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The MacPhail Suzuki Program

The MacPhail Suzuki program is one of the largest and most established Suzuki programs in the country and one of the only places to offer comprehensive Suzuki lessons in Minnesota!  Suzuki lessons are offered on flute, guitar, harp, piano, cello, viola, and violin for students as young as age 3 or 4 through high school.

Instruments Offered at MacPhail: Cello, Flute, Guitar, Harp, Piano, Viola, Violin

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Current Student Resources

Registered students, look here for department news, group class schedules, program events, the latest issue of the Gavotte, and the Suzuki Parent Handbook

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The Suzuki Approach

The Suzuki approach to music education is based on the belief that young children can learn to play a musical instrument the same way they learn to speak their native language – through listening, repetition, encouragementm, and parental involvement!  Parent, child, and teacher form the “Suzuki Triangle” to create a long-term, collaborative learning experience.

Weekly individual lessons are the core of the instruction. Suzuki students also participate in:

  • Group lessons – weekly or monthly
  • Studio recitals
  • Department recitals
  • Workshops
  • Orchestras
  • Reading classes
  • Advanced ensembles
  • International Tours

Suzuki Early Childhood Education

Suzuki Early Childhood Education Classes are a weekly interactive experience for babies and toddlers from birth through age 3 with a parent. Songs, rhymes, stories, and instruments are used to teach musical concepts, language and pre-reading skills, numbers, physical coordination, social and emotional skills, and much more! Parents learn to be active observers of their child’s learning process, and build a repertoire of lullabies, action songs, and rhymes, with techniques for using them at home.

The Suzuki approach emphasizes encouragement and repetition, within a calm, nurturing environment. Classes are team-taught by trained and experienced instructors. Teachers have undertaken long-term Suzuki teacher training and apply their knowledge of early childhood development and understanding of the Suzuki philosophy to their approach in the classroom.

Every child is born with outstanding potential. In the Suzuki Early Childhood Education Class, parents are encouraged to observe and delight in very small developmental steps. With long-term, consistent participation, children grow their abilities and realize their amazing potential for learning.

In addition to the semester tuition, there is a one-time $25 materials fee for a CD/Booklet to listen to the songs at home and a journal to write in during the class time.

During the Fall and Spring Semester, classes meet on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00 am, 10:15-11:15 am, and 11:30 am-12:30 pm at De LaSalle High School, Minneapolis, MN.

This class is ongoing for current students ages 0-3 years old. New families are welcome to inquire for class information and if there is space in the class. If no space is available, we will place your family on a waiting list for future placement in the class.

Contact Ruth Bergman, Suzuki Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator.

Developing the Whole Child Through Music

In the Suzuki Method, children thrive in an environment of total support. Suzuki students develop confidence and self-esteem, determination to try difficult things, self-discipline, and concentration. As well, they acquire a lasting enjoyment of music, and the sensitivity and skills necessary for making music.

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How To Get Started

The MacPhail Suzuki Program will continue to offer Suzuki Program information sessions and place new students.

Contact Kamini LaRusso, Suzuki Department assistant director

Suzuki Group Classes

Meet Our Suzuki Faculty

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Suzuki Guitar & Piano Institute

July 26 – July 30, 2021
The Suzuki Institute offers masterclasses, group classes, and performance opportunities for piano and guitar students, as well as training sessions for teachers. Students experience musical growth through the stimulating teaching from our excellent faculty, the motivating presence of their peers and the nurturing support of their parents. The inspiration of the week can invigorate the musical studies of the children throughout the year.

MacPhail Suzuki Booster Club

(formerly the MSA)

The Suzuki Booster Club is a parent volunteer organization that supports Suzuki program members and related activities. Learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Jean Seils Guitar Quartet

This performance was recorded in spring 2021 as a keepsake of the 2nd Street Guitar Quartet’s 2019 Spain tour.  This will be their last year together as Silvia Miller is graduating High School and going to study music at the University of Denver, CO this Fall.
I have had the pleasure of coaching/teaching these students for over 9 years! They have performed all over the Twin Cities area-including Hamline University for the Minnesota Guitar Society, Suzuki Association of the America’s Biannual Conference at the Convention Center, Master Classes including the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Honors recitals here at MacPhail, and many many more. Look for them this summer as we are planning on performing as much as possible before fall!

Jean Seils

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