About Us

The Suzuki Music School of Lincoln Park offers a success-oriented, step-by-step approach to learning a musical instrument through the Suzuki method.

Our school has provided quality music instruction since 1978. We are located inside the Parish Center of St. Michael in Old Town in Lincoln Park. We encourage a positive, non-competitive environment in which student, parent, and teacher may work together and enjoy the wonders of music.

For the youngest children (18 months to 5 years), we offer Kindermusik® classes. For children ages 4 1/2 and older, we offer Suzuki instruction on cello, piano and violin.

The Suzuki Music School presents solo recitals and other performance opportunities throughout the year. In addition, students perform at special events such as our Halloween (“Spooky Group”) and Holiday parties. 



Janet Janz Cello/Kindermusik

Jan is the owner/director of the Suzuki Music School of Lincoln Park and teaches cello and Kindermusik. She is also on faculty at the Merit School of Music where she teaches cello, a Pre-Kindergarten music class, and directs the Stradivarius Strings Orchestra. Jan holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from DePaul University.

In addition, she has taken Suzuki teacher training for Cello Books 1-10, and has taken the courses Every Child Can, Suzuki Principles in Action (SPA), and the Cello Practicum. She currently studies with Dr. Tanya Carey. Jan has been a judge for Sherwood Community Music School’s String Fest and the Chinese Fine Arts Society Music Festival. Jan has performed with the Chicago City Wide Symphony Orchestra, the Lake Shore Symphony Orchestra, and is currently the principal cellist with the Lakeview Orchestra. She also performs as a soloist and chamber music musician around the Chicago area.

Nina Saito Violin

Nina is an enthusiastic Suzuki violin teacher.  She is registered through Book 7, having studied with Nancy Jackson and Edward Kreitman.  Nina also studied with Mimi Zweig at her summer institute at Indiana University.  She teaches at the Suzuki Music School of Lincoln Park as well as privately.

Nina has performed throughout the country touring as a member of the New York City Opera National Company and Western Opera Theater (San Francisco).  She formerly played with the Sarasota Opera and with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida.  Nina has played many summer festivals including the AIMS Orchestra in Graz, Austria and the Spoleto Festival both in Spoleto, Italy and Charleston, SC.  She is an active freelancer in the Chicago-area.  Some of the groups with which she plays include Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Light Opera Works and New Philharmonic Orchestra. Nina was invited to perform a solo at Preston Bradley Hall with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra.  She received her BM from Northwestern University and her MM from the University of Houston. 

Cynthia Papierniak Piano

Cynthia has taught at SMSLP since 1987. She earned a B.A. in Music Education from Montclair State College, NJ, and an M.S. in Biology from IIT. She spent two years in the Navy and twenty-three years as a medical research technician at Michael Reese and Rush hospitals. She has studied Suzuki pedagogy through Book VII having studied with Yasko Joichi, Carole Bigler, and Valery-Lloyd Watts. She also teaches in her home studio in Oak Park. Cynthia is a member of CAMTA, National Guild of Piano Teachers, and SAA. Her husband, Michael, plays the French horn, and her daughter (an SMS alumna) teaches violin in Baltimore. She is the pianist at her church and is a student of Dr. Michael Fritsch of Wheaton. Cynthia is an amateur composer.

Linda Veleckis Violin, Piano

A dedicated teacher, Linda Veleckis teaches violin & piano at the Suzuki Music School of Lincoln Park and serves as Director of Orchestras in Orland Park, Illinois, where she conducts four orchestras serving over 200 young musicians. Her private studio in Chicago focuses on developing strong technical foundation and preparing students for competitions and auditions. 

Linda has performed as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician throughout the United States and Europe. Orchestrally, she has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta, Elgin Symphony, New Philharmonic and currently serves as principal second violin with both the Illinois Philharmonic and Heartland Festival Orchestras.

Her dedication to the musical life extends beyond the concert stage and teaching studio: Linda has served as Executive Director of several orchestras and is in demand as a consultant for symphonic organizations.  Her doctoral dissertation, “Beyond the Podium: the Leadership Traits of Symphony Orchestra Conductors” is often cited as the first study of conductor viewed through the lens of organizational behavior. She has presented papers at the national conferences of the Organization Development Institute and the American String Teachers Association (ASTA).

Sarah Lane Piano

Sarah is an energetic and committed Suzuki piano teacher, with a desire to reach every child with the joys of classical music. Born in Colombia and raised in upstate New York, She took Suzuki lessons with two excellent piano teachers who inspired and motivated her. At the age of ten, Sarah realized that someday, she too would like to be a Suzuki piano teacher. 

Sarah completed her Bachelor of Arts in Ethnomusicology with a piano emphasis in Chicago, Illinois. She took her "Every Child Can" course in Illinois with Dr. Tanya Carey, and received her Suzuki book training at Holy Names University in Oakland, CA, studying under Caroline Fraser. She is passionate about using the Suzuki Method to educate the next generation of classically trained musicians. Sarah is a member of CAMTA, the CSO Latino Alliance, and the Suzuki Association of the Americas.