Indian Hill Music

Indian Hill Music, Littleton MA, Phone: 978-486-9524, Community music school offering private and group lessons, all ages, abilities, styles near Acton, Westford, Groton, Harvard, Chelmsford, Concord. Professional performance series featuring symphonic concerts by the Orchestra of Indian Hill, plus chamber music, jazz, and family events.

Suzuki Method

Suzuki Method

Violin or Guitar Lessons for Ages 4-6

“If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline, and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.” – Shinichi Suzuki

Children the world over learn to speak their native language with ease. Japanese violinist and pedagogue Shinichi Suzuki applied the basic principles of language acquisition to the learning of music, and called his method the mother tongue approach.

Suzuki students learn to play an instrument in the same way they learned their mother tongue: through interactive listening and repetition, learning with other children, and then learning to read through weekly private lessons and group classes.

Parents are active participants in the Suzuki experience, learning alongside students, guiding home practice, and creating a supportive musical environment. Students and parents are required to attend one private lesson and one group lesson, once a week.

These defining features have made the Suzuki approach a highly-effective and sought-after learning method for young children.

Indian Hill Music School's Suzuki program is open to children ages 4-6, with occasional exceptions for slightly younger and older students with approval from the teacher and the Director of Education. Students can continue in the program well beyond age six.

Learn more about the Suzuki Method from IHM violin instructor Bethany Landby Stephan

Suzuki Violin

Instructor: Bethany Landby Stephan

Having learned violin through the Suzuki Method as a child, Bethany has a first-hand appreciation for the approach. A teacher for the past 15 years, she is also a performing artist and a member of the Orchestra of Indian Hill. Bethany's varied performance and teaching career has taken her around the globe, including Austria, Iceland, Central America, and Spain.

Private Lessons: Saturday morning and afternoons, scheduled with Music School office


Instructor: Liz Codd

Liz earned her Master of Music in Violin Performance from Park University and is certified to instruct both private and group Suzuki lessons. She has previously performed with the St. Joseph Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, and maintains an active performance schedule, collaborating with a variety of local musicians.

Private Lessons: Saturday afternoons, scheduled with Music School office
Group Lessons: Saturdays, 12:00-12:30pm (second year students); 2:00-2:30pm (beginners)

Suzuki Guitar

Instructor: Berit Strong

Berit brings an unusual depth and set of skills to her teaching of the classical guitar at Indian Hill for the past 20 years. She is certified in the Suzuki Guitar Method for young children, studying up to Book 2 with the prominent Suzuki Teacher Trainer David Madsen.

Private Lessons: Monday and Tuesday afternoons, scheduled with Music School office
Group Lessons: Mondays, 5:15-5:45 pm

How to Register:

After filling out the online form, your next steps in enrolling in our Suzuki program will be to meet your prospective teacher in a Placement Interview, and to attend a Suzuki orientation here at Indian Hill Music School. Please note that you will only be charged a $35 registration fee until these steps, as well as your lesson and class placement, are complete. Your full tuition balance can be paid in installments.

Please refer to the FAQ below, call our main office at 978-486-9524, or visit the Suzuki Association of the Americas website to learn more about the Suzuki approach.

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FEES: $35 registration fee; $1995 tuition (includes weekly private lessons and group classes)


What is the Suzuki philosophy and methodology?

Children the world over learn to speak their native language with ease. Shinichi Suzuki applied the basic principles of language acquisition to the learning of music, and called his method the mother-tongue approach. The ideas of parent responsibility, loving encouragement, constant repetition, listening to recordings, step-by-step mastery, and group learning are some of the defining features of the Suzuki approach.

What ages are eligible?

Ages 4-6, with occasional exceptions for both younger (over 3.5 years) and older students with approval from the teacher and the Director of Education.

What are the steps to enrolling?

1. Fill out an inquiry form, either on paper or online.
2. Have your Intake Interview. Our Music School staff will reach out to you with proposed days and times based on your and our teachers’ availability.

When are the private lessons?

30 minute private lessons will be scheduled through the music school office within the timeframes noted here -
Saturdays: Bethany Landby Stephan and Liz Codd
Tuesdays: Berit Strong

When are the required group classes?

VIOLIN: Saturdays from 2:00-2:30pm
GUITAR: Tuesdays from 5:15-5:45pm

What is the parent’s role?

As when a child learns to talk, parents are involved in the musical learning of their child. They attend lessons with the child and serve as “home teachers” during the week. One parent learns to play before the child, so that s/he understands what the child is expected to do, taking the first four group classes and first private lesson without the child present.

What are the expectations around practicing?

Students are expected to practice every day or almost every day. Very short periods of practice are appropriate for the youngest students, with practice sessions increasing in length as students’ focus and motor skills develop with age and repetition. Parents are expected to be “home teachers” during the practice sessions, after having been active watchers and listeners during both the private and group lessons, and after having received some very basic training on the instrument at the beginning of the year.

What about instruments?

Suzuki students will be encouraged to rent or purchase their guitars from Johnson String Company in Newton, MA, and their violins from Bridges & Bows in Westford, MA, though you may rent or purchase elsewhere. Representatives will come to Indian Hill to size students, finalize rental/purchase agreements, accept payments, and pick up instruments for any necessary repairs or trade-ins for larger instruments as children grow. Parents will need to rent or purchase their own instruments for at least the first four weeks of the academic year for their private lesson and four group classes.

Do students learn to read music?

Reading is taught, but only after basic playing skills, good posture, and good tone have been mastered. This does mean that for some years the child's playing ability is ahead of his or her reading skills; eventually the reading ability develops to the same level. Exactly the same process is found in the language ability of primary school children, whose fluency in spoken language is normally considerably in advance of their reading skills.

What are the attendance requirements?

Attendance at all private and group lessons is required. Frequent absences will affect the student’s ability to master materials and keep up with the other students. It will also jeopardize the student’s continued participation in the program.

What are the expectations around listening to music at home?

Each family will be asked to purchase a Suzuki cd, containing the repertoire that the student will be learning. Listening to music every day is important, especially listening to pieces on the cd so that the child knows them immediately and intimately.

What is the cost for the program?

Tuition: $1995. (includes weekly private lesson and group class)

What if I have further questions?

Our Music School staff will be happy to answer any questions! Just call (978) 486-9424 (press 0) M-F between 9am and 8pm.

Indian Hill Music

36 King Street
Littleton, MA 01460
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September through June:

Monday:  9am – 9pm
Tue-Fri:    9am - 8pm
Saturday: 8am - 5pm
Sunday:   Office Closed

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Indian Hill Music shares the transformative power of music, through teaching and performing, and giving music generously when there is need.


The programs of Indian Hill Music are supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and with funds from the council administered by the Local Cultural Councils.

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