Your child will blossom
Clara, aged 6 (pictured right), prepares to perform her solo at a studio concert, a happy and confident musician. Two years ago, she began with pre-instrument lessons (see below), and is now having individual recorder lessons with a fortnightly group lesson.
If your child is of pre-school age, you should expect him/her to join a pre-instrument group before graduating to the recorder. If your child is older, s/he will be able to start individual recorder lessons straight away.
You will find that a Suzuki instrumental lesson differs from a traditional-style lesson in the following ways:
Julia, a Suzuki mum, writes about the growth she has seen in her family as they enjoy the benefits of a Suzuki education:
“Since joining Music at Heart, all three of my children have developed hugely – not only in terms of their music, but as people, too.”
Group Pre-Instrument lessons are suitable for children from 3 years old.
Your child will follow a curriculum of play-orientated activities, giving him/her a foundation in general musicianship skills and separating all the different aspects of learning a musical instrument into small, achievable steps.
Children who experience success are motivated to want to carry on learning and to discover more for themselves.
One-to-one recorder lessons (weekly, 30 minutes) are suitable for children from 4 years old. It is never too late to learn the recorder the Suzuki way, and adults find the lessons highly rewarding, too.
The weekly individual lesson is for inspiration, and enables your child to learn at his/her own pace. This is complemented by a fortnightly group lesson, providing all pupils with the opportunity to share their music-making with each other.
All Suzuki recorder players quickly become confident performers with an impressive repertoire of music they can play any time, anywhere. More importantly, however, wherever in the world they live, they all study the same pieces, and when they come together for concerts, workshops, and summer schools, they are united as friends with music as their common language.