The Suzuki-Orff School of Music is the first to combine the Suzuki and Orff methodologies as the basis of its programming. Our students embark upon their musical journey as young as six months, along the way branching onto new, exciting paths.
Shinichi Suzuki and Carl Orff both understood that before reading and comprehending the language of music, children learn by listening and imitating. Our Baby STEPS™ program applies this understanding by teaching music through movement, play, and weekly repetition, allowing children to master material before moving on.
At age 4, children may choose to pursue our Musicianship Path by participating in Orff class, which transitions to music appreciation, history, and theory classes at age 8. As musicality develops, children are encouraged to participate in our Orff Ensemble and/or Suzuki-Orff Choir.
Age 4 also presents the opportunity for students to begin instrument study via the Suzuki method. This includes weekly private and group lessons, which focus on technical ability and listening skills. As students mature, the listening-based Suzuki method begins to incorporate note-reading and traditional repertoire by celebrated composers. Students become competent, independent note-readers with strong ear-training backgrounds, solid instrumental technique, and musical sensitivity.
In addition to developing musical skills and knowledge, our programs are designed to help students prepare for success in the 21st century by developing discipline and critical thinking skills, by nurturing creativity, confidence, and self-expression, and by incorporating family as an integral part of the learning experience.