SMC Tuesday Group Classes & SMC Ensembles

All students are expected to attend weekly group classes which includes - recital, technique, musicianship, and ensembles.  Group classes are an integral part of Suzuki philosophy and vital to your child's success.  Group classes reinforce study at home, in the private lessons, as well as develops a community of young musicians and friends.  Tuesday Group Classes and Ensembles are part of a comprehensive program of study and are only available to registered Suzuki Music Columbus students.  There is no "group only" option, all SMC students participate in a group class and a private lesson.  

  1. The recital:  Each week there is a 30 minute recital time.  This is an opportunity for your child to either perform or listen to pieces that they will soon play.  It is also a time that the SMC community of students, faculty and parents are together, so we share news and announcements are made. 
  2. The technique class:  This class is divided by repertoire level.  Students will work on Suzuki repertoire, as well as other activities that pertain to the level of study.  The level varies so your child may be the most advanced or least advanced child in the class.  Since everyone progresses at a different rate their place in the class will change.  It is important to follow through in home practice on assignments that are given during class.
  3. The musicianship class:  This class is divided by reading ability.  Students will start with a Kodaly based approach and continue on with flash cards, large note reading books, duet books, and ensembles. 
  4. Ensembles:  Telemann Viola Ensemble, Vivaldi Ensemble, and Tour Group (descriptions below)

Telemann Viola Ensemble

The Telemann Viola Ensemble is comprised of Suzuki viola students, mid book 4 and up.  The Telemann Viola Ensemble meets on Tuesdays from 6:00 - 7:30 to rehearse and prepare for performance Suzuki repertoire and ensemble music of a variety of styles.  The group learns how to play in an ensemble working on rehearsal techniques, listening, and leading.  There are opportunities for collaboration with other Suzuki Music Columbus esembles.  The Telemann Viola Ensemble members will have some additional time commitments required for home practice, and public performances.

Suzuki Music Columbus Vivaldi Ensemble

The Vivaldi Ensemble is comprised of Suzuki violin and cello students, mid book 4 and up.  The Vivaldi Ensemble meets on Tuesdays from 6:00 - 7:30 to rehearse and prepare for performance Suzuki repertoire and ensemble music of a variety of styles.  The group learns how to play in an ensemble working on rehearsal techniques, listening, and leading.  The Vivaldi Ensemble members will have some additional time commitments required for home practice, and public performances.

Suzuki Music Columbus Tour Group

The Tour Group is comprised of the most serious, dedicated, and advanced violin students, who are the leaders in the Suzuki program.  The Tour Group meets on Tuesdays from 6:00 to 7:30 to prepare for performance advanced Suzuki repertoire and advanced ensemble music of a variety of styles.  The Tour Group members will have some additional time commitments required for home practice, rehearsals, retreats, tours and public performances. The Tour Group presents a musical program and mounts regular concert tours, has many local performances, community service projects, and recording.  SMC Tour Group students represent the ideals of Shin'ichi Suzuki, Suzuki Music Columbus, the Suzuki Method and what is possible for children in the Suzuki method to achieve.