Monday, May 5, 2008

Introduction to Suzuki

Both my girls recently switched from traditional music lessons to the Suzuki method. This wasn't our initial intention; I always thought Suzuki would be too hard to manage with two young boys in tow during lessons. But after our move, "traditional" lessons weren't working for us.

Traditional may not be the right word. I inadvertently signed them up for School of Rock. Seriously. We walked into lessons the first week - excited that they could have their classes simultaneously, in the same place - and were a bit surprised to find more tattoos and piercings than musical notes. Make no mistake, I'm not judging tattoos and piercings. But my girls are not exactly rock stars; they wouldn't even be able to recognize Hannah Montana if it weren't for a Barbie our neighbor got for her birthday.

We stuck with it until it became painfully obvious that we were spending lots of money with virtually nothing to show for it. Suzuki seems to be a great fit. It's still early but the rate of progression, the method, the actual songs learned -- all of it is wonderful. I'm about half way done with my assigned reading, To Learn with Love: A Companion for Suzuki Parents. I'm lovin' it. Suzuki, where have you been all my life?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We're into Suzuki here too -- just for violin. A lot depends on the teacher, but the method itself is wonderful! Good luck...