If your child is at least 4 years old she or he is ready to start flute lessons using the Suzuki Flute Method!
What is the Suzuki Method?
At St Joseph's School of music I teach both Suzuki and "Traditional" flute lessons. Depending on their age, students that come to me with a lot of previous experience are typically taught using a hybrid of Suzuki and "Traditional" methods. Regardless of the method I do ask that one parent attend the lessons, take notes and assist with home practice until the student is at an age where they can be in charge of their own practice sessions.
“Beautiful tone, beautiful heart.” Dr Suzuki
How does it work?
Memory: All music is memorized so that skill becomes highly developed. Instruction is by ear until the child is ready to read music.
Repetition: Students constantly review and polish pieces that have already been learned, strengthening memory, technical skill, and musical expression.
Step-by-Step Mastery: Each skill is broken down into the smallest unit to be mastered before continuing to the next skill.
Positive Environment and Praise: Teacher and parent will work together to encourage the child, building confidence and self-esteem, making lessons and practice a happy experience.
Parents Role: In order for your child to obtain the full benefits of Suzuki lessons parents are expected to attend each lesson and to take notes that will be used during at-home practice.