The Suzuki Approach 

Suzuki parents learn alongside the children, unlike conventional piano methods. Learn more about how it works here

 
 
Bobbie and Susan

mother tongue

From moment life begins, the child constantly hears language and usually music. Babies and toddlers surrounded by language have a unique capacity to learn to speak (and make music) at this early stage. Nearly every child learns his or her native language; with guidance, music skills can also develop "effortlessly". Q? Why do children in China speak Chinese so fluently? Knowing the tones and adjusting for meaning? Why do children in Russia speak Russian fluently? A. The child is surrounded by fluent speakers!

The mother tongue theory shows us that a child is learning language effortlessly by being born into the environment where people are talking to her.  We never think of ‘coercion’ to teach language. For example, when the baby says: “itty, itty, itty! The mother knows this is certainly, “Kitty, Kitty, kitty!” We don’t tell a toddler, No! wrong! It is Kitty! We merely repeat it correctly and say yes! right, Kitty! Guiding and repeating the sounds positively.

 
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Unconscious competence 

By playing the Book 1 CD/recordings daily in the background of family life, the child hears and absorbs the melodies, the rhythm, beat and dynamics of the pieces.  After a few weeks of listening, she is ready to begin lessons with a guaranteed possibility of success: she unconsciously knows very well how the music should sound.  At the keyboard, the teacher helps the child and parent to create a beautiful sound. Continued listening to the entire repertoire makes more advanced skills easy.  Hearing and listening are natural abilities of all children.

 
All children play duets

All children play duets

every child can

All parents just want what is best for their child. Parents will speak to, read to, play with and nourish their children. Music falls into each of these categories.  All children are capable of making beautiful music.

 
Harpsichord fun!

Harpsichord fun!

parent commitment 

The parent and student learn alongside one another. Unlike traditional piano lessons, the parent learns the entire Book One alongside the child. This ‘baked in” parental effort helps the child “catch everything” in the lessons and helps foster extra focus for practice while playing at home.