Welcome to Suzuki Violins of Upstate NY

What is Suzuki Violins of Upstate NY?

A Suzuki Violin Program for Anyone and Everyone

"Every child can." It is the foundation of Shinichi Suzuki's Talent Education Method. Suzuki observed that every child naturally learns their native language, without a textbook. Exposure and daily repetition in a nurturing environment allow a child to gradually become an expert. Practice makes something that was once difficult easy, giving your child confidence to progress to the next level.

At Suzuki Violins of Upstate NY, we have implemented a program designed to cultivate musicianship while educating the whole person. The different parts of this program, when combined with loving encouragement and parental responsibility, create an opportunity for children to become beautiful musicians while becoming beautiful people. 

COVID-19 Update, August 2021:
  • Some offerings of the Suzuki Violin Program (such as group classes and public performances) may be unavailable or virtual in 2021-2022 due to the constantly changing situation with COVID-19 and the delta variant. We will continue to evaluate how to resume these options safely and adhere to all CDC and NY state guidelines.

  • Private lessons will continue to be available at Niskayuna Reformed Church for students who wish to learn in-person. Masks will be mandatory unless proof of vaccination is provided. We reserve the right to require masks as our local positivity rates fluctuate and will adhere to CDC guidelines. For more information about safety measures we are taking, send us an email. 



  • For those who prefer no-contact lessons at this time, individual lessons will be available via private Zoom link.

Space for in-person and remote lessons is limited.

Key Program Features


Individual Lessons

Personalized Instruction

Every student has different needs, learning styles, and motivations. Developing a solid foundation is essential to creating beautiful music. Private instruction from an attentive, qualified teacher is the surest way to develop violin technique that allows students to reach their full potential.

Group Classes

Making Music Together

Group classes provide an opportunity to reinforce what students learn during lessons in a safe, supportive environment. Be inspired and motivated by fellow students. Develop sensitivity to others. Learn how to lead, and how to follow. Playing music together creates connection, increases confidence, and it's just plain fun!


Music in Our Community

Recitals are the perfect time to share your music with friends, family, and the community. Show your progress, support your fellow students, and treat the audience to live music.  Performances are free and open to the public.  Some special events bring live music directly to those who may be confined and normally unable to enjoy a concert in person.


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Meet the Faculty

"I knew that I loved working one-on-one with students from the very first violin lesson I taught. I am a Suzuki-certified teacher, with a Master's degree in Violin Performance. My students have ranged in skill level from absolute beginners to college-level musicians. I have experience working with young children and students with special needs. I love what I do." - Julia Thomsen

Julia Thomsen

Violinist, Director of Suzuki Violins of Upstate NY

Julia Thomsen's skill as a violinist is a direct result of the Suzuki Method. Her parents enrolled her in Suzuki violin lessons at the age of six, which enabled her to pursue a musical career. She is a five-time recipient of Sunriver Music Festival's Young Artist Scholarship. She earned a Master of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she served as teaching assistant in the violin studio of Professor Elizabeth Chang and as a member of the university’s string quartet-in-residence. During her career, she has performed in chamber ensembles, orchestras, and operas throughout the United States, including Oregon, Ohio, Michigan, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York. In 2007, Mrs. Thomsen discovered her love for teaching as well as performing, and has pursued teaching ever since. She apprenticed with Suzuki teacher-trainer Martha Shackford in the summer of 2009 and completed Suzuki Violin Units 1-3. Her passion for teaching violin is what led her to open her own studio in Schenectady, NY.

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Now Enrolling Fall 2021

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Mailing Address:
1113 Dunnsville Road
Schenectady, NY 12306

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All in-person lessons are held at:

Niskayuna Reformed Church

3041 Troy Schenectady Rd 

Niskayuna, NY 12309