Our Program

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Why We Teach Music
Not because we want you to major in music,
Not because we expect you to play and sing all your life,
Not so you can relax,
Not so you can have fun,
But — so you can be human
So you will recognize beauty,
So you will be sensitive,
So you will be closer to an infinite beyond this world,
So you will have something to cling to,
So you will have more love, more compassion
More gentleness, more good — in short, more life,
Of what value will it be to make a prosperous living unless you know how to live?
That is why we teach music!

Boulder Suzuki Strings uses the Suzuki Method to teach students, ages 3 to 18, Violin, Viola and Cello, including:

  • group lessons
  • weekly private lessons
  • recitals
  • concerts in the community
  • annual Spring Workshop

Students begin their education with individual and group lessons. As students develop musically, Boulder Suzuki Strings offers them a diverse array of opportunities to explore and grow as musicians, including a beginning orchestra, fiddling classes, chamber music groups, advanced repertoire classes and a touring ensemble.

Through group and solo recitals and workshops, students develop as musicians and performers within a supportive learning environment and community.

For ages birth through 3, we recommend Prelude Suzuki Early Childhood Education.

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Amy Gesmer-Packman founded Boulder Suzuki Strings in 1982 as a university program when she began graduate study with renowned Suzuki pedagogue William Starr at the University of Colorado, Boulder. By the time Amy earned her master’s degree in violin performance and pedagogy, Boulder Suzuki Strings had grown to more than 70 students, and was independent of the university. Boulder Suzuki Strings incorporated in 1994, and was awarded 501 (c) 3 status in 1996.

Today, Boulder Suzuki Strings has more than 200 students and 10 teachers, making it the largest Suzuki program in the front range. The program continues its connection with CU Boulder; Music students regularly observe Boulder Suzuki Strings lessons, and faculty members are often guest clinicians at the program’s annual Spring Workshop. Boulder Suzuki Strings graduates have gone on to study at esteemed music schools including Juilliard, Oberlin, Cincinnati CCM, Vanderbilt, and CU Boulder.