Suzuki Talent Education Program

Suzuki Talent Education Program

Lessons: scheduled between student and teacher
Group Classes: Tuesdays at 4:30 and 5:30
15 Lessons, 14 Group Classes, Semester Recital, Annual Awards Recital, Book Exams
Tuition: $840-$1400/semester, $275/semester for students studying with non-NSA teachers (see below)
No Audition Required



Nevada School of the Arts offers the most comprehensive Suzuki program in Nevada. Our faculty of trained Suzuki instructors provides the highest quality private and group-class instruction. Suzuki instruction is available on violin, cello, piano, and harp.

Following World War II Dr. Shinichi Suzuki developed the theory that all children can be educated by the mother tongue method of learning.

How does Talent Education differ from other methods of teaching music to children?

Thoughtful teachers have often used some of the elements listed here, but Suzuki has formulated them in a cohesive approach. Some basic differences are:

  • Suzuki teachers believe that musical ability can be developed in all children.
  • Students begin at young ages.
  • Parents play an active role in the learning process.
  • Children become comfortable with the instrument before learning to read music.
  • Technique is taught in the context of pieces rather than through dry technical exercises.
  • Pieces are refined through constant review.
  • Students perform frequently, individually and in groups.

“The main concern for parents should be to bring up their children as noble human beings. That is sufficient. If this is not their greatest hope, in the end the child may take a road contrary to their expectations. Children can play very well. We must try to make them splendid in mind and heart also.”

-Shinichi Suzuki

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Program Overview

NSA Suzuki Talent Education Program starts by enrolling parents in a parent education course (included in your tuition). Suzuki students enrolled in the Nevada School of the Arts Suzuki program must attend all group workshops in addition to their weekly private lesson. The program offers opportunities for outside performances and participation in local competitions and festivals upon the instructor’s recommendation.

Enrollment in the Suzuki Talent Education Program includes:

  • Weekly private lessons
  • Weekly group classes (workshops) based on the student’s level and age
  • Graduation book exams (after completion of each book, students will be able to perform their repertoire and receive a written evaluation from Suzuki faculty members) . Students receive special trophies after their successful completion of the book repertoire and examination.
  • Annual Awards Recital
  • Participation in workshops with guest clinicians.
  • Community Performances
  • Competitions and Festivals ( fees vary for each event, since they are not organized by NSA)
  • Students also have the privilege of working with highly trained staff accompanists at a nominal cost for recitals and competitions and free of charge during workshops and performances.



Suzuki Violin: 
Tanya Hambourg, Jennifer Hellewell, Karen Kelley, Mary Straub, Ioana Weathers, Kelly Wilcock

Suzuki Cello: 
Amanda AndreasenChristian GarciaRobin Reinarz, Tony Rodriguez, Lindsey Springer

Suzuki Piano: Martha Sparks
Suzuki Piano instruction may begin as early as age 4 with instructor’s approval. The lessons are correlated with workshops throughout the semester to help stimulate learning experiences. Emphasis is on the mastery of materials and technique developed through performance and ensemble playing.

Suzuki Harp: Tara Ogden-Skousen
Suzuki harp students may start as early as age 5. During the first year of study, the student will become comfortable with correct hand position and learn about rhythms and the differences between pitches and chords. The student will also learn how to handle, tune and care for the instrument.  There are different kinds and sizes of harps available, including sizes for children.

Students studying with Suzuki Faculty and are in Violin Books I-V or Cello Books I-III and are 4-10 years of age should be enrolled in the NSA Suzuki Talent Education Program.

Suzuki Talent Education Program:

Violin Workshops –

Faculty: Tanya Hambourg, Jennifer Hellewell, Mary Straub, Ioana Weathers

Cello Workshops –

Faculty: Robin Reinarz, Christian Garcia

Parent Perspective

Parents whose children are involved in a Suzuki program throughout the country are enthusiastic about the benefits for their children and their whole families. In addition to instilling a love of music, the Suzuki approach puts emphasis on the development of the child’s character.

“This is not just music education. The long-term effects on the family are positive and far-reaching,” says Pam Brasch, Executive Director of the SAA. “It teaches a child cooperation, self-esteem…so many important qualities that children are not getting otherwise.”

Students in many programs comment on the importance of friendships they develop and the chance to share musical experiences with other Suzuki students. They enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes from working at something worthwhile and doing it well.

“Perhaps it is music that will save the world.”

-Pablo Casals


  • 14 One-hour Group Workshops
  • Awards Recital
  • Book Exams

About the Suzuki Method

More than fifty years ago, Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki realized the implications of the fact that children the world over learn to speak their native language with ease. He began to apply 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, etc., are some of the special features of the Suzuki approach.