Centenary Suzuki School

The Centenary Suzuki School offers the highest quality string instruction in the area by starting children at the earliest age possible supported by the Suzuki philosophy.

In 1977, Mrs. Laura Crawford began the Centenary Suzuki School by recruiting students through kindergarten teacher friends, then knocking on the doors of unsuspecting prospective violin students and inviting them to take violin lessons. Armed with her “Fuller Brush Kit” of miniature violins, a record album of the Suzuki Book 1 music, and a picture/poster of her young University of Texas (Austin) students, she recruited ten students and eager parents to begin her violin program. The CSS was built on the model of the U.T. String Project started by Phyllis Young. Today the program continues to train future generations of classical music lovers with its current enrollment of around 140 students instructed by eight trained Suzuki teachers in violin, viola, and cello. Mrs. Crawford and the CSS faculty have educated over 1500 alumni who have become outstanding professionals in their fields, and often Suzuki parents to their own children. The Centenary Suzuki School, based at the Hurley School of Music on the campus of Centenary College of Louisiana, is the only college affiliated Suzuki program in the state of Louisiana. Each CSS family commits to a weekly private lesson with their teacher, a group lesson on Tuesday afternoons at Centenary’s Hurley School of Music building, and daily listening and practice of at least 20 – 30 minutes. In agreement with the Suzuki philosophy (see below), a parent is expected to participate in each practice session and lesson. Tuesday group lessons include two classes: a repertoire class and a theory or orchestra class. Repertoire classes, assigned using Suzuki book level, are intended to advance and reinforce technique on the instrument, as well as encourage memory of learned pieces using games with peers. This is also where we do our public performance preparation. Theory classes teach our younger students the basics of reading music. Once the children have fluently learned theory basics, they are placed in a succession of orchestras: Elementary (least-experienced music readers), Intermediate, and Chamber Orchestra (high school and most advanced). The Centenary Suzuki School performs every year at the Red River Revel Arts Festival in downtown Shreveport, as well as at a couple of area nursing homes around the holidays. CSS volunteers have also performed for runners for Holy Angels’ “Run with the Angels” and select other events. In addition, we have many recitals at the Anderson Auditorium in the Hurley School of Music on Centenary’s campus: orchestra concerts in December and April, Graduation recitals in October and March, a large end-of-year group gala concert in May, and series of solo recitals in late May.

Mission: Goals of Suzuki Philosophy: - To strive for excellence in musical technique by following a carefully designed sequence of learning steps that has been successful in Japan, the Americas, and all over the world. - To allow each child to develop his or her capabilities to their fullest extent. - To foster an appreciation of music and a pride in the performance of music. - To develop a sense of musicianship. - To contribute to the overall development of accomplished men and women. - To promote peace, unity, mutual respect, and love in our modern world through the common language of beautiful music.

Daily Mail Video

The reason why parents, teachers and students should write very precise notes during the lesson.

This dad follows his kid's PB&J sandwich instructions very literally 🥪🤣


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mailchi.mp Join rising star Francisco Fullana, 2018 recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, for Mozart’s energetic and exotic 5th violin concerto, followed by Schubert’s charmingly beautiful Symphony No. 5. Opening the program is film music by the brilliant Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead fam...


The Animated life of Dr Shinichi Suzuki

This is too fun to not share. It was made by a Suzuki student a few years ago.
Happy Birthday Dr. Shinichi Suzuki!

I did this for a large violin concert in my suzuki method violin school.


Shreveport Symphony Orchestra's 2019-2020 season celebrates 'home'

shreveporttimes.com An inside look at the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra's 2019-2020 season.

Classic FM

The Viola Power!!! 😂😁
Our school is proud to announce that we have 31 happy violists this year!

Play Viola! 😂

What a great video from National Children's Orchestras of Great Britain


The Benefits of Playing Music Help Your Brain More Than Any Other Activity

inc.com Learning an instrument increases resilience to any age-related decline in hearing.


Opening Night Spectacular - SEP 21

shreveportsymphony.com WILLIS-KNIGHTON MASTERWORKS SERIES Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 7:30 PM  First Baptist Shreveport Michael Butterman,


Kids Weathercast: Anwyn Wang

Wondering about the weather tomorrow?
Our violin student from Southfield School can update you on that!

arklatexhomepage.com Anwyn Wang joins Todd Warren in the Forecast Center to tell the ArkLaTex about some more rain in the weather outlook. Anwyn enjoys drawing and swimming and is a fourth-grader at Southfield School. …

Swan's Music Studio-creative, accurate, caring.

I don't know about you, but I am seeing blue! 😆BUT- I have been getting in fairly regular practise when I am home! How about you? 🎶

Christine E Goodner, writer

Putting time in our schedules intentionally, so there is built in time for our children to practice, is key for making progress all year long 🌟🎵🌟


Music students do better in school than non-musical peers

Music students do better in school than non-musical peers, suggests a new study, which found that high school students who take music courses score significantly better, and were about one academic year ahead, on math, science and English exams than their non-musical peers (n=112,916 Grades 7–12).


news.ubc.ca High school students who take music courses score significantly better on math, science and English exams than their non-musical peers, according to a new study published in the Journal of Educatio…

Free concert! Featuring our CSS teacher, Mr. Dan!

Our students had a wonderful time at the Acadiana Suzuki Institute last week. We played beautiful music, worked hard on technique, had fun with Cajun fiddle and made new Suzuki friends!

