A Touch of Classical Plus, Inc. - Calderon Music Studio

“Teaching is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens.” – Shinichi Suzuki


ATCP offers lessons via Zoom or in-person at the home studio of Mrs. Phyllis. Offerings include violin, viola, and piano. Students are engaged in two weekly lessons: the private and the group. Private lessons focus on fine-tuning students' techniques through learning repertoire. Class instruction emphasizes music theory and performance techniques. Students who are advancing also participate in chamber ensemble technique classes.

This class is designed for young students (ages 2-5) and their parents. It is an excellent beginning for students before entering into instrument instruction. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of music through fun songs across various languages, games, and activities. Students are introduced to the piano and stringed instruments. This class is $90 per quarter. Pay here for this class.

All string students learn the Suzuki repertoire. 

Pre-Level 1 (typically ages 3-6)

  • Pre-music reading and violin exercises that I create. A binder will be supplied to you at the first lesson.
  • My First Violin Fun Book, Larry Newman
  • Reading material for parents: Nurtured by Love, Dr. Shinichi Suzuki or Ability Development from Age Zero, Nagata & Suzuki

Purchase books here

Level 1 (for students in Suzuki books 1 and 2)

  • Suzuki Violin or Viola Books 1 and 2
  • 60 Etudes by F. Wohlfhart Op. 45, No. 1-17
  • Scales Plus! William Starr or Scales for Young Violinists or Violists, Barbara Barber
  • Double Stop Beginnings for Violin, Cassia Harvey

Level 2 (for students in Suzuki Books 3):

  • Suzuki Book 3
  • Schradieck
  • 60 Etudes by F. Wohlfhart Op. 45, No. 18-37
  • Scales for Advanced Violinists or Violists, Barbara Barber
  • Melodious Double Stops, Book 1, Josephine Trott, No. 1-8
  • School of Violin Technic, O. Sevcik, Op. 1, Part 1, No. 1-2

Purchase books here.

Level 3 (for students in Suzuki Books 4, 5, 6):

  • Suzuki Books 4-6
  • Schradieck
  • Scales for Advanced Violinists or Violists, Barbara Barber
  • R. Kreutzer, 42 Studies, Nos. 2-5
  • Melodious Double Stops, Josephine Trott, Book 1
  • O. Sevcik, Preparatory Trill Studies, Op. 7

Purchase books here.

The weekly private lesson for ages 3-10 is structured with the parent and the child in mind. These utilize the methodologies of Dr. Suzuki and Mimi Zweig. Parents attend quarterly educational meetings typically via Zoom, and they are active participants in their child's weekly lessons taking notes and asking questions at the end of the class. It is expected that students ages 11 to adult take notes, manage their at-home practice time, and follow any teacher-suggested tips on having a practical at-home practice session.

The weekly group component of the lesson supplements the student's private lesson. Here, the student learns to play the instrument with their peers and understands music theory concepts through engaging games on and off the instrument. Once the student has begun to "talk" on their respective instrument with ease, they move into the learning of reading the pitch.

The method book chosen for students is based on how the student learns because not all method books are created the same. Over the years, the following piano instruction and theory books are the ones that have yielded the best results with my students and are the ones I currently employ:
  • Mayron Cole Method (this is free by clicking on the link, or you may purchase it through Amazon)
  • Suzuki Piano books
  • Alfred's Basic Adult All-in-One Course Books 1 and 2
  • Fundamentals of Piano Theory for Prep Level to Book 10. Brand-new beginners will purchase the preparatory book. 

Purchase all other books here

Click on the links below to pay.

Fees for Combo Private + Group or Pay Quarterly

The fees include four lessons per week and four classes per week. Fees are paid monthly from the invoice or payment link. Other acceptable payment methods are Zelle, Paypal, Venmo, cash, or check (payable to A Touch of Classical Plus). If paying per quarter, receive a $25 discount.

30-minute monthly: $158. Or, quarterly cost: $474
45-minute monthly: $187. Quarterly cost: $561
60-minute monthly: $250. Quarterly cost: $750


Prices for Private Lessons Only or Pay Quarterly

30-minute monthly: $165. Quarterly cost: $495
45-minute monthly: $215. Quarterly cost: $624
60-minute monthly: $300. Quarterly cost: $870


Fees for Suzuki Group Only

60-minute monthly: $250. Quarterly cost: $772

Students receive free access to Mrs. Phyllis' supplemental YouTube videos, the ATCP Google Drive folder, and any PDF materials. Students also receive access to opportunities with ATCP partner music organizations. Some events are free, while others require a small fee.
  • Family: 10 percent off each additional student
  • Pay in full each quarter: $25 off
  • MusicLink: (please visit www.musiclinkfoundation.org to see if you qualify for up to 50 percent off)
  • Referral: $25 account credit when your referral enrolls