Suzuki Instruction

Suzuki Instruction

Ages 4 and up

Learn by the "mother-tongue" method of listening and repetition

Summer Semester begins in June!

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Powers Music School offers Suzuki Instruction in cello, guitar, viola, and violin for ages 4 and above. The Suzuki method is a successful combination of individual and group instruction pioneered by the famed Japanese teacher, Shinichi Suzuki. Often called the "mother-tongue" method, students learn by listening, daily repetition, and parental guidance and encouragement.

The Suzuki program includes the following components:

  • Weekly private Suzuki lesson with parent participation
  • Weekly Group Repertoire or Group Repertoire/Musicianship class
  • Review of Suzuki music CD/tapes at home
  • Optional quarterly Parent Education classes offered during students’ group classes

For more information about registration, please contact the Registrar at 617-484-5750, or via e-mail at


Summer 2017

Ages 4 and older

Instructors: Sarah BaconviolinRobin AlfieriviolinMadalyne Crossviolin and viola; Guan-Ting KuviolinErica KleincelloJay Rosenberg,guitar

Summer Semester: June - August 2017 (During the summer, there are no Suzuki group classes. Students must register for a minimum of 2 lessons.) 

Summer Tuition:

  • 30-minute lessons, $47 per lesson.
  • 45-minute lessons: $66 per lesson.
  • 60-minute lessons: $87 per lesson.

The summer semester Suzuki private lesson tuition along with the $15 per student summer registration fee must be paid in full at the time of registration. For more information about payment options, please see our Policies and Procedures page.

Ready to Register? Use the button below to register by mail (by check or credit card number).


Fall & Spring 2016-2017

Ages 4 years and older

Academic Year: September - May
Private lessons: 34 weeks (17 weeks per semester)
Group Classes: 30 weeks (15 weeks per semester) 

Instructors: Sarah Bacon, violin; Robin Alfieri, violin; Madalyne Cross, violin and viola; Guan-Ting Ku, violin; Erica Klein, cello; Jay Rosenberg, guitar

Winter Suzuki Group Recital: Sunday, January 22, 6:00 pm, at Payson Park Church, 365 Belmont Street, Belmont


The Suzuki program runs the full school year. Fees are pro-rated for Suzuki students entering after the start of the school year.

30-min Lesson +
30-min Group Repertoire class
(violin Pre-Twinkle/Twinkle)

34 Lessons / 30 Group Classes $1,598 + $730 group p/ yr
30-min Lesson +
45-min Group Repertoire class
(violin Book 1, guitar, cello)

34 Lessons / 30 Group Classes $1,598 + $730 group p/ yr
30-min Lesson +
60-min Group Repertoire/Musicianship class (violin)

34 Lessons / 30 Group Classes $1,598 + $800 group p/ yr
45-min Lesson +
60-min Group Repertoire/Musicianship class (violin)

34 Lessons / 30 Group Classes $2,244 + $800 group p/ yr
60-min Lesson +
60-min Group Repertoire/Musicianship class (violin)

34 Lessons / 30 Group Classes $2,958 + $800 group p/ yr

New Suzuki Students:

Students who are new to the Suzuki program will first have a phone consultation with the Suzuki Chair and then observe a group/lesson. Once a new student has registered, the first two lessons are parent and teacher only (no student). Parents of new students will attend Parent Education Classes in lieu of the first three group classes. These three classes take place in the Cabot Room from 8:15 - 9:15 pm on Wednesdays, 9/21, 9/28, and 10/5. Suzuki group classes for new students will begin on the 4th week of the fall semester.

Parent Education Classes:

In addition to the parent education classes for beginners, the Suzuki department will also hold education classes for parents of intermediate and advanced Suzuki students on an ongoing, quarterly basis for those who wish to continue learning more about the program and how they can help their students progress.

Suzuki Group Classes:

Participation in weekly Suzuki group classes is critical to a student's success in the Suzuki program. During the classes, students polish their repertoire and develop good listening, music reading, and performance skills while expanding their ensemble awareness. Students in Pre-Twinkle and Twinkle violin classes attend a weekly 30-minute Group Repertoire class. Students in violin Book 1, guitar, or cello attend a weekly 45-minute Group Repertoire class. Advancing violin students in late Book 1 and higher attend a weekly 60-minute Group Repertoire / Musicianship class, which includes rehearsal and performance of Suzuki repertoire, theory curriculum to enhance sight-reading ability, and monthly piano accompaniment.

Powers encourages advanced Suzuki students to audition for the MYSP Preparatory String Orchestra. Suzuki group class attendance for students participating in MYSP may be arranged with the instructor, as requirements may vary.

Suzuki Group Class Schedule
(Students new to Powers should contact us before registering for a particular group class.)

  • Suzuki Musical Kids - Saturdays, 11:45 am - 12:15 pm (Bacon) Begins February 4 Click here to learn about Suzuki Musical Kids!
  • Guitar - Mondays, 5:15-5:45 pm (Rosenberg) Begins January 30
  • Guitar - Mondays, 6:30-7:30 pm (Rosenberg) Begins January 30
  • Guitar - Thursdays, 5:15-6:00 pm (Rosenberg) Begins February 2
  • Violin Pre-Twinkle - Saturdays, 9:00-9:30 am (Cross) Begins February 4
  • Violin Twinklers - Saturdays, 10:30-11:00 pm (Alfieri) Begins February 4
  • Violin Early Book I - Satudays, 10:00-10:45 am (Cross) Begins February 4
  • Violin Mid Book I - Saturdays, 10:45-11:30 am (Cross) Begins February 4
  • Violin Book 2 - Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00 pm (Ku) Begins February 1
  • Violin Late Book 2/Book 3 - Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00 pm (Bacon) Begins February 1
  • Violin Book 4+ - Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00 pm (Ku) Begins February 1
  • Violin Book 6+ - Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00 pm (Cross) Begins February 1


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