Steps to Suzuki Piano Lessons
Read as much as you can about the Suzuki method, ask questions, talk to people. Be prepared for a completely different approach from anything you have encountered in traditional teaching.
Observations and initial contact
Every family must undertake a period of regular observation, this is usually for a term, sometimes for longer depending on the child.
Interested families are invited to attend twice monthly group classes with children of a similar age who have started lessons or will be starting them soon.
Listening and creating a positive home environment
Buy the book one CD and develop a habit of listening to it daily, at least once and ideally more than once. Iti takes about a thousand listenings to master book one.
Setting aside time with your child
Before lessons begin, start to develop the habit of practising, set aside twenty minutes a day where you are one on one with your child, do a puzzle, play a game, do some music theory or just sit in the garden together and talk. We can develop the habit of setting aside time without the actual instrument, and when lessons begin this turns into music time, but you already know you have the time to commit to practising before you start.
Parents have to learn to play book one! Especially if you've played piano before: come along to some lessons so we can talk about technique as applied to children (it will be very different from anything you've encountered in the past!) and address any individual questions which arise.
Equipment and resources
an adjustable piano stool
a foot stool
a player for the music
Suzuki book one book and CD, or downloaded/streamed music.
Finally, after observation, group classes, parent lessons, reading, listening, your child is rearing to go and we start lessons with two twenty minute sessions per week, this later evolves into one forty five minute lesson when the child is approaching the end of book one.