Suzuki in the Schools

Tiffany said: Nov 14, 2014
Tiffany Osborn
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki in the Schools, Viola
Los Angeles, CA
41 posts

Hi All,

Now that I have two small girls of my own, I am working on shifting my teaching hours to during the school day so that I can be there for them after school. I am interested in starting a Suzuki in the Schools program, but I’m looking for advice on how to start it up- write proposals- implementing strategies etc. How can I convince a school they should put me and instrumental music in their budget? And- do you just cold call/email them with your idea? How do you fund instruments? Do you get parents to come to individual lessons, if so how, and how do you schedule that? If you don’t have parental involvement, what do you do? Start older? Only practice at school, but do it every day w small supervised groups?

I’d like to take the SAA training if there are any near by next summer, but I was just wondering if you guys had any experience/success with this, or had any other advice, reading materials, websites etc.


Erin Rushforth said: Dec 14, 2014
Erin Rushforth
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Suzuki in the Schools
San Antonio, TX
19 posts

Laurie Niles has a great post up with a short documentary about her year teaching Suzuki to first-graders at a public school in Pasadena:

I think she wrote a grant and found her own funding, but I’m not certain on that.

Elise Winters said: Dec 16, 2014
Elise Winters
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Austin, TX
37 posts

Erin, this is so helpful. Thank you for sharing this link!!

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