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Our brand new Simply Group Lessons use a community-centered approach for the foundational years of instrumental instruction. Our suite of Simply Group Lesson offerings begin with Fall 2023's Simply Group Suzuki Violin.

While it is true that some students are ready to jump into one-on-one musical instruction, we are passionate about leaning into the social and emotional benefits of playing music with others. When you choose Simply Group Lessons for your student (or yourself!), you are making a commitment to their musical development that will resonate far beyond the classroom. What does this look like in practice?

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Our Simply Group Lesson suite features:

  • Weekly 45-minute lessons focused on process and building an excellent foundation.

  • Sequential curricula combining instrument instruction with musicianship. 

  • Low-pressure performance opportunities in December and June that are focused on building confidence and community.

  • An inclusive and supportive classroom where students feel safe and part of the group.


What You Get During Each Level

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Weekly 45-minute group lessons with our superstar teacher Claire 

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An engaged, supportive community of students learning music together 

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Learn proper technique, play songs you love, and move at your own pace through each class


School-year classes in various levels from Sep - Jul (see schedule below)


Learning with others in a group setting releases anti-stress hormones and keeps you relaxed and energized


Participate in our engaging  Winter and Summer Red Carpet Recitals (optional)

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Thu 4:40 - 5:25pm
45 minutes | Once a week | 11 classes per level

Level 1: Sep 7 - Nov 16
Level 2: Feb 1 - Apr 18

*No class Mar 28
Level 3: Apr 25 - Jul 15

*No classes Jun 27 & Jul 4 

Which level
should I join?

Each level is a prerequisite for the next one. However, if you have played before, give us a call to see if you should start with Level 1 or if you should be placed in a different level depending on your skill.

Simply Group Suzuki Violin: Claire Paolone


Claire is an accomplished musician with a master's degree in Viola Performance from DePaul University. She has been actively involved in various orchestras and ensembles throughout her academic journey, including DePaul's Concerto Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, and Ensemble. She also received her Bachelors in Viola Performance cum laude from Northern Illinois University. Claire has a passion for chamber music and has attended prestigious summer festivals such as Credo Music Festival and Wintergreen Performing Arts Festival. She currently plays with the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra as an assistant principal violist and has soloed Cecil Forsyth's Viola Concerto as the winner of NIU's concerto competition. She has received specialized training in the Suzuki method and has taught in the CSA Program at NIU. Outside of her musical pursuits, Claire enjoys collecting plants and cherishes quality time with her husband and dog Rambo.

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Key Benefits

√  Join weekly 45-minute classes with our dynamic Simply Group Class Instructors

√  Come to learn and meet new people along the way! Countless life-long friendships have formed through the unique social setting of a group class

√  Suzuki Violin runs in three, 11-week leveled sessions from Sep - Jul


√  Opportunities to perform in our Winter and Summer Red Carpet Events (optional)

√  All books are included in the annual $50 Registration Fee

$220.00 per Level

View our class policies

*All Simply Group Lessons meet at 13919 E. Illinois Hwy. in New Lenox.

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Register here to
secure your spot!

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Not ready to enroll?

We're happy to answer your questions!



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2023-24 Season: Group Suzuki Violin runs in three, 11-week leveled sessions.

Tuition for each Group Suzuki Violin Level is $220 per student. Our annual $50 registration fee covers the cost of any books used for class.

Upon registration, we can assist you with any instrument rental needs as necessary.

Your musical success—from start to finish—matters to us. You can start by contacting us for a free phone consultation. We’ll answer your questions, get to know you better, and help you find the instruction style that fits you best. 

If you already know what you’re looking for, go ahead and enroll directly from the schedule above. Your credit card will not be charged until you receive notification that your enrollment is confirmed.

Enroll at any time!  You don’t have to wait to begin lessons or to jump into a class. You can start when you’re ready and pause lessons if you need to. Visit our Customer Care page for more details about enrollment and payment information.

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