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Suzuki Readiness at Mattix Music Studio

We want to make sure you begin your Suzuki journey with the best preparation, expectations and tools for success.

To help you get on track with our Suzuki program, here are the requirements before beginning private lessons:

1. Begin listening to your Suzuki album

Your child should listen to the Volume 1 Suzuki album a minimum of 1-2 hours a day. Begin listening around the clock at home so your child can soak up the notes before having to learn them on their instrument. Students who listen daily to their album progress about twice as quickly as those who don’t. Start good listening habits to set yourself up for healthy progress!

2. Speak with our staff

One of our administrative staff will speak with you in-person, on the phone or on Zoom to give you and overview of our incredible Suzuki program, and to discover if it’s right for your family. Click below or contact us to get your Suzuki journey started.

3a. Preschoolers enroll in Exploring Music

If you have a child aged 3, 4 or 5 in preschool, you must attend a minimum of one semester of Exploring Music group classes before beginning your own Suzuki private lessons. Exploring Music will prepare your child to begin lessons soon in a play-based group setting. 

When our teachers senses your child is ready to begin private lessons, we let you know it is time to begin your orientation steps.

3b. Students in kindergarten and beyond book a trial lesson

During your initial phone call or meeting we will schedule a 30-minute trial lesson with one of our Suzuki faculty to see if your child is ready to begin private lessons. Current tuition rates apply. No-shows or cancellations in less than 24 hours before the lesson time are not refundable.

4. Practice Parent observes two Suzuki private lessons

You’ll schedule two visits to watch Suzuki lessons in action. New parents will watch the process of taking notes and interacting with your teacher.

5. Parent and Student visit Suzuki Group Class

Get connected to your new Suzuki family by visiting one of our weekly group classes. We’ll let you know which class is the right one for your new student.

6. Attend Suzuki Parent Orientation

Participate in a 75-minute Suzuki Parent Orientation meeting with director Katie Mattix, to be scheduled in-person or virtually at your convenience.

Ideally, all parents/caregivers who will be at home assisting the child with practice should attend the orientation presentation.

We will discuss your private lesson and Suzuki Group Class schedule at your orientation.

Starting your own lessons…

Once your observations are completed and you’ve gotten started on the other steps, you may begin private lessons with your own child. Plan on the teacher working with your child for part of the lesson and the parent for part of the lesson.

Parents are respected as the “home teacher” so we want to make sure you go home every week knowing exactly what and how to practice.

Not only that, we want you and your child to have a positive, loving and fun experience practicing. All of our work in the beginning to set you up should help to ensure that you feel equipped for success at home.

We’re always here for you.

We don’t expect you to know anything about music, your instrument or how to practice in the beginning. You will be carefully nurtured by your teacher and by our Suzuki parent family every step of the way.

We care deeply about your relationship with your child and making practice a positive experience for your family. If at any point you have questions or are struggling, reach out immediately to your teacher or another Suzuki parent for help. We’ve got your back!

Explore our Suzuki Group Class information

Explore Suzuki Parents Resources

Welcome to our Suzuki family!


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Let’s talk and discover if Suzuki is the right fit for your family.


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