Violin, Cello and Piano (ages 5 and up)

Suzuki philosophy states that every child can develop musical ability. Children begin study at an early age since initial learning takes place through listening and the development of the ear and memory. Attention is given to tone, expression and the technique to achieve them. Parental involvement in lessons/classes/home practice is essential to the child’s success.


Suzuki students register for weekly lessons. Suzuki violin students may register for a group class at the appropriate level. Parent attends each lesson or group class. Individual lessons focus on mastery of the instrument, while group classes develop ensemble skills needed for orchestral playing. With permission of the instructor, parent and child may share a semi-private lesson in which both learn to play the instrument.


Section 10 30-minute lessons $395
Section 11 45-minute lessons $580
Section 12 60-minute lessons $770
Smaller lesson packages are available with approval of instructor.

Suzuki Strings Coordinator: Nettie R. West
Violin Instructors: Julie Paradies, Heeja Questad, Nettie R. West
Cello Instructor: Jean Vilkelis
Piano Instructors: Ariana Barkeshli, Richard Devens, Beverly Poyerd, Nettie R. West


Suzuki’s book “Nurtured by Love” is required reading material for parents. Each child/parent team obtains listening CDs and books appropriate to the curriculum. Suzuki piano instruction requires an acoustic piano or a digital keyboard with weighted full-size touch-sensitive keys and at least 6 ½ octaves for home practice. For violin or cello rentals, contact Stamell Strings at (845) 337-3030 or Joseph Regh Violins at (845) 297-2521.

Suzuki Violin Groups


(6 Sessions) Includes parental instruction. This small group class is for young children who want to begin to learn to play violin or cello. Goals are to develop focus, balance, rhythm and musical sense in a loving and supportive environment and to prepare parent and child for successful violin or cello study. For instrument rentals (and appointments for size/fitting), contact Stamell Strings at (845) 337-3030. Instruments will be required by the third session. Sessions 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1

Section 10 is for new beginners
5090 10 11:45 am – 12:30 pm (S) 6/6-8/1 DCC J Vilkelis $80

Section 11 is for continuing Suzuki violin
5091 11 11:00 am – 11:45 am (S) 7/25-8/29 DCC J Vilkelis $80

Section 12 is for continuing Suzuki cello
5092 12 10:15 am – 11:00 am (S) 7/25-8/29 DCC J Vilkelis $80

SUZUKI VIOLIN STUDENTS MAY REGISTER FOR: SUZUKI INDIVIDUAL LESSONS AND/OR GROUP CLASS. Suzuki piano and cello students register for individual lessons only.


MUX 200 SUZUKI VIOLIN beginner group (ages 5-9)

(6 Sessions) This class is for beginners or continuing beginners from previous semester. For violin rentals, contact Stamell Strings at (845) 337-3030 or Joseph Regh Violins at (845) 297-2521, after children are measured on the first class date. Section 10 is for new beginners; Section 11 is for continuing students who completed Section 10. Group meets 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1.

Section 10 is for new beginners
5093 10 10:15 am – 11:00 am (S) 6/6-8/1 DCC N. West $105

Section 11 is for continuing beginners
5094 11 11:15 am – 12:00 pm (S) 6/6-8/1 DCC N. West $105