What to Expect: A Brief Primer to the Suzuki Method
Dr. Shinichi Suzuki developed his method of string pedagogy in the post-WWII years in Japan. It is a popular method for starting young students on string instruments with a strong emphasis on listening, sequential repertoire, and developing relationships between the parent, teacher, and student (known as the "Suzuki Triangle"). Suzuki believed in building character through music and that every child is capable of learning.
Suzuki is a group effort! In Suzuki, the parent plays an integral part.
The parent is expected to attend and take notes at all private lessons and group classes. They are responsible for overseeing and organizing home practice.
I will help you with all of this! Parental instruction is part of tuition. Before your child begins lessons, we will have parent-only sessions that will give you a head start on the basics of playing the cello, how to take notes during lessons, ways to make practice easier, and resources to help you when you get stumped.
Every week, you and your child will attend a 30-minute private lesson in which we will go over specific exercises, games, and songs for your child to practice during the week.
Every week, we will also have a 30-minute group class in which all students at your child's level will come together to do activities, games, singing, and moving. This will reinforce the work we are doing in our private lessons. There may be additional material that we only cover in group class, so it is important to attend. It is included in your tuition.
For the remainder of the week, you will be expected to find 15-30 minutes daily to practice the material we cover in the lessons and group classes. You are also expected to do daily listening to the Suzuki reference recordings (recordings of the Suzuki repertoire that your child will be learning). You may or may not choose to practice on the day of your lesson depending on your schedule, however it can be an extremely helpful routine to help your child remember all the work they did during the week and make the most of their lesson time.
Perhaps the most important thing we can do in music (and in life) is listen. Suzuki places a strong emphasis on listening from the beginning. By listening to the reference recordings regularly and frequently, students learn to play their instrument in the same way they learn a language: listen, speak, read. Parents are often amazed at how quickly their children learn new songs if they have been listening to them- it's quite magical.
Listen can be active, in which child's primary activity is listening, or passive in which the child is doing something else and music is in the background. You can build listening into your daily routine during commutes, meals, play time, bath time, bedtime, or as part of practice time.
Weekly private lessons and group classes are all 30 minutes and are held in Elm Heights. We will work to find a mutually convenient weekly lesson time. I generally teach Sunday-Wednesday and may use Thursday and Friday for make-up and rescheduled lessons, as needed.
August: Parents Only
September: Students Start
December: (A busy and complicated month!)
June - July
Enrollment- Form of Interest
My studio currently has limited space, and is primarily available for beginning cello students.
If you have read the above sections and are interested in cello lessons, please fill out a Form of Interest.
You are also welcome to email me directly: andrea[dot]kleesattel[at]gmail[dot]com