Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Structure of a Typical Suzuki Lesson

For those of you who aren’t sure what to expect or need a refresher before the fall semester begins, here is a breakdown of a typical Suzuki Piano Lesson.

2’ - 5’

Get settled in - catch up on the week. This is the time for any discussion of practicing concerns or any communication about upcoming performances, schedule changes or important events. Parents - if you have something you want to discuss - now is the time!

5’ - 28’

Lesson time. This is time for the teacher and student to have focus on the task at hand. Measurable improvement should be made and if a parent is attending the lesson, notes should be taken on the lesson procedure so it can be imitated every day at home. We will start from the beginning and work our way through your child’s entire repertoire - fine tuning tone and technique in the earlier pieces, working on dynamics and articulation in the more recent pieces, and working on notes and fingering in the new pieces.

25’ - 28’

Parent time. Sometimes a portion of the child’s lesson will be used for work with you to cover tricky passages or new concepts so that you may feel comfortable working with your child at home.

28’ - 29’

Questions and Review of practice points. I will often go over with your child what he is supposed to focus on, but this is time for you to check their notes and make sure you are ready to cover at home what I will be listening for in the next lesson!

29’ - 30’

Transition. (Often times, I use this time for hearing the information or story your child was so excited to impart to me in the middle of the lesson.)

Friday, August 14, 2009

Summer Recital - June 12, 2009

Click here for the complete set of pictures from the last recital!

For the video of Jimena, Natalie, Max, Olivia, Whitney, Will, Bradley and Erica, click here.
For the video of Gabriella, Athena, Graham, and Anne-Marie, click here.
For the video of Hong, Sophia, Eddie, Diego, Ayla, Sean and Kayleigh, click here.
For the video of Katie, Sylvia, Antonio, Fiona, Declan, Anna and Ryan, click here.
For the video of Elliot, Fiamma, Criss and Jeremy, click here.
For the video of Mary, Amber, Mason and Ms. Aubrey, click here.

Have a great summer - I’ll see you all after Labor Day!