Before beginning lessons

  • Purchase and begin reading the book “Beyond the Music Lesson: Habits of Successful Suzuki Families” by Christine E. Goodner. Find it on Amazon or your other favorite book resource. It contains everything I want you to know outside of my studio-specific policies and procedures and you will find yourself rereading it multiple times as your child goes through different stages in the music learning process.
  • Contact me to set up a private no charge-no obligation consultation, as well as schedule observation of several private lessons and group classes. Email: StricklandSuzukiStrings@gmail.com 
  • Transfer students are welcome at Strickland Suzuki Strings! If you have taken lessons in the past 6 months, or studied with a local teacher, please provide me your former teacher’s contact info so that as a professional courtesy I may reach out to them. 
  • How do I know my child is ready for lessons? There are several factors to take into consideration, including:   
    • Cooperation. Your child needs to follow age-appropriate instructions in a reasonably timely manner.
    • Attention span does not need to be long, but they do need to be able to focus for short periods of time.
    • Parental readiness. The younger the child, the greater the role the parent will play. Are you ready for the commitment of your time and energy?


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Updated May 13, 2019.