The Suzuki Program at Creative Arts

The strength of the Suzuki Method lies in parental support, collaboration with the teacher and ensemble playing. As when a child learns to talk, parents are involved by attending lessons and serving as “home teachers". Parents often learn more quickly, so that s/he understands what the child is expected to do during home practice. Creative Arts offers Suzuki Method private and group classes in violin, viola, cello, guitar, flute and piano, starting as young as 3.5 years. 

Judith Braude: Flute, Piccolo

  • SAA Certification in Flute through Book 4 plus Advanced Practicum

Kenya Esteva de Ruiz: Violin, Cello, Guitar, Ukulele

  • SAA Certification in Violin, Books 1,2, 3 & 7


Sheryl LaFayette: Viola, Violin, Piano

  • SAA Certfication in Violin through Book 6

  • SAA Certification in Piano through Book 4


Marybeth Mackay: Violin

  • SAA Certfication in Violin through Book 1

Start With a Suzuki Trial Lesson

  • A 30 minute trial lesson ($30) is a real music lesson, not a sales talk. Students gain musical knowledge and begin their musical journey!​

  • Meet the teacher, learn about your student's musical education and performance opportunities and see our large classrooms and recital hall.  

  • Explore different instruments - our teachers can help students decide. 

Group Suzuki Classes

Instrument Exploration

Ages 3 - 8 with parent/caregiver

Not sure which instrument is right for your young child?

This class allows families to play instruments and learn about the Suzuki Method, which includes parents and caregivers in the student's learning. 

  • Students will listen, sing and move with live instrument demonstrations, and explore pitch and rhythm with engaging activities

  • 30-minute classes specifically designed for ages 3-8 and their families

  • Get questions answered about the Suzuki Method, lessons, at-home practice and age appropriate learning 


Section 1: Covers violin, cello, ukulele, guitar and piano with Instructor Kenya Esteva de Ruiz​

6 Fridays, Jan 17 - Feb 28 (No class Feb 21)5:00pm - 5:30pm

$90 per family


Section 2: Covers violin, cello and piano with Instructor Marybeth Mackay

4 Saturdays, Jan 18 - Feb 8, 10:30am - 11:00am

$60 per family


These classes will be offered in Fall 2020:


Suzuki Beginnings for Violin

Ages 3 to 6 with Parent/Caregiver
(For students who are completely new to Suzuki Violin)

Designed for the young student and their parent/caregiver who are new to the instrument, we will use rhythm and pitch games, singing and listening in an engaging and nurturing environment. Also called a "Pre-Twinkle" class, students and their parents/caregivers learn basic techniques on the instrument.

Suzuki Group Violin

Ages 4 to 10

(For students who have taken Suzuki Beginnings for Violin or the equivalent)

Group classes, along with weekly private lessons, are an integral part of learning the violin and the Suzuki method. Building on what has been learned in private lessons, students experience the fun and social aspects of playing together! Besides playing engaging (and educational!) musical games we'll be playing arco and pizzicato with Twinkle rhythms and open-stringed songs. Advanced students will be given harmonies and leadership roles. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to attend the class to enrich their student's experience. Class runs 4 weeks.

Note: Our website represents the most updated information about class titles, days and times.
Please choose classes according to information on this website, not printed information.


About the Suzuki Method


More than fifty years ago, Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki realized the implications of the fact that children the world over learn to speak their native language with ease. He began to apply the basic principles of language acquisition to the learning of music, and called his method the mother-tongue approach. The ideas of parent responsibility, loving encouragement, constant repetition, etc., are some of the special features of the Suzuki approach.

To learn more about the Suzuki Method, please visit:



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