Music for Children

“Any child can be developed, it depends on how you do it”..... Shinichi Suzuki

 
Children accepted from age three and up. Please read Lesson Descriptions for various levels below for more details.
 
Zane has had over four decades of experience working with young children, including those with ADD/AHD, autism, Asperger's Syndrome and other handicaps. He is committed to building a strong, positive, productive relationship between himself, his students and their parents.
 

Level One - Beginners

Eligible Students
 
Ages three and up with no experience on the piano.
 
The Role of the Teacher
 
To treat each child as an individual and teach to their specific developmental abilities and needs; To maintain an open and honest line of communications with the parent and provide guidance towards building a positive practice relationship in the home; To teach to the child, the child's needs, and the child's attention span.
 
The Role of the Parent
 
To play an active role with the child at the group lesson and to oversee and take responsibility for practice in the home; To trust in the teacher's assessments and instructions and to follow through on assignments in the home; To maintain an open dialogue with the teacher.
 
Level One Goals
 
Concentration; Strong Teacher/Student/Parent Relationship; Listening; Right-Hand Technique; Left-Hand Technique; Hands Together Skills; Note Reading; Ensemble Performance.
 
Keyboard Theory

Optional but highly recommended, for school-age children, who have begun note reading.

Level Two

Repertoire

Study continues in the Suzuki Repertoire. More contemporary repertoire is also utilized for additional repertoire, special performances, and recitals.

Study Goals

Using the pieces to continue the development of technique, independence of the hands and basic dynamics.

Note Reading

A good practical musician must be skilled in all areas, and reading is no exception.

12-Bar Exercises

The I-IV-V chord progression plays a vital role any musical genre. These elements are introduced students in Level Two.

Ensemble Performance

Students are encouraged to perform together in One-Piano, Four Hands, Two-Piano, Four Hands, or Two-Piano, Eight Hands scenarios.

Keyboard Theory

Optional but highly recommended, for school-age children, who have begun note reading.

Level Three

Repertoire

At this level, repertoire studies are tailored the individual needs and interests of the student. 

A.     Study is centered primarily around the standard Suzuki classical repertoire, with a minor emphasis on the elements of blues/jazz/pop/improvisation. 

B.     Study is centered primarily around the elements of blues/jazz/pop/improvisation, with the use of some classical repertoire. 

C.    A 50-50 balance between the two disciplines.

Study Goals

To further develop technique, tone, sensitivity, and increased control of dynamics. To encourage creativity and increased confidence in the discipline of improvisation.

Reading

The study of reading continues at the lesson and through daily practice assignments

Ensemble Performance 

Students are encouraged to perform together in One-Piano, Four Hands, Two-Piano, Four Hands, or Two-Piano, Eight Hands scenarios.

Keyboard Theory

Optional but highly recommended.

Level Four

Advanced studies in the specific area of interest for each student, the emphasis on the development of technique, musicianship, and musical creativity. This is achieved through the study of advanced repertoire, playing, and improvising around pre-recorded music beds (Jazz studies), and the study of various improvisational scenarios.

Keyboard Theory 

Optional but highly recommended

Students From Other Disciplines

Students transferring from other disciplines are welcome. When placing such students, a careful assessment of the student's skills is completed and a study plan is developed specifically for that student.

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Lesson fees are about 95% inclusive ( most repertoire, reference materials and exercises are supplied)

 

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