KinderU Suzuki Music Academy offers Suzuki instrumental instruction in:
All students/parent teams begin with a weekly:
- 45 minute individual lesson AND
- 45 minute group class
Forming the third leg of the “Suzuki Triangle”, the parent is the “Home Teacher”, responsible for practicing with their child(ren) every day at home, as well as for providing ample opportunities each day for saturated, environmental listening to the reference recording.
A portion of the the lesson each week will be dedicated to the parent, who will learn the basics of how to play the instrument a few steps ahead of their child, so that parent, teacher and child are all confident when it comes time for the parent to practice that skill with the child at home. Because of their active involvement, it is necessary that the same parent attend every lesson as well as serving as the leader of the daily sessions of home practice.
Knowledge x 10,000 = Ability
The individual lesson is the opportunity for the child and parent to work with the teacher in a concentrated environment on the technical skills of readiness, posture, tone, intonation, and articulation. Teachers will preview spots for upcoming pieces, and polish technique and musicianship using current and previous repertoire. The teacher will provide the student and parent with specific guidelines for focus during the daily home practice session, and it is expected that the parent will guide the student’s practice accordingly every day.
Participation in the weekly group class is integral to our program. The purpose of group class is to provide children with a fun environment and peer group in which to reinforce their private lesson skills, and learn how to cooperate with others to form a “team” of musicians who can make beautiful music together. Children will have the opportunity to build confidence and self-esteem through playing repertoire which has already been mastered individually, while learning both from the teacher and from each other.
When Should My Child Begin Lessons?
At KSMA, beginning classes start only in terms where there is enough teacher availability. In the middle of each term, we begin to offer observation opportunities for the instruments which will have a beginning class in the following term. Students may begin the observation process for the instrumental program after their third birthday; however, readiness for participation in the program is individual, and will be assessed on a student-by-student basis. On all instruments, students will invited to join our instrumental program once the faculty believes that they are at the developmentally appropriate level.