Students in kindergarten and first grade are eligible to begin Suzuki violin and continue through the fifth grade. Parental participation and attendance at the weekly master classes is required through the third grade.
The Suzuki program is now filling up in kindergarten. A waiting list for first grade is available, but the openings are usually few.
Mrs. Menick encourages interested parents of prospective kindergarten students to contact her for more information, observe existing classes to determine if this is something to which they wish to commit, and register for next year's kindergarten class.
THERE IS NO ONE SINGLE EVENT TO REGISTER FOR SUZUKI VIOLIN. REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE ANYTIME, SIMPLY BY CONTACTING MRS. MENICK BY PHONE, EMAIL OR IN PERSON.
Students who have not been able to begin strings in Suzuki, may begin the traditional strings method in violin, viola or cello in fourth grade. This is the same method the other strings teachers in Charleston County School District teach, and therefore is referred to as CCSD Strings. It does not require parental attendance.
Fourth and fifth grade students have a small ensemble and the string orchestra class every week. The String Orchestra consists of all the 4th and 5th grade Suzuki and CCSD strings. They perform on the Spring Strings Concert.
Deborah Menick received her Bachelor of Arts in Violin Performance from Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA. She received her full certification in Suzuki Pedagogy from the School for Strings, New York City, NY under the late Louse Behrend.
Her performing experience has included symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles in CA, UT, NJ and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.
Her teaching experience has included private studios in CA, UT, NJ and SC, the Fairleigh-Dickinson University in NJ and the Diller-Quaille School of Music in NY.
Mrs. Menick has been teaching at ARCAE since 1990. She is married to Dr. Don Menick, director of the Gazes Cardiac Research Institute at MUSC.
They enjoy three children and nine grandchildren.