All students registered in the program receive weekly individual instruction; regular group classes; studio recitals; department recitals; master classes; workshops; accompanied recitals and rehearsals for string and wind students; orchestras and reading classes for string and piano students; parent-teacher conferences; special events and performance opportunities; MacPhail Suzuki Association membership opportunities for parents; Music Plus! Discount of 25 percent on tuition in a class or ensemble.
Minneapolis: Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano, Harp, Guitar
Apple Valley: Piano, Violin
Chanhassen: Violin, Cello
White Bear Lake: Piano
How to register:
Children typically begin Suzuki lessons as early as 3-6 years of age. New students usually begin Fall or Spring semester. You can download a New Suzuki Student Information Packet or contact Student Services at 612-321-0100 to request a packet. You are encouraged to attend an informational meeting to learn more about MacPhail’s Suzuki program. Dates of the meetings are included in the information packet. If after reading the information you would like to be part of the Suzuki program, complete a Suzuki Placement Form. At that time, you will be placed with a teacher who will contact you with next steps. If there are not immediate openings, your child will be added to a placement list and you will be notified by a Suzuki teacher when an opening is available. For questions about the Suzuki program, please contact Kamini LaRusso at email@example.com or 612-767-5236.
Once you have been accepted, you will take the initial private lessons on the instrument without your child present. You will also be enrolled in a weekly new parent education class on Saturday mornings. This enables parents to understand the basics of performing on the instrument and teaching your child at home. Suzuki-trained students may transfer into the program as openings permit.
Parents who have attended an information meeting are encouraged to observe lessons with their children. The Guide to Observing Suzuki Lessons contains helpful information for getting started with observations. For information on observing private lessons, please contact Kamini LaRusso, Suzuki Department Assistant, at 612-767-5236 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prospective parents are invited to attend MacPhail recitals and Suzuki Department concerts. Link to Suzuki Department Calendar
Tuition Guidelines (amount depends on length of private lesson – 30, 45 or 60 minutes)
Strings (16 private lessons plus additional activities)
$883 - $1,475
Guitar (16 private lessons plus additional activities)
$809 - $1,401
Harp (16 private lessons plus additional activities)
$783 - $1,375
Piano (16 private lessons plus additional activities)
$710 - $1,302
Tuition includes full program of Suzuki activities with weekly individual instruction and regular group classes
Visit the Suzuki Association of America's website
Visit the MacPhail Suzuki Association website
Visit the Suzuki Association of Minnesota website
Nurtured by Love: The Classic Approach to Talent Education, Shinichi Suzuki and Waltraud Suzuki
Ability Development from Age Zero, Shinichi Suzuki
Where Love is Deep, Shinichi Suzuki
To Learn With Love: A Companion for Suzuki Parents, Constance Starr and William Starr
Helping Parents Practice: Ideas for Making It Easier, Edmund Sprunger
Time To Practice: A Companion For Parents, Carrie Reuning-Hummel