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.

Lesson Format: Group Lessons - child and parent(s) attend lessons with other families (2-3 maximum). Students and parents observe each other having individual lessons with the teacher.

Benefits of the Group Lesson: Social Aspect - children and parents develop a camaraderie with other group members, as everyone's efforts are celebrated and applauded; Promote Natural Learning - children naturally learn in group situations (at home with the family, in school, etc.), through observation, repetition and imitation; Build Confidence and Self-Esteem - working in front of others is extremely beneficial in building the confidence necessary to perform well in front of an audience.

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 and to NEVER compare group lessons to one another or cause students to compete with one another; To recognize each family is different and to be sensitive towards their specific family dynamics.

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 Never compare or encourage competition with their child and other children involved in the lesson; To maintain an open dialogue with the teacher.

Level One Goals: Concentration - without concentration, learning cannot occur. Therefore, the primary goal is to assess and develop concentration skills; Relationship - to nurture a positive and productive relationship between the student, the parent and the teacher; Listening - to recognize young children learn naturally by listening and imitating and to use recorded materials to promote this; Right-hand technique - to build strong right-hand technical skills and control through the study of the repertoire; Left-hand technique - to build strong left-hand technique through the study of the repertoire; To build hands together skills and to develop independence of the hands. To begin the study of note reading; Ensemble Performance - to provide ensemble performance opportunities, such as duets, trios, quartets and two-piano works. These projects play a large role in developing superior listening and study skills; Keyboard Theory - (optional but highly recommended).

Level Two

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

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

Reading: A good practical musician must be skilled in all areas and reading is no exception. Note reading is covered at every lesson.

12-Bar Exercises: The I-IV-V chord progression plays a very important role in all music (classical, pop, jazz, rock, country, bluegrass, etc.). These elements are introduced to our Level Two students, unlike "traditional" conservatory-based methods or "traditional" Suzuki Piano programs, which revolve solely around the classical repertoire.

Ensemble Performance: Working and performing in duo, trio, quartet, two-piano scenarios remains a priority. Each year, new contemporary works are transcribed and arranged by the teacher.

Keyboard Theory: optional but highly recommended.

Level Three

Repertoire: At this level, repertoire studies are tailored the individual needs and interests of the students. Choices include: 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: Working and performing in duo, trio, quartet, two-piano scenarios remains a priority.

Keyboard Theory: optional but highly recommended.

Level Four

Advanced studies in the specific area of interest for each student, the emphasis always being 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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