"Where love is deep, much can be accomplished"

~Shinichi Suzuki
Piano StudioTeacher Training

The Suzuki Method

What is Suzuki Method?

  • A philosophy of teaching that emphasizes development of ability and character through music.
  • Special emphasis is placed on listening and tone production as well as development of the whole child.

How is the Suzuki Method different from other piano methods?

  • Nurturing, loving and supportive teaching of the whole child
  • Children encouraged to begin at a young age
  • Attention to musicality taught from the first lesson
  • Parents attend and participate in lessons and practice
  • Every accomplishment celebrated
  • Daily listening essential to success

Who can take Suzuki piano lessons?

  • Anyone who has an acoustic piano (spinet, upright or grand) in the home
  • A electronic keyboard is not a substitute for a real piano

What are the advantages of Suzuki piano?

  • Joy in learning
  • Success built into program
  • Self confidence and self esteem
  • Beautiful performance of repertoire at any level
  • Development of ability and life tools
  • Respect for Individual learning style and character
  • Mastery of skills

Do Suzuki students learn how to read music?

  • Yes!
  • Important for any pianist
  • Introduced at age and developmental appropriateness
  • Thorough, systematic focus on mastery of note reading
  • Supplemental repertoire
  • Exploration of other musical styles

 

Suzuki Piano Lessons

When is a good time to start my child in Suzuki piano lessons?

  • Somewhere between 3 and 6 years of age is ideal
  • Parents do not need to have studied music
  • Parents attend 2 one hour introductory classes
  • Parents and child observe 2 lessons of beginning students at similar age

Do I need a piano to take lessons?

  • Yes, an acoustic piano is needed to take lessons
  • Electronic keyboards do not allow the student to learn tone quality and touch sensitivity

What is a group class?

  • Monthly class
  • Integral part of Suzuki program
  • Theory, ear-training, history in a fun group setting
  • Introduction to musical concepts not covered in lessons
  • Discussion and practice of performance etiquette
  • Performing opportunity in addition to recitals
  • Rewarding experience of piano with others
  • Development of musical community within the studio

 

Suzuki Teacher Training

What is Suzuki teacher training?

  • In-depth pedagogical study of teaching, especially of Suzuki piano repertoire
  • Thorough coverage of all elements of teaching and running a studio
  • Required hours of live observation of master teacher(s)
  • Discussion of teaching techniques and when and how to apply them
  • Opportunity to join a supportive, intelligent, up-to-date educational community

What does Suzuki teacher training offer me?

  • How to teach any child to play piano musically
  • Guidelines for teaching piano at any level
  • How to help students develop their abilities to the highest level
  • New insights into your own piano technique
  • Increased awareness of yourself as a teacher and musician
  • How to start your own teaching business and run it successfully
  • Practical pedagogy beyond that offered at the university level
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