Book Graduations

Alicia said: Jan 11, 2014
Suzuki Association Member
13 posts

Hello! I am currently in the process of revamping my studio and focusing on being more Suzuki-minded and committed. I am in the middle of my Piano Book 1 training and have realized that I haven’t been incorporating as much of the Suzuki philosophy in my studio as I had thought because I didn’t know as much about is as I originally thought. I am so excited about all that I am learning and can’t wait to be incorporating more and more into my teaching.

My question is about book graduations. In the past, I have had students just make a recording of all of the pieces in the book at their lesson and considered that as their graduation. But I feel as if that doesn’t allow to really share their accomplishments. Graduating is a big deal, and I want my students to feel excited about the accomplishment!

I was wondering if some of you could please share how you do book graduations for your students and why you chose to do it that way?

Thank you!

Alicia Reid
Suzuki Piano Teacher
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Laura said: Jan 11, 2014
Laura Mozena
Suzuki Association Member
Palm City, FL
105 posts

When I was a Suzuki Kid I did exactly what you said about making a recording (it was actually just a cassette tape back then) But now as a teacher my students prepare graduation recitals on our group class Saturdays where they get a metal saying they have graduated after they perform. For Book 1 they choose 5 pieces to play (the first and last are required and then they choose their 3 favorites from the middle of the book) For book 2 it is 4 pieces and book 3, 3 pieces. We also do Twinkle graduations where they play all the Twinkle rhythms and theme to graduate from the twinkles.

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