About Suzuki Academy of Columbia & UofSC
The Suzuki Strings at UofSC Program began in 2010 and was renamed Suzuki Academy of Columbia & USC in 2018. The Suzuki Academy is a community music program who uses the Suzuki Method and Philosophy to instruct children as young as three years old on the violin, viola, cello and classical guitar. Currently the Suzuki Academy has about 110 students and instructs students through the high school years.
Suzuki Academy students are enrolled in weekly privately lessons where they are provided with one-on-one instruction to learn new skills and refine those already learned. Suzuki Academy students are also enrolled in weekly group class lessons which provide the students opportunities for repertoire review, skills review and learning ensemble skills. The Suzuki Academy has eight “core” teachers and three “neighborhood ” teachers – all of whom have acquired specialty training in the Suzuki Method alongside their traditional studies in music. Students at the Suzuki Academy perform regularly in the Columbia community and at the University of South Carolina School of Music.
In addition, the Suzuki Academy is attached to the Master of Music in Violin/Viola Pedagogy at UofSC’s School of Music. Within this degree program, university students have the opportunity to study Suzuki Method Pedagogy by observing and teaching in a working Suzuki Method Program. Dr. Samara Humbert-Hughes directs the Suzuki Academy of Columbia & USC and teaches pedagogy courses.
More information about the Suzuki Academy of Columbia & UofSC can be found here.