Dr. Suzuki wrote, "The fate of the child is in the hands of the parent."  In the Suzuki studio, we recognize that parents play a vital role in the success of their children. One parent attends lessons with the child to observe, set the bench and footrest, take notes, etc., and then practices with the child at home. Parents continue in this capacity until their child is at least 12 years old and demonstrates the ability to practice independently. Until that time, parents must be present with the child in the lessons. 

As the student grows older, the parent begins to play a less active roll in lessons, but still accompanies her child to the studio until the student is ready to drive himself. 

Please arrive on time, so as not to feel rushed.  Quiet yourself and your child before entering the studio. Allow time for observation—plan to spend about an hour at the studio. Students should enter the piano room no later than their appointed lesson time, regardless of whether the previous lesson has finished.  This also applies when the previous student is a brother or sister.

Cell phones should be turned off or silenced during lessons and answered only for emergencies. 

Before the lesson, parents should check that the student’s hands are clean and fingernails are trimmed.  Come prepared with music books, filled-out practice record, notebook, et cetera.  Make the most of your lesson time by having everything ready to give to the teacher. Treat the studio with respect by keeping it neat and check that things are picked up before you leave.  Respect other students’ lessons by keeping things quiet throughout the studio.

Listen to fine recordings at home. Play the recording of the student’s pieces a lot; hearing the CD several hours per day, especially in the early stages, will help create success and ease of learning. Pianos should be tuned three or four times per year for productive, enjoyable practice.

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