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: September 9, 2019*
* 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) = $1,160
45-minute private lessons (16) + 45-minute group classes (15) = $1,496
60-minute private lessons (16) + 45-minute group classes (15) = $1,832
Group classes only (for students taking private Suzuki lessons outside WCMS) = $405
2019 - 2020 Group Class Days & Times:
|Saturday||9:00 - 9:45 am||Book 3-4||Heather Bissell|
|Saturday||9:45 - 10:30 am||Book 2||Heather Bissell|
|Saturday||10:45 - 11:30 am||Book 1A||Heather Bissell|
|Saturday||11:30 am - 12:15 pm||Book 1B||Heather Bissell|
|Saturday||2:00 - 2:45 pm||Book 1A||Yoshiko Kline|
|Saturday||3:00 - 3:45 pm||Book 1B||Yoshiko Kline|