Suzuki Program

Suzuki Instruction for the Very Young (age 3 and older)
The Academy offers an extensive Suzuki program for young children in violin, viola & cello. A free 30 minutes interview with the director is scheduled, in order to determine the appropriate lesson length & teacher, and readiness for the program. The program includes a weekly private lesson and a group class. The weekly junior music theory class is optional. The Suzuki method is a joyful, step by step approach to learning music, which emphasizes parental involvement in a friendly and social environment. Parents will bond with their children through learning. Together they will explore the early steps of music-making. A highlight includes participation in the School for Strings spring festival performance in Manhattan, in addition to Academy workshops, recitals and concerts.   An instrument rental program is available to Academy students.

Please contact us for the current schedule and pricing.

Pre-twinkle Violin and Cello Group Class:
This fun child-friendly class explores
fundamental violin and cello posture, ear training and Twinkle rhythms.  Concepts are reinforced through games in a structured social & joyful environment.

Intermediate Vioin and Cello Group Class  - Suzuki and Beyond
This class incorporates review of Suzuki books I, II and III materials while expanding the students’ knowledge of scales and techniques appropriate to this playing level. Materials are reviewed with specific practice goals, in order to encourage a more advanced performance of review pieces, and to progress by solidifying and building on learned repertoire. In addition, this class will develop a thorough knowledge of most Major 2 octave scales, as well as a thorough introduction to minor scales. Students will begin to work with harmony (several parts at once), in preparation for the chamber music program. An important element for this class is the development of note-reading skills.

Advanced String Ensemble - (violin, viola & cello)
This class exposes our young musicians to more advanced repertoire as students work together in a string camerata configuration under the direction of Arik Braude.  Students will explore the string orchestra repertoire in works by Corelli, Vivaldi and Telemann among others, and will work to develop listening and communication skills that are necessary for playing more advanced chamber music. 

Instrument Rental Program:
The Academy rents out quality instruments in small sizes for young beginners.  In order to rent an instrument, please fill out the enclosed rental form and send it to the Academy with the yearly rental fee of $150 (check made payable to the Port Jefferson Music Academy).  Students are sized periodically, and instruments are changed when needed throughout the year.


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