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Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Suzuki Music Education different from other kinds of music training?

Suzuki teachers are committed to the belief that any child can develop a high level of musical ability, and we do not audition or screen students for talent or potential.  The Suzuki learning system is based on a working relationship among child, parents, and teacher. We believe children learn music the way they learn language, and aural learning precedes visual learning.

At what age may a student begin instruction?

All students 5 years of age or older are welcome to take Suzuki lessons!  Depending on the individual instructor, some teachers will work with students as young as 3.  Please contact the director for more information if you have a child under the age of 5.  A very young student may also begin a regimen of listening and observation to prepare for lessons.

What instruments do you teach?

We offer instruction in cello, double bass, flute, guitar, harp, piano, organ, viola, and violin.

How much do lessons cost?

Refer to the How to Register page for information on programs and associated costs.

Do students need to purchase an instrument?

The student will need access to an instrument for practice.  Please contact us for rental information.  If you do not already own an instrument, your instructor will be happy to help you select the perfect one.

Are parents required to attend lessons?

Suzuki education depends on parental involvement.  Parents are required to attend students’ lessons, take lessons notes, and be directly involved in students’ home practices.  As students mature, direct parental involvement will evolve according to the needs of students, parents, and teachers.

Parents are encouraged to bring a notebook to record instructions and assignments.  Audio or video recording each lesson is encouraged, to provide the student with a model for correct pitch, rhythm and tone production.

When may lessons begin?

New students are welcome at any time!

What is the attendance policy for lessons?

If a student misses a lesson, make-up lessons will not be given.  Therefore, if you know in advance that you will miss a lesson, please trade lessons times with another student and notify your teacher of the change.  Lessons missed by your teacher will be made up.  If the Fayetteville School District is closed due to snow, the Suzuki Music School of Arkansas will also close.  Make-up lessons will be provided for all snow days.

Are SMSA students required to attend group lessons?

Group lessons are dependent on the number of students enrolled in the studio.  Please ask the director about group lessons for your desired instrument.  Group lessons afford a unique and essential opportunity for students to develop technical abilities, reading skills, knowledge of music theory and history.  Group classes also give students opportunities to hone performance and develop social relationships with their musical peers.  If you must miss a group class, please call your group class instructor at least 48 hours in advance.

Do Suzuki students learn to read music?

Although Suzuki students begin with ear training, they also learn to read music.  Many SMSA string and wind students are involved in orchestral and other ensembles that require and refine reading skills.  A significant number of piano students participate in festivals and competitions that test their abilities in reading and knowledge of music theory.

Do SMSA students have performing opportunities?

SMSA students have a wide range of performance opportunities in regular group class settings, in monthly student recitals, annual celebratory concerts at the University of Arkansas, and at regional events.  Excellence in performance is an important goal for Suzuki students.

Please remember concert etiquette when attending or performing recitals; dress appropriately, arrive on time, only enter the recital hall between performances, listen attentively, applaud enthusiastically, do not sue flash photography during performances, and stay for the entire recital.