Suzuki Method
Greenwich House Music School offers the Suzuki Method in violin and guitar. The Suzuki Method of instruction and philosophy is based on the belief that all children are innately talented, and that musical ability can be taught in all children. The ideas of loving encouragement, constant repetition and parent responsibility are some of the special features of the Suzuki approach. 

The Suzuki Method was conceived in the mid-20th century by Shin'ichi Suzuki, a Japanese violinist who desired to bring beauty to the lives of children in his country after the devastation of World War II. As a skilled violinist but a beginner at the German language who struggled to learn it, Suzuki noticed that children pick up their native language quickly, and even dialects adults consider "difficult" to learn are spoken with ease by people of 5 or 6 years. He reasoned that if children have the skill to acquire their native language, then they have the necessary ability to become proficient on a musical instrument. He pioneered the idea that pre-school age children could learn to play the violin if learning steps were small enough and if the instrument was scaled down to fit their body. He modeled his method, which he called "Talent Education,” after his theories of natural language acquisition. Suzuki believed that every child, if properly taught, was capable of a high level of musical achievement. He also made it clear that the goal of such musical education was to raise generations of children with "noble hearts" (as opposed to creating famous musical prodigies). 

  • Every child has the potential to become musical
  • Environment rather than genetics will determine achievement
  • Positive reinforcement promotes success 

  • A well-considered series of musical pieces designed to introduce and review musical technique in a progressively challenging format 

  • Begin lessons early, enlisting the aid of the parent as home teacher 
  • Adapt the “mother tongue” approach to learning though listening, imitation, review and positive reinforcement 
  • Break each skill into the smallest possible steps • Teach individual lessons to let each child progress at his or her own pace 
  • Use group classes to review the materials presented in the private lesson and to introduce the skill of playing together 

  • Teaching balanced posture of the body, including violin and bow hold 
  • Teaching balanced tone production or “tonalization” 
  • Teaching perfect intonation 
  • Teaching skills for developing artistic musicianship in performance 
  • Teaching notes and bowings to new pieces

Program Information


30-Minute Lesson and Repertoire Class

Ages: 3+ 

Tuition: $1,275 per term ($75 per lesson)

Instructor: Hajnal Pivnick

To register email 
or call 212-242-4770


30-Minute Lesson and Repertoire Class

Ages: 3+ 

Tuition: $1,275 per term ($75 per lesson)

Instructor: Hannah Murphy

To register email 
or call 212-242-4770


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