Suzuki Method at Creative Arts

Start with a Suzuki Trial Lesson

  • 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. 

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

Creative Arts Suzuki Faculty

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

Sheryl LaFayette: Viola, Piano

Judith Braude: Flute, Piccolo

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 in the musical learning of their child 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. 

In addition to the weekly private lesson, Creative Arts students and parents are encouraged to attend a group class to reinforce musical and technical issues with the instrument through collaborative games and ensemble work. 

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 try out violin, cello, ukulele, guitar and piano 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 

Instructor: Kenya Esteva de Ruiz​

$90 per family

6 Fridays, Oct 4 - Nov 22 (No class Nov 8 + 15)

3pm - 3:30pm


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.

Instructor: Kenya Esteva de Ruiz

$175, 8 Wednesdays

This class has been cancelled but will be offered again in Winter 2020.

Registration opens November 1.

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.

Instructor: Kenya Esteva de Ruiz

This class has been cancelled but will be offered again in Winter 2020.

Registration opens November 1.

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:



Phone 781-942-9600



25 Woburn Street

Reading, MA 01867

Entrance at rear of building, at shared parking lot behind Reading Town Hall, nearest to 32 Lowell St/Rt. 129.

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