Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose the Suzuki Method?

The Suzuki philosophy is a belief that with the right environment and circumstances, most children can learn to play an instrument. This philosophy uses listening, imitation, and repetition to help children learn to play a musical instrument as easily as if it were their native tongue.  Children become comfortable with the instrument before learning to read music. Technique is taught in the context of pieces rather than through dry technical exercises. Pieces are refined through constant review. Students perform frequently, both individually and in groups.

2. How do I choose a teacher?

Please read our faculty page to learn about our teachers, then contact the School Director at admin@ottawasuzukistrings.ca for advice, consultation and recommendations.

3. Where are private lessons taught?

Private lessons are taught primarily at the teacher’s residence in various locations throughout the National Capital Region. Visit the Our Faculty page to learn specifics.

4. What are the expectations for you as a parent?

Parental involvement is a core element of the Suzuki method.  This Parent-Child-Teacher teamwork is called the Suzuki Triangle.  The supportive triangle of parent – child – teacher, nurtures musical growth through a process of loving, listening, leading and learning. Each participant in the triangle has a unique role and responsibility to ensure overall success. The parents are the learning partners of their children. Parents attend all private lessons with their children, take detailed notes and ensure the student listens to the recordings daily. Parents assist in weekly practice, following through on what the teacher has assigned.  Parents are the “At-Home Teachers.” Parents also attend group classes with their children.

5. Where do I find an instrument?

Each of our teachers will help advise you on how to obtain an instrument for your child.

6. Are group classes mandatory?

Yes! Group classes are integral to the Suzuki method. Group class reinforces what a student is learning in their private lessons, and builds teamwork and confidence. Group class provides the opportunity for review and refinement of skills already learned.  Group class is often the motivating factor for keeping a child’s interest and often lifelong friendships are formed in group class.

7. How long is the OSS school year?

There are 37 weeks from Labour Day in September to the first week of June, with 2 weeks off for the winter holiday break and one week off for the March break.

8. What is the cost?

Payment is made in four Term Fee payments. The Term Fee includes payment for private lessons and group classes. The private teachers have different hourly rates so the Term Fees vary according to who the private teacher is. Contact the School Director at admin@ottawasuzukistrings.ca for more details.

9. How do I find out more about the School?

Easy! Contact our School Director, Judy Ginsburg at admin@ottawasuzukistrings.ca or call her at (613) 369-4376. Judy has been involved with Suzuki for years and knows all the teachers very well. She is always happy to help you decide if Suzuki is an appropriate method for your child.


Are you interested in starting or continuing your child in Suzuki music instruction?

To start please read our faculty biographies.  Then contact our School Director Judy Ginsburg who will help you choose and contact a teacher in your area. Judy may be reached at admin@ottawasuzukistrings.ca or by phone at (613) 369-4376.

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