Lessons at all levels use the Suzuki Piano Repertoire to teach technique, tone production, musicality and performance. Supplementary materials are used at lessons, at home, and in group classes to ensure students develop strong reading skills.
Students begin by listening daily to the Suzuki Piano Volume 1 recording at home to become familiar with the songs they will be learning to play by ear.
Lessons combine individual instruction at the piano with observation of other students' lessons. While your child is learning to play songs by ear, lessons and practice will focus on building a foundation of musical and technical skills, cultivating listening skills, and building increasing levels of focus and concentration. Additionally, you and your child will be learning effective practice strategies and forming good practice habits.
Even though your child will not use the printed music to learn the songs in Suzuki Book 1, they will be learning to read! A lesson book and additional reading materials will be selected for your child, and each lesson and home practice session will include activities to build reading skills.
All students attend regularly scheduled group classes once or twice per month (depending on grade level) in addition to their weekly lessons. Group classes incorporate movement, games, and collaborative activities to teach musical concepts and skills. Group Classes boost motivation, increase self-confidence, and accelerate progress by providing:
Socialization and mentoring with a piano peer group
Development of performance skills
Additional exposure to the repertoire
Experience playing music with others
Introduction to and practice with note reading