What are "Suzuki" Guitar Lessons?
The Suzuki Method (or "Talent Education", as it's founder called it), has several characteristics that may set it apart from more traditional teaching studios. These are not necessarily unique to Suzuki teachers, but they are more integrated than many other programs. Here are a few key points:
- Students can start very young (as young as 3 or 4, though more often 5 or older).
- Students follow a carefully sequenced set of pieces and maintain them through daily review (these aren't the only pieces they learn, but they are the core of the method).
- Students get together often to play and perform together in groups (students must attend a regular group class, or at more advanced stages, participate in a guitar ensemble).
- Daily music listening is expected (both the student's repertoire and high quality performances of other pieces.)
- Strong Parent involvement (a parent must learn to play a little before the student begins, and be present at all lessons, taking notes.) - This is may be the most important part of all!
- Note reading is usually delayed until a solid foundation on the instrument is established (varies with student age and readiness).
Additionally, by participating in a program with a registered Suzuki teacher, you are connected to a greater community through The Suzuki Association of the Americas and other regional Suzuki organizations who offer workshops and summer institutes where students can get special instruction and meet people from other programs who share a common musical repertoire!
Why choose Jacob as your child's guitar teacher?
In addition to holding a Master's degree in Guitar Performance, Jacob has training and experience specifically relevant to working with young children. He regularly attends Suzuki workshops and is always refining his teaching. He is also a parent himself and has worked as a preschool music specialist in addition to giving guitar lessons.
Why study Classical Guitar?
The classical guitar repertoire is vast and complex, and it's pedagogy has had centuries to develop. Training in classical guitar technique opens doors to great music throughout history as well as contemporary pieces. The music that falls under the label "classical guitar" can be from all parts of the world and all time periods. Its repertoire is constantly evolving and adapting ideas from Rock, Jazz, and other modern styles of playing. Even students who eventually choose to focus on other genres will benefit from the technical foundation classical guitar lessons provide.