Allyson was our son, Chet's first violin teacher. She taught him for 2 years, before moving out of state to pursue her graduate degree. Chet was 6 years old when he started and had no experience at all on any musical instrument. Allyson was able to teach him the skills for this difficult instrument in a way that was rewarding to him, and kept him inspired. With loads of patience and the right set of words, she taught Chet how to play his instrument with the correct technique, so he could get a n...

What is Suzuki?

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The Suzuki method was developed in Japan by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki and uses the "Mother-tongue" approach.  This is based on the concept that if children learn to speak a language by listening and imitating, they can learn to understand and play music the same way.   The String School of New Jersey teaches Suzuki in combination with traditional methods depending on the needs of each individual.

How does it work?

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Anyone age 3 to adult is invited to take a trial lesson to meet the teacher.  Upon acceptance to the studio, each student is then assigned a weekly lesson time based on instructor availability.  Lessons are also available twice weekly if desired - this is especially effective for very young students.  Parents of students under 10 years old are encouraged to attend lessons so that they can assist with home practice.  Students are then expected to practice what is assigned in the lesson a minimum ...

Why study music?

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The benefits of a musical education extend far beyond the ability to play an instrument.  Music lessons develop sensitivity, curiousity,  patience, discipline, and coordination.   Playing a musical instrument develops the right and left brains simultaneously and many studies have shown that music lessons can improve student performance in other subjects such as math and language.  We focus not just on a student's musical development, but on how music can shape the whole person.  Most importantly...


At the String School of New Jersey, we specialize in elite violin and viola instruction from young beginners to aspiring professionals. We believe that studying a stringed instrument can be a rewarding and joyful experience for everyone. Students of all ages are invited to learn from a conservatory-trained professional musician in a nurturing environment where they are encouraged to reach their highest artistic potential.  Finding the right teacher is critical to a student enjoying their experie...