The first Suzuki School in Bentonville, NWA Suzuki School of Music opened its doors in January of 2013 under the direction of Christy Paxton. Having been a Suzuki teacher for over 20 years, and having moved to Bentonville from Joplin, MO, Christy’s vision of a Suzuki program to serve the community of Northwest Arkansas has grown to include over 100 students with four highly trained and qualified teachers in Violin, Viola, Cello, and Classical Guitar. Her desire to nurture families and develop the whole child through the study of music has set the standard for the highest quality music education to be found in the area.
Some accomplishments of students from NWA Suzuki School of Music include:
- Consistently high placement in area orchestras, including Concertmaster and Assistant Concertmaster of All-State Orchestra for the last 2 years
- Concerto and solo performances with the Fort Smith Symphony and Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA)
- Concerto Competition winners with the Ozark Festival Orchestra
- Multiple achievements in All-Region and All-State Orchestra
- Community performances by all student groups
- Participation in Summer Music Festivals across the country
The teachers at NWA Suzuki School of Music are highly trained and committed to the Suzuki Philosophy. Through weekly private lessons and group classes, parent training and involvement, high standards of personal performance and lifelong learning, and community involvement and outreach, the faculty at NWASSM are continually raising the bar for music education in the NW Arkansas Region. NWASSM is the host of the annual Suzuki Winter Workshop, which draws students from Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, and beyond, as well as Artist Faculty from all over the U.S.
Students can begin their Suzuki training as young as 2 years old, and NWASSM students range from 2 through 18. Many students continue with their music training, though a Suzuki background will prepare students for greater success in any field.