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#957964 - 09/12/04 02:10 PM Suzuki Method  
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hi my name is Carl and i am 14 years old. I have been playing the piano for about 6 years and 6 months ago my teacher stopped teaching and I've been w/o a teacher since. My parents and I have been talking about lessons and we came across the suzuki method. I want to know it it would work affectively on a 14 year old like myself or if traditionally being teached would be better.
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#957965 - 09/13/04 08:55 AM Re: Suzuki Method  
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I'm not a teacher, and so my response will probably be of little use smile but I believe the Suzuki method is geared toward kids younger than you. I spent 4 or 5 years on the suzuki method when I was very young. it's an ear training program as I recall, play what you hear kinda thing, your parent is supposed to work along with you. You do look at sheet music, but you're not really sight reading it. I think...

of course I rebelled against piano and quit then because "I hated it 'cause mommy makes me do it" and now 20-something years later, I've begun taking classical lessons from a talented teacher.. I think having that background, though I remember little of it, has helped me progress as quickly as I have on the piano over the last year. (well, that and having played bass in bands for the last 10 years, and now practicing piano 2-3 hours a day helps as well wink but there's definitely some subconcious foundation that was built long ago with those suzuki lessons)


I would find a teacher you like, but (and an actual teacher may correct me if I'm wrong) with 6 years of playing under your hands, at 14 years old, I'd think you were ready for a more "serious" study as it were with the guidance of a good teacher.

good luck!

-Paul


"You look hopefully for an idea and then you're humble when you find it and you wish your skills were better. To have even a half-baked touch of creativity is an honor."
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#957966 - 09/13/04 11:34 AM Re: Suzuki Method  
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thanks


-Carl
#957967 - 09/13/04 11:39 AM Re: Suzuki Method  
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tomorrow im gonna sit in and watch a sukuki teacher give a lesson. if nothing else i will have learned about sukuki teaching


-Carl
#957968 - 09/13/04 11:52 AM Re: Suzuki Method  
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enjoy! try to sit in on another teacher giving a "normal" lesson (that is, any type other than suzuki method) to contrast it.


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#957969 - 09/13/04 12:25 PM Re: Suzuki Method  
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Suzuki was not intended as a piano method. I don't necessarily think it is worse than any of the other methods. Most of the method books seem to be designed to string you along for a while.
The real key, of course, is not the method but the teacher.
I don't think any really great teacher would stick to any one method book. At least with Suzuki, you play real music.

#957970 - 09/25/04 11:32 PM Re: Suzuki Method  
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Hi, Kiddo:

Suzuki is a "mother tongue" method, teaches music by first listening to it and learning to produce a beautiful tone, much as you learned to speak as a child. Reading comes later, but not too much later!

If you've already been taking piano lessons for six years, I don't think you'd need to do Suzuki piano. Does the teacher also teach traditional piano lessons? Ours does. Would the teacher that you're going to observe want to take you on as a Suzuki student, or as a traditional piano student?


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