Suzuki Piano

"I want to make good citizens.  If a child hears fine music from the day of his birth and learns to play it himself, he develops sensitivity, discipline, and endurance.  He gets a beautiful heart."  --Shin'ichi Suzuki

Shin'ichi Suzuki originally developed his method for violin in Japan.  He wanted to bring beauty to children of a war torn country.  He felt that if children listened to the music continually, they could learn to play it with ease.  His method quickly spread throughout the world and was adapted to many other instruments.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why did you choose Suzuki?
At age two, my daughter was diagnosed with an auditory processing disorder.  Her speech was quite delayed, but she loved music. I felt that the Suzuki Method would help the processing portion of her brain.  If she could distinguish musical notes and play them, she might be able to hear and distinguish other auditory sounds as well and speak.  She started taking lessons at 3 1/2.

How is it different than traditional method?
  • Students listen to a recording of the songs everyday: this creates the scaffolding they need when it is time to learn the piece.  During lessons, they learn by ear.  Emily's teacher plays a copycat game: she plays four notes, then Emily will copy and play the notes.  
  • Students also keep their songs.  My boys take "traditional" piano, once they have passed off a song, they no longer play it.  Emily continues to play her first song, "Honeybee."    
  • Parents are heavily involved--they become the teacher during practice sessions.  
  • Emily takes two lesson a week: individual and a group lesson.
  • They focus on technique: Emily has beautiful hand positions, and her tone and touch become better all the time.

Why did you choose piano?
  1. We had a piano.
  2. I can play and read piano music.
  3. I don't like violin music--it hurts my ears.

What do you do during practice? 
We play games, learn new songs, spend time together!  We bow before and after each practice. I have learned, with Emily, I need to push her on the swing, wrestle with her, run around before we play piano.

Here are some of the games we play:

Bread and Cheese

Lightly Row

Twinkle Rhythms

Cheez-it Game

Minifigure Game

Phase Ten Dice

Pick a Shape-Play a Piece

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