The Suzuki Piano Academy is holding group ear training classes for all interested families this coming April and May 2019 in El Dorado Hills, West Sacramento, Folsom, and Rocklin locations. Each class is a fun-filled hour of music theory games with an interwoven focus on ear-training in the Suzuki Method. Students need no previous experience to participate in these beginner exercises that are sure to surprise and delight their understanding of music and all the ways that are available to understand the material.
Ear training requires a partnership, whether by CD, radio, or a live partner. Of course, a live partner is ideal, but not always available. In the Suzuki Method, the piano teacher serves as the model to continued partnership in the home. It has been said that if the ear is full of expectation, the rest will follow naturally. For example, most everyone knows "London Bridge" and "Mary Had a Little Lamb." When students come these pieces, the value of ear training is so evident in Suzuki Piano School Volume One.
In the Suzuki Method, teacher and parents try to provide the same familiarity with all the pieces prior to learning them at the piano. Teachers may "preview" the pieces weeks before learning them together. Parents are asked to institute a listening program of the Suzuki Piano recordings, either by CD or iTunes and to play the recordings for several hours a day, softly in the background of their home environment. This would be a form of passive listening in the home. Ear training classes are a form of active listening including critical thinking.
Listening programs nurture exceptional observation skills aurally. It will strengthen the ability to take in verbal instructions at school and home, better interpret tone and inflection in conversations with family and peers and open up a powerful path to learning without needing to focus with the eyes.
Please consider the power of the ear-trained student and join us for fun games this coming April. Here are the locations and dates below as well as a link to sign up.
Friday the 5th of April in West Sacramento
Thursday the 11th of April in Rocklin
Friday the 12th of April in El Dorado Hills
Friday the 3rd of May in Folsom
Sign Up Here