Frequently Asked Questions
The Suzuki method is based on applying basic principles of language acquisition to music in an environment that facilitates learning. The ideas of parent responsibility, loving encouragement, and constant repetition are some of the special features of the Suzuki approach.
Starting this summer, the Community Music and Arts Center will offer the Suzuki violin program. Children ages 4 to 7 will have a weekly private lesson and a weekly group class. They will learn to play the violin with the Mother-Tongue method in a positive, cooperative environment facilitated by trained Suzuki faculty who provide the highest quality private and group-class instruction. A parent must be actively involved in all aspects of the child’s musical development and attend all lessons. Parents will be coached into becoming the home teacher. The tuition includes a private lesson, as well as one or more group classes. No prior musical experience is necessary.
The Center will host an open house to meet the teachers and learn more about the Suzuki method on Saturday, June 6 at 3:00 pm and Tuesday, June 9 at 7:00 pm.
Tuition and Fees: $625 per 15 weeks (One 50-minute group lesson plus one 50-minute private lesson per week.)
Regular attendance at lessons is essential to successful and enjoyable music study. Please make every attempt to attend all classes and lessons. However, if your child is ill, keep him/her home to avoid spreading germs. Please notify your teacher in advance if your child must miss a lesson. If your child misses a group lesson, your teacher will send the week’s assignment via email so your child can see what was missed and keep practicing. Group lessons cannot be made up. If your child misses a private lesson, a make-up can be arranged if the absence was due to illness or emergency. Please be respectful of your teacher’s time, and don’t ask to make up lessons missed due to other activities or vacations. No more than 2 make-up lessons are allowed per 16 week semester, 1 per 8 week semester. If your teacher needs to cancel a lesson or class, it will be made up, and your teacher will arrange the time with you.
In the case of inclement weather which causes the Harper campus to close, teachers will offer a make-up for the class or private lesson missed. You can check the status of our school at www.harpercollege.edu or by calling 847-925-6000. If the school is open, lessons are running, and you should make every attempt to attend.
Learn to sing or play a musical instrument. If cost is a concern, tuition assistance is available for fall and spring semesters for students in grades 1-12, based on financial need. For more information or to apply, call 847.925.6659. If you would like to contribute to a CMC Scholarship, call 847.925.6490. Visit the Tuition Assistance page after registration opens for the fall 2018 term on July 9, 2018 for more information and to apply.
- The deadline for applications is July 31st
- We review applicants during the first two weeks of August and make decisions then.
Unless otherwise noted, all CMC classes and lessons are taught at Harper's main campus in the Music Instruction Center (Building P), a space shared with the College's Music Department. Teaching studios are equipped with excellently maintained grand and studio pianos, while our computer music lab has over 20 Macintosh computers, Korg synthesizers and an LCD system for clear teacher demonstrations.