Suzuki Studies develops well-rounded, highly-skilled musicians by upholding careful performance standards for instrumental study and by providing thorough music literacy training. Suzuki Studies is the most sequential and comprehensive program at CYM. Instruments taught include piano, guitar, violin, viola, and cello with technical proficiency standards appropriate for music conservatory preparation. Music literacy study using nationally-recognized pedagogical sources rounds out the development of the whole musician.
A CYM Suzuki Studies' student participates in a Group Class and Technique Class each week. The Group Class teaches listening and collaborative skills and provides music theory instruction. Students learn to support one another and to enjoy making music together. A gentle, cooperative approach to motivation effectively propels students to steady achievement. The Technique Class, usually conducted as an individual lesson, provides personalized instruction on the student’s instrument.
The Suzuki Triangle
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. A child’s parent often learns to play before the child, so that s/he understands what is expected. Parents work with the teacher to create an enjoyable learning environment.
This program meets for eleven months of the year( with breaks at holidays), and it includes two classes a week:
A weekly 50-minute Group Class with two primary objectives, first, to practice instrumental basics and shared repertoire, and second, to develop music literacy skills in a playful atmosphere. Instrumental group practice emphasizes repertoire review, proper technique, and small ensemble playing. Music literacy work builds upon a sequential, CYM-developed curriculum which solidifies students’ ability to sing, hear, play, read, and write music.
A weekly 30, 45, or 60-minute Individual Lesson on the student’s chosen instrument piano, violin, viola, cello, and guitar.
Prelude (4 to 12)
Prelude is a free demo class where your child can explore a program that you are interested in, in order to make a better decision about which class to join. Come listen, touch, and talk about the different instruments offered at CYM – then take part in a group music class. Prelude is available for children ages 4 to 12. No prior experience is needed.
Individual Lessons, 30, 45, or 60 minutes – Piano, Voice, Guitar, Violin, Viola, and Cello (4 – 18 years old)
Individual lessons are an integral part of the Suzuki Studies, Foundations, Explorers, and Young Artists Programs. Individual lessons are one-on-one instruction on piano, voice, guitar, violin, viola, and cello. CYM's faculty members model technical and musical excellence, and are experienced teachers and professional performers. Faculty meet regularly with one another, sharing ways to inspire, motivate, and ensure the progress of your child.
Group Class, 50 Minutes - Piano, Guitar, Violin, Viola, and Cello
Group Classes have two primary objectives, first, to practice instrumental basics and shared repertoire and second, to develop music literacy skills in a playful atmosphere. Instrumental group practice emphasizes repertoire review, proper technique and small ensemble playing. Music literacy work builds upon a sequential, CYM-developed curriculum to build the students’ ability to sing, hear, play, read, and write music.