Suzuki Strings Program: Violin & Cello - 2016/17

nurture your young child's potential


Educator/humanitarian Shinichi Suzuki believed all children possess musical potential which can be developed with proper training in a nurturing environment. He understood children learn the language of music as they learn their mother tongue, through listening, observing, imitating and eventually reading, mastering one concept at a time. Dr. Suzuki believed it is a parent's privilege to help their children become "fine human beings with beautiful minds".

Private Lessons:

Weekly private lessons are attended with a parent responsible for taking notes.  Regular and creative practice is key to your child's success and the need encouragement to establish a routine.  Eligibility:  Age 4/JK & up.  Lessons begin as of September and run until the end of June.  Lesson times are available Monday through Saturday.  Interested parents should arrange to view a private lesson.


Group/Ensemble Classes:

Weekly group classes attended by child and parent together are integral to the Suzuki philosophy. Ear-training, critical listening and pitch recognition skills develop and students explore literacy through singing, rhythmic/melodic activities and finding notes on the staff and on their instrument. Young string players acquire unique ensemble skill and enjoy the social aspect. Practice strategies and goals are discussed and shared in the group class. Group classes begin mid-September and run until the beginning of June. Interested parents should arrange to view a group class.


Pre-Twinkle & Book 1A:
Ear-Training & Ensemble Skills

Instructors: Rachel Gauntlett, Valerie Gordon & Michelle Odorico
This introductory level (JK/age 4 & up) establishes an excellent foundation with proper instrument/bow hold and technique, open strings and basic finger positions. Book 1A covers preliminary repertoire starting with Twinkle, Twinkle variations. Objectives include learning intervals, major scales and arpeggios beginning with open strings, long bows, slurs and introductory note reading.

Violin: Tue 5:00-5:45, Sat 9:00-9:45         Cello: Sat 10:45-11:30


Book 1B:
Ear-Training & Reading Skills

Instructors: Rachel Gauntlett & Valerie Gordon
Students work on note reading, interval recognition, ear-training and ensemble skills. Technique includes one/two octave major and minor scales from RCM Grade 1, 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 middle section of Book 1 up to the Bach Minuets, plus duets and rounds.

Violin: Mon 4:30-5:30         Cello: Wed 6:00-7:00


Book 1C/2:
Pre-Orchestra, Sight-Reading Skills & Technique

Instructors: Rachel Gauntlett & Rezan Onen-Lapointe
Students are introduced to the 2nd and 3rd positions and basic shifting.  Technique includes scales and arpeggios from RCM Grade 2.  Repertoire focuses on successful completion of the Bach Minuets, introductory pieces in Book 2 and multiple-part chamber music. Objectives include reading and ensemble skills in preparation for the Kingsway Children's Orchestra.

Violin: Mon 5:30-6:30 Cello: Sat 9:45-10:45


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 expressive 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 string players learn how to prepare new repertoire at home to come to rehearsal prepared. Contact the KCM office for audition requirements and to set up an audition time.

Mon 6:30-7:45



Performing is a natural aspect of a Suzuki strings program. Group classes often conclude with students playing solos, duets and trios for one another. On Sunday, May 28, 2017, all Suzuki levels will perform at KCM’s Children’s Music Festival with the Orff Ensembles and the Kingsway Children’s Choirs. Suzuki students are welcome to perform solos at the Christmas and Spring Recitals.


TUITION:  Includes weekly Private Lesson & Group Class/Orchestra

Private Lesson Length /
Group Class

Due upon

Dec 1, 2016

Mar 1, 2017

Full Tuition
Sep to Jun

30 min - Book 1A





30 min / Book 1B & 1C/2





45 min / Book 1B & 1C/2





30 min / Junior Orchestra





45 min / Junior Orchestra





A $30 registration fee applies to students not registered during the 2015/16 season.  Register for daytime lessons (finishing by 3 pm) and save 15% on the private lesson portion of the tuition.  School by-laws 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.




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