Observation is the beginning of your musical studies with your child. We require all new families to observe group classes for a minimum of a term because it is the best way for you to find out about the method and what your role as a parent would be. It also allows us to assess if your child is ready to begin learning with us.
Through observation you'll gain insight into the Suzuki method and have the opportunity to speak with other parents who have begun learning with us. Your child will begin to absorb some of the beginning concepts and understand how the group classes work so that when they eventually joing the class they'll feel comfortable. We'd also encourage you to speak to other parents who have been learning with us for a little while, as they can answer many of the questions you may have about being a Suzuki parent.
Our beginners groups, Mozart Group, meets Wednesdays at 3.55 pm in the Lower Gallery and is taught by Charlotte Clemson. Please turn up to the Lower Gallery with your child and sign the observer's register each week*.
You are welcome to observe any group class as often as you like and there is no charge. Observing other groups is a very good way to get to know our teachers so that when you are offered individual lessons you might know who you feel is a good fit for you and your child. You can view the class timetable here.
You will need to observe group lessons for at least a term before being eligible for an opening with one of the teachers. Children who participate in the group classes all have a private Suzuki teacher. We wish to stress that the Suzuki method is NOT a group teaching method and all children must learn with a Suzuki trained teacher. Each child has weekly individual lessons (usually at their teacher's house) and these are supplemented by the group lesson and musicianship classes at Lauderdale.
You may also wish to observe individual lessons with a teacher.
Please be aware that we often have a long waiting list for individual teachers and many families have observed for much longer than a term before being offered a place with a private teacher. Read more about being assigned to a teacher and beginning private lessons here.
Parent Education Classes for Observers and Beginner Parents
Parents who are new to our programme, either as observers or new beginners, will sometimes be asked to join a parent discussion group in the Entrance Hall. These groups, led by our teachers, will discuss an important aspect of the Suzuki method and give you the opportunity to ask questions and get to know other parents.
Parent education is also currently being offered through our online video series.