Violin & Cello First Steps


Update 6/23/23: We are not running First Steps in summer 2023.  We hope to be back in 2024.

First Steps is a great way to assess a child’s readiness for school year instrument lessons within the Suzuki program.  Students must be between 4.5 (by July 1, 2023) and 7 years old.  The full session includes a parent orientation meeting and six weekly group classes.

Suzuki is based on the philosophy that every child can learn to play a musical instrument.  The Suzuki method and approach is modeled after the way we learn to speak: through listening, imitation, repetition and refinement, and parental support.

First Steps aims to inspire interest and excitement around playing the violin, with both the child and parent/guardian learning the fundamentals of violin together.  These include developing small/fine motor skills needed for violin playing, helping children focus and follow directions, and offering guidance on beginning the habit of daily practice.  Families will become acquainted with the Suzuki approach through orientation and group classes.  By the final two weeks of First Steps, there will be sufficient experience to decide if the child is ready to join the more formal School Year Suzuki Program.

Students are required to have a correct-sized instrument in good condition by class start date.  Registered families will receive information in advance regarding instrument rental.  Pakachoag faculty recommend Johnson String Instrument for quality, affordable student instruments.

If missing one or two weeks of group classes, please email Amy@pakmusic.org to sign-up for a 30-minute private lesson at the current tuition rate.

This will keep you on track with classroom material so your child can move along with the group.

First Steps Schedule

Parent Orientation Meeting

Tuesday, July 11 | 6:00-7:00pm (60-minutes)

Weekly Group Class

Wednesdays | July 12 – August 16 | 4:30-5:15pm (45-minutes)



Class Location

10 Irving Street (All Saints Church) | Worcester, MA |
2nd & 3rd Floors*

*If unable to use stairs, please contact Kristjon@pakmusic.org.  

We are usually able to arrange a first floor room when needed.

First Steps Graduates 2022

Other Summer Options for String Players

All Ages, All Levels
Intermediate and Advanced