Suzuki Piano

The Suzuki Piano program provides young children with a natural, immersive method for learning piano. Often referred to as the "mother tongue" method, the Suzuki program teaches music to children in the same way they learn their "mother tongue" language. Children learn language by listening, then by imitating words, phrases, and finally whole sentences. It isn't until later that they begin to read and write their language. The same concept applies to music. Most students begin Suzuki between 4 1/2 and 8 years old.

A unique aspect of the Suzuki program is the high level of parent involvement. Each student works closely with a parent - both at home and in the classroom - attending all lessons and classes together.

Private Lesson Component

Attending weekly private lessons, Suzuki piano students will:

  • Benefit from a strong emphasis on ear training
  • Develop proper technique
  • Learn more difficult repertoire than they would be able to read right away
  • Watch their hands and not have their attention divided between reading, interpreting, and playing
  • Receive a CD with repertoire to listen to at home

Group Class Component

Suzuki piano students participate in a weekly group class as well as a weekly private lesson. The benefits of having this weekly group class are substantial. It not only allows students to interact with each other and play ensemble music, but often times, during this process, they gain a wealth of experience by watching others work through the same repertoire. Suzuki once said that, "one will never learn to play 'in time' and be individually responsible for their part as they are in a group situation." This shared experience enriches the learning process.

Fall semester begins:  The week of September 12, 2016*

* New student families should contact WCMS well in advance to schedule required class observations.

Tuition per semester:
30-minute private lessons (16) + 45-minute group classes (15) = $1,012
45-minute private lessons (16) + 45-minute group classes (15) = $1,336
60-minute private lessons (16) + 45-minute group classes (15) = $1,660

2015-2016 Group Class Days & Times  (2016-2017 schedule TBD):

Saturday 9:00 - 9:45 am Book 1B Heather Bissell
Saturday 9:50 - 10:35 am Book 1A Heather Bissell
Saturday 2:00 - 2:45 pm Book 1C Heather Bissell