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 creative teaching 
  • Children encouraged to begin at a young age
  • Attention to musicality from the first lesson
  • Parents participate in musical development
  • Celebration of accomplishment
  • Daily listening to piano pieces

Who can take Suzuki piano lessons?

  • Anyone who has an acoustic piano or digital piano in the home

What are the advantages of Suzuki piano?

  • Joy in learning
  • Accomplishment
  • Self confidence and self esteem
  • Creativity
  • Fun
  • Development of ability and life tools
  • Respect for Individual learning style and character

Do Suzuki students learn how to read music?

  • Yes!
  • 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?

  • Any age
  • Parents attend a short introduction to Suzuki philosophy and education
  • Parents and child observe 2 lessons of students at similar age

Do I need a piano to take lessons?

  • Yes, an acoustic or higher quality digital piano is necessary

What is a group class?

  • Monthly class
  • Integral part of Suzuki program
  • Theory, ear-training, history in a fun group setting
  • Performance etiquette
  • Ongoing performance opportunity
  • Musical community of peers


Suzuki Teacher Training

What is Suzuki teacher training?

  • Extremely detailed study of elements of piano teaching
  • Thorough coverage of all elements of teaching and running a studio
  • Many observations of  and discussions of master teaching
  • Teaching tips and techniques: 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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