Strings Program

Suzuki String Program 

The Suzuki Program incorporates private lessons with group classes. Private lessons allow each child to receive individualized attention and faster pace of skill development while group lessons create a fun and social learning environment and an entirely different skill-set. Parents in this program form a strong bond with their child by attending each lesson and practicing at home with their child. Suzuki is appropriate for students ages 3 and up. The Suzuki method creates a joyful learning environment with parental support; for more about the Suzuki method, please visit:

Students may register for this program throughout the year. A Fall 2019 Suzuki Program parent meeting will be Monday, August 27 at 6pm

Traditional Private Lessons

Traditional Private Lessons
are offered year-round.  30, 45, and 60 minute lessons are available. You may register throughout the year. Summer lessons are optional. Lessons are appropriate for ages 3 and up. 

Chamber Music Groups
Chamber Music Groups are offered in the spring only. Trios, quartets, and more are coached for 1 hour each week. Groups are appropriate for ages 5th grade and up. Students must be able to read music.

Register for Classes or Lessons

To register for Suzuki or private lessons please complete the Private Lesson Inquiry Form. Once the form is submitted, you will be contacted to schedule private lessons. 

We offer YES! Fund scholarships for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. Please contact MAC at 785-537-4420 for more information when registering. 

Group Violin @ MAC
Manhattan Arts Center's Group Violin classes are an introduction to violin for students ages 4-12. While based in the Suzuki philosophy, these group classes have a more informal approach and are designed for students who are not also taking privately. 

MAC Group Violin meets weekly for 12 weeks each semester. Each level is designed as a one-year curriculum that runs September to May, but students may join in January.

All students new to the violin take our Foundations Class. Students are then grouped by playing levels.

Parent attendance at class is encouraged but not required. Group Violin tuition can include a violin. 

Fall 2019 Group Violin begins Monday, Sept 16. We'll hold a parent meeting for all levels of Group Violin on Sept 30. 

Strings Program Job Opening

Violin/Viola Teacher

Description. The Community School for the Performing Arts (CSPA) is seeking to add a violin/viola teacher to its expanding program. CSPA Strings Division currently offers traditional private lessons, a Suzuki program including private and group lessons, and a chamber music program on the campus of Kansas State University.

Duties. Teach traditional private students; prepare students for recitals, competitions, and outreach events; coach chamber music as desired; potential to teach Suzuki private lessons and group classes.

10 hours per week commitment to start with opportunity for growth for the Fall 2019 semester (September 3-December 20, 2019) and the Spring 2020 semester (February 3-May 22, 2020).

Qualifications. Bachelor’s Degree required; Masters or Doctorate preferred; at least 2 years teaching experience required; SAA registration in Books 1-2 a plus.

Commitment to continued development as a teacher and musician; an effective communicator; willingness to recruit students and participate in ideas for program growth.

Salary. $12,000 minimum. Salary will increase for teaching beyond 10 contact hours at the rate of $40 per contact hour.

Application Procedure. Please email the following to Laura Eakman, Chair of Strings Division, at

  1. Letter of interest
  2. Resume
  3. Contact information of at least three references
  4. Video of candidate teaching a private or group lesson

Position is open until filled. For full consideration, please submit application materials by June 15th, 2019.

The Community School for the Performing Arts (CSPA) in Manhattan, Kansas, is a university-community partnership between the Kansas State University School of Music, Theatre, and Dance and Manhattan Arts Center (MAC). Its mission is to provide the highest level of pre-college performing arts education to the Flint Hills Region of Kansas.

The Community School for the Performing Arts is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans. The Community School for the Performing Arts actively seeks diversity among its employees.