SMA of Michigan

Suzuki Music Academy of Michigan is the new face of Suzuki Royal Oak Institute of Music. We are continuing the community music school founded in 1991 by its current Executive Director, Mark Mutter. The Academy has grown to become the premier center for instrumental music education in the Metro-Detroit area, providing instruction on violinviolacelloclassical guitar, and piano.

Covid-19 Update

We have been carefully monitoring the news and the latest recommendations from both public health experts and the State of Michigan. As of March 1st we will begin moving to a hybrid format with some members of our faculty offering in-person private lessons while others will continue only offering online lessons. Group classes will continue to remain online only at this time. This is done to protect our students, families, and faculty with compromised immune systems.

An Overview of Our Program


4 Recitals – Two solo and two group recitals a year with additional seasonal performance opportunities.

Private Lessons

36 Private Lessons – One on one with some of the finest teachers in Metro Detroit.

Group Classes

32 Group Classes – Carefully programmed and themed instrument specific group classes throughout the year that inspire growth and foster a strong community.


5 Different Ensembles – From ensemble playing to note reading, students have a place to connect and flourish.

Music Theory

2 Music Theory Courses – Covering the basics of note reading, ear training, and chord structures.

What families say about our program:

Before deciding on the school, we looked at other music schools in the area but we’re shocked at the stark differences, it was obvious from the beginning they did not provide such a unique and individualized approach to music as SRO.

Lindsay Ludtke, parent of an SRO Student

The method and philosophy of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki is alive and active at this school. SRO continues to produce accomplished musicians with noble hearts.

Debbie Johnson, parent of an SRO Student

Interested in our program?