About ESMA and Suzuki Method

Our Mission

Every Child Can Learn

Since 2009, the Eugene Suzuki Music Academy (ESMA) has worked to enrich our Eugene/Springfield community with music. We use the joy of music and learning to instill confidence and creativity in students of all ages, through a well-rounded musical experience based in the Suzuki Method.

Affordable Suzuki Violin Lessons in Eugene for Students of All Ages

We believe in providing music lessons in the most affordable way possible. This is why ESMA has adopted an all-inclusive, one-price tuition form of payment for lessons. Instead of paying for each individual service, you get the whole package for a tuition payment, making it easy for teachers and parents to be creative with programs for our children and offer the classes students need the most.

Your Partner in Music

Jodie St. Clair is a registered Suzuki Violin Teacher. She is here not only as your partner in learning music, but in developing life skills such as problem-solving and perseverance through music instruction.

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Our Studio

ESMA offers a safe, convenient, comfortable space for families to spend quality time together in musical education. Private lessons, group classes and select ESMA events are held at our downtown Eugene studio, located at 1637 Oak St.

Your private lessons take place in an individual studio space. A large front room accommodates a waiting area, group class space and our Little Notes ECE classes. Toys and books are available for siblings to play quietly during lesson times, and you are welcome to help yourself to a mug of hot tea.

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What Is The Suzuki Method?

The basis of the Suzuki method is simple: “Every child can learn.” Talent is not inborn, but something that is nurtured through environment and practice.

First it starts with the Mother Tongue Method. This simply means to learn violin like you would learn a language. When a small child is trying to say his or her first word, he/she has to listen to the word many, many times before speaking is a possibility. The violin works the same way. Students will listen to the songs many times before they learn to play.

Because we are learning violin as a language, we learn to “speak” first, then read. Note reading is done separately from the music making during the beginning stages, and added in as the playing becomes more natural and easy.

Second, parent participation is key. Parents are the teachers at home, and will help the student structure their practice. Parents often learn the violin along with the student in the beginning so they can get a feel for how the violin is played. Ideally the parent and student will become a learning team at home, helping each other enjoy music.

To learn more about the Suzuki method, look at some of the resources on the Suzuki Association of the Americas website.


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