Suzuki Violin Lessons for San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay and beyond

The Alpert Studio of Voice and Violin

Suzuki Violin Lessons Central Coast

Note: Following is our core, six month, all inclusive teaching program for families with students age five and above. It is also designed for adult (beginning to intermediate) students.

Suzuki Beginner, Book 1, 2 and 3 Program; Summer and Fall 2015

Our 6 month Suzuki program consists of:
– a minimum of 18 private studio lessons, scheduled individually.
– up to 6 group classes, scheduled in advance.
– Students will have either a private or group experience on a weekly basis.

Group Component

Group classes offer the following additional skills which cannot be covered in a private lesson setting:

  1. Ensemble playing skills, essential for any type of musical group.
  2. Music reading and theory activities.
  3. Informal solo playing in front of the group.
  4. Reinforcement of Suzuki repertory pieces.
  5. Preparation for an annual group concert.

Families are expected to miss no more than 1 group session per semester.
If a student misses the final group before a performance it will be at the teacher’s discretion whether they can play on the concert. Attendance in the audience is still necessary.

Note: Suzuki best practices always include a group class component, and beginning in January 2014 our studio will make it a required part of instruction. Your tuition includes both private and group lessons. We are not offering a beginner through Book 3 Suzuki program without the group participation.

Program Tuition

This is a six month transformational and all encompassing program, which requires a significant commitment of your time and energy for success. Tuition is comparable to our traditional programs and is payable in convenient installments. Families are accepted in the program on a conditional basis for the first 30 days; to ensure that this comprehensive program is a proper fit.

All Students and Families:

  • Practice regularly throughout the week; doing so will make your music journey much more rewarding and enjoyable. Each month you’ll receive an updated practice journal with appropriate goals and matching practice routines.
  • Please review  our studio policies with regard to missed lessons and rescheduling.

Parents of Students Under 11 Years of Age

  • Be prepared to be fully involved in your child’s violin lessons! (see below)
  • Parent participation is NOT OPTIONAL.
  • Each family should designate a single parent to be the violin parent. This parent is expected to attend every lesson and to take notes, be responsible for the daily listening and daily practice and be responsible for obtaining supplies and sharing information with the rest of the family about the student’s needs.
  • The parent partner should expect to be the ‘home teacher’ and do what the teacher does in the lesson at home with the students. Especially at the initial stages this can involve being very ‘hands on’. Success depends on this involvement! If you would prefer to sit back and watch, then perhaps another instrument might be a better fit.

Suzuki Music Listening

Recommended amount of Suzuki CD listening is at least two times per day. This music can be played in the background. Here’s a listening suggestion for the typical short Suzuki songs:

1–5 listens – Learn that a song exists and remember its name.

10–40 listens – Become a “casual friend” with a song and know about the composer.

50 listens or more – Become a “close friend” with a song. Begin to compare different performances and even develop your own ideas about the song.

To make a song truly your own, to really hear and remember the smallest details: 75 listens or more are needed.

Live Performances

You will become clearly handicapped as a musician without attending (or watching) live performances of advanced and professional musicians. The studio provides many opportunities to view and attend such events. Be prepared to view recordings with your students on a weekly basis and live events at least 3 or 4 times per year.

Parent Reading

Parents should read Teaching from the Balance Point by Edward Kreitman. This will increase your knowledge of the instrument to help you feel confident in helping your child. There are a wealth of additional books to read, and I’ll provide suggestions upon your request.

Other highly recommended reading includes regular blog posts at my violin practice website:

Music Lesson Etiquette

– Quietly arrive 5 minutes before your lessons begins and unpack your instrument. Expect your lesson to end at the scheduled time if you arrive late.
– Please do not come when the student or a sibling who comes to the lesson are ill and might share germs with other students.
– Siblings are welcome to attend lesson so long as they do not disrupt the student taking the lesson. Please bring quiet toys for them to play with. Please do not bring felt markers or any food (other than water).
– If you arrive more than 10 minutes late your lesson may be cancelled and the cost forfeited.