Suzuki Program (Ages 3 & up)
- Instruction available on flute, piano, and guitar.
- One private lesson and one group lesson per week.
- Parent orientation for the Fall 2013 semester: Saturday, September 21
- Classes and private lessons begin Saturday, September 28
The Suzuki method is founded on the principle that every child possesses the capacity for music. Talent is not inborn – we all have within us the potential to develop great ability, if we are trained well and devote ourselves to practice, patience, and beauty. The Suzuki program at the Seattle Conservatory of Music seeks to enrich students, their families, and our community through the joy of learning to play an instrument. Our program is based on three elements: tailored individual lessons plus weekly group classes; an equal focus on listening and reading skills; and parental involvement.
- Individual lessons and group classes. Tailored private lessons focus on instrumental technique, developing a beautiful sound, and learning repertoire. Our students also participate in a weekly group class that introduces and reinforces general music skills through games, activities, and regular performance. Students in the Suzuki program become comfortable performing weekly for their peers, are motivated by hearing more advanced students, and have the opportunity to serve as role models for younger students as well as make lifelong friends. Plus, group classes are flat-out fun, with opportunities to compose original songs, play duets, and even form ensembles with other instruments.
- Listening and reading. Beginning Suzuki students learn music in the same way they learn their first language: through immersion, daily practice, and adding one small step at a time. In the same way that all children learn to speak their first language fluently and naturally, young students’ ears and brains are primed to absorb music. Our program includes daily listening assignments in addition to traditional daily instrument practice. Music is an aural art, and children who regularly hear the music they are studying are naturally able to learn new works, memorize pieces, and produce a beautiful musical tone. At the same time, we begin assignments and games to develop pre-reading skills starting in the first month of study. By midway through Book 1, students are training their ears by reading music.
- Parental involvement and community building. Parents are a fundamental part of Suzuki study. The "Suzuki Triangle" comprises the student, parent, and teacher working collaboratively. We invite parents to attend lessons, take notes, and play with your child at home. Parent education is included in our program, with pre-lesson conferences, basic instrumental instruction, and ongoing workshops in positive reinforcement and practice ideas. Like the student group classes, we bring parents together for workshops and events, building our own Suzuki studio community.
Our Suzuki students discover that playing music is a fun, life-long activity to enjoy with family, friends, and their community. At the same time, daily music practice helps them develop discipline, concentration, and self-esteem as they discover the excitement of working toward long-term goals. We seek to nurture well-rounded students in a positive, non-competitive environment that brings out the musician in every child.
Dalcroze-Eurhythmics (Ages 3, 4-5 & 6-7)
Dalcroze-Eurhythmics is a movement-based approach to learning music. In game-like activities, children use body movement, hand drums and small percussion instruments to respond to elements of music, such as rhythm, pitch and dynamics. These classes not only lay the foundation of good musicianship, but also develop attentiveness, concentration and motor coordination.
- 27 lessons
- Group lessons
- Spring & Fall recitals
- Spring & Fall concerts
Family yoga classes are a way of connecting adult to child and strengthening family bonds. Adults become children again and children see adults as their equals during this hour long class. We will strengthen our minds and bodies with breath and movement through play while incorporating age appropriate music. We will go on imaginary journeys, dance, play games and laugh. Come create memories that will last a lifetime.
Individual classes are $20 per family (up to 3 people), each additional person is $5. Classes are held from 9:00-10:00am on Saturday mornings at Seattle Pacific University. Classes are scheduled in 5 week sessions, starting on Saturday, September 28, 2013. There will be no class on November 2, 2013. Families registering for a complete 5-week session may receive a discount.