Suzuki Method Piano Class
The Basic Principles of the Suzuki Method based on the Mother Tongue Approach inspired by the fact that children so effortlessly learn to speak their native tongue. Prompted and encouraged by the parents’ love and the family environment, the child responds and develops this most difficult of skills, that of intelligible speech.
When a child learns to speak, the following factors are at work:
- Step-by-step mastery
- Parental Involvement
The important elements of the Suzuki approach to instrumental teaching include the following:
An early start (aged 3-4 is normal in most countries)
The importance of listening to music
Children learn to speak by listening and imitating the spoken language they hear around them. In Suzuki teaching, much emphasis is placed on daily listening to recordings of the Suzuki repertoire, as well as music in general. The more frequently the students listen to the recordings, the more easily they learn to play.
Constant listening to music performed with beautiful tone provides children with a role model for their playing. In the lessons, the production of fine tone and sensitive playing is stressed from the beginning.
Learning to play before learning to read
The involvement of the parent
Parents play a crucial role in Suzuki. Learning takes place in an environment of co-operation between teacher, parent and child. The parent’s role includes attending each lesson with the student, taking notes and then guiding them through their practice at home – they become the ‘home teacher’.
Parents also need to play the recordings daily, help to create an environment of affection, support, encouragement and understanding, and also attend workshops, concerts, group lessons, graduations and Autumn Festivals with their child.
A nurturing and positive learning environment
A positive, nurturing environment is created in the lesson and is also essential at home. Parents need to ensure that all members of the family understand this. Children learn enthusiastically when they are supported with sincere praise and encouragement. They learn to recognise one another’s achievements, creating an environment of co-operation.
A high standard of teaching by trained teachers.
Integrating the music reading program with the Suzuki repertoire is vital to the child’s musical development.
The importance of producing a good sound in a balanced and natural way
Individual and Group Activities
One of Suzuki’s major contributions to music education is the unique order of the repertoire. Each carefully chosen piece becomes a building block for future learning. Technique, musicianship and style are developed through the study and repetition of these pieces.
Each instrument has its own repertoire. This provides familiarity and hence excellent motivation to progress. Through the common repertoire within each instrument, children have a bond with Suzuki students world-wide.
30mins/session – RM105.00/month
45mins/session – RM157.50/month
60mins/session – RM210.00/month
Fees are collected in termly basic. One Time Family Registration Fee RM150.
Every family member will get 1 free trial session (30min) for every new course.
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