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 2018 Suzuki Program parent meeting will be Monday, August 20 at 6pm

Group Violin @ MAC

The Group Violin Program is based on the Suzuki philosophy but is better for families who do not want the same of level commitment offered in the Suzuki Program. Each level is designed as a one-year curriculum that begins in September though students may join in January. Students are grouped by age levels in addition to experience levels: Beg(a) and Int(a) are for 4-7 year olds and Beg(b) and Int(b) are for 8-12 year olds.

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

Fall 2018 Group Violin begins Monday, Sept 17. We'll hold a parent meeting for all levels of Group Violin on Sept 24. 

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 .

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. 

Group Violin class for Fall 2018 will begin enrollment the first week of August.

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. 

cspa string instructors

Strings Program

Our violin/viola program has grown so rapidly
that we are excited to announce
Dr. Laura Eakman as the String Division
Chair for Community School for the Performing
and Mr. Wei-yu (Aaron) Chang as an
additional violin/viola instructor.

Wei-yu Chang has established a reputation
as a versatile soloist, chamber and orchestral
musician. A member of the Topeka Symphony
and Wichita Symphony, he is the first prize
winner of the 2008 National Student String Quartet
Competition and the 2010 National Taipei Music
Competition. Mr. Chang has performed as soloist
with the Fu-Jen Symphony Orchestra in Keelung, Taiwan.

An active musician, Mr. Chang has toured and
performed extensively in Vienna, Germany, Italy,
China, Thailand, the United States, Taiwan, and
Slovenia. He has attended music festivals such as
the Bled Music Festival in Slovenia (2005), Killington
Chamber Music Festival (2013), Cambridge Violin 
Festival in Boston (2014), Eutin Music Festival in 
Lübeck, Germany (2016), and the Classical Beat
Music Festival in Eutin, Germany (2017). He studied
with Ben Sayevich, Daniel Andai, M. Fishenschlager,
Veronique Mathieu, David Colwell, and Irina Muresanu.

Mr. Chang is currently available for lessons on
Fridays beginning Jan 31.  

Contact Dr. Laura Eakman with string inquiries at