About the School
• We are committed to the success of each student. We believe that every student is musical, and the teacher's job is to unlock that potential. This requires teaching to each student's learning style (visual, auditory, or kinesthetic), tailoring each lesson to fit the student's age and personality, and use of analogies (relating concepts to the student's personal interests).
• Equal Emphasis on Reading Skills and Listening Skills: Our school pursues two learning tracks each lesson, to ensure the student learns to "speak" and "read" fluently. For ear training and technique, we use the Suzuki Method. For reading, writing, and music-theory training, we use solfege, the Stewart Method, Artistry at the Piano, and Piano Adventures. For more information, see "Does This School Teach How to Read Music?" (The answer is a resounding, "Yes!")
• Quality Instruments and Ergonomic Seating: Our high-quality, hand-built grand pianos teach students fine touch and tone. Using adjustable seats and footstools prevents muscle stress. Two pianos are used during lessons, one for the student, and one for the teacher.
• The Parent is a vital part of the teaching team. In Suzuki music study, the Student and Teacher are only two legs of the stool. A third leg is essential, and that is the Parent. Called the Home Teacher, the parent attends lessons, takes notes, and asks questions. At home, the parent provides a music-rich, nurturing environment, ensures the availability of proper equipment, plays the music CDs daily for the child, and supports and encourages the child's practice.
No prior experience is needed for you to be the Home Teacher. You learn on-the-job by attending your child's lessons each week. The Suzuki teacher teaches the parent how to be an effective trainer for the child at each private lesson, and the weekly group lessons provide parents a chance to talk informally and share ideas. The Parent-Child relationship is always seen as most important, and the Suzuki teacher reinforces the guiding role of the parent.
For more information about being a Suzuki Parent, please see the Resources page. There are several files and links there explaining the parent's role, and what makes it both doable and rewarding.
• Less fighting over practice time! Our school uses basic psychology to empower and motivate the student to practice. First, development of listening skills and ear training helps the student more quickly understand the music, enabling practice and making the student excited about advancing to the next songs. Second, the weekly group lesson, which is for all the students to come together, motivates students to want to practice. They love seeing their friends at the group lesson, and they quickly learn to love sharing the pieces they are working on with each other, even before the pieces are perfected.
• Group activities and low-stress performance opportunities teach social-piano skills and self-presentation skills. Participation in regional Master Classes encourages student camaraderie and gives students access to renowned teachers from Japan, California, Florida, and New York.