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Suzuki and Traditional Violin, Guitar, Cello, Viola

During a child’s first semester of Suzuki-based lessons, the parent will develop a rudimentary understanding of their instrument. The child observes and participates in those lessons. After that introductory stage, the child becomes the main focus of the lessons.
We also offer traditional instruction for students who are older or have already been learning string instruments using that method.


Features of our strings program include:

  • Violin and guitar individual and group lessons

  • Music Notation & Theory Instruction

  • Recitals & Performance opportunities throughout the year

  • Parent Help Meetings to maximize music learning

Guitar instruction includes:

  • weekly guitar lesson

  • music theory levels and awards

  • ear training

  • music reading

  • guitar ensemble

  • multiple recitals

Our Institute viola lessons deliver some of the finest viola lessons in the Sarasota area. We present repertoire and technique in new and exciting ways. Instruction is offered for both children and adults.

We teach using the Suzuki as well as traditional methods. From the first day of lessons an emphasis is placed on core fundamentals. Students continue through the curriculum learning significant repertoire, all the while addressing the fundamentals necessary for all levels of performance. Training in theory, ear training, sight singing, technique, and history begin early in lessons.


Highlights of our Suzuki viola lessons:

  • Comprehensive viola education including performance classes, theory, technique, ear training, recitals, masterclasses, performances, competitions, and association of music with the rest of the arts

  • Fun, engaging viola lessons with the best teachers in the region

  • Personalized curriculum achieving the best possible learning conditions


Piano lessons offer our families the highest level of music education available with your and your child’s best interest at heart. In addition to teaching music to children, we also instruct adults and seniors. Features of our program include:

  • One or more 30, 45, or 60 minute music lesson each week;

  • At least two recitals per year;

  • Advanced training for the serious student;

  • A wide network of experienced instructors which enables us to skillfully match your family with a music teacher of your preference;

  • An extensive library comprised of classical, seasonal, popular, and gospel and other music;

  • Ear training;

  • Theory instruction;

  • Private adult instruction

Royal Conservatory Program

The Royal Conservatory is one of the largest and most respected music education institutions in the world. Operating for over 130 years, The Royal Conservatory continues to translate the latest thinking about creativity into inspiring programs, benefiting millions of individuals around the world. Their mission – to develop human potential – is based on the conviction that the arts are humanity's greatest means to achieve personal growth and social cohesion.


We at Suzuki, are proud to be an Examination Center for The Royal Conservatory and prepare students for the RCM Certificate Program.  This Program is a comprehensive and effectively sequenced program of music study and assessment, beginning with the Preparatory level(s), followed by levels 1 to 10, and concluding with the Associate Diploma of The Royal Conservatory of Music (ARCT). At each level, students receive a Certificate of Achievement upon successfully completing a Royal Conservatory examination.  A Licentiate Diploma of The Royal Conservatory of Music (LRCM) is available for piano.


Students from Tampa and Central Florida join our local student body to participate in these practical piano, practical violin and written theory exams annually.  They receive world-class, well-rounded musical training, learn to hone their musical skills, play independently and nurture a lifelong appreciation for music making. 


Did you know?

  • The RCM Certificate Program is considered the "gold standard" in many countries for its ability to develop high-caliber musical literacy.

  • Each year, more than 30,000 teachers motivate more than 500,000 students to participate in music making.

  • The program has been proven to be a powerful tool for developing children's intellectual, social and creative potential.

  • With a focus on nurturing creativity and developing self-confidence, the program allows students to work at their own pace.

  • The program motivates students, helps them set and achieve goals and instills a sense of accomplishment as they complete each level.

Percussion, Flute, Trumpet and other instruments

Learning to play any instrument well requires an investment of time. It is fun and intrinsically rewarding, but requires practice and patience.

While studying any instrument, we will try to achieve a balance between hard work and fun. But remember, as things become easier (from practicing), it becomes more fun; as your technical abilities increase (from practicing), the selection of music you can play becomes more interesting.

In the lesson you will be presented with information, ideas, examples, and encouragement. However, knowing what to do and being able to do it are two different things; this is what practice is all about.

At the Suzuki Institute School of Music we believe that private instruction is one of the best ways for anyone to learn how to play an instrument. The one-on-one instruction means that students are given instruction that best suits how they learn as individuals. Also, with private lessons a teacher can focus 100% of their attention on that one student to ensure that crucial components of musicianship such as hand positioning, posture or understanding of a particular concept are correct. If a student has a particular difficulty in one area, the teacher can work on it without hampering the progress of a class of students and alternatively, if a student is excelling in one area, the teacher can move on.

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