How do I know if my child is ready for lessons?
The Suzuki philosophy believes that all children can become excellent musicians! Children and their parents may begin formal lessons as early as age three, and by the age of five nearly all children may be considered ready.
What is the extent of parent involvement?
Parents attend lessons with their child where they quietly observe and take notes, so that they can serve as the "home teacher" during the week. Parents are also expected to volunteer at one of our events. Because we are a non-profit organization, our success depends on parent volunteers.
Do I need to have musical training or background?
It is not necessary that the parent have any formal music education prior to beginning lessons.
You will learn with your child!
Do I need to buy my child an instrument?
We recommend that families lease an instrument, especially when starting out.
What are the program fees?
Application Fee: $100 per student (This fee is applied to your total owing.)
SOA Membership: $25 for first child + $5 for each additional child
Group Lesson: $575
Group Lesson and Orchestra (Boccherini & Paganini): $920
Prairie Strings Orchestra: $515
There is a discount for registering additional children to the program.
Prices for second or more children
Group Lesson: $465
Group Lesson and Orchestra (Boccherini and Paganini): $785
Private lesson rates (These are paid directly to your private teacher):
When and where are the lessons?
Group lessons and orchestra take place on Thursday evenings from September to mid-May. Group lessons run from 5:30 - 6:30 pm, and orchestra from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. In the past, we would usually meet at Walter Murray Collegiate, however occasionally we would also meet at McClure United Church when there was a scheduling conflict at the school. For the 2020-2021 year we have been meeting at St. Andrews College. The location for the 2022-23 year is to be determined.
Private lessons will be held at a time agreed up on by you and your private teacher, at his or her studio.