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Welcome to the Winston Salem Suzuki School

Guitar Lessons for Children

The Winston-Salem Suzuki School seeks to foster both the musical and character development of children through Dr. Shinichi Suzuki's "Saino Kyoiku" ("Talent Education") pedagogy.  This is a method conducted in alliance with parents and based on mother tongue language development, resulting in the creation of a positive environment of musical immersion and parental support.  The main focus at the WSSS is the building of character and the strengthening of families through a shared pursuit of academic and musical excellence.  The WSSS holds the Suzuki philosophy of educating the “whole child” along with the parent-teacher-child partnership utilized in Suzuki methodology as a valuable guide for the raising of children.  At the WSSS the study of music is an activity around which relationships are built, self-esteem is fostered, and excellence is the norm.

 
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The 2023 Boone Suzuki Workshop

This year's 2023 Boone Suzuki Workshop will take place in Boone, NC on Friday March 31 and Saturday April 1. Details and registration information will be available soon.

 

How to Get Started

After looking over our website, if you have any questions feel free to contact us at suzukischoolws@gmail.com.


The best thing to do to get more information about our Suzuki program is to come by with your child and observe one of our group classes held on Thursdays at Knollwood Baptist Church from 3:30 to 6:30 pm. There is no charge for that, and you can visit as often as you’d like. That will give you a chance to see if our program is a good fit for you, and it will give us a chance to determine if your child is ready to take instruction on the instrument. Please contact us with information about your child so that we can let you know which group you and your child should visit.


We are in Building A downstairs (enter from under the causeway between Buildings A and B). Knollwood Baptist Church is located at 330 Knollwood Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27104. There is plenty of parking at the church. If the door to the building has been accidentally locked, please call Mr. Kossler on his cellphone at 336-682-7293.

 

Thursday Group Lesson Times

  • 3:30 - 4:15 pm: Pre-Twinkle/Book 1 Class (approx. grades pre-K through grade 3)

  • 4:15 - 5:00 pm: Book 1 - 3 Class (approx. grades 3 - 6)

  • 5:00 - 6:00 pm: Book 2 - 6 Class (approx. grades 7 - High School)

 

When you visit you should just let your child be relaxed and tune in or out to what is going on according to their interest.  Even if they are not directly observing, you can be assured they are constantly taking in information about the class!  Your child will probably not be invited to participate unless they really express an interest.  Please leave a message via email to let us know you are coming, and also leave your contact information so that we can let you know of any cancellations.  Be sure to come up and introduce yourselves to one of us either before or after the class.


If your child expresses an interest and you would like to pursue lessons further, we will find a lesson time that fits our schedules.  There is no charge for our first lesson which is actually a parent education session - just the parent comes to this lesson, not the child.  If after that session you think that the Suzuki Method is the right approach for your child, we can begin lessons.


Please let us know when you plan to visit, as occasionally we have changes in our schedule.

 
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