About us

What We Offer

  • Violin and viola lessons, private and group
  • Piano lessons, both Suzuki method and traditional.
  • Musikgarten
  • Voice
  • Cello, flute and group recorder referrals.

Our History

In 1978 a group of local parents created the Mankato Suzuki School of Music because of their enthusiasm for Dr. Shinichi Suzuki (1898-1998), a Japanese violinist and educator, who believed that children learn music the way they learn to speak their native language - through listening , repetition, and a nurturing environment.

Why Enroll With Us?

  • We provide group lessons. That leads to fun things like playing the Star Spangled Banner at the baseball games, or fiddle tunes at History Fest, or Irish tunes for St. Patrick’s Day.
  • Because we are a non-profit arts organization you can apply for $200 to $300 scholarships through Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council grades 3 through 12.  You may also apply for financial assistance through our school.
  • Our teachers have been trained at Suzuki method institutes and workshops.  We don’t just teach out of a book of songs labeled Suzuki.  We teach the careful steps needed for good tone and promote the listening necessary to be a good musician.   Plus we’ve learned all kinds of ways to have FUN!
  • We have lessons for all ages.  Our students range in age from 3 months in Musikgarten class to a man in his 70's who started the viola and is in book 3.
  • We have a nearly 40 year track record of teaching string music and piano in southern Minnesota and have helped many young people realize their dreams.

Our Distinguished Former Students

The year 2015 has been an especially good year with several graduates reaching the pinnacle of very different careers:

  • Peter McGuire was one of 10 violinists in the world accepted for auditions as associate concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic.  Meanwhile he lives with his wife and four children in Zurich Switzerland, where he is second concertmaster of the Tonnehalle-Orchester.  Nice view!
  • Becky Buller was nominated in 2015 for seven awards by the International Bluegrass Music Association, including best fiddler!
  • Other former students play with the Dallas Symphony, sub with the Minnesota Orchestra and Chicago Symphony, travel the world with their college orchestras, play with bands from Santa Barbara to Boston, build violins, repair fine instruments...

And it all started with Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star in our bend of the river town!