Dear Suzuki Families,

As promised, we are writing with a detailed update on how we plan to proceed with moving all music classes online beginning Monday, March 16th. Please read the following information carefully.

Individual lessons

Individual lesson teachers will be reaching out to you directly to let you know their preferred remote teaching platform (i.e. Skype, FaceTime, Google Hangouts, Zoom, etc.). Unless otherwise specified by your teacher, all individual lessons will continue to meet at the same day/time. 

Group class, Musicianship, Early Beginners, and Chamber Ensembles

All group classes, musicianship classes, early beginners classes, and chamber ensembles will meet via Zoom at their regularly scheduled class times. 

Every day, the Suzuki School will send all classes that are not individual lessons the link to their Zoom classrooms room for the day. At your normal class meeting time, click the link to your assigned virtual classroom, which will launch the Zoom app and allow you to join your class.

For Monday through Friday classes, the link will be sent the morning of your class. For Saturday classes, the link will be sent on Friday evenings. 

All families should complete the following steps to prepare for the move to online classes next week:

1.     Sign up for a free Basic Zoom account:

2.     Download Zoom on the device you plan to use for your classes. Desktop computer and laptop users should select "Zoom Client for Meetings" from the download page, and mobile device users (smart phones and tablets) should select the appropriate "Zoom Mobile App." 


What will I need in order to participate in online classes?

You will need an internet connection and a WiFi enabled device with a microphone and a camera. Any desktop or laptop computer, smartphone, or tablet should suffice. It is also recommended that you designate a quiet place in your home with adequate lighting as your at-home classroom space.

What if I have multiple children in the program who have concurrent lessons?

If your children have overlapping classes, you will need to set up one device per child so that they can both continue to follow their regular lesson schedule. We recommend setting these devices up in separate rooms to avoid excess background noise.

Who do I contact if I am experiencing technical difficulties and cannot join my classroom?

Please send us an email at with a detailed explanation of your issue, and we will try to work with you to resolve it as quickly as possible. 

What should I expect to see when I launch Zoom and enter the virtual classroom meeting?

When you click the Zoom meeting link at your designated class time, you should see your teacher and the other students in your class appear on your screen. Please note that in some cases, the previous class may still be wrapping up as you enter the meeting space. The Suzuki School has set up 5 virtual classrooms, and some of these are shared spaces.

What best practices should I observe to make sure online classes run smoothly?

1. Join your Zoom class meeting at your exact class start time. For a 4:00pm class, you should click the link to launch Zoom at 4:00pm. This will make transitions between classes as smooth as possible.

2. When you join a Zoom class meeting, please mute yourself upon entry. This will cut down on excess noise and allow the teacher to be clearly heard. Wait for your teacher's invitation to unmute yourself and participate.

3. Position yourself close to your WiFi router to ensure a strong connection.

What is the make-up policy for missed online classes?

Online lessons and classes are unable to be made up. However, some teachers have the capability to record the session and email it to you. Please contact your teacher directly in advance of a missed class to make this request.

As always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Sachiko Isihara

Executive Director

Suzuki School of Newton
1615 Beacon Street
Waban, MA 02468
617.964.4522 |