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Welcome to Lakewood Suzuki Strings! 

At Lakewood Suzuki Strings, we offer engaging violin and viola instruction for children ages 3 and up with highly qualified and passionate teachers. Through private lessons, group classes, and performances, your child is set up for success and you, the parent,  get support every step of the way! 

Why Choose Lakewood  Suzuki Strings?

Violin lessons in Cleveland Ohio for preschool age kids.

Lifelong Skills

Our comprehensive educational experience cultivates your child's confidence, discipline, and self-esteem — important skills that they will rely on throughout their lifetime. We help your family craft a musical experience that sets your child up for success in music and beyond.

Preschool Music Classes near me in Cleveland Ohio build children's confidence and love for music.

Exceptional Teaching

Our faculty are professional musicians who have devoted their lives to the project of high quality music education for young children. We have advanced performance degrees from prestigious conservatories such as the Cleveland Institute of Music and Oberlin Conservatory, as well as extensive training with the best instructors from the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

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More Than Lessons

At Lakewood Suzuki Strings, we believe your child’s key to success is in their village. A musical education occurs in private lessons, but also in your child’s home practice, daily listening, learning with other children, and being in community with other families! Our program offers all of this and more — through lessons, group classes, parent discussions, regular performances and community events.

Who We Are

Hello! We are Micaela Murphy and Clara Engen, and together we run Lakewood Suzuki Strings. We are both professional musicians and active performers with Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, and Bard College.

Our love of teaching and passion for music has led us to dedicate our careers to quality musical education for young children in the West Cleveland area.

We are registered Suzuki teachers trained through the Suzuki Association of the Americasspecializing in violin and viola lessons for students ages 3 and up.

Suzuki Teachers in Cleveland Ohio. Micaela Murphy, Viola, and Clara Engen, violin.
What Parents are Saying:

“If you're looking for violin lessons that go beyond the ordinary, I highly recommend Lakewood Suzuki Strings. From day one, it has been an incredible musical journey filled with passion, guidance, and growth. My daughter feels very comfortable with Clara and Micaela and looks forward to her lessons. The teaching style is supportive, encouraging, and always focused on fostering a strong foundation while nurturing creativity and musical expression. The sense of community and camaraderie is remarkable, with opportunities for performances."

Meghan, Parent

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How old does my child have to be to join?
    Children may start as young as 3 years old! Starting an instrument has less to do with age and more with your child's individual personality and needs. To find out if your child is ready to take on an instrument, contact us today to set up a free phone consultation at
  • When can I start?
    Enroll at any time - our doors are always open! Depending on lesson availability, we are happy to get you and and your child started whenever you're ready. Contact us at for more information.
  • Does my child need previous musical experience?
    Not at all! No musical experience is necessary to begin in the LSS program. All you need is excitement and willingness to learn!
  • Where are you located?
    Lakewood Suzuki Strings is located in several locations across Lakewood, Ohio. We are conveniently located on the west side of Cleveland, Ohio where your child can receive viola or violin lessons outside Cleveland.
  • Do you offer classes for homeschool students?
    Yes! Lakewood Suzuki Strings offers homeschool classes in Northeast Ohio. The Suzuki Method is favored among homeschool families because of the emphasis on parent and child relationships, and because of the social component offered in weekly group classes. Click HERE for more info on what we offer homeschool families.
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