TTTV029: Suzuki Piano Method with Rebecca Martin

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What do you know about the Suzuki Piano Method? I think many of us think of students who play by ear…but there’s a lot more to it than that!

The Suzuki Piano Method takes the view that just as kids learn to talk before they learn to read, they should learn to play piano before learning how to read music. Students can begin at as young as three years old, with lots of parental involvement. Parents sit in on all lessons, and learn the repertoire alongside the young student so that they can be the coach at home.

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Rebecca Martin has been teaching using the Suzuki Piano Method for about 40 years, and loving it! I’m so excited to have her on the podcast today to explain the Suzuki approach, the logic behind it and how it works.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What the Suzuki piano method is
  • How and why rote teaching is used in Suzuki
  • The parents’ role in the Suzuki method
  • How Suzuki incorporates complex rhythms from the start
  • How Suzuki teacher training works and how you can find an institute
  • The sense of community in a Suzuki teacher’s studio
  • How Rebecca mixes Suzuki and other resources in her studio
  • When reading is introduced in the Suzuki method

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Do you have any experience with the Suzuki Piano Method?

What do you think of the ear training and rote teaching aspect? Does any aspect of this method particularly appeal to you?