Music is a language. In the Suzuki approach, it is learned just the way a child learns his or her spoken language -by hearing it all around, by practice and repetition, and by enthusiastic encouragement from adults. Just as your child has learned to speak fluently, he or she will learn to play the piano fluently and develop fine musical sensitivity.


To Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, creator of the Suzuki method, ''The potential of every child is unlimited ... it is natural that what is nurtured will grow." By nurturing your child's musicality, you will be giving him an important treasure that they will have their whole life.


A basic principle of the Suzuki philosophy is that hearing music is vital to the development of a child's musicality. Recordings of the repertoire to be learned are played daily in your home to create an environment of music. Simply by having the music always in the background. Your child learns the sound of beautiful music. Without conscious effort, this knowledge will help to guide the child's playing.

A positive environment makes pleasure one of the child's main motivators in learning piano. Practicing and lessons become enjoyments rather that chores. Both the Suzuki teacher and the parent "home teacher" share in providing warm support for the process of learning to play the piano.


In the Suzuki approach, each child is respected as a unique human being. All aspects of the lesson are geared to the child; the length of the lesson, its pattern, its pace, and its material. Teaching is broken down into steps insure that the child has a sense of mastery of the piano.

All pieces for the beginning student are learned by ear. As in spoken language, reading will come later, when the motivation is very high. When presented at the correct time in a student's piano career, music reading skills will be learned quickly and easily.

Achievements, no matter how small, are cause for rejoicing. The applause at a recital for the child playing one note is as sincere as the applause for the advanced student performing a complex work. In lessons and at home, the child's efforts are greeted with joy and pleasure.

Sarah Neham Salz, Director

Sarah Salz

Piano Lessons