The Suzuki Program is a course for beginning students (ages 3-6) to learn how to play the piano, violin, or guitar. It focuses on developing instrument techniques and aural skills at an early age. Teachers also provide training to parents to encourage and facilitate home practice. Parent involvement is crucial in this program! Suzuki instructors are registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and have completed extensive training in early childhood music education.

Classes generally begin with “music games:” instrument holding simulations and lots of listening. Parents will be given a CD to listen to over and over again, at home, in the car, through the television, etc. Why this method?

  • Children are especially attuned to sound from birth to age 5.
  • Children are more open to learning the younger they are.
  • The Suzuki method can move as slow as necessary for each individual child. The focus is on the details and creating a solid foundation.
  • Children learn to speak through repetition. Parents and teachers work together to create a musical vocabulary that will always be a part of each child’s music learning.

 

Suzuki Guitar Program

Who: Students and parents ages 3+
Where: Music Lessons Express Studio
Cost: $125 per month for weekly private lessons and biweekly studio classes
Schedule:

  • Private lessons scheduled individually
  • Book 1A Studio Class, 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, 1-1:30pm
  • Book 1B/2 Studio Class, 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month, 12-12:30pm
  • Book 3/4 Studio Class, 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, 12:30-1:00pm

 

Suzuki Piano Program

Who: Students and parents ages 3+
Where: Music Lessons Express Studio
Cost: $125 per month for weekly private lessons and biweekly studio classes
Schedule:

  • Private lessons scheduled individually.
  • Book 1 Studio Class, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, 6:30-7:15

 

Suzuki Violin Program

Who: Students and parents ages 3+
Where: Music Lessons Express Studio
Cost: $145 per month for weekly private lessons and weekly studio classes
Schedule:

  • Private lessons scheduled individually
  • PreTwinkle Studio Class, Saturdays from 2-2:45 or Wednesdays from 5-5:45
  • Book 1A Studio Class, Wednesdays from 5:30-6:00
  • Book 1B/2 Studio Class, Wednesdays from 6-6:30
  • Book 3/4 Chamber Club, scheduled individually

 

Instructors

Dr. Ben Lougheed
Guitar Instructor

Ben is a longtime instructor at Music Lessons Express where he is currently the Program Director. He is a registered teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has completed six levels of teacher training with them, including the Guitar Practicum. He holds a DMA in guitar performance from Florida State University.

Erin Heidrick
Violin Instructor

Erin Heidrick is a violin instructor at Music Lessons Express where she teaches private violin lessons and PreTwinkle group class. She is a registered teacher and member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and holds three levels of teacher training from them. Erin is a doctoral candidate in violin performance at Florida State University.

Frank Kuhny
Piano Instructor

Frank is currently a doctoral candidate in piano performance at Florida State University. He holds degrees in piano and electrical engineering from Notre Dame and is also a proficient organist. Frank is registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has completed all seven levels of their teacher training. He holds additional training in piano pedagogy from University of Illinois.

Natasha Marsalli
Violin Instructor and Executive Director

Natasha is the executive director at Music Lessons Express, where she has taught since 2010. Natasha holds degrees in music education and violin performance from The Florida State University and has completed additional coursework in those fields at Case Western Reserve University and The Cleveland Institute of Music. She is a registered teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has been teaching Suzuki violin for more than a decade.