About the Studio

Unity Performing Arts Project uses the Suzuki method of music instruction. Students attend private lessons once a week. Group lessons and recitals are scheduled throughout the year.


About the Suzuki Method:

Shinichi Suzuki was a Japanese violinist who developed his own method of instruction rooted in a philosophy of love and whole child development.

"Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens, noble human beings. If a child hears fine music from the day of his birth, and learns to play it himself, he develops sensitivity, discipline and endurance. He gets beautiful heart." –Shinichi Suzuki


Suzuki noted that children seem to learn their native language effortlessly as parents offer loving encouragement and discipline. It was from this observation that he developed his Mother-Tongue-Approach method of music instruction.


Listening is important. As children learning language listen to words and conversation, students learning by Suzuki method listen to music daily, most especially from the Suzuki repertoire.


Repetition facilitates learning. Just as children hear words repeated across various conversations and claim them for their own vocabulary, repetition is an essential aspect of the Suzuki method.


We live in Community and are encouraged by one another. Interaction and learning with other children encourage and motivate your student. Students attend regular group lessons and performances in addition to their private lessons.


Parents play an integral role in learning. Learning takes place in a positive, caring environment whereby the child is nurtured and encouraged. This environment is important not only in lessons, but at home as well. A parent attends lessons with the child, takes notes, and acts as home instructor during the week. Parent and child embark on a journey of learning together.


"An unlimited amount of ability can develop when parent and child are having fun together." -Shinichi Suzuki


About Adam Colunga

Adam Colunga was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, and began play the violin at the age of ten. He hold a BM in Violin performance from Texas State University. Adam is currently a member of the Texas State University Symphony, the Kingsville Symphony, and the Orinoco String Quartet.  He has performed with the Brazos Valley Symphony, the Corpus Christi Chamber Orchestra, and the String Ensemble at Del Mar College. In 2012, Adam participated in the Interharmony International Music Festival in Arcidosso, Italy, where he performed chamber music and in the orchestra.


Adam has held positions with the Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas, as a fifth grade strings instructor, As well as the private violin instructor at Alamo Music Center. While teaching in San Antonio many of his students auditioned into the Youth Symphonies of San Antonio. He currently is teaching with the Texas State String Project at Texas State University, teaching class and private lessons. Adam’s passion for music and teaching has drawn him to the Suzuki Method and he plans to continue his education in the coming year.




Students attend half hour private lessons once a week. Hour lessons are also available. Group lessons and recitals are scheduled throughout the year. In the case of necessity, lessons may be rescheduled with 24 hour notice. Cancellations within 24 hours of the lesson will not be rescheduled or refunded.



There is a $15 registration fee to cover insurance in the facility and administrative costs. Tuition is $900 for Semester I & II (September-May). This may be paid in full or in 9 equal Installments of $100. Monthly tuition is due before the first of the month. Tuition that is received after the first of the month will be subject to a $15 LATE FEE.


Please make all payments in The DCU Front Office. You may bring your payment to the DCU office. Payments can be made every day with the exception of Wednesday. You may also mail your payment to DCU/UPAP 119 North Main Street (First Floor) Lockhart, TX 78644. Note: If sending by mail, we must receive it before the first of the month.



It is not necessary to secure an instrument before the first lesson. Please let your instructor help you chose the proper fit for your growing child at the appropriate time. As the Suzuki method encourages parent participation, parents often learn to play the violin as their children do! Parents are welcome and encouraged to secure an instrument for their own use and practice. Should you decide to do so, please let your instructor help you chose an instrument as well.

Preparation for weekly lessons should include daily practice and listening to recordings.


Parents will facilitate and encourage listening and practice time.


It is important to have a place and time in your home free of distraction where your student can focus while he/she practices.

Please keep fingernails short and neat.


Making the Most of Your Lesson

We will focus on listening, repetition, and correct technique as well as musicianship. Lessons are centered on the idea of mutual respect and enjoyment for student, parent, and instructor. Please come to each lesson prepared and ready to learn.


You Will Need

Spiral Notebook


Suzuki Book with CD

Instrument at the appropriate time (instructor will guide you with this)


Please Bring With You to Lesson

Spiral Notebook


Suzuki Book

Instrument (box and pencil)

Foot chart

Flashcards (as we make them)


Recommended Reading

Nurtured by Love, Shinichi Suzuki

Ability Development From Age Zero, Shinichi Suzuki





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119 North Main Street 
Lockhart, TX 78644-2119 
(512) 398-9006


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