Courses
For age 3 and above.
Violin. Viola. Piano.
Individual lesson

Core unit.

The core unit of the courses is the individual lesson each week. At the beginning, most of the time is spent helping the parent learn the basic skills on the child’s small instrument so that they can help the child at home. Children gradually take over the lesson as their skills and attention span increase. We have never had a parent or child who was unable to learn the basic skills. Many parents enjoy it so much that they get their own full-size instrument.
Group class

By age and ability.

Students are grouped by age and ability for the weekly group classes. Reading and singing classes are scheduled adjacent to violin classes at each level. The director decides which class is appropriate for each student in consultation with the group class teacher.

Students practice starting and stopping together, playing in tempo, and performing solos for each other. They see other students playing pieces that they will study later and are motivated to practice more at home. Group games emonstrate creative ways to practice basic skills.
Kodály music class

Prepare skills for reading and writing music.

In the Kodály music class, students learn a repertoire of songs and games. The basic elements of music such as rhythm, pitch, intervals, dynamics, and phrasing are drawn from these pieces and used to prepare the skills for reading and writing music.
String ensemble

Develop reading and orchestral skills.

The String Ensemble gives Suzuki students a chance to develop their reading and orchestral skills in a supportive environment which respects their training in the Suzuki Method. They learn standard string orchestra literature by Bach, Handel, and Mozart, as well as more contemporary composers.
Traditional method

Diverse teaching methods.

SIB also offers lessons using traditional approaches.
Chamber music

Develop skills in ensembles.

This is an advanced ensemble for students in book 4 and above who have orchestral or ensemble experience. Students develop independent reading skills through string quartets by Haydn, Mozart, and other masters. Ensemble students come primarily from SIB but other Suzuki students are welcome to audition. Viola and cello students are welcome.
Adult ensembles

Form own ensembles to start.

Parents and independent adult students are encouraged to form their own ensembles to be coached by faculty. There will be a minimum class size for each group and students can choose pieces for the classical, fiddle, folk, or jazz literature.