Orientation Dates:

Thursday, September 1st at 5pm
Tuesday, September 13th at 5pm
Location, TBD
Email: for questions or to sign up!

Program Description:

The Suzuki Method of teaching and learning music is based upon the philosophy that renowned Japanese violin pedagogue Dr. Shinichi Suzuki discovered early in his professional career: Every Child Can.  He realized that all children across the world learn to speak and communicate their native languages with ease, despite the difficulties of the language.  He believed that music is learned in much the same way as language and that every child can thrive in a musical environment.  Dr. Suzuki’s method has come to inspire and guide music instruction all over the world.

In the Traverse Symphony Suzuki School, led by TSO violinist Ann Marie Van Patten, we believe that every child can thrive in a positive and nurturing learning environment.  We believe that learning music is beneficial to the well-being of every child.  In the TSSS we facilitate this through the development of the “Student-Parent-Teacher” triangle in weekly private lessons and group classes.  Daily listening and home practice with the child’s caregiver are important to develop the relationship and the skills learned in private lessons. This in turn helps to develop self-confidence within the child. The weekly group classes provide a vital community in which to belong, inspire, explore, and grow.

About your Suzuki Instructor:
Ann Marie JonesMrs. Ann Marie Van Patten is a freelance musician and personal coach based in Northern Michigan. Ann Marie earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Michigan State University and a Masters of Music Education from Grand Valley State University. She began her teaching career while studying at Michigan State as a Suzuki violin teacher in the Community Music School. While there she developed a full studio of private students ages three through adult. She also led the Beginning Violin classes for parents and students. Since that time she has primarily taught young orchestra students through public education at the middle and high school levels, most recently with the Traverse City West Orchestras. Ann Marie has enjoyed traveling to the Czech Republic several times as the conductor of the young orchestras at the Czech Music Camp for Youth. She is a certified Suzuki violin teacher, an active adjudicator for state Solo and Ensemble Festivals, and has served on several music education committees in the state of Michigan. Ann Marie served also as the teaching director at MASTA String Camp, a Michigan summer music camp for young string students. She enjoys performing as a violinist with the Traverse Symphony and Great Lakes Chamber Orchestras and with a variety of small ensembles within her community.

The MSU Community Music School video, featuring Mrs. Van Patten:
Suzuki Suzuki Suzuki