Edie Bennett has taught Suzuki Method violin lessons for more than thirty five years, and specializes in teaching young kids. Her students selection in age from 2 to adult. Edie is a certified teacher with a Masters Degree. During her many trips to Japan, she has trained extensively with Shinichi Suzuki, the founder of the Suzuki Method. Please email or call with your questions or to set a free appointment.


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  City Portland, OR
  Zip Code 97219
  Address 1633 Southwest Custer Str
  Phone Number (503) 246-9945

  • I would not recommend this business

I scheduled an initial meeting for my 3-year-old with the intention to beginning private violin lessons. She teaches out of her home, and when we arrived 5 minutes early, we had to wait while she ate cereal. Then, she did not seem very experienced with young children, and did not interact well with my child. He cried when she took the violin out of his hands, and then ignored him when another student arrived. During the lesson, she said she'd contact me shortly afterwards to set up my son's next lesson, but when he started crying she ignored him and did not even acknowledge us when we left. Despite all this, I hoped to try again, knowing that my son was very excited to learn. We rented a violin, as she had instructed. Since then, she has never responded to my messages. Not very professional.

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From Our Website

The Bennett Suzuki Violin Studio of Portland is the perfect place to discover and cultivate your natural musical ability in a warm and nurturing environment. Suzuki was always developing new ideas and techniques to keep his teaching fresh and relevant. I look for creative ways to present the "building blocks" of the Suzuki Method, and tailor the lessons to fit each situation. My focus on praise and positive encouragement comes directly from Dr. Suzuki's teaching, modeling, and inspiration. Musical ability is not an inborn talent, but an ability which can be developed.


Most families buy or rent violins from a violin shop. Violins are available from full size all the way down to 1/32 size. At the free initial appointment Edie can recommend the appropriate violin size for you and/or your child. If you are considering buying a violin, you can ask what their policy is as you trade up through the various sizes. If you plan to rent, be sure to find out how much rent applies to purchase. You can get the CD "Suzuki Violin School, Volume 1" (revised edition preferred/William Preucil violinist) either before you start lessons, or when you begin.