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In the two years our son has been learning violin, Suzuki Music Columbus has become such a special part of our family life. Our little one (now 5) looks forward to his group classes every week--he has friends his age, big kids he watches with wide eyes, and teachers who are all such important, positive characters in his world. His private lessons are a continual learning experience for him and for us--we learn how to make playing and practice enjoyable, how to take things that seem really hard and make them easy through patience and practice. The commitment of time and effort for our son and for our family is bigger than what I remember from my ill-fated childhood piano lessons, but the rewards have been real. Our house is filled with music, and our little one thinks of himself as a musician, with a whole big family of other musicians in his life.
My kids have been taking music lessons at Suzuki Music Columbus for about 6 years (violin, viola and cello). We have found the best and most enthusiastic teachers at SMC. Having regular small group experiences, recitals and local community playing opportunities is wonderful. The summer Suzuki camp experience has been a great way to start the summer for our kids. We feel lucky to have found SMC and enjoy all of our experiences there.
My daughter grew up in this program. It was a shared family activity- where we shared not only music, but friendship, the joys and sorrows of parenting, and being part of a true community. So many great experiences, so many opportunities evolved from this program. (These varied from being part of tours abroad and stateside to earning a full music scholarship to undergrad.)
My children have been engaged in learning string instruments with SMC for several years now. They have grown to love the community of students, parents, and faculty at SMC. It isn't hard to do! The staff of SMC is highly qualified musicians and educators that share their love, enthusiasm, and knowledge with the students. They expect a lot from the students, but they also give so much to help these young students grow and flourish. My only regret is that we should have begun this journey sooner!
I have three children in this program. We cannot say enough. The teachers are wonderful with the children. They challenge them, care for them as individuals, share and celebrate with their successes and walk through their struggles. Our family truly recommends Suzuki Music Columbus because of the positive impact it has had on my children!!!
My daughter has been in Suzuki since she was 3 1/2 - the teachers are excellent and know how to teach children well, in all stages of growth. Kelsey is confident, strong an compassionate, and her music education through Suzuki has played a major part in her growth both in playing the violin, and in her development as a human being. If anyone has been considering music education for their children, Suzuki Music Columbus is the place to go!
When my daughter, Sophia, was in the middle of third grade, she wanted to quit playing violin. The violin program that she was part of was very rigid and it was extremely hard to get her to practice without tears and drama. I was about to give up on it, too, but my wife suggested moving Sophia to Suzuki Music Columbus. As soon as we made the switch, we were immediately pleased that we had done so.
The environment that Doug and Susan foster is incredibly child friendly, and I believe that this is primarily because their own children were taught to play violin at an early age. They’ve experienced that same type of drama!
Sophia has been part of this program for close to six years, attended several of the summer camps that are offered (which she absolutely loves), and has recently traveled to the Czech Republic as part of the tour group.
We have been incredibly pleased to have Sophia enrolled in this program and have recommended it to others.
I love this program! I have watched my two very different kids not only blossom musically, but as confident, caring people. The teachers in this program are remarkable. They focus on the positive and provide guidance and support in a very caring way. Learning to play string instruments is hard. There are always challenges and frustrations. The teachers at Suzuki Music Columbus have helped my kids embrace challenges, and to experience how hard work can lead to mastery. I highly recommend this program based on my family's experience!