Finley King is our violin student at Centenary Suzuki School. Her dad, Steven, is a local Shreveport firefighter and her mother, Tracie, serves our community as a life flight nurse. This family is precious and we would love to help them by covering their medical expenses for Finley.
Finley’s surgery date is June 13th, prayers for her, her family, and all medical staff are greatly appreciated!

Hey y’all, this year our project will be centered around Chiari Malformation. It’s touched us personally and with God’s guidance we’re excited to announce that with you we can come together and help a family in our local community!

Finley King is a 7 year old who has been diagnosed with Chiari Malformation. Her dad, Steven, is a local Shreveport firefighter and her mother, Tracie, serves our community as a life flight nurse. This family is precious and we would love to help them by covering their medical expenses for Finley.

If you’re interested in helping financially,
I’ve attached proofs for t-shirts that will be available for purchase for $20. You may order from us or Follow the link to order online and have them delivered to your doorstep for $25. All of the proceeds from these shirts will go to Finley’s accruing medical expenses. Shirts are available at:

If you’re not interested in a shirt but would like to contribute please follow https://www.facebook.com/donate/642902789448494/?fundraiser_source=external_url

Fin’s surgery date is June 13th, prayers for her, her family, and all medical staff are greatly appreciated!

September is Chiari Malformation awareness month. We will be teaming up with Christ Fit Gym BeauxJax Crafthouse and Bayou Axe Co. in the east bank district for a 5k! The 5k will have its own T-shirt design. Sponsorships are available for purchase on these shirts. Last year we had over 150 participants! It was a huge success! We cannot wait to see what God has in store for impacting the families in the SBC!

It’s been put on our hearts to raise awareness and spread love to not only the King family but also other families in our area dealing with this condition. We hope to exceed our expectations by covering these medical bills for them and spread the love onto the next family. As always, we couldn’t do this without you! Thank you all for your giving hearts. You’re making miracles happen by being the hands and feet.


Attending live concerts increases life expectancy, improves well-being more than yoga, dog-walking, study finds | 98.7WFMT


wfmt.com A new study conducted by O2, a company which owns some of United Kingdom’s largest music venues, and Patrick Fagan claims that attending live concerts can help increase life expectancy and improve overall well-being.


BREAKING | Finalists Announced at Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition

Check it out! This is one of the most important Violin competitions in the world. The videos are available on their website.

theviolinchannel.com The 12 Finalists have been announced at the 2019 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition – including 5 VC Young Artists.

John-Henry Crawford began studying cello at age five in our school with Kristina Vaska-Haas. He is currently a graduate student at one of the most prestigious music schools in the world: the Juilliard School of Music.


Shinichi Suzuki Explaining Suzuki Method of Education and the Law of Ability


vimeo.com The creator of the Suzuki Method explains the Suzuki Method and how to create talent in anyone using his Law of Ability. Recorded at his school, The Talent Education…


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Augustin Hadelich Apr. 27


Three of our students are among the 2019 KTAL-6 ArtBreak’s Got Talent Finalists! Congratulations to Cal Alexander, Landon Kay, and Genevieve Aranda. The final concert is on Saturday, April 27th at the Shreveport Convention Center.


Caddo Magnet’s Lim is more than The Times Athlete of the Week

Natalie Lim is a violin student of Mrs. Crawford and was part of the All-State orchestra this year.

shreveporttimes.com Senior puts the "student" in student-athlete with an incredible GPA


Support Shreveport Suzuki Parents Association Inc by shopping at AmazonSmile.

smile.amazon.com When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate to Shreveport Suzuki Parents Association Inc. Support us every time you shop.


A child’s brain develops faster with exposure to music education

musiceducationworks.wordpress.com A study by researchers at the University of Southern California shows that exposure to music and music instruction accelerates the brain development of young children.

It's Twinkle Graduation day!


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Minnesota Orchestra

Get to know the viola with Rebecca Albers, then head over to our Guide to the Orchestra to learn more!


Yesterday, we were delighted to have Christine Goodner in our school talking about "Positive Practice". Refreshing ideas for a life-long love of music.
Many Thanks to Christine and all Suzuki Parents who took this great opportunity and attended one of the sessions. Here is a picture of the afternoon group:


Vacation time, people!! 🏖️

Odmooooor!! 🏖️😂

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DFW WOW Suzuki Institute

The DFW-WOW is the closest Suzuki Institute from Shreveport. It happens on July 3 - 7, 2019
The registrations will open on January 15.

Fully-sanctioned SAA Suzuki Institute, providing a rich musical experience with String Institute, Piano & Harp Institute, LoneStar Young Artist Program, and Teacher Development.

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General information

The Centenary Suzuki School strives to offer the highest quality string instruction in the area by starting children at the earliest age possible, using the Suzuki method as well as traditional materials such as scales, etudes, and supplemental pieces. Key components are: involved parents, well-trained teachers, and weekly private and group classes. Through weekly note-reading experiences in theory, orchestra, and chamber music, we seek to develop well-rounded musicians. While our plan is to sufficiently prepare students who choose to pursue music degrees, our broader goal is to promote a life-long love of music, either through participation in music-making, or through attendance and support of performances of various musical institutions and organizations. Through music study involving the Suzuki approach, our highest goal is to aid in the development of good citizens and to foster a sensitivity to all that is beautiful in life.
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