It is a combination of:
These four groups work together using the philosophy of Shinichi Suzuki as a unifying guideline to create a musical environment for developing students, teachers and parents.
The SIUE Suzuki Strings Program includes about 250 students on violin, viola or cello, drawn from a 75-mile radius from SIUE.
Each student receives a weekly individual or private, lesson, held at a convenient time for student, parent and teacher. Included in the tuition are group lessons, which are held on Saturday mornings from 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Students are taught by SIUE faculty and graduate assistants.
Classes for Beginner Students under the age of 9 start only in the fall, and parents participate in an 8-week orientation class (see Parents Preparatory Class, below). Older students may begin lessons at any time throughout the year, space permitting.
How do I know if my child is ready? The Suzuki Method starts from the premise that any child can learn to play a musical instrument. Because children show a natural curiosity about music and musical instruments, the appropriate question for parents may not be “Is my child ready?” but “Am I ready?”
If parents can commit to regular attendance at lessons and classes, if they can set aside regular daily listening and practice time, if they enjoy spending time with their children, if they take delight in their children’s smallest accomplishments, if they can deal calmly with the backward steps as well as the steps forward, they are probably ready to consider Talent Education for their children. And if parents are ready, then their children will usually be ready too.
Most lessons are held in Dunham Hall; park in Lot E if you have a parking pass, or Lot B for a pay lot.
Saturday Group classes are held in Founders Hall; park free in Lot A on weekends.Parents Preparatory Class
Parents of new students, ages 3-8, attend a weekly Parent/ Beginner Class during the Saturday morning 11:30 a.m. group time. This class assists parents in learning to play the violin, as well as tips for practicing and helping students. During the semester, the transition from Parent Class to Student Class is made, depending on the progress of the Parents and Students. By second semester, it is a student class. In their second year of group classes, beginning students start at the 10:15 time.
New students are admitted only during the fall semester if they are under 8 years old. Students transferring from another program and older students may start at any time according to space available.
Attendance at the Parent Class ensures the parent’s success in their role as “home teacher” by giving them first-hand experience with the violin and with teaching points such as position, posture, and tone production. This is a time to build friendships with other parents and create a network of friends who are new to the Suzuki Method.
At the beginning of fall semester, new students and parents will observe private lessons and Saturday group classes. A few weeks later, they will be assigned to their own Saturday group class and will begin private lessons.
Initially, your child will need:
Eventually, your child will need a music stand, violin polish, metronome, a spare set of strings, and a mute.
What’s the difference between a graduate assistant and a faculty member? Faculty Members have master’s degrees and teaching experience. They have specifically studied the Suzuki Method with distinguished teachers, many with Vera McCoy-Sulentic or John Kendall. Graduate students are studying Suzuki Pedagogy with Vera McCoy-Sulentic and are working to earn their master’s degrees at SIUE.