Students (ages 3 and up) have individual piano lessons, and may attend regular group lessons and have the opportunity to play in solo concerts and holiday workshops and festivals
The piano is a very popular instrument world-wide. It offers a wealth of music written by some of the world’s great composers. The performer enjoys playing the ‘whole music’, complete with melody, accompaniment, harmony, different textures and colouristic effects. Suzuki Music piano teachers are highly trained and skilled, and offer the very best learning opportunities for children from the age of 3.
Suzuki Music has a large community of piano teachers, students and families. There are many opportunities for the pianists to share their music together through regular concerts, Graduation Celebrations, Piano Play-a-Thon and workshops such as the Annual Festival and Piano Project activities.
There are 7 published books of Suzuki Piano repertoire, and there are further pieces listed for Suzuki Graduations beyond those books. The repertoire has been carefully chosen to accommodate very small hands as well as larger hands on a regular piano.
Suzuki piano repertoire begins with folk songs learned hands-separately and grows through hands-together playing into music from master composers such as Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Grieg and Bartok, among many others.
At every stage a careful and individualised approach to step-by-step learning helps the student develop good tone, fluency, and wide expressive capabilities.
Our student graduates include those who’ve pursued diverse careers in music alongside countless others who carry a deeply fulfilling musical ability and significant personal development into their adult lives.
Suzuki Piano teachers are supported in their ongoing learning by taking part in regular professional teacher training programs and workshops.
Purchasing an Instrument
It is important to have an acoustic piano (with hammers and strings) for home practice. Electronic instruments do not have the “heart and soul” of a piano, and as the Suzuki method is an aural approach which focuses on producing excellent tone from the very beginning, it is essential to have a good quality instrument.
It is not possible to achieve beautiful tone, a full range of tonal colours, phrase shaping, different lengths of staccato, and fine balance of hands on an electronic instrument. Acoustic pianos have dampers and a specially weighted key action that is very different from an electronic keyboard.
If you already own a piano, you should have its condition checked by a professional tuner. It is very important that the mechanism is in good working order, and that the piano can be tuned and maintained at the correct concert pitch. Students will also need to have an adjustable piano stool and footstools so that they can play with good posture and balance.
Your teacher will be able to advise you about suitable instruments, piano stools and footstools.