Suzuki Music Education
We offer two opportunities to study Suzuki at Settlement: Suzuki Program (for violin, guitar, and piano) and Tapestry Strings (for violin, viola, and cello). Teachers for both programs are specially trained in the Suzuki Method.
Our Suzuki program focuses on the potential and curiosity of our youngest learners and lays the foundation for life-long learning that allows students to develop their confidence, self-discipline, perseverance, a sense of purpose, and problem-solving skills.
Participation of one parent/guardian is required for all students. Recitals and play-ins are scheduled periodically throughout the year and will supplement lessons and classes. Weekly individual lessons (see Individual Instruction page) and weekly group classes are required of all students.
Suzuki lessons and classes are offered to students between the ages of 4 and 8 for violin and piano, and guitar starts at age 5.
Tuition: $660 for 60-minute class held weekly for 32 weeks. This is in addition to tuition for individual instruction.
Financial aid is available
Similar to language immersion, beginning Tapestry Strings students learn to play first and read second. However, it is important to note that music reading is an important part of the Suzuki Method and Tapestry Strings students will become proficient readers throughout their journey. They will also be introduced to various world music genres, in addition to a core classical music curriculum.
Participation of one parent/guardian is required of all students for both lessons (see Individual Instruction page) and classes. Weekly individual lessons and group classes are required for all students. Group classes meet every other week and reinforce what is taught in individual lessons in a fun, collaborative, and dynamic environment with peers. Tapestry Strings also includes a parent orientation, annual group performances, as well as solo performances and workshops.
While there is no specific age requirement, most children begin Tapestry Strings between the ages of 4 and 8 for violin, viola, and cello. Tapestry Strings is offered at our Mary Louise Curtis and Wynnefield Branches in Philadelphia.
Tuition: $480 for 45-minute class held every other week for 16 weeks. This is in addition to the tuition for individual instruction.
Financial aid is available.
Introduction to Tapestry Strings
This course is a Suzuki-inspired program for children ages 3-6 interested in exploring cello, viola, and/or violin. This four-week program meets on Mondays in July and is a recommended introduction to the 16-week Tapestry Strings program offered during the regular school year.
Summer Group Class Dates (Mondays)
Tuition: $130 (includes cost of instrument rental during class)
Financial Aid Available
Location: Wynnefield Branch (4910 Wynnefield Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131)
For more information, contact Shelley Beard at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-320-2600.