Parent Handbook

The Lesson

Special Features of the Lesson

  • Any child who can learn his mother tongue can learn to play an instrument, given a good musical environment, a good role model and a devoted parent
  • The child learns to play first by ear. The skills of reading music are introduced later.
  • A child may begin lessons at an early age. Dr. Suzuki says: "Ability develops from age zero"
  • Although the lessons are individual, other students and parents may be present in the studio observing the lesson. Children are motivated to learn, practice, and participate by observing others at their lessons
  • Suzuki programs include a monthly group lesson or group activities
  • The parent attends each lesson and learns how to guide the child's practice sessions at home
  • The learning process is broken down into several small steps so the child will experience success
  • Children become accustomed to playing for an audience since others observe their lessons
  • Playing from memory becomes an easily acquired skill
  • Learning of physical skills is accomplished through the senses
  • The lesson is the heart of the learning process. It is where the child learns the new skills that will enable him to move forward. It is where the skills involved in HOW to learn are developed
  • Cooperation, focus, respect, persistence and self-confidence, and piano playing skills are taught at the lessons
  • The parent's role during the lesson is to sit quietly and give their full attention. Parents are encouraged to take notes in their lesson notebook to clarify what is seen and heard. Parents are discouraged to answer for their child or prompt them during the lesson. The teacher is interested in what the child has learned. Of course, applause and enthusiasm is always welcomed when appropriate
  • Parents are encouraged to audio or video record their child's lessons. Children enjoy seeing and hearing themselves. Listening to or watching the tape once or twice during the week is like having another lesson. It also prevents any arguing as to what the teacher meant
  • If the child resists doing something, make the teacher the "villain." Show your child that it is written in the teacher's handwriting or let the CD speak for itself