The Suzuki Program

Emily Greene, Program Coordinator, Head of Suzuki Violin Dept.

Anne Werry, Head of Suzuki Cello Dept.

The Suzuki method, offered at NCMC on violin, 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 performances and special events (see schedule below).  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.  Families are strongly encouraged to read these materials, and will be required to attend an intake appointment with the Executive Director and observe a private lesson and group class prior to registering for this program.  Please call NCMC to schedule an appointment.

 

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

Suzuki Group Classes are being offered online. Scheduling will differ from what was
originally listed below.

Suzuki Violin Group Class Schedule

Prelude Class (Thursdays 4:30-5:15 pm)

(Christa Muller Hendricks, Instructor)

Parent Orientation Meetings:  9/26 & 10/3

Group Classes: 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 12/12, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/30, 5/7 (only if make-up class is needed), 5/14

Pizzicato Class (Thursdays 4:30-5:15 pm)

(Tyson Peelle, Instructor)

Parent Orientation Meetings:  9/26 & 10/3

Group Classes: 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 12/12, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/30, 5/7 (only if make-up class is needed), 5/14

Crescendo Class (Thursdays 4:30-5:15 pm)

(Capella Sherwood, Instructor)

Parent Orientation Meetings:  9/26 & 10/3

10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 12/12, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/30, 5/7 (only if make-up class is needed), 5/14

Obligato Class (Thursdays 5:15-6:00 pm)

(Amanda Stenroos, Instructor)

10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 12/12, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/30, 5/7 (only if make-up class is needed), 5/14

 

Coda Class (Thursdays 5:15-6:00 pm)

(Capella Sherwood, Instructor)

10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 12/12, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/30, 5/7 (only if make-up class is needed), 5/14


Counterpoint Class (Thursdays 6:15-7:15 pm)

(Gregory Diehl, Instructor)

9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/30, 5/7 (only if make-up class is needed), 5/14

Virtuoso Class (Wednesdays 5:00-6:30 pm)

(Emily Greene, Instructor)

Group Classes: 9/11, 9/18, 10/2, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18, 1/8, 1/15, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 3/18, 3/4, 3/11, 3/25, 4/1, 4/15, 4/29, 5/13

Virtuoso Events: 12/14, 3/28, 5/19 (details TBD)

Suzuki Cello Group Class Schedule

DuPre Class (Thursdays 5:00-5:30 pm)

(Karl Knapp, Instructor)

Parent Orientation Meetings:  9/26 (4:30-5:15 pm) & 10/24 (5:00-6:00 pm) (childcare provided)

10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 12/12, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/14, 5/21 (only if make-up class is needed)

Casals Class (Thursdays 5:30-6:15 pm)

(Ashley Peck, Instructor)

Parent Orientation Meetings:  9/26 (4:30-5:15 pm) & 10/24 (5:00-6:00 pm) (childcare provided)

10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 12/12, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/14, 5/21 (only if make-up class is needed)

Yo-Yo Ma Class (Thursdays 5:30-6:15 pm)

(Karl Knapp, Instructor)

Parent Orientation Meetings:  9/26 (4:30-5:15 pm) & 10/24 (5:00-6:00 pm) (childcare provided)

10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 12/12, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/14, 5/21 (only if make-up class is needed)

Romberg Class (Thursdays 6:15-7:00 pm)

(Ashley Peck, Instructor)

Parent Orientation Meetings:  9/26 (4:30-5:15 pm) & 10/24 (5:00-6:00 pm) (childcare provided)

10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 12/12, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/14, 5/21 (only if make-up class is needed)

Popper Class/Cello Choir (Thursdays 6:15-7:15 pm)

(Anne Werry, Instructor)

9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 12/12, 1/9, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21 (only if make-up class is needed)

Suzuki Guitar Group Class Schedule

Suzuki Guitar Parent Talk:  9/25

Twinkle/Book 1 

Group A:

(Wednesdays 5:45-6:30 pm)

(John Cesar, Instructor)

10/2, 10/16, 10/30, 11/13, 12/4, 12/18, 1/15, 1/29, 2/12, 3/4, 3/18, 4/1, 4/15, 5/6, 5/20 (only if make-up class is needed)

