Suzuki Piano Method

Nell offers Suzuki piano lessons to beginner students in elementary school. So, what is the Suzuki piano method?

Every Child Can Learn

More than fifty years ago, Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki realized the implications of the fact that children the world over learn to speak their native language with ease. He began to apply the basic principles of language acquisition to the learning of music, and called his method the mother-tongue approach.

Developing strong ear-training, musicality and healthy piano technique are special features of the Suzuki approach. There are 7 volumes of repertoire books in the Suzuki method, which include folks songs and classical piano repertoire.

Parent Involvement

As when a child learns to talk, parents are involved in the musical learning of their child. They initially attend piano lessons with their child to better understand how to help them practice at home.


Children learn words after hearing them spoken hundreds of times by others. Listening to music every day is important, especially listening to pieces in the Suzuki repertoire so the child knows them immediately. Each Suzuki volume comes with a CD that the child can listen to everyday at home. The Suzuki repertoire can also be found on YouTube, Spotify, or Apple Music.


Constant repetition is essential in learning to play an instrument. Children do not learn a word or piece of music and then discard it. They add it to their vocabulary or repertoire, gradually using it in new and more sophisticated ways. Learning is cumalative, so students continue practicing their pieces even once they have learned all the notes.


As with language, the child’s effort to learn an instrument should be met with sincere praise and encouragement. Each child learns at their own rate, building on small steps so that each one can be mastered. Children are also encouraged to support each other’s efforts, fostering an attitude of generosity and cooperation.

Learning with Other Children

In addition to private lessons, children participate in regular group lessons and performances at which they learn from and are motivated by each other.

Delayed Reading

Children learn to read after their ability to talk has been well established. in the same way, children should develop basic technical competence on their instruments before being taught to read music.

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