Suzuki Violin & Cello (3+ years)

Program Outline

An internationally known music curriculum and teaching philosophy, The Suzuki Method teaches through listening, repetition, positive reinforcement and gentle yet specific guidance. Beginners learn to play by ear– much like a child learns to speak or communicate. Suzuki teaching is based on respect for each child’s uniqueness and the belief that all children possess natural ability that develops according to the level of support and education they receive. This ability is nurtured via the Suzuki Triangle, including the student, the teacher and the parent(s) as a team.

Through the Suzuki process, children develop confidence and self-esteem, memory and concentration, self-discipline and determination to try difficult things. Most importantly, they gain the sensitivity and skill for making music, and they obtain a lasting source of enjoyment.

Training may begin as early as age zero by means of exposing children to selected recordings of music at home. However, training with a musical instrument may begin at age 3.

Suzuki tuition includes:
• 19 individual studio lessons per term
• 16 group classes per term, including dress rehearsal and concert with accompanist
• Parent classes

For questions, email the Suzuki Strings Program Head, Raya Fridman at

To register, please contact the VCM front desk: 250-386-5311

Program Details

Suzuki Violin & Cello - Group Schedule
Term 1: Sep 19 - Jan 16
Term 2: Feb 6 - Jun 5

Cello Books 1-3
Sat • 12:45 - 1:30pm OR 3:00  - 3:45pm • $259.40/term

Suzuki Prep Class (Studio instruction not required)
Downtown • Ages 3+
Sat • 9:30  - 10:10am • $264.40/term

Violin Group Classes • Downtown
Pre-Twinkle: Sat • 9:30  - 10:10am
Level 1: Sat • 10:30  - 11:10am
Level 2: Sat • 11:30am  -  12:10pm
Level 3 & 4+: Sat • 12:30  -  1:15pm

30 min lessons + group: $957.90/term
45 min lessons + group: $1,304.65/term


Raya Fridman

Raya Fridman is a dedicated and fully trained Suzuki violin teacher at the VCM. She believes that every child can succeed in life if she/he has support of the family; music will be one of the many achievements. Raya holds a College Diploma in Orchestra/Music Education from Russia and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University, as well as a Master in Music from the University of Victoria. Her performing experiences include the Chamber Orchestra of Leningrad, Montreal Chamber Orchestra, Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Chamber Orchestra, various theatre companies such as Victoria Operatic Society and Gilbert and Sullivan. She has also enjoyed masterclasses with Pinkas Zukerman, Eleonora and Yuli Turovski, Richard Roberts, Thomas Williams and workshops with “I Musici” and “Quador Bozzini”. Raya has been leading the Civic Orchestra of Victoria since 2006. She is conversant in Russian, French, and English.