Are you thinking about applying for the Prosper ISD Suzuki program?
Thank you for considering the Prosper ISD Suzuki program for your family! Suzuki is more than learning an instrument. It is a way to develop the character of your child and to bring families closer together.
The Suzuki program began in the fall of 2016 with a violin studio at Windsong Ranch Elementary. In the fall of 2020, the program expanded to include an additional violin studio at Johnson Elementary.
Each child in the Prosper ISD Suzuki program receives one individual lesson each week at school, along with regular group classes before or after school. In addition, Suzuki students regularly perform throughout the district and the community..
What is the Suzuki method?
“The Mother Tongue Method”
Shinichi Suzuki developed a method to teach young children how to play musical instruments employing the same series of skills the child used to learn his or her native language.
The parents are an essential part of the learning process and are considered to be the child’s “home teachers.” The Suzuki parent, or someone who serves in a parental role in the child’s life, attends the weekly private lesson at school and works with the child at home. The Suzuki parent is responsible for taking notes and actively participating in the lesson to ensure the child’s success during home practice.
Because each child receives a weekly private lesson, the Suzuki teacher creates an individualized learning plan for every student. The student is free to learn at his or her own pace, as long as consistent and dedicated practice is happening at home.
Just as children are surrounded by the sound of their language, Suzuki students are surrounded by the sounds of their instrument. Suzuki families listen to recordings diligently to help develop the child’s ear.
The central belief to the method is that every child can learn to play an instrument. The Suzuki parent and teacher work together to create a positive, encouraging environment for the child. Dr. Suzuki said, “Where love is deep, much can be accomplished.”
Children who learn to play a musical instrument using the Suzuki method develop both the ability to play by ear and also to read written musical notation.
Suzuki students participate in regular group classes to enjoy making music with their peers. Every Suzuki student in the world learns the same pieces in the same order, so coming together to play or perform is easy and natural. Recitals and community performances are frequent, and students develop a sense of belonging within the Suzuki family.
What are the requirements to participate in the Prosper ISD Suzuki program?
- Students in the Prosper ISD Suzuki program receive one individual lesson each week with their parent present at school. This lesson is scheduled during the child’s PE/Fine Arts time. Students learn to play the violin the Suzuki way, which means they learn their instrument the same way they learned to speak their first language. Just as parents are active during the language learning process, Suzuki parents learn the violin right alongside their child. Because the parent plays such an active role in the learning process, Suzuki parents are required to attend the individual lesson each week during the school day. Then, the adult who attends the weekly lesson must practice at home with the child throughout the week to complete the child’s Suzuki assignment.
- Students receive regular group classes which are held before and after school. Parents are not required to attend the group class, but students must be present on time and picked up on time at the conclusion of after-school classes.
- Suzuki students listen to recordings every day and learn to play the violin before they learn to read music. Emphasis is placed on character development and the idea that beautiful tone comes from a beautiful heart. For more information on the Suzuki way of learning, visit the Suzuki Association of the Americas website at https://suzukiassociation.org/about/suzuki-method/
- Although Suzuki violin is only offered at Johnson Elementary and Windsong Ranch Elementary, all students in Prosper ISD are eligible to apply and participate. As you complete the application, you will have an opportunity to select whether you are applying for the Suzuki program at Johnson Elementary, Windsong Ranch Elementary, or both. If your home is located outside the attendance zone of Johnson or Windsong Ranch Elementary, and your child is accepted into the program, you will be given a transfer in order to attend school full-time at the Suzuki campus. If you have other elementary-aged children, you may also request a transfer for those children, so that your elementary students may all attend school together.
- Bus service will not be available to Suzuki students outside their designated zones elementary zone, and bus service may not be available inside the 2-mile walk zone. Suzuki parents are responsible to provide daily transportation to and from school for their child to their Suzuki campus.
- Students in grades kindergarten through 5th grade in the 2021-2022 school year are eligible to participate.
- Suzuki parents must attend several sessions of parent education before the child begins lessons. Ongoing parent education will be required each year afterward.
- There is no fee to participate in the Suzuki program, but each family must purchase or rent the child’s violin. (Please do not acquire an instrument yet! Each Suzuki student will have guidance from the Suzuki teacher to ensure the child has the appropriate size and quality of instrument.)
- Families are also required to purchase necessary Suzuki materials, such as sheet music and recordings, and will be responsible for incidental expenses such as performance attire and registration fees for performances throughout the year.
- Participation in occasional performances and events held during evening and weekend hours is required.
How are students selected for the Prosper ISD Suzuki program?
- Enrollment is done on a lottery system. Applications are now being accepted for the kindergarten lottery for the 2021-2022 school year. All kindergarten applications must be received by May 31, 2021 to be included in the lottery. Applications for students in grades 1-5 in the 2021-2022 school year will be added to the current waiting list. To apply, please click here: Suzuki Violin Application