TRADITIONAL & SUZUKI INSTRUCTION METHODS
Traditional Method Instruction
There are many methods
The traditional approach is best suited to adults and children over the age of five who have already begun to read words. Parent/guardian participation in a child’s lesson, though desirable, is optional with the traditional method of instruction.
Suzuki Method Instruction
The Suzuki Method of instruction is available for piano, violin, viola, cello, string bass
HERE ARE SOME HALLMARKS OF THE SUZUKI METHOD:
- The method is based on the way children learn their native language—by listening and imitating. Pieces are learned by ear (without reading music) and played from memory; note reading is incorporated later on in the child’s training.
- Parent, teacher and child are all active participants in the learning process. Parents must be willing to learn the instruction method and make a commitment to attend lessons, group classes and performances. Parents are also required to participate in at-home practice.
- The curriculum uses a common repertoire which is organized by books of advancing levels.
- In addition to individual, partner or group lessons, Suzuki students are required to attend a weekly repertoire class. The purpose of this class is to review and reinforce pieces learned in lessons while developing musicality and ensemble playing skills, often using games to highlight important technical points and encourage music reading.