Suzuki for Violin, Cello and Piano

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.

Private and Group Suzuki Lessons For Children
Suzuki students register for weekly lessons, and the parent attends each lesson. Individual lessons focus on mastery of the instrument. With permission of the instructor, parent and child may share a semi-private lesson in which both learn to play the instrument.

Individual Lessons (14 Sessions)
Section 10 30-minute lessons $395
Section 11 45-minute lessons $580
Section 12 60-minute lessons $770

Suzuki Faculty
Suzuki Strings Coordinator: Nettie R. West
Violin Instructors: Nicole Moody, Heeja Questad, Nettie R. West
Cello Instructors: Nicole Moody, Jean Vilkelis
Piano Instructors: Ariana Barkeshli, Richard Devens, Beverly Poyerd and Nettie R. West.

Instruments and Materials
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: Please contact Stamell Strings at (845) 337-3030 or Joseph Regh Violins at (845) 297-2521.

Attention Violin and Cello Parents: Violin and cello sizes fit the child, who should be measured by the teacher or the strings retailer. Rental allows you to change violin size as your child grows, and rental fees may often be applied to purchase when ready. Some dealers allow trade-ins on purchased instruments as well.

Suzuki violin, cello and piano students may register for individual lessons only.



Music School

53 Pendell Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone: (845) 431-8916
Laura G. Doe, Director