Musical Participation Outside the Studio
As students develop a reasonable proficiency with their instruments, it is hugely rewarding and highly educational to participate in an ensemble. The importance of playing with other students cannot be stressed enough! The social aspect alone is often deeply satisfying in and of itself, but the practical application of everything that is being learned in private lessons is priceless, and often increases the child's rate of progress exponentially.
It is also important to note that ensemble experience is something quite different from the group class experience. While group classes do venture outside the Suzuki realm, students are strictly grouped according to instrument and level. The wider ensemble allows children to experience the richness involved in making music with different instruments, serving different musical purposes. The range of performance repertoire is more varied in an ensemble and the skills acquired in these groups foster a more complete musician.