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The Pittsburgh Music Academy

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Our parents say it best
Why Choose PMA

Suzuki Philosophy 

The Suzuki method is really about the way the lessons are presented, not the Suzuki Method Books that can be found in most any music store. Dr. Suzuki noticed that children learn to speak their native tongue both at a high level and at a young age purely from hearing it spoken, being praised at every attempt to speak it, repeating it constantly until it is mastered, and continuing to speak the mastered words to build a vocabulary. He called this the “mother-tongue method.” All parents believe their children will learn to speak, and our teachers know that your child will learn to play an instrument. Parents are involved at home by playing music daily, learning to play a bit of the instrument themselves, and encouraging daily practice. Children will also learn from their peers through the group classes. Just as children learn to speak first and read second, reading music will come, but after basic playing skills are learned.

Great Value 

Our program is a good value for many reasons. It is a monetary value because you or your child have contact with the teacher twice per week, once privately and once with peers, for one price. Also included are all public performances, both at PMA and throughout the community. Our program is an educational value because you or your child will develop a work ethic, problem solving skills, attention to detail, physical and mental coordination, and comfort in front of an audience. All of these skills can be translated into academic work. Our program is a social value because your child will make new musical friends from around the community, and you will meet other adults with similar values. In addition, you or your child will develop a healthy way of coping with life’s many ups and downs.

Suzuki-Trained Faculty 

Every member of our faculty is a highly trained musician. In addition, we require our teachers to complete courses in the Teacher Development Program of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Those courses offer pedagogical specifics, continued understanding of the philosophy, respect among colleagues, and sharing of ideas. Also, our teachers attend conferences and teach at other programs across the country. You can learn more about the faculty by reading the bio of each one.


We feel strongly that our students should use their musical skills for the benefit of others. Our fundraising concerts have donated thousands of dollars to groups in need as well as provided musical relief from daily struggles. Some venues have included the Pittsburgh Zoo, the Pittsburgh Aviary, the earthquake victims in Haiti, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and area nursing homes.

Upcoming Events
Saturday, February 8 through Sunday, February 9 - Collaborative Piano and Concerto Workshops
Monday, August 3 through Friday, August 7 - Chamber Music Intensive Camp
Why choose PMA?

The cornerstone of our school is the conviction that every child can,with careful teaching and parental support, become a successful musician able to make music a part of his or her life. We believe music study will enrich their lives through appreciation of beauty, development of disciplined work habits, and increased self-esteem.