What is Suzuki Piano?
Suzuki is a method of music learning created by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki in the mid-20th century. It is based around the “mother-tongue” approach, which is the idea that children learn to speak their native language by hearing and imitating others, and that music can be learned in a similar fashion. For a more detailed description, visit the Suzuki Association of the Americas website.
How does Suzuki differ from Traditional piano methods?
In a traditional piano method, students will usually practice reading music from the beginning of study. In Suzuki, learning pieces by ear is stressed more at the beginning and reading is delayed. This allows more time to focus on ear-training and physical technique. Also, in traditional lessons, it varies as to whether parents attend lessons, but Suzuki parents are required to attend lessons.
At what age can my child start lessons?
Children can begin Suzuki lessons earlier than they would begin traditional lessons because of the delayed reading approach. In general, the ideal age for a Suzuki student to begin lessons is 4-6 years. Younger students may start, but this should be discussed on a case-by-case basis. Older students of any age may start as well.
What is the cost?
Currently, Suzuki lessons are the same price as all other private lessons at Imagine Music and Arts. (See the Tuition page)
What is expected of Suzuki parents?
- Parents are expected to attend all lessons and be attentive, take notes, and practice consistently with their child.
- Parents should alert of the teacher of any issues or concerns regarding practice.
- Parents should ensure that their child listens to the pieces each day.
What is expected of Suzuki students?
- Students are expected to practice consistently.
- Students are expected to attend weekly group classes or theory classes (depending on level.)
- Students are expected to perform in twice-yearly recitals.
How do I begin Suzuki lessons?
Contact Director, Jennifer Walschap, if you are interested. We will set up a meeting to discuss the expectations of both the teacher and parent. We will go over the necessary ingredients that will make Suzuki lessons successful.
Before committing to Suzuki piano lessons, I ask that parents read Nurtured by Love by Shinichi Suzuki up to pg. 68, as well as observe 2 Suzuki Piano lessons. We can set these observations up at the first meeting. Finally, a Registration Fee of $25 per student will be due before the student can be registered for lessons.
Contact: Jennifer Walschap – (405) 310-5110 – ImagineMusicandArts@gmail.com