Your child is ready for lessons!? Good! Your parental commitment to working earnestly at the piano daily - even for 5 minutes - is the secret.
WHAT TO DO: Download the Book One Suzuki Piano recording and listen to it for 2-4 weeks. Visit or 'shadow' lessons. Then your child (and you) are ready. CD or MP3 listening is an effortless experience for the child. Listening is a parent managed activity which continues 'in the background' of the daily routine throughout piano study. Tip: Children who hear the CD/MP3 a lot before visiting or shadowing lessons have sparked curiosity, and eagerly anticipate everything. Please also read- Nurtured by Love, by Dr. Suzuki. This slim book outlines the environmental aspects and philosophy of mother tongue learning.
AGE TO START: Ideally, your son or daughter is nearly 4 or older. Of course, any age is perfect to start, older beginners are welcome!
HOW LONG IS LESSON: Children start with 30 minute private lessons. Some of that time includes rhythm, gross motor and reading games away from keys.
WHAT DOES PRACTICE LOOK LIKE: Take a few minutes each day at the same time (if possible) to enjoy playing with your child what you learned together at the lesson. The routine should allow for as long as your child has a good attention. Making your home routine fun and appropriately interesting is the goal.
* Suzuki by Alfred are available via iTunes as digital downloads.
Source for Suzuki CDs and piano books. Contact Katherine for shadowing lessons.