About ESMA and Suzuki Method

Every Child Can Learn

Your partners in music for over 10 years

Since 2009, the Eugene Suzuki Music Academy (ESMA) enriches Eugene, Springfield, and Lane County families with music and community.

Students of all ages build confidence, creativity, and musicality via the Suzuki Method and other traditions.

ESMA is a family-owned, local small business. We welcome all families to our constructive lessons, community events, and positive environment.

Affordable Suzuki Lessons & Classes

We believe in providing music lessons in the most affordable way possible. This is why ESMA has adopted an all-inclusive, one-price tuition for lessons.

Instead of paying for each individual service, you get the whole package for a simple tuition payment.

This makes it easy for teachers and parents to be creative with programs for our children and offer the classes students need the most.

“Violin study in the Suzuki method is dependent on whole family involvement and real team work with your teacher(s); violin becomes a real part of your lifestyle. We have really enjoyed working with the teachers at ESMA. They are very supportive of the whole process of learning violin.”

– Shelly G., Eugene

A Parent, Child & Teacher Team

As your partners in music instruction, our Violin and Little Notes teachers also nurture life skills such as problem-solving and perseverance.

Together, parent, child, and teacher form a team called the “Suzuki Triangle.” We work together on the day-to-day ups and downs of music and learning.

Convenient Locations

ESMA offers convenient, comfortable spaces for musical education. Private lessons are held at independent studios throughout the Eugene/Springfield area.

Group classes, Little Notes classes, studio recitals, and other select ESMA events are held at Friendly Street Church, located at 2290 Friendly St. in Eugene.

“It is never too late to begin music lessons!… Music ability can be developed at any age—whether you are a parent wanting to learn how to play alongside your child or someone who has always simply dreamed of playing the violin.”

– Sam M.
Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, founder of the Suzuki Method, with dozens of children playing violin

About Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, founder of the Suzuki Method

Dr. Shinichi Suzuki (1898–1998) spent his life proving that ability is not inborn and that talent can be created.

Dr. Suzuki developed the Suzuki Method of musical instruction out of a belief that not only could all children learn, but that music was an ideal way to create people of good character.

Today, the Suzuki Method is taught to over a quarter million students worldwide by over 8,000 trained Suzuki teachers. Career soloists, orchestra members, and conservatory students have all begun their musical journey in the Suzuki Method.

“Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. 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.”

– Dr. Suzuki

Learn music like you learn language

When a small child is learning to speak, they have to listen to words many, many times first. Violin works the same way. Students listen to songs many times before they learn to play.

Note reading is done separately from the music making during the beginning stages, and added in as the playing becomes more natural and easy.

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. Together, student, parent, and teacher are a team.

“Ability develops from age zero.”

– Dr. Suzuki

Start your family’s musical journey today!

Suzuki Violin Lessons