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Suzuki Piano

Welcome to Suzuki Piano!

The Suzuki Method holds a special place in the world of music education, and its significance is truly remarkable.  Developed by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, this method goes beyond teaching mere musical skills; it instills a holistic approach to learning that nurtures not just budding musicians but also well-rounded individuals. One of its most captivating aspects is that students don’t just learn to play an instrument, they learn the value of consistent effort right alongside a trusted and reliable adult (their own parent or caregiver).  The Suzuki Method doesn’t just produce skilled musicians but also fosters a deeper connection with their caregiver, lifelong appreciation for music, and a solid foundation for personal growth.

“Music exists for the purpose of growing an admirable heart.”   

~ Dr. Shinichi Suzuki

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About the Suzuki Method

The Suzuki method is based on the idea that musical ability can be nurtured in the same way a person learns their native language, through a supportive and immersive environment.

Here’s how the Suzuki piano method works:

Parental/Caregiver Involvement: The “Suzuki Triangle” refers to the dynamic relationship between the child, the caregiver, and the teacher.  Caregivers play a crucial role in the Suzuki method; they attend lessons with their child, take notes, and help their child practice at home.  This close collaboration ensures that the child receives consistent guidance and support both during lessons and at home. *Language Connection: The loving and reliable relationship a child has with a caregiver provides a learning environment for children to feel safe enough to take risks, make mistakes, and join in the fun!  Just as with language, a caregiver is a child’s first teacher. 

Listening: Listening to recordings of working pieces (and future working pieces!) is a central component to at-home practice.  Children and caregivers set aside time for listening each day, which helps develop an understanding of the music’s phrasing, dynamics, and overall musicality.  *Language Connection: Consider how much a baby listens to speech and is immersed in social interaction before they speak.  Expect your child to sing along and add movement while they listen as a baby would babble and experiment with sounds when learning to speak. 

Repetition: We know that learning basic, foundational skills is a slow, repetitive process, which allows children to build a strong foundation in technique and musicality.  It takes time, and developing patience in both the child and the caregiver is important; but we trust the process to produce easily accessible and (mostly!) automated technical skills in the long run.  *Language Connection: Think of how many times a small child asks to read the same book over and over again or how many times we say “banana” or “potty” to our children before they can first understand it and then say it back. 

“Knowledge is not skill.  Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill.” 

~Dr. Shinichi Suzuki

Group Lessons: Weekly group lessons involve multiple children (about 4-5) of a similar skill level learning together.  Group lessons offer several benefits, including opportunities for ensemble playing, musical games, performance practice, and a sense of camaraderie.  Group lessons take the place of one practice time a week.  *Language Connection: Learning along with peers is a fun and interactive way to engage with the content.  

Music Literacy: A common myth about the Suzuki method is the belief that children only learn music by ear and never learn how to read notation.  This is completely false.  Children taking lessons in the Suzuki method WILL learn to read music starting from the first day of lessons.  The approach, however, is different from a traditional method in that the ability to read music does not hinder the ability to play the instrument.  Music literacy is taken at a developmentally-appropriate pace AND so is the ability to play the instrument.  *Language Connection: How much time does it take before a child who thinks and communicates in their native language can read and write it?

About the Teacher

Megan is a certified Suzuki piano teacher, having begun training with Jane Reed at the Colorado Suzuki Institute during the summer of 2023.  She was (and still is!) drawn to the Suzuki method because of how it engages children in music education through developmentally-appropriate practice strategies; how it follows children’s natural ways of learning; how it invites caregivers to get to know their child through their child’s learning lens; and how it accepts that learning doesn’t look the same for every child.  She sees the Suzuki method as a beautiful example of how combining a child’s unique learning process with the rigor it takes to master a specific skill set leads to growth and fulfillment.

Megan has taught K-5 elementary music in both rural and inner city schools around the state of Minnesota (2011-2023) and started her career in music education teaching high school band at an international school in India (2008-2011).  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and Horn Performance from the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University as well as a Master of Music in Music Education from Kent State University.  She currently teaches Suzuki piano and Music Together© classes in Northfield, MN.

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Interested in Lessons?

I’d love to talk with you about starting Suzuki Piano lessons!

Please fill out this form with your contact info and any details about your or your child’s musical background and anything else you feel would be helpful. 

After receiving your message, I’ll get in touch with you asap to chat about the next steps for starting piano lessons. Thanks!  

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