Dr. Shinichi Suzuki was a European-trained violinist who offered a new method of studying string instruments to children in Japan following World War II.  He believed that every child could learn to play an instrument at a satisfying level. Dr. Suzuki utilized the “mother tongue” method, in which the child learns to play by mimicking the parent and the sound of music heard around the home. Distinctives of the method are an amazing skill level displayed by very young children (starting as early as 3 years old), a significant involvement from a parent, and an initial emphasis of learning by ear (without written music).

For more information, visit

Music Director: Chas Helge


T: 231-547-3554


109 Clinton Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720


Monday-Friday  11am - 4pm
Saturdays   11am - 3pm

or by Appointment
*Open to vulnerable patrons on
Wed. & Thurs. 10 - 11am.

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Charlevoix Circle of Arts is a 501 (c) 3 Non-Profit organization.
Our mission is to cultivate a more inspired and educated community through the arts.

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