What’s the difference between Suzuki Method and Traditional Method Lessons?

Traditional Method



  • Traditional students receive method books and play from them from the first day. Because students need to be able to read in order to succeed in this method, we recommend starting at age 5 or older.

  • Students gradually work through their book, learning new songs, then advance to the next level of the book.

  • You get one 30-minute private lesson each week with one of our outstanding teachers.

  • Parent attendance in lessons is recommended for students younger than age 9.

  • You will be expected to practice 5 days per week in order to make good progress.

  • Traditional families are often those who have a busy schedule with multiple activities and multiple children. They want a more casual approach to music education.

Suzuki Method


  • Suzuki students learn pieces by ear from their teacher and recordings of the music in the beginning of their study. They work on how to create beautiful technique and tone from the very first lesson.

  • Because music reading is not a part of the first stage of Suzuki education, students as young as 2 or 3 can begin lessons and reap the immense benefit of music at a very early age.

  • They learn how to read notes and rhythm separately, so they’re not multitasking until they’re older, around age 8. Eventually, all their skills merge together so they’re able to read the advanced music that they’re already playing.

  • Parents sit in on every lesson and take notes so they can replicate the lesson at home each day during practice. Parents also participate in weekly group classes.

  • Suzuki students receive one weekly private lesson and one weekly group class, where they play games and perform with other kids the same age and ability. Most kids say that Suzuki Group Class is their favorite activity and a highlight of their week.

  • You will be expected to practice everyday (or as close as possible) so you can make good progress.

  • Suzuki families are often those who focus on Suzuki lessons as their child’s main activity and have one designated Practice Parent who can take point on participating in lessons, classes and daily practice.

  • For more details about the Suzuki Method, read here.