The Answers You Need
IF MY CHILD HASN'T LEARNED SUZUKI, CAN THEY STILL COME?
Yes! We use the Suzuki books as the basis of our repertoire classes, so your child can learn the songs there and participate fully. However, they are welcome to come to the orchestra classes once they are competent sight readers and can play at a book 2-3 level.
While we use the Suzuki books as our primary resource for music and the teaching methods strongly reflect those of this form of study, we highly encourage students at every level to come.
CAN WE DO ONLY THE WORKSHOP?
Yes, many out-of-town students participate in the regional workshop! If you do decide to do weekly group classes, the semester fee includes the workshop.
Click on "Fall Workshop" at the top of the page to find out more information, register, and pay the fee. Welcome!
HOW DO I GET STARTED WITH A BEGINNING STUDENT?
First of all--welcome to string playing in southern Utah! Perhaps the first thing to do is to find a private teacher for your student because they can help you have an advocate as you navigate this world. This list of teachers can help you begin. Next, you will need an instrument that fits your student. We like working with the Cedar City businesses Whittlesticks or Cedar Music Store & Studio for violins, violas and cellos to rent or own. These local companies keep the quality high and the service personal. Finally, sign up for group classes with Suzuki Strings Cedar City! Don't forget to practice daily to build your skills. We're glad you're here!
WHAT IS THE COST FOR GROUP CLASSES?
This semester fee covers weekly classes and includes the workshop fee and t-shirt.
$80 for one student
$20 for each additional student in the family
Members of SAU get a $10 discount
The group class fee for Suzuki Strings is due at the beginning of each semester (August for Fall, January for Spring).
WHAT IS SAU AND HOW DO I JOIN?
SAU is the Suzuki Association of Utah and costs $40 per year to be a member, payable to your SAU private teacher in the Fall. Being a member of SAU gets you a newsletter, cool workshops for parents (a great one in Salt Lake every January), and participation in celebration concerts. This is a great way to support the efforts of our state Suzuki organization so we keep the standard of instruction high and the collaboration alive among Suzuki teachers, parents, and students.
SHOULD MY STUDENT PARTICIPATE IN SCHOOL ORCHESTRA IN ADDITION TO SUZUKI ENSEMBLES?
Absolutely! We work to support our school and community orchestras. The more experience the better for the students. And our local school orchestras are amazing! Playing every day at school gives an added depth to developing string players.