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Suzuki Group Repertoire Classes

Classes initially via Zoom

Classes will initially be taught via Zoom in an interactive style, with the intention to gradually incorporate a combination of remote and in-person teaching (for those who are interested). MIC will proceed with an abundance of caution, basing all decisions on the most current guidelines provided by the CDC and the governor.


Suzuki group repertoire classes are included for students enrolled in Suzuki private instruction.  Please consult your private teacher to sign-up for the appropriate repertoire class.


Fall 2020 Suzuki Repertoire Classes and Schedules

  - PDF Attachment at bottom of page

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.
Music Institute's Teacher Spotlight on Elizabeth Anderson, cello
Teacher Spotlight on Elizabeth Anderson, cello

"A fun and satisfying piece to teach is 'Scherzo'. Students love its virtuoso style."