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
Megan Mason, Viola and Violin

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