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Suzuki Program at Blair

Suzuki performance ensembles

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. Spring 2020 session starts on January 6. 

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.

Beginning Violin for Suzuki Parents

1-2 p.m. Tuesdays, starting January 7
Blair room 1192
Tuition: $300

It’s never too late to learn! Learn the violin firsthand 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.

Nashville Suzuki Institute 2020

The Nashville Suzuki Institute is an exciting new summer Suzuki Institute offering students and teachers the opportunity to study with world-class teachers from across the globe. Student sessions run July 13-18, and teacher sessions run July 12-20. For more information and to register, see the Nashville Suzuki Institute page.

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

*Need-based and merit-based scholarships are available year-round. After acceptance to the Suzuki program, a scholarship application may be obtained from the Blair office. You may also download the application.