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Suzuki group repertoire classes are included in tuition for students enrolled in Suzuki private instruction at MIC.

Please consult your MIC private teacher to get their recommendation for the appropriate repertoire class for your child. Students must be registered for private lessons in the MIC Suzuki program in order to participate in Suzuki repertoire classes at MIC.

New students interested in Suzuki repertoire classes should consult with their private lesson teacher and local campus director for appropriate placement.

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Repertoire classes reinforce concepts and repertoire introduced in private lessons. Depending on the level of the group, it may include such things as pre-Twinkle songs and instrumental position games, review of the Suzuki repertoire in an ensemble setting, introduction to note-reading on the student's instrument, or playing Suzuki repertoire in multiple parts.

Throughout the child’s study, the Music Institute of Chicago’s deep commitment to ensemble playing is evident, first through repertoire classes and later through participation in chamber music groups and orchestra. Suzuki group classes are used to reinforce concepts and repertoire introduced in private lessons.

Purpose of Suzuki group classes

  • To work on and reinforce techniques and musical concepts learned in the private lesson.
  • To learn more advanced techniques through review of previously learned materials.
  • To become musically flexible by accepting and reacting to different interpretations.
  • To improve skills in following directions.
  • To instill discipline in following the leader (orchestra preparation).
  • To become a better audience.
  • To learn to work together as a team.
  • To learn to offer constructive criticism in a positive environment.
  • To provide a social and educational environment for motivation.
  • To prepare for performances.

Role of the Parent at Suzuki group class

  • To attend group lessons and take notes on techniques and musical concepts stressed.
  • To practice with your child the ideas worked on in class.
  • To arrive in plenty of time for class. Late arrivals mean stopping the entire class for tuning.
  • To not distract your child with gestures and critical looks.
  • To discuss with your child the purposes of group class and what the appropriate behavior should be.

Role of the student

  • To be up to date on review pieces.
  • To practice at home what was presented in the group class.
  • To show respect for students, parents, and teachers.
  • To listen to the teacher and react quickly to instructions.
  • To remain in rest position while the teacher is talking.
  • To sit and watch attentively while more advanced students are playing.
  • To line up for tuning as soon as the instructor enters the room.
  • To sit quietly on the floor after being tuned.
  • To have all snacks consumed before class begins.