How To Begin
The first step is to come to the studio and meet the teacher and observe lessons for at least a month or more. Children are extremely motivated by watching their peers.
Buy the Suzuki book one and disc(Kataoka performs) and begin listening. It is a good idea to purchase a recording device that can play continuously. It doesn't have to be loud, or even constantly in the same room. Think about how a baby absorbs language.
Buy the best acoustic piano you can afford. Electronic pianos are not acceptable. It is impossible to teach a student to play with a personal and beautiful tone when they are practicing on an instrument that has a prerecorded piano sound.
Obtain an adjustable chair and footstool. This allows the child to be balanced in a proper position as he or she grows.
To learn more about the Suzuki method read "Nurtured by Love" by Shinichi Suzuki and visit the Piano Basics website and read "How to Teach Beginners."
Preschool Age Class
This class is intended for preschool age children whose parents desire a gradual introduction to individual piano study.
For those who may not be sure they are ready for their own lessons, this class affords the opportunity for both teacher and parents to observe readiness as it develops naturally in a group setting. The classes will remain small, with parental involvement.
Group Theory Class
Lessons begin with the elements of music study separated i.e., training the body, fine tuning the ear, learning the signs and symbols of music notation. As study commences, the parts meld together smoothly and naturally. This order of learning is very easy for students. Imagine trying to teach a child to read a book in a language they don't speak.
Parents are expected to attend all lessons, take notes and help the child at home during practice. Parental help is eventually fazed out when the student is ready.
Group theory classes are every other week and are included in the lesson price. There are many opportunities to perform in recitals.
Lessons are available during the day as well as after school. Typically the turn-over rate in a Suzuki studio is very small. Most students, once they start, stick with lessons for at least 10 years. There are no auditions, only a willingness on the parent's part to provide a learning environment for their child.
All materials mentioned can be purchased through Youngmusicians.com
An Early Start