As a music professional and educator, I am careful to find a high quality yet, nurturing music teacher for my own children. I have have found a lovely combination of both at Suzuki on the Island in Manhasset, NY. The school is run in an efficient, intelligent and caring manner. My kids went from having to attend piano lessons to wanting to study piano. They play more frequently on their own at home and I have seen significant improvement in their abilities. Suzuki on the Island is a fantastic place for children to learn about music.
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What makes Suzuki On The Island special is its perfect balance between instruction and fun. Students are taught not only the fundamentals of playing their instruments well, but also tutored in points such as how to properly give a performance, respect for other performers, and appreciation for the music and concert environment. However, it is never lost that these are children learning the instruments. There is always an element of fun during the lessons, which often include games, contests, prizes, and the incorporation of personal experiences. Our daughter has flourished in this setting in a way that we’re not sure she would have anywhere else. It is a tribute to Ani that the school’s philosophy of commitment to teaching kids how to play the right way – communicated in a friendly, approachable atmosphere – has resulted in such a successful program.
For the last year and a half, Thursday afternoons have been a highlight of my daughter’s week because that is when she has a piano lesson with Sing. Yes, this warm, kind and patient teacher has taught her how to play and read music, but more importantly, Sing has become a trusted friend who, along with Ani and the SOTI program, has boosted our daughter’s confidence. The frequent recitals have enabled our now 7-year-old to develop from a reluctant performer into a poised pianist who beams and bounces down the aisle to play before a crowd. Sing is caring, gentle and knows how to relate to kids. She makes the entire experience fun and SOTI has enhanced our daughter’s appreciation for music. We couldn’t ask for more.
Suzuki on the Island has taken our kids from absolute beginners with nothing but curiosity and maybe some raw talent to young musicians who seem to grow and improve every year – even despite the natural challenges that come with teenage-hood and potentially competing demands on their time. Ani and Jane, both accomplished musicians whose love of music is contagious, are skilled, disciplined but, above all else, patient instructors who know how to reach each individual child. The combination of private and group classes also adds a dynamic that students respond to – they even laugh as they learn, and seem to enjoy the genuine camaraderie that’s developed over years of studying together. As a parent who values the importance of music in a child’s life, I feel lucky to have joined the Suzuki on the Island family almost 10 years ago.
Not only are Ani’s teaching skills superb, so is her uncanny ability to make a genuine connection with each and every one of her students, and elevate them to perform with musicality and heart. My daughters have found her to be a joy to learn from and there is no doubt that the exceptional musical training they have received from her have benefits that will last them a lifetime, offering them skills that will make them well prepared for life in general. I just cannot speak highly enough of Suzuki on the Island!
We started our two girls at SOTI last summer and they have really enjoyed learning violin and cello since then…… The teachers are so talented and they are extremely comfortable and thoughtful around children. My girls can’t wait to attend their classes each week!
I like Suzuki on the Island because now I can play Bach and that is really pretty music.
I love to go to my music school because my teacher Ani always uses interesting and creative ways to teach me how to play violin properly.
I love to play cello everyday because my teachers always help me to make nice music.