Students receive one individual lesson per week. The parent attends each lesson and helps the student work on the material throughout the week of practice at home. The length of lesson depends on the student’s age, attention span and level of achievement. Beginners usually reserve a half hour lesson, generally playing 15 to 20 minutes of that lesson. The rest of the lesson is spent with the parent, helping them know how to assist their child at home. As the student’s endurance increases, they will play longer periods, filling the entire half hour lesson.
Students also attend group lessons. The purpose of the group lesson is to provide students with motivation, develop their leadership, teach them reading skills and music theory and to have fun. The less advanced students benefit from the modeling provided by older students, and the older students enjoy being leaders. Lessons consist of working on the Suzuki repertoire and having students work on a specific point with these pieces. Lessons are two Sundays a month from 3:00–3:45 for book 1-3, and 3:00-4:30 for students in book 4 and beyond. Group lessons are intended to be supplemental to individual lessons. The cost is included in the private tuition.