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Suzuki Music School

The Suzuki Music School offers instruction for children preschool and older in flute, violin, viola, 'cello, and piano. Students receive an integrated course of musical study designed to develop instrumental technique and repertoire, skills of music reading and theory, performance opportunities and ensemble playing.

The Suzuki Philosophy

"Every child can be educated" —Shinichi Suzuki

The philosophy in Suzuki instruction is that every child has musical potential. The nurturing of a happy, self-confident and sensitive child in an atmosphere of positive reinforcement through music has been the primary focus of the Suzuki philosophy. The five areas that Dr. Suzuki believes to be all-important in developing are:

  • early education
  • thorough training
  • favorable environment
  • an excellent teacher
  • best educational method

The Suzuki Method

The method developed by Shinichi Suzuki, also called the mother-tongue method, is based on the idea of language development. The child listens, later speaks, then reads and writes. In listening to recordings before playing the songs, the child develops the sense of correct pitch and rhythm and a sensitivity to fine musical phrasing. The repertoire is graded to develop the technical facility. The reading of musical notation is introduced as the child progresses. The parent plays a prominent role in establishing the environment for home practice.


Fall Semester: September 9, 2013 – January 18, 2014

Spring Semester: January 27, 2014 – May 23, 2014

Summer Session: By arrangement with the faculty

For more information, download the 2013 -2014 Suzuki School of Music Brochure.


Our Faculty


Sasha Garver, BM, BM, MM, DMA


Janet Bogart, BM, MM
Julie Mellon, BM, MM
Alan Shearer, BA, MM


Barbara Wampner, B.M.Ed., MA


Marilyn Markowitz, BA
Josephine Sanchez, BS, BM, MM
Diana Damitz, BM, MM, D.Mus


Barbara Wampner, Director

Angelico Hall, Room 202 
Dominican University of California
50 Acacia Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901
415-485-3216;  415-457-4440, ext. 3216

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