Suzuki Music School

The Suzuki Music School offers instruction for children preschool and older in violin, viola, 'cello and piano. The student receives an integrated course of musical study that includes private and group lessons 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.


Suzuki School of Music 2017-18 Brochure


Fall Semester: September 11, 2017 – January 21, 2018

Spring Semester: January 29, 2018 – May 27, 2018

Summer lessons by arrangement

Tuition Plans


V1A: 30-minute lesson with one group. $985 per semester

V1B: 30-minute lesson with two groups. $1.065 per semester

V2: 45-minute lesson with two groups. $1,440 per semester

V3: 60-minute lesson lesson with two groups. $1,810 per semester


C1: 30-minute lesson with one group. $940 per semester

C2: 45-minute lesson with two groups.. $1,380 per semester

C3: 60-minute lesson with two groups. $1,755 per semester


Group lessons are arranged by the teacher.

P1: One 30-minute private lesson per week. $935 per semester.

P2: One 45-minute private lesson per week. $1,310 per semester

P3: One 60-minute private lesson per week. $1,680 per semester

E: Open to mid-book two students and up with teacher approval. $65 per semester

Tuition is prorated for students entering after the semester has begun. Lesson time is approximate depending on the child's concentration and preparation.

Our Faculty


Janet Bogart, BM, MM
Julie Mellon, BM, 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