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Welcome to the homepage of the Suzuki School of Turku!

WHO ARE WE?

The Suzuki School of Turku was established in 2009 and is a private musical institute providing basic education in the arts. The school operates at two different locations: in Turku’s town centre (Luostarinkatu 5) and in Hirvensalo (Pitkäpellonkatu 2). The Suzuki school employs the international Suzuki Method as a teaching method which is considered as natural and child-centered way of learning music. The schools offers piano, violin, cello, voice and guitar lessons for all ages from children to young people and adults. There are also groups for Early Childhood Education at ages ranging from infants up to children age nine.

The school organises several concerts per year and the pupils perform in many different cultural happenings like Turku’s Night of the Arts and the Children’s Music Festival. To find our next concert, please consult our concert calendar.

THE NEXT SUZUKI INFO FOR NEW FAMILIES

The Suzuki School takes in new pupils in the sign up order. It’s also possible to start taking lessons in the middle of a semester, if there are free places. The school organises a Suzuki-info for new families twice a year before starting instrument lessons. The next info will be:

The 8th of January 2018 at 6h30 a´clock p.m. Hirvensalo, Pitkäpellonkatu 2.

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THE INSTRUMENT LESSONS WITH THE SUZUKI METHOD

With the Suzuki Method, one may start taking instrument lessons starting from the age of three together with one’s parents. In the lessons, are emphasized individuality and the joy of playing music. You can also start taking instrument lessons as a young or an adult. The purpose of the Suzuki Method is to nurture a heart, which was accomplished through the cultivation of this ability. Dr. Suzuki hoped to help children grow into happy and rounded individuals, and wished to see them flourish in and beyond a musical setting.

The stronger the musical environment, the easier and more successful the natural learning. The Suzuki learning environment includes: individual weekly lessons with another pupil, group classes every other week, a home practice and listening programme daily, participation in concerts and workshops, absorption of the musical mastery of professional artists by listening to recorded music and attending live concerts.

The children work usually in pairs. The pair lesson’s duration is from 45 up to 60 minutes, depending on pupil’s age. Half of this duration, your child has his/her own individual lesson and the remaining half of the lesson your child spends listening to his peer playing. The pupils learn much just by listening.

When the pupil is young, the role of the parents is very important. It’s the parents’ responsibility to create the musical environment for the child. The parents participate to the lessons by playing music themselves and/or taking notes during the lessons and should practice daily with his/her child at home. The parents are the persons who play the Suzuki CD every day at home. The more familiar the Suzuki programme is, the easier it is to learn.

Group lessons are one of the wonderful ‘perks’ of the Suzuki method – supplementary to individual lessons but just as important! Your child will be extremely motivated by playing alongside his or her peers, and of course, this accelerates the rate of learning as they absorb ‘strengths’ from each other. Being part of a regular group is also beneficial for you, as Suzuki parents! You will get to be part of a smaller circle of our community, and the support system you, your teacher, and your children will form will be an invaluable motivation for all. Aside from the social aspect that group lessons provide, the students will be learning and honing the following skills and reaping the following benefits. The timetable of the group lessons you will find in the group-lesson calendar.

The instruments to choose:

  • piano
  • violin
  • cello
  • guitar
  • electric guitar
  • voice

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More information about the Suzuki Method:

http://www.europeansuzuki.org/about-us/the-suzuki-method/

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

In the Early Childhood Education every child receives elementary instruction in music and musical skills through positive experiences. The child’s sense of melody and rhythm develops while singing, playing games, listening to music, moving and dancing in harmony with music. In this way the child is led to develop an interest in music. The earlier you start your child’s talented education, the easier and more successful the natural learning will be. Because we use the same Suzuki music as in the instrument lessons, the songs will be familiar to the pupils when they start the instrument lessons. Beyond the Suzuki material, we lissen to classical music, folk songs and children’s music.

The lessons are based on the Suzuki Method. By creating the musical enviroment for the child, we hope to help children grow into happy and rounded individuals, and wished to see them flourish in and beyond a musical setting. In the lessons, are emphasized individuality and the joy of playing music. The purpose of the Suzuki Method is to nurture a heart, which was accomplished through the cultivation of the ability.

The Suzuki School takes new pupils in the sign up order. It’s also possible to start the lessons in the middle of the semester, if there are free places. The pupils of our groups are in the first places to start instrument lessons.

The groups to choose:

  • The Suzuki Babies (with parents), in finnish ”Vauvamuskari”
  • The Suzuki Family Group (Ages 1-2 with parents), ”Perhemuskari”
  • The Suzuki Piano or the Guitar Pre Classes (Ages 3-5 with parents), ”Piano- ja kitaramuskari”
  • The Suzuki Carousel of the instruments (Ages 3-5, and 6-8), ”Soitinkaruselli”
  • The Suzuki Rythm Group (Ages 3-6), ”Rytmimuskari”

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The timetable

TUITION FEES

Instrument lessons The autumn semester The spring semester
22,5 min/ a week (the pair lesson 45 min) 550 e 550 e
30 min/ a week (the pair lesson 60 min) 720 e 720 e
The lessons for adults 10 x 45 minutes 510 e 510 e

The autumn semester includes 15 weeks and the spring semester 17 weeks. The tuition fee covers all instrument lessons, group lessons and concerts. The group lessons are every other week depending on the size of the group. The fees are taxed by e-mail in 1-3 parts. The third sibling gets 5 % reduction.

The Early Childhood Education The autumn semester The spring semester
The Suzuki Babies 185 e 185 e
The Suzuki Family Group (Age 1-3) 185 e 185 e
The Music Play School (Age 3-5) 210 e 210 e
The Suzuki Carousel of the Instruments (Ages 3-5) 295 e 295 e
The Suzuki Piano or the Guitar Pre Classes (Ages 3-5) 399 e 399 e

The autumn semester includes 15 weeks and the spring semester 17 weeks of studys. The fees are taxed by e-mail in 1-3 parts. Every sibling gets 5 % reduction.

THE TEACHERS

The teachers of the Suzuki School of Turku are professionals and specialised in the Suzuki Method. The teachers are members of The Finland Suzuki Association and take a part of the teacher training for the Suzuki Method.

The director of the Suzuki School, piano, the Early Childhood Education:
Sini Lavastre
the Bachelor of Music and Arts, musiikkipedogi (AMK)
the International Exam of the Suzuki Method, level 3
tel. +358 44 2719 715
sini.lavastre@turunsuzukikoulu.fi

Piano:
Iina Kivimäki
The Master of the Music, MuM
the International Exam of the Suzuki Method, level 1
tel. +358 50 350 3411
iina13@iki.fi

Violoncello:
Eerika Ketonen
the Bachelor of Music and Arts, muusikko (AMK)
the International Exam of the Suzuki Method, level 2
tel. +358 45 1311886
eerika.ketonen@gmail.com

Violin:
Johanna Schwela
the Bachelor of Music and Arts, musiikkipedogi (AMK)
the International Exam of the Suzuki Method, level 1
tel. +358 40 5126 137
johanna.schwela@gmail.com

Guitar:
Katri Heino
the Bachelor of Music and Arts, musiikkipedogi (AMK)
the International Exam of the Suzuki Method, level 3
tel. +358 50 573 9271
kapaju@gmail.com

Voice:
Leea Lahtela
the Bachelor of Music and Arts, musiikkipedogi (AMK)
the International Exam of the Suzuki Method, level 1
tel. +358 44 560 3726
leea.lahtela@gmail.com