listening, observing, imitating, and later reading, master each concept, building skills for the next. Dr. Suzuki believed it is a parent's privilege to help their children become "fine human beings with beautiful minds and high sensitivity".

Private Lessons:

Private lessons are 30 or 45 minutes, with a parent attending to take notes to help with home practice (depending on level). Students are expected to practise regularly at home and need encouragement to establish a routine. When a student is old enough and ready to assume greater independence, the parent may no longer be required to attend the lesson.


Group/Ensemble Classes:

Weekly group classes are integral to the Suzuki program and provide an opportunity to develop ensemble skills and enjoy the social aspect of making music with others.  All levels incorporate ensemble work (parent in attendance) where students perform in small groups while developing ear-training, critical listening, pitch recognition, reading and rhythmic precision skills.  Early Childhood Musicianship training is a secondary focus in Levels 1A and 1B where students explore literacy skills through speech, singing, rhythmic games/dictation and finding notes on the staff and on their instrument.


Pre-Twinkle/Level 1A:
Ear-Training, Ensemble Skills & Early Childhood Musicianship

Instructors: Valerie Gordon, Michelle Odorico & Rachel Gauntlett
The combined Pre-Twinkle/Level 1A takes approximately one year to complete. Students begin with preliminary pieces which introduce basic intervals and rhythmic patterns. Book 1A covers repertoire from "Twinkle, Twinkle" to "Long, Long Ago". Musical objectives include major scales and arpeggios beginning with open strings, long bows, slurs and introductory note reading.

Level 1B:
Ear-Training, Reading Skills & Early Childhood Musicianship

Instructors: Valerie Gordon, Michelle Odorico & Rachel Gauntlett
Students work extensively on note reading, interval recognition, ear-training and ensemble skills. Technique includes one octave major and minor scales from RCM Grade 1/2 levels, two-note slurs and 2/4, 3/4, 4/4 and 6/8 time signatures and developing an understanding of basic key signatures and theory. Repertoire covers the balance of Book 1, duets and rounds in four parts.

Level 2:
Pre-Orchestra, Sight-Reading Skills & Technique

Instructors: Valerie Gordon & Michelle Odorico
Students are introduced to the 2nd and 3rd positions and basic shifting.  Technique includes scales and arpeggios from the RCM syllabus covering material from Grades 1 and 2.  Repertoire focuses on selections from Suzuki Book 2, and multiple-part chamber music is introduced (i.e. Telemann's Concertos for Four Violins).  Objectives include securing reading and enxemble skills in preparation for the Kingsway Children's Orchestra.

Kingsway Children's Orchestra (Suzuki Book 2/RCM Gr. 2-4)

KCO Conductor: Rezanne Onen-Lapointe
An orchestra environment introduces students to an ensemble setting where they are assigned parts, read from music and follow a conductor for details such as dynamics, tempo, balance and cuing. Students develop technical, creative and social skills through a variety of repertoire from pop to classical, and are also introduced to composition and improvisation. Young violinists and cellists learn how to prepare new repertoire at home in order to come to class ready to rehearse with their peers. Contact the KCM office for audition requirements and to set up an audition time.


Performing is an important facet of the Suzuki strings program. Each group class concludes with students playing solos, duets and trios for one another. KCM also provides opportunities for students to perform as an ensemble at various community events. On Sunday, May 29, 2016 all Suzuki students will perform at KCM’s Children’s Music Festival with the Orff Ensembles, the Kingsway Children’s Choir & Drum Ensemble, Kingsway Chamber Singers and Kingsway Children’s Orchestra. Suzuki students are welcome to perform solos at the Christmas and Spring Recitals.




Group Class Day



Pre-Twinkle/Level 1A
Violin classes


5:00 - 5:45 pm
9:30 - 10:15 am

Sep 15 - early June
Sep 19 - early June

Pre-Twinkle/Level 1A
Cello class




Level 1B - Violin


6:00 - 7:00 pm

Sep 15 - early June

Level 1B - Cello


9:30 - 10:30 am

Sep 19 - early June

Level 2 - Violin


5:00 - 6:00 pm

Sep 14 - early June

Level 2 - Cello


8:30 - 9:30 am

Sep 19 - early June

Kingsway Children's


6:15 - 7:30 pm

Sep 14 - early June

Private Lessons: Begin as of September 8th.  Lessons available Monday through Saturday.
Eligibility: Ages 4 & up. Interested students/parents should arrange to view both a group class and private lesson.



TUITION:  Includes weekly Private Lesson & Group Class/Orchestra
(include ALL post-dated cheques payable to The Kingsway Conservatory of Music)

Private Lesson Length /
Group Level

Due upon

Dec 1, 2015

Mar 1, 2016

Full Tuition
Sep to June

30 min / Level 1A





30 min / Levels 1B & 2





45 min / Levels 1B & 2





30 min / KC Orchestra





45 min / KC Orchestra





A $30 registration fee applies to new students and returning students not registered for the 2014/15season.  Register for daytime lessons (finishing by 3 pm) and save 15% on the private lesson portion of the tuition.  School bylaws permit students to be absent for one half-day per week to attend private music lessons which may eventually lead to earning high school credits.


Please refer to KCM String Orchestras and String Enrichment Programs for higher level ensembles and technique classes.


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