Why Lessons Work

Why does Little Music Suzuki Method Lessons work so well – especially for the littlest of learners?

  1. Every child learns at their own pace.  Students in the Little Music studio are not judged for spending longer on a certain piece than another student might at their age.  They are taught with encouragement and earnest positivity, praised for mastering the smallest of steps.
  2. Listening to the repertoire – every day – is the golden ticket.  Little Music learners soak up the repertoire aurally and learn to successfully recall it at practice and in lessons.  This not only produces a deep sense of unique and advanced accomplishment in a child, but also a lifelong ability to play by ear, and discern tonal quality and performance in every kind of music.
  3. The repertoire is fun!  Technique is learned through learning pretty pieces of music, instead of dry technical exercises.
  4. Learning the Little Music’s Suzuki way is praise-based from both a teacher and parent perspective.  Your teacher is not only a role model of how to sit patiently and kindly at the piano with a young child, but also offers support and a game plan to parents who may understandably struggle with this at times.
  5. Your child is taught to self-evaluate from the first Little Music piano lesson; building confidence, developing good judgment, sensitivity to sound, and creative thinking.
  6. Your child masters what they are working on before moving on.  The Suzuki repertoire is designed specifically to support the student’s individual learning progress, so that they may build skills while reaching attainable goals – and feel happy about progressing in their music lessons and practice.
  7. Your Little Music teacher is a SAA-trained  professional of highest standards, and a thoroughly qualified Suzuki teacher.  The teaching principles involved in the Suzuki Method are held internationally with deep regard; qualified Suzuki teachers are also life-long learners, observing master classes themselves as well as the work and workshops of their colleagues.
  8. Observing other students is a way of creating self-motivation and inspired peer-learning.  However, there is no competition nor comparison to other students in the Little Music studio.  There exists both camaraderie and support between students and other parents.  Little Music students are not adjudicated nor entered into formal children’s performance competitions.
  9. Reading music a bit later on builds upon Suzuki’s Mother Tongue approach – that language is learned before words are read.  Reading comes later, and in most cases, very naturally if taught well and with patience.  Suzuki students in later Books wind up being musicians who can both play by ear and read music very well.
  10. Little Music’s Suzuki Method learning shows you that practicing something makes it easier and easier.  This nugget of knowledge – especially if gleaned firsthand at a young age – is the foundation of true excellence.