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Suzuki Explorers

We have an exciting program at Suzuki Music School of Arkansas specifically designed for the parent wondering, “How do I choose an instrument for my child?” Explorers gives students the opportunity to discover a variety of instruments and the Suzuki method over the course of an 18-week semester. Instruments are provided to each student, and all classes are taught by highly-skilled faculty.

This interactive class allows children ages 4 – 7 years old to explore the flute, cello and violin in a small music class setting. They will receive 6 weeks of instruction on each instrument and rotate through all three instruments over the course of a semester. The program fosters an understanding of musical variety, and helps parents and children determine what instrument might be appropriate for study. Classes emphasize listening, focus, posture, rhythm and very basic instrumental skills.

Classes meet Wednesdays from 4:30-5:15 at the Suzuki Music School beginning August 15. A parent or guardian should attend classes to help their student with home practice. Enrollment is limited to 9, with 3 students per instrument rotation. Tuition for this 18-week program is $270. Students who complete the program will be ready to begin private instruction on the instrument of their choice.

For more information or to reserve a space for your child, contact Nastassja Riley at smsa@uark.edu.

Eligibility: Ages 4-7
Dates: Aug 15 – Dec 19, 2018
Times: Wednesdays, 4:30 – 5:15pm
Location: Suzuki Music School ~ Click here to view a map to our facility.
Fee: 18 sessions $270
Registration: Email smsa@uark.edu or call 479-575-5250 for registration information.
Registration Deadline: August 8, 2018
Cancellation/Refund Policy: Refunds are not available for this program.


For More Information: Nastassja Riley, Director Suzuki Music School – smsa@uark.edu

Nastassja Riley (School Director, Flute) Ms. Riley relocated back to the northwest Arkansas area in 2010. She has a B.M. and M.M. in flute performance from the University of Arkansas and a M.M. in music theory from Florida State University. Before leaving Fayetteville in 2008, she taught at the Suzuki Music School of Arkansas for 5 years. Her primary teachers have included Dr. Ronda Mains, Dr. Kristin Delia Hayes, Jessica Sherer, and Elizabeth Shuhan. She has performed in masterclasses with Katherine Hoover, Jim Walker, Clare Southworth, Michel Debost, Kathleen Chastain, Ruth Ann McClain, and Rhonda Larson in Casperia, Italy.

She is certified in the Suzuki Flute School Book 1 and 2. Her Suzuki teacher trainers were David Gerry and Kenichi Ueda; she has also performed in a masterclass with Toshio Takahashi, founder of the Suzuki Flute School. At Florida State she became enthusiastic about body awareness in her playing and teaching through her lessons with Jessica Sherer and a Feldenkrais Method class with Prof. Eva Amsler. Recently she has started taking Alexander Technique lessons with Kate Frank at the University of Arkansas. Nastassja has completed the TAGteach Primary Certification and Training Seminar with Theresa McKeon, and has her primary certification in TAGteach. She is committed to teaching using positive reinforcement, and is working toward her level 1 certification.

Miranda Baker (Violin) Miranda Baker started Suzuki violin at the age of five at the Suzuki Music School of Arkansas. She is currently pursuing a degree in violin performance at the University of Arkansas, where she studies with Dr. Er-Gene Kahng. She has studied with Holly Smardo, Chun-Yu Chen, and Miho Sakon. Miranda is a member of the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra and the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas. She has been teaching violin for six years and is very excited to join the Suzuki Music School of Arkansas!

John Finch (Cello, Double Bass) Mr. Finch received a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance and a Master of Music Degree in Cello Performance from Louisiana State University where he was a student of Thadeaus Brys. He has completed most of his Doctoral work at North Texas State University where he was a student of Adolfo Odnoposoff. Mr. Finch has taught in both private and public schools.  He has been teaching cello for over 25 years, performs with the Arkansas Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, and has taught lower strings at the University of Arkansas. John is SAA certified in Cello Books 1-6 and has studied with Rick Mooney, Jean Dexter, Nancy Hair, and Pam Davenport. In addition to teaching cello private lessons and group classes at SMSA, John frequently offers programs featuring cello demonstrations to regional children through area libraries, and public and private schools.