Meaning of dotted lines in Suzuki Piano book 1 in Cuckoo

Kristin Wilde said: Jun 17, 2019
 2 posts

I am wondering what the dotted lines mean that follow the right hand notes in Cuckoo? It is in the 1978 edition of Volume 1. Thank you.

Joanne Shannon said: Jun 20, 2019
Joanne Shannon
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
Los Angeles, CA
140 posts

Sorry, can’t help you there. That book totally fell apart years ago! LOL

Stephen said: Jun 25, 2019
 6 posts

I am a Suzuki piano teacher, and I only ask the parents I teach to look at the book to check the fingering (which is quite essential). The child will learn aurally so will learn everything in the music from hearing the CD ( and not through interpreting notation), so the book is for the parent’s use.
Because the child will be learning from the CD (and the model of tone and technique, phrasing etc. the teacher provides in the lesson), any slurs, or other markings are not so important at this stage, as they can be caught by the student from the recording, from the teacher’s playing, and in a more global sense through listening to other music outside of the Suzuki repertoire.
For the record, a dotted line can mean different things, in a more general sense, depending on the composer, period of music etc.

Joanne Shannon said: Jun 25, 2019
Joanne Shannon
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
Los Angeles, CA
140 posts

Ditto! There is teacher training available.
https://suzukiassociation.org/teachers/training/

Kristin Wilde said: Jun 25, 2019
 2 posts

Thank you,

We discovered this book amongst some old piano books given to us. We play violin via the Suzuki method and orchestra groups but only dabble in piano. I wish photos could be included here to show what it looks like. I wondered if the dotted lines that follow the right hand notes were phrasing or when to do a drop-roll at the end of a phrase. It doesn’t appear in the newer editions of Suzuki Piano. The page has just the right hand of Cuckoo printed twice on one page in parallel and the second line has the dotted lines following the notes and stopping at the end of each line except for the third line of the song where the dotted lines break in the middle of that line—I suppose to show two shorter phrases? So I was wondering what technique that introduction to Cuckoo was trying to teach before the song was printed on the following page with left and right hand parts.

Malgosia said: Jun 25, 2019
Malgosia LisInstitute Director Piano
West Hartford, CT
17 posts

I can’t locate the book but from what I remember they are there to emphasize the directions of the notes, going either up or down.
My best guess.

Gail Gebhart said: Jun 26, 2019
Gail GebhartTeacher Trainer
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
Farmington Hills, MI
13 posts

My guess would be the same as Malgosia’s. It was probably a preview for the right hand , to indicate the shaping/phrasing of the melody.

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