Equipment & Supplies

Thank you for taking your first steps to enrolling in Densmore Piano Studio's Suzuki program. Once you have all the required equipment and supplies, your child can begin to receive instruction at the piano. Having the items on this list will ensure your child’s success at lessons and at practice sessions at home. 


High Quality Acoustic Piano

Beginners need the very best quality piano possible! You want a piano that will inspire your child to go to the piano daily and that will help maintain their interest in playing. Your child will initially be learning to play songs by ear, which means they will want to imitate what they hear on the Suzuki recording. A good piano that’s in tune and working properly will reward your child’s attempts with the best feedback possible and encourage them to keep playing!

An electronic keyboard is not suitable.


Lots of listening is essential to your child's success. 

Your child needs to hear the Book 1 CD in order to learn to play the songs by ear. 

Be sure to purchase the CD separately—not with the book. You need to get the Suzuki Piano Volume 1 CD by Haruko Kataoka.


The Suzuki Piano Book helps the parent to follow the teacher's instructions for practice at home. Although we will often refer to the book at lessons, your child will not be learning to read music with this book and will not use the book to learn how to play the songs.

Be sure to purchase the Suzuki Piano Book Volume 1 without the CD.


Adjustable Bench and Footstool

It is important that your child be seated at the correct height, with their feet supported, in order to have good posture at the piano. Correct seating is critical for good playing.

About purchasing adjustable bench and footstool


"Nurtured by Love" by Shinichi Suzuki

Read this book to learn about Dr. Suzuki's life and how he developed the Suzuki philosophy and method of learning.