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Programs and Course Offerings

SMSA offers weekly private lessons for the following instruments:

  • Cello
  • Flute
  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Violin

Private lessons are 30, 45, or 60 minutes in length depending on the student’s age and readiness.

Parents are required 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.

Attendance Policy

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 lesson times with another student and notify your teacher of the change.  If the Fayetteville School District is closed due to snow, the Suzuki Music School of Arkansas will also close.  Make-up lessons will be given for all snow days.  Lessons missed by your teacher will also be made up.

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.

SMSA Student Recitals

SMSA students are given performance opportunities at monthly recitals. See the SMSA Calendar on the Resource Page for recital dates and times.

Please remember concert etiquette when attending or performing at recitals:

  • Arrive on time.
  • Do not enter the recital hall during a performance.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Listen attentively.
  • Do not use flash photography during performances.
  • Applaud enthusiastically.
  • Stay for the entire recital.