The Gifted Music School Suzuki Program

Dr. Shinichi Suzuki's philosophy was that music education from a young age can create a beautiful heart within a child, and that a child with a beautiful heart can be a force for good in the world around him.

The Gifted Music School Preparatory Division is proud to have a Suzuki program that is sanctioned by the Suzuki Association of the Americas. This means our teachers receive continued training, and work together to teach and nurture the whole child. 

Suzuki Department Chair

Brittany Platt Gardner

Suzuki String Faculty

Jakob Hofer, violin
Colin Mitchell, cello
Brittany Platt Gardner, cello
Brecklyn Ferrin, violin
Kelly McConkie Stewart, Cello
Rachel Karr, Violin
Stacy Smith, Violin
Ashley Watabe, Violin

Suzuki Strings Private Lessons

The Gifted Music School Preparatory Department is proud to be the first official Suzuki Strings Program in Utah! GMS offers a complete Suzuki program for Violin, Viola, and Cello. Individual lessons are attended by both the student and the parent. Parental involvement and support is a key component of the Suzuki philosophy. Parent and teacher work together to guide and nurture the student. Parents are expected to practice at home daily with their child, to ensure correct habits are being formed.

Suzuki Group Class

Working and learning together in a group is a hallmark of the Suzuki philosophy.  Group class is where the fun and magic happen! These classes are required and included in your tuition, and are where students make friends and memories that last a lifetime. It's also where the Suzuki students rehearse for performances together, preparing them for the next step of ensemble and orchestral playing.

Suzuki Parent Class

Parent involvement is one of the pillars of the Suzuki philosophy. To that end, GMS seeks to provide support, education, and a rich community for its Suzuki parents by holding parent classes and training throughout the year.  Sometimes these classes are held at GMS, sometimes they are held in partnership with other Suzuki organizations in the community. GMS understands that a supportive parent makes all the difference in a child's life, which is why we invest resources in strengthening and educating parents.

Choosing a Teacher and Instrument

A member of the Gifted Music School Suzuki faculty will work with you to find an instructor who fits both with your child's skill level and your schedule. Once you are assigned to an instructor, he or she will help you and your child in finding the perfect instrument.

GMS Suzuki Performing Groups

  • The Suzuki Strings Ensemble is a performing group exclusively for Suzuki students older than 5.
  • Pre-Twinkler Group for 3-5 year olds. 

Things to Consider 

  • Is your young child emotionally ready for music lessons?
  • Do you and your child have the time to invest in regular practice, and lesson attendance?
  • Are you able to make this a long-term commitment?
  • Do music lessons fit your budget?
  • Are you familiar with Dr. Suzuki's talent education philosophy?

 Recommended Reading

  • Nurtured by Love by Shinichi Suzuki
  • Ability Development from Age Zero by Shinichi Suzuki
  • Helping Parents Practice by Ed Sprunger
  • Building Violin Skills by Ed Sprunger
  • The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle