Students and Parents
Parents are expected to put on the recording daily. (Estimated
time: 30 seconds) The whole recording should be played at least once a
day. The CD/tape player should be set to automatically repeat the songs
the child is learning for 3 or more hours a day.
Other kinds of music, especially
classical, can be included in the listening. This
helps to train the ear of the student so they can learn to play in tune.
The goal is to create an
environment filled with the language of music, so the child will
understand this language, and play fluently.
Busy families put copies of the
recording in the living room, child's bedroom, the car, in the portable
CD/tape player, etc. Listening can also be done at night, or while doing
||Suzuki noticed that when people speak their native language,
they speak their earliest words ("mama", "daddy") often, and they speak
their advanced words.
student plays his/her review pieces daily and then works on the
latest piece. This creates a student who plays their instrument
|| Students are
expected to attend group lessons weekly. We review pieces, practice note-reading, play harmonies, learn to play with other people, and
have fun in group lessons. We also play the latest piece the student has
learned -- this helps to re-enforce their ability to play that piece. It is a support system for learning and a
place to have friends who enjoy having the same opportunities to learn.
||When it is necessary for
a student to miss a private lesson, the parent/student should notify me
as soon as possible. There are no refunds for
|Year Round Study
|| Students are
encouraged to study year-round, even though summer attendance may be
sporadic. A student who takes lessons when s/he is in town will be ready
to move ahead in the Suzuki literature in September. A student who takes
two months off will need two months to get back to where they were
before they left. Often then it is time to study holiday music and they
do not move ahead in the literature until January. This can be
discouraging for the student.
|| Students are encouraged to take advantage of
further opportunities for study.
State Convention. This happens yearly in October in Ellenberg. I will
notify students at the appropriate time.
Institutes. I will receive mailings and notify students. It is a
good idea to join the SAA and receive the Suzuki journal, which has all
the institutes listed.
The combination of
the daily repetition of their songs,
creates beautifully fluent Suzuki players.