Inspired and Pleased
My husband and I recently attended a Suzuki Early Childhood Education Programme Parent evening. Early childhood Suzuki teachers and parents spoke about their programs and experiences - from baby class through to the selection of an instrument for pre-schoolers. It was a great opportunity to hear about the rationale behind the classesand to ask the questions that run through your mind during class. Coming from a nonmusical background, I was relieved to know that parents don't have to be musically literate to participate in the Suzuki method! The session also highlighted to us the many benefits of involving kids in music from an early age; such as developing self confidence, concentration skills, socialising and having fun and a love of music in all its facets. We feel this holistic approach to teaching is one of the great strengths of Suzuki. If you get the chance, I would recommend that every parent attend one of these sessions no matter how young your children are. Dan and I came away really inspired and so pleased that our family was able to have the benefit of these wonderful classes.
Felicity Huxtable, mother of Alexandra 3 1/2 and Amelia 20 months
Enjoy, Enjoy, Enjoy music!
The Suzuki way is really special. It has helped me to be able to use my ear. I can play something I heard on the radio or TV straight on the piano or to compose my own music and I find it truly rewarding. Trust me, if you stick to it and follow what your teacher says someday you will play stuff that will truly impress. Enjoy, Enjoy, Enjoy music! It is truly an awesome art form!
Enoch Auyeung (Suzuki piano student),
Being a Suzuki Family
Amanda Drybrough trained as a Suzuki violin teacher with George Coleman in the early 1970s, when the Suzuki Method was introduced to Western Australia.
She set up the Suzuki program at Penrhos College, Como, in 1975, and has enjoyed teaching the violin for 35 years. Amanda has three daughters, each of whom is now a performer and teacher.
Emma, a cellist with Advanced Accreditation in both her instrument and in Suzuki Early Childhood Music, supervises the "Grow with Music" Studio, and her son, Liam, began classes at two months old. Harriet, a pianist, now teaches, performs and accompanies, her daughter Freya starting on the piano, while Kate is the violinist, with Phoebe on the violin, plays for various functions and shows, and runs a teaching programme in the south west.
It is rewarding to find that families so often become involved together, once introduced to the Suzuki Method, and the Drybrough family is now proudly encouraging a third generation to become enriched by music.
Name withheld ,
A Parent's View – Alison Dunn
I was first introduced to Suzuki violin ten years ago whilst shopping for Christmas at Garden City, when a group of young string players were performing a Christmas repertoire. I made a few initial enquiries and started lessons with Mrs. Drybrough in the New Year. Being a Suzuki parent has brought more joy to my life than I could imagine, watching my two girls go through the books, sometimes painfully slowly with frustration; sometimes with great enthusiasm and enjoyment, but always with the same goal – to achieve a beautiful sound and to make beautiful music.
I have met wonderful people and been invited into their lives, and made a great many good friends. I became involved in the committee and over the years have done many things, both fund-raising and fun-raising!
So when Jana arrived some ten years after our first lessons, I did not hesitate to start my third daughter on the violin. She was two years old when she did her first solo, playing "Busy busy Stop Stop". She is already moving, slowly, carefully, with lots of frustration, but always with great enthusiasm and enjoyment through the rhythms. Now nearly four, I look forward to starting again. Renewing my passion and becoming involved all over again. Three different girls, different books, different personalities, different ages. All three bringing new spirit to their violins and joy into our home.
Challenging, yes. But could you deny your third child, or fourth, or fifth…something so wonderful, something their older siblings have enjoyed and benefited from just because you……… No, I didn't think so!
Name withheld ,
Learning Life Skills
We have three children who began learning piano through the Suzuki Association, 15 years ago at 6yrs old. Now as adults, music is one of the most important parts of all their lives and it will always be - in so many ways. The benefits don't stop there, they have learnt many life skills, learning and memory skills and formed so many lasting relationships, not least of all the one dedicated teacher who has heroically stuck with them through it all!
Delightful Suzuki Newsletter
I'm always delighted when I see the STEAAWA stamp on the back of the envelope, knowing that it will be the Suzuki News.
I have a special fondness for Suzuki music and all that it has offered not only my own children but thousands of others throughout Western Australia over the last thirty or so years. I always check to see who the new teachers are and whether I remember them as Suzuki students. What a great career!
I still have the notebook that I used from my son's original Suzuki violin lessons beginning on 15th September 1979. It was a memorable day especially as it was the beginning of a long and happy association with Suzuki WA - all the dedicated teachers and parents.
There is such diversity now in what is offered in the Suzuki tradition and the newsletter reflects all this with the news from various instrument groups and the photos and articles.
Congratulations for your excellent newsletter and thank-you for my continued subscription. Always appreciated.
Jane Boxall (Honorary Member) Past President Suzuki Music WA,
Learning piano via the Suzuki method has been a wonderful experience
for our daughter and myself. Our daughter's lessons were conducted in a
very caring, happy, fun and encouraging environment, which resulted in her developing a real love of the piano, music generally and her teacher, which will stay with her for a lifetime.
I owe much of my success to learning the piano. It provided me with a strong musical background, which meant my TEE music score was high enough to favourably influence my overall results. Apart from that, playing piano was a great means of taking a break from study whilst still being intellectually stimulated.
Joel Bass (Suzuki piano student),
The Suzuki method requires the parent to be present during lessons. Therefore younger siblings become part of the lesson. Our younger family members learnt in a caring environment, how to be a good audience. With our Suzuki piano teacher the good times were acknowledged at the end of lessons with a kind word and may be a lolly. Now they are on their own music journey, making the natural progression; from the couch listening, to bowing at the end of Andrew's lesson, then their own lesson. The teacher's respect for the family made it possible to participate fully in the lessons.
Our family is musically rich from our Suzuki piano and the special influence of our teacher. It's a gift we'll have for a long time to come.