If you are interested in lessons, please follow these steps:
1) Learn about the Suzuki Philosophy.
The best way to learn about this child-centered approach to making is to read "Nurtured by Love" by Shinichi Suzuki. A quick read, this book outlines how a child can naturally and joyfully learn music with the loving support of parents and the gentle guidance of a teacher.
2) Observe four lessons.
The best way to determine whether the student is a good fit is to observe actual lessons. Observing lessons also allows the the student and parents to understand what happens during lessons, understand better the process of learning an instrument, and learn about the Suzuki philosophy and studio programs. Students who observe lessons also tend to be more comfortable with teacher and studio's environment, usually gaining excitement for their upcoming lessons.
- Observation 1 is for the parent only.
- Observations 2, 3, 4 are for both the parent and child.
3) Acquire a high-quality instrument.
You must have an acoustic instrument. Please purchase the highest quality instrument your family can afford. The better the instrument, the easier it will be to create beautiful sounds.
- Piano: Pianos may be rented or purchased. An acoustic piano sensitizes the
student's ears and fingers to create beautiful sounds from the very beginning. Pianos
must be tuned every 6-12 months. Please read the piano page for more information.
- 'Ukulele: There are several good, inexpensive options. Generally, an 'ukulele that costs less than $70 will be difficult to play, go out of tune easily, and have a short lifespan. Please read the 'ukulele page for more information.
4) Attend Parent Education Classes.
In these 2 classes (45 minutes each), you will learn how to make music lessons and practicing at home successful. Once the 4 lessons are observed, arrange to have these classes with Barbie. Please inquire about the cost of the parent education classes.
5) Listen to music.
Since music is a language and the best way to learn a language is to be immersed in it, it is important for all music students to listen to a lot of music. In order to fully absorb the language of music, students must listen to the repertoire they will learn.
- Piano: Listen to the Suzuki Piano School Book 1 (International Edition) CD daily for at
least one month before the start of lessons.
- 'Ukulele: Listen to the Ukulele in the Classroom CD daily for at least one month before the start of lessons.
In addition, expose your child to a variety of music--recorded and live. Watching others make music really inspires children to make music on their own. Take them to concerts and other live performances.
6) Be prepared to attend lessons with your child and make time to practice daily with your child. Being present at the lesson allows the parent to fully understand how to help with practicing at home. One parent must attend the weekly lesson so that music-making will be successful.
7) Read the guidelines for current students and agree to abide by them.
For information regarding studio guidelines, programs, calendar, video tutorials and more, please visit this page.