Will my child learn to read music?
YES! As a Suzuki-trained recorder-player, your child will develop an outstanding ability to play by ear and be equally at home reading music - contrary to popular myth! Unlike many pupils taught in the traditional style, however, Suzuki musicians do not have to rely on music in order to be able to perform successfully, and enjoy the freedom of expression that comes with playing from memory. Taught using Mother Tongue principles, your child will become a fluent recorder player before being expected to read from recorder music, just as s/he learned to speak fluently before reading and writing the language of words. A CD recording of the Suzuki repertoire takes the place of the beginner tutor book. This does not mean, however, that musical notation is neglected at the beginning, just as the letters of the alphabet and story books are ever-present in a young child's world.
All Music at Heart pre-instrument and recorder pupils follow the Reading Programme from day one. In every lesson, your child will be taught music theory with written notes and rhythms, using the internationally-acclaimed Music Mind Games materials - but as a separate activity. The two skills of playing and music-reading are integrated naturally over the course of time, and as a result your child will become a confident performer both with and without the music stand.