The Suzuki Method

"More than fifty years ago, Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki realized the implications of the fact that children the world over learn to speak their native language with ease.  He began to apply the basic principles of language acquisition to the learning of music, and called his method the mother-tongue approach.  The ideas of parent responsibility, loving encouragement, constant repetition, etc., are some of the special features of the Suzuki approach."  -Suzuki Association of the Americas

The Suzuki method is a unique method geared toward young beginners.  It differs from traditional methods in that it fosters a musical, nurturing relationship between the child, parent, and teacher.  Students learn to play well-known folk songs right away by ear .  The method builds a solid foundation for learning more advanced classical repertoire and developing the musical ear.  As a pianist, I also value the importance of reading music and begin putting an emphasis on reading early on in lessons.  Because of this, students can have a sense of accomplishment from the pieces they learn by ear, while also focusing on reading exercises, which will enable them to be well-rounded pianists in the future. 

I teach the Suzuki Method because I believe it is a natural and rewarding way to introduce music to students at a young age.  It provides them with the opportunity to play pieces that would not normally be attainable by a beginner and allows them to develop musically, while learning valuable life skills such as practice, time management, and responsibility.  Additionally, I believe that involving the parent in the teaching process is very beneficial to the child's learning and aids them in developing these life skills at a young age, while also providing for a unique experience and relationship between parent, teacher, and child.