The Preucil School offers Suzuki Method instruction for violin, viola, cello, bass, piano, flute and harp. The school also offers lessons in voice. A full range of complementary group and performance opportunities enriches each student’s study.
The violin is the soprano voice of the string family and is likely the most widely distributed musical instrument in the world. It evolved during the Renaissance from earlier bowed instruments: the medieval fiddle; its 16th century Italian offshoot, the lira da braccio; and the rebec. Dr. Suzuki himself was a violinist. He developed and evolved his method on the violin, which in the early years of the Suzuki Method was the only instrument made in fractional sizes.
The School has a limited number of violas available on loan for older violin students who wish to play viola in orchestra or quartets. Violin students who decide to transfer to the viola often find this an easy adjustment which provides new opportunities.
Bass players (and their parents) accept some real challenges in order to achieve the bass’s deep, vibrant sounds. The bass’s size adds complexity to training and transportation. But the rewards of mastery and its role as the backbone in classical and modern musical genres make the challenge worthwhile for bassists. It is also a worthwhile choice for children who have not started a stringed instrument by fourth grade or pianists who want to join the orchestra.
The flute is the soprano voice of the wind family and there are three sizes of instruments designed to fit the hands and arm length of very young students. The Preucil School offers flute lessons for students age 4-18 and adults, and piccolo for students in Book 3 or higher.
The Preucil School’s harp program uses the Suzuki method to teach very young students. There are harps of all sizes to accommodate pre-school children to adult students.
Shinichi Suzuki said, “music is a language of the heart without words.” The singer, however, finds words essential; the composer finds words inspirational. Voice students also enjoy the challenge of studying foreign languages, allowing them to appreciate musical histories and styles of other countries.