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Suzuki Violin



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About the Program

The Suzuki method, offered at NCMC on violin, viola, cello and guitar, allows a child to begin study at a very early age, because the initial learning takes place through listening rather than reading. Parent education and participation is essential to the progress of the child and requires a serious commitment of time and energy. Both parent and child attend a weekly private lesson, practice and listen together daily at home, attend regular group playing classes, and participate in public performances and special events. The Suzuki Program is a community within a community at NCMC, and participation is key to making the most of your experience.

It is a misconception that Suzuki students do not learn to read music. Pre-reading and reading activities are a standard part of the curriculum, but are introduced after students have had the chance to develop proper posture, intonation, and motor development. Further reading about the philosophies of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki are available from the NCMC office and from the Suzuki Association of the Americas web site.

A consultation with the Executive Director and observations of a private lesson and group class are required prior to registering for this program. Please email Executive Director Jason Trotta to schedule an appointment.

NCMC is a proud member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.


Meeting information:

Pre-twinkle: Saturdays, 11:00-11:45

Early Book 1: Saturdays, 10:00-10:45

Book 2: Saturdays, 9:00-9:45

Book 3+4: Saturdays, 12:00-12:30


September 17 (Just pre-twinkle parents, no students)

September 24 (all groups, and only pre-twinkle parents, no pre-twinkle students)

October 1, 8, 15, 22, Sun 23 (Spooky Suzuki, 12:30, Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St.)

November 5, 12, 19

December 3, 10, 17

January 7, 14, 21, 28

February 4, 11, Sun Feb 12 - 1pm Winter play-in, Edwards Church, Corner Main + State Streets. NO GROUP CLASS FEB. 25

March 4, 11, 18, 25, 26 - Group Class Concert, 1 pm, Edwards Church

April 1, 8, 29

May 6, 13, 20 - Springfest


Group Class Pricing Information:

$430 for NCMC private lesson students

$470 for non-NCMC students


For students who take Suzuki private lessons not at NCMC, please send inquiries about Suzuki Group Classes at NCMC to

Your Instructor

Capella Sherwood, Head
Emily Greene, Head

See faculty page for complete list of Suzuki Violin Instructors