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Suzuki Program at Blair

Suzuki performance ensembles

CANCELED: Nashville Suzuki Institute 2020

Regrettable, due to ongoing health concerns over the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, the Nashville Suzuki Institute programs that were planned for July 2020 have been canceled. We will update this space with new summer Suzuki program plans as they become available. We appreciate your understanding and patience.

Online Summer 2020 Suzuki programs

Beginning Theory for Suzuki Parents

Beginning Theory for Suzuki Parents

Beginning Theory for Suzuki Students

Beginning Theory for Suzuki Students

Beginning Violin for Suzuki Parents

The Blair Suzuki program will be offering a violin class for parents. Learn the instrument first hand in a supportive group environment, and gain a better understanding to help your child at home. Open to all parents with children enrolled in the Blair Suzuki Program.

Suzuki Strings I (First Year)

30-minute private lesson and 30-minute group lesson weekly

Suzuki Strings II (Second Year & Up)

30-minute private lesson weekly and 60-minute weekly group lesson

Suzuki Strings III

45-minute private lesson weekly and 60-minute weekly group lesson

Suzuki Strings IV

60-minute private lesson weekly and 60-minute weekly group lesson

Beginning Violin for Suzuki Parents

Dates: Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-noon, June 3-July 22
Tuition: $145
Instructor: Christina Simpson

This class is for the parents of Suzuki violin students who would like to better understand the violin so they can be effective practice partners with their children. You'll also enjoy learning to make music for the joy of it! The Suzuki repertoire and pedagogical ideas are implemented and discussed throughout this class. Required materials: full-sized violin, bow, rosin, and Suzuki Violin Book I.

Beginning Theory for Suzuki Parents

Dates: Mondays, 11 a.m.-noon, June 1-July 20
Tuition: $145
Instructor: Christina Simpson
Platform: Zoom

Learn to read music and understand how it is put together! This course will teach you how to follow the music with confidence as your child progresses through the Suzuki repertoire. Parents will learn how to read notes, rests and rhythms, and how scales, key signatures, intervals, and chords are formed. Required material: Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory Complete (books 1-3)

Beginning Theory for Suzuki Students (ages 8-11)

Dates: Mondays, 3-4 p.m., June 1-July 20
Tuition: $145
Instructor: Christina Simpson
Platform: Zoom

Are you struggling with note and music reading? Learn the essentials of music notation, including the notes in treble and bass clef, note and rest values, time and key signatures, repeat signs, and more! A terrific course for young string players, and parents are welcome to attend.

The Blair Suzuki Program

suzukiThe Suzuki Method of instruction is based on how children learn to speak and use language. Originated and developed in Japan, it is one of the most influential and popular methods of music instruction in the world. Key components of the method include starting children young, active parental involvement, ear-training and repetition, positive reinforcement, memory training, and communal learning.

The Blair School of Music has one of the most established and well-regarded Suzuki programs in the United States.  Our teachers are highly trained and are in demand as artist teachers all over North America. 

Blair's Suzuki Program consists of two 16-week semesters with weekly private and group lessons. Additionally, Suzuki students participate in group concerts, solo recitals, and other special events. During the summer, many students continue private and group instruction during our flexible summer session. 

When students reach an advanced level, they are invited to participate in our violin performance group and cello choir. In these ensembles, students intensively prepare repertoire for performances at Blair and throughout the community. 

Suzuki instruction is offered in violin, viola, and cello, and accepts students as young as 4 years old. For more information or to register for our program, please email Zachary Ebin or call him at 615-322-7665.

Our Faculty

ZachZachary Ebin, Program Director

Zachary Ebin is the director of the Suzuki Program at the Blair School. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from Brandeis University, an M.M. from the Boston Conservatory, and a Ph.D. from York University. Before relocating to Nashville, Ebin was on the faculty of Etobicoke Suzuki Music in Toronto, where he founded and directed Arco Violini, an advanced precollege string orchestra dedicated to giving back to the community through performances at hospitals, senior residences, and charity events. Ebin led Arco Violini in more than 40 performances including two television appearances.

Kirsten Cassel Greer, cello

Sara Johnson, violin

Annalise Ohse, violin

Christina Simpson, violin and viola

Suzuki Program Ensembles

logoIn addition to individual and group lessons, the Blair Suzuki Violin and Cello Program offers group performing opportunities to motivated students. Late in the spring semester, the Children's Cello Choir and Violin Performing Group join forces to present the Suzuki Program's annual concert in Steve & Judy Turner Recital Hall at Blair.

Blair Children's Cello Choir

A select group of advanced students from the Blair Suzuki Cello Program. Rehearsals are held weekly to learn a variety of works for cello ensemble and to polish Suzuki repertoire to a high level of performance. Students who are studying at or above the Suzuki Book 4 level are eligible to audition for the Cello Choir, at the recommendation of their instructor.

Blair Violin Performing Group

This group is open to motivated students currently studying in Suzuki Book 4 or beyond, at the recommendation of the instructor. Auditions are held early in the fall semester. Weekly rehearsals prepare students for performances at Blair and at various prominent venues in the Nashville area, including the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and Cheekwood.