ENROLLMENT

We encourage parents to learn as much as they can about the Suzuki Method and our program before enrolling. The following process is intended to provide prospective parents with information and answer questions so that parents can decide if the Suzuki Method is a good fit for their family.

STEP ONE

ATTEND A PARENT

INFO SESSION

STEP TWO

OBSERVE PRIVATE AND GROUP LESSONS

STEP THREE

SCHEDULING AND STUDIO PLACEMENT

SCHOOL TERMS AND WHEN TO START

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STEP ONE

ATTEND A PARENT INFO SESSION

Enrollment at the Western Springs School of Talent Education and the Naperville Suzuki School begins with new parents attending one of our free monthly Info Sessions.

During the Info Session we will cover the following topics:

  • Who was Dr. Suzuki?

  • What is the Suzuki Method?

  • How does this particular Suzuki program work

  • How is it different from other music programs?

  • What are the practical details I need to know   (e.g. tuition and scheduling)?

These meetings are held once each month and are an excellent opportunity for parents to receive an introduction to the Suzuki Philosophy and ask questions.

An RSVP is required. 

 

STEP TWO

OBSERVE A PRIVATE LESSON AND GROUP CLASS

Once a new parent has attended one of the monthly Info Sessions, we will schedule an individual lesson observation for the student and parent. We try to arrange for you to observe a lesson with a student of similar age to your own.

Prospective families will also observe a group class (schedule available here); Please confirm with the office before visiting a group class to make sure there haven't been any cancellations or schedule changes.

 

Observations are a commitment-free chance to see the quality of our teaching, and take a firsthand look at the Suzuki Method in action!  

 

STEP THREE

SCHEDULING AND STUDIO PLACEMENT 

Placement with a specific private teacher is determined based on the mutual schedules and availability of both the student and the teacher.  The Director of Admissions will help match you to a teacher whose openings best align with your schedule. Group classes meet at a regularly scheduled time each week, per this schedule.  If a family has a conflict with a group class schedule at the school they attend for private lessons, they are welcome to attend group class at the other location.  

 

SCHOOL YEAR TERMS & WHEN TO START

Our school year is divided into four terms over the course of the year - Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. Each term is 12 weeks long. Enrollment can begin at any time within a term, and tuition is prorated accordingly.  

 

The Summer Term is flexible, in that students sign up for 9 lessons over the 12-week term, to allow for summer travel plans. Summer lessons are also flexible in that a student signs up for each lesson individually, and you are not necessarily tied into the same lesson day and time each week.  

THE WESTERN SPRINGS SCHOOL OF TALENT EDUCATION

1106 Chestnut Street, Western Springs, IL 60558

​708.246.9309

THE NAPERVILLE SUZUKI SCHOOL

​1313 N. Mill Street, Naperville, IL 60563

708.246.9309

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students

West Suburban Suzuki Foundation, Inc. and WSSTE, Inc. admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and other school-administered programs. 

 

We strive to function as an anti-racist organization, both as a community of people and as an institution, through our practices inside and outside of the classroom.