Suzuki Program

Suzuki Program

The Suzuki Method of Talent Education is a recognized breakthrough in the musical training of young children. Research has shown that processes of attention are central to every aspect of cognition and school performance.

The ‘Iolani Performing Arts Department and the Lower School have instituted a Suzuki Program at school. Ellie LeRoux, an absolute leader and authority in Suzuki philosophy and pedagogy, has moved to Honolulu to lead this program at ‘Iolani School.  To say that the school is fortunate is very much the understatement.  It is impossible to overemphasize the quality of her teaching and the rare opportunity that she and the ‘Iolani Suzuki Program offer to the students and families at ‘Iolani.

Ellie LeRoux has been teaching violin for the past 34 years, in schools, in a private studio, and as a guest clinician at workshops throughout the United States.  Ellie is a registered Suzuki Association of the Americas teacher trainer, training teachers nationally to promote the Suzuki standards of education.  In raising her own four children with music as a part of their daily lives, the intrinsic benefits of this training became evident.  Musical study helps organizational, memory, and motor skills, self-esteem, concentration, and confidence, plus so much more!  Ellie has studied with many master teachers including Dr. Shinichi Suzuki.

The ‘Iolani Suzuki Program has limited enrollment spaces for students in ALL grades. The K-3 classes meet outside of school time.  Parents are required to accompany students to the lessons (contact Ellie for tuition information).  There is a special in-school class limited to ten fourth graders for which there is no tuition fee, and parents are not required to attend lessons. Private lessons are available for Upper School students during and after school.

For information, please contact Ellie LeRoux at ellie [at] iolani [dot] org or call: ‘Iolani School Orchestra Director Kathy Hafner at (808) 943-2313.

COURSES

KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS

•   Suzuki Violin Lessons
•   Weekly, semi-private 1/2 hour lessons, limit of 5 students per class
•   A parent must be present at each lesson
•   Students must rent or purchase their own instruments
•   Available time and days:  7:00 a.m., Monday-Friday
    (Please indicate preferred day on registration form)

FOR STUDENTS GRADES 1-3

•   Suzuki Violin Lessons.
•   Weekly, semi-private 1/2 hour lessons, limit of 5 students per class
•   A parent must be present at each lesson
•   Students must rent or purchase their own instruments
•   Available times and days:  2:30 or 3:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
    (Choose time/day preference on registration form)

FOR STUDENTS IN GRADE 4

•   In-School Suzuki Violin Lessons
•   One-year commitment required
•   A parent need not be present at each lesson (but welcome at any time)
•   Students must rent or purchase their own instruments
•   This class is limited to first 10 applicants
•   Classes meet Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, 11:50 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

FOR ALL LOWER SCHOOL STUDENTS

•   Private Violin or Viola Instruction
•   Students must rent or purchase their own instruments
•   3:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.
    Please note:  These are not optimal hours for the young child

FOR STUDENTS GRADES 7-12

•  Private lessons available DURING THE SCHOOL DAY for violin or viola
•   Students of every level accepted, beginning to advanced
•   Parent need NOT be present at each lesson
•   Students must rent or purchase their own instruments
•   After school lessons also available, weekdays from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.

FOR THE PRESCHOOL CHILD, AGE 2 AND UP

•   Private and Semi-Private Violin Instruction
•   Parent must be present
•   Students must rent or purchase their own instruments
•   Time to be arranged