Suzuki Piano Lessons

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Ruth Ann Robinson said: Aug 28, 2013
Ruth Ann Robinson
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Birch Run, MI
5 posts

I am currently a registered violin teacher. However I have young piano students I want to try the Suzuki piano method with. Any ideas of books I could read or tips to help me with this endeavor?

Michelle McManus Welch said: Aug 28, 2013
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Lindenhurst, IL
42 posts

Go talk to a teacher trainer and see if she will let you observe her students. If you like the method, go and get trained in Suzuki piano.

Michelle Mc Manus Welch

Lori Bolt said: Aug 29, 2013
Lori Bolt
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
San Clemente, CA
229 posts

I agree with Michelle….start by observing a teacher trainer or another veteran Suzuki piano teacher (who has been trained). If you’re teaching Suzuki violin, then hopefully you already know the value of the SAA training to enable you to give the best possible instruction to your students.

As for reading, I can recommend “Introducing Suzuki Piano” by Doris Koppelman and “Thoughts on the Suzuki Piano School” by Haruko Kataoka. These are good foundational books, but not a substitute for training and observation.

Lori Bolt

Ruth Ann Robinson said: Aug 30, 2013
Ruth Ann Robinson
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Birch Run, MI
5 posts

Ok thanks!!

Cathy Hargrave said: Aug 30, 2013
Cathy HargraveTeacher Trainer
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
Rowlett, TX
50 posts

I am curious about something. If you are a violin teacher, why do you want to teach piano?

Cathy Hargrave

Julie said: Aug 31, 2013
 Violin, Piano
Salt Lake City, UT
3 posts

Why do you ask?

Julie

Ruth Ann Robinson said: Sep 1, 2013
Ruth Ann Robinson
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Birch Run, MI
5 posts

I have actually played piano longer than violin, however I have a 4 year old who is just not getting it with the traditional method also, a friend of mine has a legally blind student and I recommended Suzuki piano method to her to use. Just had teacher training last month for first time! I learned so much.

Cathy Hargrave said: Sep 13, 2013
Cathy HargraveTeacher Trainer
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
Rowlett, TX
50 posts

This is a delayed response to Julie’s question “Why do you ask?” I don’t know if that question was for me (probably not) or Ruth Ann. If it was to me, I asked why a violin teacher would want to teach piano because many people want to teach piano even though they are not pianists. I have had so many people over the years in teacher training classes who wanted to teach piano but had no viable skills, or minimal, whatsoever. Some played accordion, were psychologists, some could not even play a single instrument; yet, they were going to teach piano. Many people (I am not talking about Ruth Ann who asked the question) think since all you have to do is push the right keys down to get the right notes, piano can be taught by just about anybody. With the audition process we now have in SAA, this has helped remedy that problem. It is no solved yet though.

Emily said: Nov 25, 2013
 59 posts

There is an ebook, which I have not personally read yet, called ‘How to Teach Suzuki Piano’ by Shinichi Suzuki. It is a Google ebook, but it may help you and it’s fairly cheap. Just a suggestion. Good Luck!

Emily Christensen
Music Teacher & Writer
www.musiceducationmadness.org

Cathy Hargrave said: Nov 26, 2013
Cathy HargraveTeacher Trainer
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
Rowlett, TX
50 posts

The book called How to Teach Suzuki Piano is NOT by Dr. Suzuki. I know it says it is but it isn’t. While living and studying at the Talent Education Institute, I was asked by Dr. Suzuki’s secretary to edit and correct the English of that book. I was told it was written by Kenko Aoki. He was a music critic who helped Dr. Suzuki in the early days of the Suzuki Method in Japan. He was not a Suzuki Piano teacher but Dr. Suzuki’s life-long friend. Dr. Suzuki was very loyal to all his friends and in gratitude Mr. Aoki was given the title of Director of the Piano Dept. He worked in the same office space with Dr. Suzuki on the 2nd floor of TEI until he died. I don’t know why he wanted to write this book and I was asked not to say anything until after he died. Actually, most of the book is pretty innocent but there are some odd things in there (I dont remember what they are) so please don’t pay any attention to it.

Cathy Hargrave said: Nov 26, 2013
Cathy HargraveTeacher Trainer
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
Rowlett, TX
50 posts

Also, I don’t know why I didn’t recommend this book before but…Haruko Kataoka (co-founder of Suzuki Piano) wrote a series of articles which have been compiled. You can get it from Young Musicians or go online to the Piano Basics Foundation and download the book for free. It is called How to Teach Beginners. It is not a substitute for live training but is a great supplement.

Carolyn Nadeau said: Jan 10, 2014
 Piano
5 posts

This is an old one, but it has a lot of information on it. More Than Music, published back in the 70s. A little out of date since the books have all been revised since then, but there might be some helpful information. My library actually has this one so check that first so you can try before you buy. http://www.amazon.com/Studying-Suzuki-Piano-Handbook-Reference-ebook/dp/B004HHOUZ8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389379735&sr=8-1&keywords=more+than+music

I am a pianist and I’m trying to get my ducks in a row to get certified as a Suzuki teacher myself. Hopefully that will happen this summer. I have young kids so that complicates things for me.

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