Almost a year ago, I was invited to teach at a Suzuki Piano activity. I taught Suzuki Piano Parents about Suzuki philosophy and gave them some practice ideas and some information on how kids learn.
I am a Suzuki Piano Teacher and I love what I do. I also love teaching parents how to make things work. In Suzuki Method the parents are very involved. They attend lessons with the children and practice at home with the children.
Suzuki Method is highly successful and is used on a variety of instruments. The method is based on the philosophy that every child can learn and patterned after the way children learn their native language. Shinichi Suzuki is the founder of the method. Suzuki Method is for all ages and it is not uncommon for children to begin lessons as young as three years old.
Suzuki was an incredible man with vision and a deep love for children and music. His philosophy involves respect, kindness, example, consistency, and many other virtues. He believed that music could change the world. If you would like to know more about Suzuki Method click here.
Teaching the class was fun for me and I had much more material than I could present in the time allotted. Some parents wanted more information and I wondered how best to share my ideas with them.
It didn’t take me long to figure out that I had a book to write. What a fun project that turned out to be. It practically wrote itself. Later I decided to add pictures, photos actually. Gathering the photos and getting photo releases was quite a process and actually took longer than writing the book.
The formatting was daunting. One of my computer-genius sons took pity on me and spent many hours formatting. The result was this beautiful and helpful book for parents. Though I wrote it with piano students in mind, I think that the information is helpful for parents of students on any instrument. In the same spirit, even though it is written with Suzuki Method in mind, a parent of a student studying traditional method will find helpful tips.
You can get this book at the Kindle Store for use on any electronic device. If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download a Kindle App for your phone, iPad, or computer. Click here to see my book. Click here to download a Kindle App.