 

Group B:

(Wednesdays 5:45-6:30 pm)

(John Cesar, Instructor)

10/9, 10/23, 11/6, 11/20, 12/11, 1/8, 1/22, 2/5, 2/26, 3/11, 3/25, 4/8, 4/29, 5/13, 5/27 (only if make-up class is needed)

Late Book 1 / Early Book 2 

(Mondays 6:00-7:00 pm)

(Andrew Leonard, Instructor)

9/23, 10/7, 10/28, 11/18, 12/2, 1/6, 1/27, 2/10, 3/2, 3/23, 3/30

 

Book 2+ 

(Mondays 6:00-7:00 pm)

(Andrew Leonard, Instructor)

9/30, 10/21, 10/28, 11/25, 12/16, 1/13, 1/27, 3/16, 3/30, 4/13

This Suzuki page is updated frequently to reflect changes to class and special event schedules, locations and logistical details. Please check back for the latest information prior to attending any class or event.  Thank you.

 

The most recent update to this page was: April 20, 2020.

Suzuki Special Events Schedule

Mountain View Farm Play-in (violin/cello) - Friday, September 20, 2019

Location: Mountain View Farm 393 East St

4:40 arrive, 5 pm play-in (please RSVP with Anne and/or Capella by 9/6)

Parent Talk: Why Practice? Setting Long-Term & Short Term Goals (all instruments) - Thursday, October 17, 2019

Facilitator: Capella Sherwood

5:15 to 6:15 pm - NCMC Room 209

Harry Potter Movie Night (violin/cello) – Saturday, November 16, 2019, 5:30 pm

Location: NCMC Feinstein Hall (please note the date change!)

Spooky Suzuki Play-In (violin/cello/guitar) – Sunday, October 20

Location: Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley Street, Northampton

12:20 arrival, 12:40 performance (guitar/cello)

1:40 arrival, 2:00 performance (violin)

 

Winter Suzuki Violin Concert (violin only) – Saturday, December 7, 2019

Location: Easthampton High School

1:10 arrival, 1:30 performance

 

Cello Outreach Performance (cello books 1 & 2 only) – Saturday, December 14, 2019

Location: CareOne at Northampton, 548 Elm Street, Northampton

1:15 arrival, 1:30 performance

 

Honors Recital (violin/cello; graduating students only) - Sunday, December 15, 2019

Location: NCMC Feinstein Hall

2:10 arrival, 2:30 pm performance

 

Ice-Skating Party (violin/cello/guitar) – Sunday, February 2, 2020

Location: UMASS Mullins Center (details TBD)

 

Mid-Winter Play-In (violin/cello/guitar) – Saturday, February 8, 2020

Location: Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley Street, Northampton

12:40 arrival, 1:00 performance (guitar/cello)

2:00 arrival, 2:15 performance (violin)

 

Suzuki Workshop (violin/cello) – Sunday, March 22 (details TBD)

 

Spring Suzuki Concert (violin/cello/guitar) – Sunday, May 3, 2020

Location: Edwards Church, 297 Main Street, Northampton

12:40 arrival, 1:00 performance

 

Springfest (violin/cello/guitar) – Saturday, May 16, 2020 * 

Downtown Northampton (details TBD)

 

Honors Recital (violin/cello; graduating students only) - Sunday, June 7, 2020

Location: NCMC Feinstein Hall

1:40 arrival, 2:00 pm performance

Springfest is now SUMMERFEST.
Learn more about the details here.

Northampton Community Music Center

139 South Street

Northampton, MA  01060

(413) 585-0001

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NCMC is a proud member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

NCMC programs are made possible in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Chamber music at NCMC is supported by a grant from ACMP (Associated Chamber Music Players).

Due to COVID-19, our building is closed to visitors, but you can reach our Registrar Kim by phone during these hours:

Mondays  9:00-2:00

Tuesdays  9:00-2:00

Wednesdays  9:00-2:00

Thursdays  9:00-2:00

Alternatively, you can email NCMC's administrative staff at any time and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible:

Kim Hoff, Registrar

Jason Trotta, Executive DIrector