Benifits to your Child
develops a love of music
provides a musical community for making friends
maximizes your child’s musical potential
nurtures the whole child
improves brain development
enhances fine motor skills
develops a “musical ear"
fosters close parent/child relationship
improves understanding of mathematical concepts
teaches concentration and good work habits
prepares your child for a musical career
develops ensemble skills
positive outlet for self-expression
What We Offer
weekly private lessons
regular group lessons
parent enrichment classes
solo and group performance opportunities
additional learning through observation
flexible approach customized to each child
What is Suzuki & Conservatory
Dr. Shinichi Suzuki (1898—1998), Japanese musician and educator, founded the Suzuki Method in the 1930s. It began in North America in the 1960’s, and is known worldwide today.
The main principle of the Suzuki Method of musical instruction is: Just as children learn to speak their native tongue, they will learn how to play a musical instrument.
Dr. Suzuki observed that children hear the sounds and rhythms of their native language from birth, and parents always encourage and celebrate their children’s efforts at learning to speak. There is no doubt that they will succeed. In this natural process, all children experience delight and joy in acquiring their “mother tongue.”
Likewise, the Stratford Strings Academy applies the Suzuki Method by creating an environment, both at lessons and at home, which stimulates the child’s desire to learn to play the violin, viola or cello.
Note: Intermediate to Advanced violin students are taught with an added emphasis on Royal Conservatory curriculum, examination, and Canadian High-school credits.
The SSA is a community of families committed to nurturing music now and for years to come. You will be expected to:
1. Attend your child’s private/group lessons at the school.
2. Play the recordings of pieces to be learned.
3. Guide your child’s daily practice sessions at home.
4. Support your child as she or he learns a new skill.
Parents do not need a musical background. The teacher will show you, step-by-step, how to guide your child easily at home.
When do we begin?
The earlier the better!
Children of preschool age have an insatiable desire to learn. Learning an instrument at such a young age will have a positive impact on their development for years to come.
You can start developing your child’s musical potential by surrounding him/her with a musical environment.
Music becomes a natural part of children’s lives when they are exposed to fine music at concerts, on television, on the radio, or on recordings.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do we get started?
We require you to observe a few lessons or group class before beginning. Parents are also required to read one- two Suzuki books available at the Falstaff Early Years lending library.
What does the program include?
36 weeks of 30 minutes private lessons (as the children become more advanced, the lesson times may increase) 17 group classes a winter and a Spring Concert, and Solo Recital opportunities.
How much do the lessons cost?
The yearly fee is approximately $890-$1070 and is paid three times yearly. During the day discount available for lessons before 3:30 p.m.
Where are the lessons held?
All lessons are held at 149 William St. in Stratford.
Groups and some solo recitals are at Falstaff Family Centre, 35 Waterloo St., N. in Stratford.
When are private lessons scheduled?
Lessons are scheduled at a mutually convenient time for both the parent and the teacher during the week days.
Where do I find an instrument?
The teachers will size your child and will guide you in the right direction to obtain an instrument. There are small size violins for rent in the School. The cost is $20/monthly for a violin.
What about the adult size instruments?
There are enough rental violins, for all parents at the above rates.
What are the expectations for the parent?
The parent is required to attend all lessons and groups and take notes. If you wish you may also learn how to play the instrument (full sizes will be available for rent). The teacher teaches the parent to be the home teacher.
When are the best times for young children to have their lessons?
We highly recommend that young children come during the daytime for their lessons when their minds are ready to learn. After a long day at home, daycare, or school they are often very tired.
But I would prefer not to take my child out of school for lessons.
It is an Ontario Provincial law that children may be excused from school for up to a half day per week for music lessons. Music instruction is a vital part of their education. It teaches discipline, work habits and nurtures the artistic soul.
How can I find out more about the School?
Please phone Dini Westman at 519-274-9522 and she would be happy to talk with you further.