The Colburn Strings Department offers violin, cello, and guitar instruction in the Suzuki method, as well as traditional instruction in violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, and harp. With both instructional approaches, our preeminent faculty members provide exceptional guidance tailored to the individual needs of each student.

Suzuki Method Instruction

Suzuki Strings

The Suzuki method, founded by Japanese violinist Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, rests on the philosophy that every child is born with musical ability that can be nurtured and developed to a high level. This teaching method involves parent participation both in lessons and daily practices at home, and requires a major commitment of time. Children ages four through six may begin study when they display a readiness to accept instruction. For frequently asked questions about the Suzuki Strings Program for violin and cello, visit this page.

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Suzuki Guitar

The Suzuki Guitar Program is directed by Dr. Connie Sheu, a classical guitarist with over 10 years of experience teaching Suzuki guitar. A weekly private lesson ensures that students are progressing at their own pace and has targeted practice goals at home. In addition to lessons, group instruction provides weekly opportunities to develop ensemble skills and reinforce proper technique on the instrument.

Suzuki guitar is open to students ages five and older. For enrollment information, contact Dr. Connie Sheu at

Private Traditional Instruction

Private lessons are 30, 45, or 60 minutes, depending on what the instructor determines. These sessions enable teachers to develop individualized lesson plans based on a student’s needs.

If you’re interested in enrolling in private lessons, please fill out our online inquiry form.

Group Classes

Group Guitar

Taught by guitar faculty Kenton Youngstrom, these classes allow students ages 6–adult to learn guitar surrounded by a supportive community.


As skills advance, students can supplement private lessons with group instruction through different classes and ensemble experiences. Visit our ensembles page for more information.


Aspiring musicians can enhance their music education by observing others perform, including watching technical skills and proper performance etiquette. We always welcome students to attend any of our free performances at the Colburn School. Performance opportunities include Studio Recitals, Friday Night Recitals, School Recitals, and Honors Recitals. For more information, visit Performance and Events.