Suzuki Instruction

Suzuki Instruction

Ages 4 and up

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

Fall Semester begins in September!


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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 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 2019

Ages 4 and older

Summer Semester: The number of weekly lessons is flexible during the summer, according to teacher and student availability. During the summer there are no Suzuki group classes.


  • 30-minute lesson - $52
  • 45-minute lesson - $73.50
  • 60-minute lesson - $96


Fall 2019 - Spring 2020

Ages 4 years and older

Fall Semester: 16 private lessons + 15 group classes + 1 "workshop week" (November)
Spring Semester: 16 private lessons + 15 group classes + 1 "workshop week" (March)
The Suzuki program is intended to be taken from September - June. Tuition is paid by semester. Fees are pro-rated for students entering after the start of the semester.

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


Suzuki Musical Kids 15 p/ sem $200 p/ sem (Includes box instrument)
30-min Lesson +
Group Class (Pre-Twinkle violin or cello) +
Parent Training
16 Lessons & 15 Group Classes p/ sem $1,220 p/sem ($832 + $388 group)
30-min Lesson +
Group Class (violin or guitar)

16 Lessons & 15 Group Classes p/ sem $1,247 p/sem ($832 + $415 group)
45-min Lesson +
Group Class (violin or guitar)

16 Lessons & 15 Group Classes p/ sem $1,591 p/sem ($1,176 + $415 group)
60-min Lesson +
Group Class (violin or guitar)

16 Lessons & 15 Group Classes p/ sem $1,951 p/sem ($1,536 + $415 group)
60-min Lesson +
Advanced Group Class (violin Book 5+)

16 Lessons p/ sem & reduced Group Classes $1,546 p/sem ($1,536 + $170 group)

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 two group classes. Check with your Suzuki instructor for updated dates, time, and location.

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. 

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

Suzuki Group Class Schedule
(Suzuki class assignments are made by the Suzuki instructors. Students new to Powers should contact us before registering for a particular group class.)

  • Guitar Book 2+ - Mondays, 5:15-5:45 pm (Rosenberg) Begins 9/16/19
  • Guitar Book 1/2 - Thursdays, 5:15-6:00 pm (Rosenberg) Begins 9/12/19
  • Violin Pre-Twinkle (All Beginners) - Saturdays, 10:45-11:15 am (Alfieri) Begins 9/14/19
  • Violin Twinklers - Saturdays, 10:15-10:45 am (Alfieri) Begins 9/14/19
  • Violin Early Book 1 - Satudays, 10:00-10:45 am (Cross) Begins 9/14/19
  • Violin Late Book 1 - Saturdays, 10:45-11:30 am (Cross) Begins 9/14/19
  • Violin Book 2 - Wednesdays, 6:15-7:15 pm (Alfieri) Begins 9/11/19
  • Violin Book 3/4 - Wednesdays, 6:15-7:15 pm (Cross) Begins 9/11/19
  • Violin Book 5 - Wednesdays, 6:15-7:15 pm (Bacon) Begins 9/11/19
  • Violin Book 5/advanced - Wednesdays, 6:15-7:15 pm (Ku) Begins 9/11/19


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