The Fine Arts Association Music Program


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Early childhood music classes provide hands-on explorations of music through the use of instruments, movement and song. The Suzuki Method of music instruction engages children as young as 3 years of age in private music instruction.

Performance Groups, including Suzuki groups, support students in acquiring music skills and provide them community performance opportunities.

Private music instruction is available in most instruments – from voice to tuba. One-on-one music lessons are taught by a professional faculty and enable children and adults to obtain skills in an instrument in a positive setting which also provides ongoing performance opportunities. Whether you want to learn to play an instrument for personal enjoyment or are interested in pursuing a career in music, our highly educated, skilled teaching artists can assist you in meeting your goals.

Dr. Shinichi Suzuki began to teach music by applying the basic principles of learning language.  When learning a language, one listens, speaks, reads and writes, in that order.  In the Suzuki approach, the student listens, plays, then reads and writes.  This approach, now called “The Suzuki Method,” is appropriate for children ages 3 years and older and is taught by specially trained faculty at The Fine Arts Association.

What is different about The Suzuki Method?

  • Parental involvement. Parents attend weekly private lessons and group classes with their child and serve as home teachers during the week.
  • Formal music training may begin at age 3 for stringed instruments and age 4 or 5 for piano.
  • Repeated listening to recordings of the pieces is the single most powerful factor in the success of the Suzuki method. It is akin to the natural way one learns a language through their environment.
  • Repetition is essential in learning to play an instrument. Each music piece becomes a building block for the careful development of technique.
  • Group participation. In addition to private lessons, students participating in Suzuki instruction are strongly encouraged to participate in weekly group lessons and recitals. Group lessons provide new opportunities to learn with others, provide motivation and also teach music theory, history and music appreciation. 

FAA Suzuki Faculty: 

For more information, please contact Education Coordinator, Jackie DiFrangia


For more information, please contact Education Coordinator, Jackie DiFrangia


Early Childhood

Young Musicians

Every time a child hears a major scale, a melody, a chord progression,
or a cadence, an understanding of the essential language of music is reinforced.
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Instructors: Melissa Sexstella & Ann Marie Raddell

  • for ages 2-5 with caregiver
  • Mondays April 12th, 19th, 26th, and May 3rd 

Two times to choose from:

  • 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. in-person at FAA
    • (Class #: MASP2101)
  • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. in-person at FAA
    • (Class #: MASP2101B)

Nursery Rhyme Time offers uplifting fun. Together with your 2-5-year-old, explore nursery rhymes through music and art experiences. Class includes a one-half hour of visual art/felt play and one-half hour of music each week. Engaging multi-arts experiences also include preschool readiness skills like counting, shapes, and colors. All art supplies are included!

Due to COVID-19, an additional $5 supply fee is included to cover the cost of materials.

  • Instructor: Ann Marie Raddell
  • for students birth to age 5
  • Thursdays: May 13, May 20, May 27, and June 3

3 sections to choose from: 

  • 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Live Online
    • (Class #: MSP2101C) 
  • 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. in person at FAA 
    • (Class #: MSP2101D) 
  • 10:45 a.m.-11:15 a.m. in-person at FAA
    • (Class #: MSP2102B) 
  • Instructor: Ann Marie Raddell MT-BC, NICU MT
  • for students birth to age 5
    • On Tuesdays: July 6, 13, and 20, 2021
    • From July 6 to July 20, 2021

Two sections to choose from: 

  • 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. in person at FAA 
    • Join the waitlist: *Should more spots open, individuals will be contacted in the order of waitlist registration.* 
    • (Class #: MS2101A) 
  • 10:45 a.m.-11:15 a.m. in-person at FAA
    • (Class #: MS2101B) 



Growing Opportunities

Continue to expand opportunities to perform and learn from professional instructors.
Instructor: Michael Lund Ziegler
at Lake Erie College for grades 9th to 12th.

Through a partnership with Lake Erie College, Fine Arts wind, brass, and percussions students have the unique opportunity to participate in the Lake Erie College Wind Ensemble. The Wind Ensemble strives to cultivate a culture of excellence in music performance while exploring the best of the wind band repertoire. This includes works for full wind ensemble as well as works for smaller conducted and unconducted wind chamber music performed by subsets of the larger ensemble.

Membership is by audition only.

Accepted students can register for the Lake Erie College Wind Ensemble through FAA Customer Service by calling (440) 951-7500 x100​

Instructor: David Malinowski
for grades 1st to 6th. Will become available Fall of 2021

Individual and group sessions available both in-person and virtually.

FAA Music Faculty

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