How is the lesson structured?
All students ages 18 and younger in the school participate in a group class and private lessons. Once students reach a certain level of playing they will also attend music reading and or ensemble courses in addition to their group class. We offer a PPT class for students who are not yet ready to take a specific instrument (ages 2 ½ to 6 years of age). Group classes take place on designated Wednesdays after school. Private lessons are to be scheduled with your individual teacher at a mutually convenient time.
Can I observe a lesson before I register?
Observation of lessons is free and encouraged! If you are not sure that you are able to make a commitment, and/or would like to see how a teacher teaches, please contact us about the observation of lessons. Parents are encouraged to bring their child with them to both private and group lessons. You may arrange as many as you wish with a teacher. We do not offer trial packages in lessons except in July and August.
What are my responsibilities as a Suzuki Parent?
Parents are responsible for helping their child to practise daily. The parent is also responsible for ensuring that the child is listening to their Suzuki recordings daily. Parents are required to take lessons on the instrument along with their child for the first year of instruction. This is an important aspect of your child’s learning as you will be the practise partner at home. The parent as a practise partner ensures the development of good practise habits, strong technical ability and a consistent musical environment. Many parents chose to continue to play after this year. We welcome parents to participate in our ensemble program and offer an adult group class option in the summer months.
As a parent, do I need to be a musician?
No. Parents work with the teacher in order to learn how to play the instrument and develop good practise habits.
Can Suzuki students take RCM Examinations?
Are there courses available for parents?
How do I decide on a private lesson time?
In Ontario, children are permitted one half-day per week off of school to receive music education. Day time lessons are highly recommended by all teachers at S.T.E.W , as children are more alert and more receptive to their learning earlier in the day. Please ask your teacher about the benefits of day time lessons. After school lessons times are in high demand and registration priority goes to existing students, especially high school students already registered in our school. Waitlists often exist for these lessons for these after school lesson times
Group Class Lessons
Where are private lessons held?
This is to be discussed with your individual teacher. Some of our teachers teach at their in-home studios while others teach on group class days at our group location. Who you study with will be dependent on the instrument you are interested in, scheduling possibilities, and playing level. Where accessibility is an issue, accommodations will be made at our group class location.