Beginner Lessons: Children and Parents

Music is a language.

  • We listen before we play, just like infants listen before they speak.

Play games, then play the instrument.

  • Hear many instruments during the games, then choose which one you want to learn to play.
  • Recorder, Viola, Flute, or Violin

Joy in the effort, anticipation of the next step.

  • We already know the songs when we begin to learn the instruments.
  • We recognize those songs emerging from our first efforts to play.
  • This rewards our efforts, and makes us eager to continue.
  • Technical skill and creative play are equally emphasized.

Group and individual lesson combo.

  • Online for now, in the comfort and safety of your own home. *
  • No masks! See the smiles.
  • Parent and child together as a team.
  • *We will switch to in person lessons and classes when it is safe to do so for everyone.

The Talent Education method developed by Shinichi Suzuki has recognized the role of the parent in student learning since the 1940’s. This parent and child team approach makes it ideal for both online and in person lessons.

Class Format:

  • Weekly lesson with all parent & child teams
    • Edmonton: Saturdays 11:00 am – noon
    • Camrose: Wednesdays 3:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Lessons alternate between:
    • group lesson, where all parent & child teams meet together with both teachers
    • shorter individual lessons, where one parent & child team meets with one teacher
  • As students build skill with their instruments, their individual lesson will become longer and possibly need to be scheduled at a different time, but they will still attend the group lesson


  • link for Edmonton registration to be added here
  • link for Camrose registration to be added here

About the Teachers:

Thomas Schoen is a violinist and violist with a strong interest in music education for young children. He has more that 30 years teaching experience, ranging from working with infants in the Suzuki Early Childhood classes to students in university undergraduate programs. [Read more…]

Kathleen Schoen is a performer and teacher of flute and recorder. She is a registered Teacher Trainer both Creative Ability Development and the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and she has a strong belief in the ability of every child to find their unique voice through music. [Read more…]

Teachers and music education students: Observing these classes can be registered as professional development with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Contact Kathleen Schoen at [email protected] to find out more about Suzuki Teacher Training opportunities.