2790 W. College Ave., Suite #7, State College, PA 16801

Email: info@scmusicacademy.org |Phone: 814-238-3451

Private Suzuki Lessons

We offer private instruction on the instruments specified below.

Please note that this list is continually being updated based upon instructor availability.

Cello

Piano

Violin


"We strongly encourage this program for students ages 3-8 taking violin or cello lessons."


About the State College Suzuki Program

The State College Suzuki Program provides lesson instruction following the Suzuki Method. ​

  • Individual teachers offer private lessons and combine students for group classes, which are an important supplement to the individual instruction.

  • The State College Suzuki Program's mission is to foster collaboration between teachers, provide rich and varied musical opportunities for students, and develop a sense of Suzuki community in the State College Area.

About the Suzuki Method:

Every Child Can Learn

More than fifty years ago, Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki realized the implications of the fact that children the world over learn to speak their native language with ease. He began to apply the basic principles of language acquisition to the learning of music, and called his method the mother-tongue approach. The ideas of parent responsibility, loving encouragement, constant repetition, etc., are some of the special features of the Suzuki approach.


Parent Involvement

As when a child learns to talk, parents are involved in the musical learning of their child. They attend lessons with the child and serve as “home teachers” during the week. One parent often learns to play before the child, so that s/he understands what the child is expected to do. Parents work with the teacher to create an enjoyable learning environment.


Early Beginning

The early years are crucial for developing mental processes and muscle coordination. Listening to music should begin at birth; formal training may begin at age three or four, but it is never too late to begin.


Listening

Children learn words after hearing them spoken hundreds of times by others. Listening to music every day is important, especially listening to pieces in the Suzuki repertoire so the child knows them immediately.


Repetition

Constant repetition is essential in learning to play an instrument. Children do not learn a word or piece of music and then discard it. They add it to their vocabulary or repertoire, gradually using it in new and more sophisticated ways.


Encouragement

As with language, the child’s effort to learn an instrument should be met with sincere praise and encouragement. Each child learns at his/her own rate, building on small steps so that each one can be mastered. Children are also encouraged to support each other’s efforts, fostering an attitude of generosity and cooperation.


Learning with Other Children

In addition to private lessons, children participate in regular group lessons and performance at which they learn from an are motivated by each other.


Graded Repertoire

Children do not practice exercises to learn to talk, but use language for its natural purpose of communication and self-expression. Pieces in the Suzuki repertoire are designed to present technical problems to be learned in the context of the music rather than through dry technical exercises.


Delayed Reading

Children learn to read after their ability to talk has been well established. in the same way, children should develop basic technical competence on their instruments before being taught to read music.

This information was taken from the website of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. More information is available at: suzukiassociation.org