Beginning the Suzuki Method is an exciting step! Your private teacher and the community that you just entered into will have no lack of help and advice.
Consequently, as part of the Suzuki Community, I extend a warm welcome to you and have some pointers on what to expect:
1. The Suzuki Community:
A new student is welcomed into a family of musicians who are like minded. They are determined to work and learn. This community is enthusiastic! This community is compassionate, and wants you to succeed! Your fellow ‘Suzuki Citizens’ have trudged through the ups and downs of learning an instrument and are eager to extend help. In other words, there are MANY people here for you.
2. Endless repetitions:
Did I mention repetitions? repeats? reiterations? re-doing? You will hear your musician playing the same songs perpetually. I think you will need a few of my practice charts to count all of your repetitions! Here you go!
3. Starting slow:
Expect GLACIAL rate progress at the beginning. In other words, you will hardly see it. Your student probably won’t be able to play a song for many months…but they will gain preparatory skills during this time. If you have low expectations of going fast, your mindset is spot on. Progress at the beginning is slow because the foundation is being built. The foundation needs to be strong. Your student will learn dozens of things before they learn to play a song, but those things are the huge, underside of the glacier–massively important.
4. The Suzuki Triangle:
This triangle includes teacher, parent, and child working together. Each member of this triangle has responsibilities. When all are working in harmony, progress takes place. Respect and cooperation with one another keep the triangle ‘equilateral”…or balanced. As a parent, you get to: attend lessons, take notes, and practice at home with your student. You get to be involved every step of the way (some teachers might even encourage you to learn to play The Twinkles with your child).
The Suzuki Method is a system of steps and processes. The songs are put in a very specific order. One song equips your musician for the next song. When a student hears a piece, it’s common for them to attempt to play it immediately. However, there are important skills to learn before playing it. Your teacher will guide you up the ladder. It might be tempting to try to skip a rung on your way up, but trust in the time tried system that thousands–maybe millions?– can attest to.