8 Year Old Starting Suzuki Piano

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Jeffrey Fargo said: May 29, 2017
 1 posts

Hello! I am in the NW suburbs of IL and I’ve reached out to a couple of Suzuki teachers. I have one daughter who is almost 6 and another who just turned 8. I’ve heard that certain ages are too old to start Suzuki piano. Have I missed the boat and am I too late to start them? I am hoping this isn’t the case. Thank you for your time.

Jeff

Joanne Shannon said: Jun 1, 2017
Joanne Shannon
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
Los Angeles, CA
37 posts

I’m starting an eight year old next week. Yes, this is a little on the older side for me. The reason I don’t like taking students that old is that they are already making decisions for themselves and the parents bend to that. I make sure they understand that this is not a “trial run”, that they are committed and that I expect to see them for at least a year. I will also be putting him in the reading book when he’s halfway through book 1 (I don’t usually start this until students are in book 2) as he is getting too old not to read music. Good luck.

Gloria said: Jun 1, 2017
 
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
73 posts

No, you have not missed the boat!
I have been teaching Suzuki piano for over 25 years and I will say that I have been starting adult students with Suzuki, with great success. When that is the case, some things are adjusted. No, an 8 year old is not too old. It is never too late to start music and at the same time you need to be aware of the differences between a 3 year old and an 8 year old (and a 60 year old), and make the necessary adjustments.

Sue Hunt said: Jun 2, 2017
Sue Hunt
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
397 posts

Fortunately nowadays, more and more teachers agree that you are never too old to twinkle!!!

30 years ago 5 yrs was considered too old and many of us had a frustrating time trying to find Suzuki teachers for our children.

As for adults, we were considered non-starters my many teachers. I am so grateful to the generous spirits of the suzuki teachers who gave me their time back then.

Lori Bolt said: Jun 2, 2017
Lori BoltPiano
San Clemente, CA
243 posts

I agree that Suzuki can be taught successfully to any age! It’s never the wrong age or “too late”! As Gloria said, adjustments are made. The parent should still be just as much involved in practice and listening as with a four year old.

I find it is usually the parent of the older beginner who thinks the child can practice on their own and turn on the recording themselves, and that all the adult does is show up at the lessons. Parent ed needed at any age!

Lori Bolt

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